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 Thursday, July 9, 2015

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
"What's the Difference?" is a series of video lighting tutorials. Each episode responds to a single question. In this episode, Jared Platt compares the B2 Off-Camera Flash to three speedlights.
 
Note from Sean: Being a long-time flash user, I can sympathize with anyone carrying around a light stand with three speedlites mounted on top of it. While this video demonstrates one particular speedlite setup, you could sacrifise recycle time and use flashes with radio triggering built-in (like 600EX-RTs) to reduce the complexity and awkwardness of the setup. However, even then I think the B2 would be a more convenient lighting rig to use.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B2 and the B1 off-camera flashes.
Post Date: 7/9/2015 1:50:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Introduces Off Road Hiker 20L Backpack (Red)
From Manfrotto:
 
The new Off road Hiker 20L has been specifically designed for hiking and photography with quick side-access to your camera. Thanks to the Manfrotto Protection System, the removable camera case is highly protective.
 
It holds a mid-size DSLR with kit lens and an additional lens. The backpack converts into a total hiking backpack by unzipping the internal divider and removing the camera bag. The innovative camera strap featured on the front of the backpack allows the camera to be kept secure on the chest when it is carried, avoiding neck strain.
 
The bag has been designed with high-quality premium materials and careful attention to ergonomics and comfort.
 
The Off Road Hiker 20L Backpack is available now at authorized retailers for a suggested retail price of $159.99.
 
B&H carries the Manfrotto Off Road Hiker 20L Backpack.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 7/9/2015 9:54:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Summer Photography Tips: Get Your Camera Wet
Summer is perhaps best known for heat and when the heat is great, it is most comfortable to be in an air-conditioned building or ... to be wet. The latter sounds more fun to me, but ... water and electronic camera gear are at odds with each other. Unless you have a waterproof housing for that gear.
 
While the high end dedicated rigid housings are very nice and may produce better image quality, a PVC underwater housing such as those made by EWA-Marine are far more affordable while still allowing unique photo opportunities.
 
In this photo, I was standing near the side of the pool with camera ready. Because capturing the perfect position of a normally thrown tennis ball is very challenging, I opted for a toss-straight-up technique. The dog wanted the ball, but didn't want to jump into the water to get it. I tossed the ball straight up so that it stopped moving at the ideal height and just far enough out so the dog couldn't reach it. The latter part mattered because it was game-over when the dog caught the ball and ran away with her prize.
 
Make this the summer that you waterproof your camera. Add wet shots to your portfolio. Capture the fun memories of the summer water activities. Get an underwater housing.
 
Read also: Underwater Photography Tips for Snorkeling.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
22mm  f/6.3  1/1250s
ISO 400
5184 x 3456px
Post Date: 7/9/2015 9:21:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Nikon:
 
To users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera - possible image shading from shutter
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
It has come to our attention that the shutter in some Nikon D750 digital SLR cameras manufactured in October and November of 2014 does not function normally, sometimes resulting in shading of a portion of images. We have decided to take the following measures regarding this issue.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
 
Identifying affected products
To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, click Affected Product Serial Numbers below and enter your D750 serial number as instructed. Your camera's serial number will be checked against those of applicable products. If your camera is one of those affected, instructions for requesting repairs will be displayed. If your camera is not affected by this issue, rest assured that repairs to your camera are not necessary and you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.
 
Affected Product Serial Numbers
 
Nikon D750 Serial Number Location

 
The camera's serial number is the 7-digit number indicated by the red frame in the image above.
 
Resolution
If your D750 camera is affected, as confirmed with the serial number check above, you will be provided with the necessary information to obtain service to correct this issue free of charge. Once your D750 camera is received by Nikon, your D750 camera’s shutter will be examined and replaced, and your D750 camera returned to you free of charge, even if your D750 camera warranty has expired.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.
 
Please be assured that Nikon is continuously working and taking measures to further improve the quality of its products. Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/9/2015 8:39:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From now until July 31, use coupon code 100KTHANKS at FractureMe.com to save 15% on your glass print order.
 
Details
 
  • Promotion starts July 8th and ends July 31st at 11:59p EST.
  • "100KTHANKS" coupon code cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts, promotions or offers.
  • 15% discount can only be applied to Fracture prints and not gift certificates.
  • Limited to one use per customer.
Post Date: 7/9/2015 8:09:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 7/9/2015 7:12:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the CyberPower BRG1000AVRLCD Uninterruptible Power Supply available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $114.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1000VA/600W Simulate Sine Wave UPS
  • Line-Interactive Topology
  • Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR)
  • 10 Outlets / USB Port / RJ11 Protection
  • Two USB 2.1A / 5 VDC Charging Ports
  • Multifunction LCD Panel
  • GreenPower UPS Bypass Technology
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified
  • Surge Protection and Battery Backup
  • PowerPanel Personal Edition for Windows
Note from Sean: I was post processing some images two nights ago when the power went out causing me to lose about 20 minutes worth of work on one image. If I had been using an uninterruptible power supply, I would have had enough time to save the image before shutting down the computer. This little device can save you some frustration when inclemete weather results in a loss of power.
 
