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 Monday, July 24, 2017
If you're still pondering options for photographing the upcoming solar eclipse, B&H has a deal for you. Right now, you can get the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Solar Eclipse Kit for $1,499.00 with free expedited shipping after $200.00 instant savings.
 
The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Solar Eclipse Kit comes with a Tamron Marumi 95mm DHG ND-100000 Solid Neutral Density 5.0 (16.5 Stops) Solar Eclipse Filter ($299.00 value) and five Lunt Solar Systems Solar / Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses.
B&H has the Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander with FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver Kit available for $396.00 with free shipping. Regularly $546.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Commander and Receiver Kit
  • For Select Sony Cameras and Flashes
  • 2.4 GHz Radio Transmitter w/ 98.4' Range
  • Works with up to 15 Radio Receivers
  • 14 Channels and up to 5 Groups
  • Remote Power Control from 1/1 to 1/256
  • TTL and High-Speed Sync Support
  • Manual Flash Triggering
  • Multi Terminal for Triggering Camera
  • Multi Interface Foot; PC Sync Terminal
Adorama has the BlackRapid RS-L Sport Extreme Sport Strap available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $73.95.
 
I use a right-handed version of this strap that's been converted for Arca-style plates. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for left-handed photographers
  • Holds SLR camera with lens attached
  • Under arm safety tether
  • FR-3 fastener couples to connector-2
  • BRAD MOD secures the strap during action shots
Post Date: 7/24/2017 10:26:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 just showed up and it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 27 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Canon EOS Rebel SL2 ready for use.
 
  1. Open the box, find the battery and charger and plug it in. If you have another charged LP-E17 battery available, you can continue to the battery-required steps without a wait.
  2. While the battery is charging, unpack the other items you want from the box. This is a good time to install the neck strap.
  3. Download and install the Canon Solution Disk software on your computer to get support for the latest camera(s). Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP), EOS Utility, Photostitch and Lens Registration Utility are the options I manually include in the install.
  4. Insert the battery (after charging completes, unless you can't wait).
  5. Power the camera on.
  6. The date and time setup screen will show at startup the first time. Use the Rear Control dial and Set button to update this information.
  7. Insert a memory card (don't forget to format the card via the tools menu option before taking pictures).
  8. Set the camera's mode to Av, Tv or M (some modes provide only a small subset of available menu options).
  9. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  10. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image quality: set to RAW (I highly recommend a RAW workflow)
  11. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Image review: 4 sec.
  12. Shooting Menu, Tab 1: Release without card: Off/Disable (I highly recommend this setting)
  13. Shooting Menu, Tab 2: Lens aberration correction: All disabled (though I suggest leaving CA correction enabled for most uses – all can be applied in DPP)
  14. Shooting Menu, Tab 3: White balance: AWB-W (Auto: White priority)
  15. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Picture Style: Neutral with Sharpness Strength set to "1" (Note: the low contrast "Neutral" picture style provides a histogram on the back of the camera that most-accurately shows me blown highlights and blocked shadows on the camera LCD. I usually change the Picture Style to "Standard" in DPP after capture.)
  16. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: Long exposure noise reduction: I usually have this option set to "Auto", but my choice varies for the situation.
  17. Shooting Menu, Tab 4: High ISO speed noise reduction: Off (noise reduction is destructive to images details – I prefer to add NR sparingly in post, but "Low" is also a good choice)
  18. Playback Menu, Tab 3: Histogram disp: RGB (I want to monitor all three color channels for blown or blocked pixels)
  19. Tools Menu, Tab 1: Auto rotate: On/Computer only (this provides the largest playback image size on the camera LCD)
  20. Tools Menu, Tab 3: Beep: Disable
  21. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom Functions: C.Fn I:ISO expansion: On
  22. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Custom Functions: C.Fn I:Exposure comp. auto cancel: Disable
  23. Tools Menu, Tab 4: Copyright information: Enter author's name: [your name]
  24. Display Level Menu: Menu guide: Standard (required to gain access to My Menu)
  25. Display Level Menu: Mode guide: Disable (novices may appreciate this setting enabled)
  26. Display Level Menu: Feature guide: Disabled (novices may appreciate this setting enabled)
  27. My Menu: Add the first tab; Register the following options for Tab 1: Long exposure noise reduction, Mirror lockup, Format card, Date/Time/Zone (great for monitoring what time it is), Sensor cleaning, Expo.comp./AEB
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. My setup is ideal for me, but keep in mind that your needs may differ. The best use of this list may be for tweaking of your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS Rebel SL2
 
The very inexpensive Canon EOS Rebel SL2 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/24/2017 9:15:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results from the Sony a7R II have been added to the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens page.
 
I like what I see.
 
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/24/2017 7:22:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time or when inventory is exhausted, B&H has the Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX Lens for Canon available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $449.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/24/2017 5:16:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 23, 2017
Canon released new versions of its freely included software at the end of last month primarily to add compatibility with its newly released cameras. However, Canon EOS 5Ds R owners will likely appreciate the "...function for reducing color moiré" added to DPP.
 
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.6.30:
 
  • Supports EOS 6D Mark II, EOS Kiss X9 / EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D, EOS-1D, EOS-1Ds.
  • Adds a function for reducing color moiré.
  • Supports the EOS 5D Mark IV Canon Log specification.
EOS MOVIE Utility 1.7:
 
  • Supports EOS 6D Mark II.
  • Supports the EOS 5D Mark IV Canon Log specification.
Changes to EOS Utility 3.6.30, Picture Style Editor 1.18.30:
 
  • Supports EOS 6D Mark II, EOS Kiss X9 / EOS REBEL SL2 / EOS 200D.
Download: Digital Photo Professional 4.6.30, EOS MOVIE Utility 1.7, EOS Utility 3.6