And speaking of power outages, here's another excellent item to have on hand for when the power goes out.
Post Date: 7/9/2015 6:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Yongnuo-50mm-f-1.8-Lens.jpg
B&H has the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 Lens for Canon in stock and available for $57.98 with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF Mount Lens/Full Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Multi-Coated Lens Elements
  • AF/MF Switch
  • Lightweight Build: 4.2 Ounces
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.5'
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2015 1:20:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via electronics_valley) has the Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $729.99 with free shipping. Compare at $849.00 after $50.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2015 12:06:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter
With a timing that seems almost as peculiar as the product itself, Canon officially released the RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter today.
 
The RA-E3 allows cameras with an E3-Type socket to connect to remote controllers with an N3-Type connection (as seen below).
 
Canon RA E3 Remote Controller Adapter In-Use

 
For what it's worth, the price of this adapter is only slightly less than the purchase of a dedicated Third-Party Timer Remote Switch with an E3-Type (sub-mini) connection.
 
B&H has the Canon RA-E3 Remote Controller Adapter available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2015 10:48:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 430EX-III RT
A correction was made to the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT press release after we published it this morning. The following line:
"Featuring enhanced functionality and operability over its predecessor (the Canon Speedlite 430EX II), the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT features wireless flash shooting via optical or radio transmission (similar to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT but slave function only), now with shorter recycling time and quicker firing."
...has been corrected to now read:
"Featuring enhanced functionality and operability over its predecessor (the Canon Speedlite 430EX II), the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT features wireless flash shooting via optical or radio transmission (similar to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with master and slave functions in radio mode but slave function only in optical transmission), now with shorter recycling time and quicker firing."
That's right folks! The 430EX-III RT can actually act as a master flash in radio triggering mode. That's an extremely welcomed feature for those who want the benefits of radio triggering at a lower price point.
 
Want to see how the 430EX III-RT stacks up against the rest of Canon's Speedlite lineup? Check out the 430EX III-RT's specifications on the site's Flash Specifications Comparison Tool.
 
B&H has the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT availale for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2015 10:09:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Some of the retailers were a little slow in getting the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT preorder links up this morning, but most are now live.
 
Preorder Links: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 7/8/2015 8:54:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon (review) in stock and available for $809.00. Compare at $899.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2015 6:51:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash
From Canon USA:
 
New External Flash Unit Features Wireless Flash Shooting and Compact Size
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT external flash unit featuring - for the first time in the Canon 430EX series - radio-controlled wireless flash shooting capabilities1 designed to make creative light control more manageable and versatile for photographers of all levels. This third generation Speedlite is a perfect primary flash unit for amateur and advanced amateur photographers looking to create beautiful portraits with Canon digital cameras such as the EOS Rebel T6i, as well as professional photographers looking for a small and lightweight secondary flash.
 
"Canon is proud to offer outstanding photographic accessories that help enhance a photographer's overall creative experience when shooting with our EOS DSLR cameras," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The new Speedlite 430EX III-RT provides photographers with a very responsive flash unit having new wireless capabilities that enable users to create more professional lighting effects than if they were to rely on their camera's pop-up flash alone."
 
Featuring enhanced functionality and operability over its predecessor (the Canon Speedlite 430EX II), the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT features wireless flash shooting via optical or radio transmission (similar to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with master and slave functions in radio mode but slave function only in optical transmission), now with shorter recycling time and quicker firing. This multi-functional flash unit makes more advanced flash shooting easy for any photographer with its intuitive, user-friendly operation, abundant bounce and swivel shooting functions and advanced features including a maximum Guide Number of 43/141 at ISO 100 in meters/feet, auto zooming from 24-105mm, Hi-Speed Sync and Second-curtain Sync. In addition, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT has been reduced in size and weight compared to its predecessor.
 
Featuring another first for the 430EX series of flash units, the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT also includes an SCF-E2 Color Filter which helps balance color temperature when shooting in incandescent lighting, an SBA-E2 Bounce Adapter that helps soften light while helping suppress shadows, a built-in Catchlight panel, illuminated dot-matrix LCD, new control dial, light distribution options, multi-camera sync shooting, and remote shutter release. Enhanced functions include broader bounce angle range and flash exposure compensation via the new control dial. Also included are two cases - one for the flash and one for the filter and adapter.
 
Pricing and Availability
The new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash is scheduled to be available in September 2015 for an estimated retail price of $299.99.
 
Update: CPN has posted a small article on the new flash.
 
Preorder Links: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2015 12:06:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Celebrates 110 Million EF Lenses
MELVILLE N.Y., July 8, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., will celebrate the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the Company's 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for Canon EOS cameras on June 22, 2015 -an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens.
 
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company's Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have garnered support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.
 
EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, will set a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced.
 
Canon's proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world's firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.
 
The 110-millionth EF lens, an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM (launched in February 2015), features a minimum focal length of 11mm to achieve the world's widest angle of view.1 Furthermore, winner of the prestigious Camera Grand Prix Japan 2015 Lens of the Year award,2 the model was recognized for its use of Canon proprietary optical technologies, making possible superb image quality while effectively correcting for aberrations that commonly occur when shooting at the ultra-wide-angle end.
 
For more information and full list of Canon EF lenses, visit:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/lens_ef110mill_miscpage
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/8/2015 12:04:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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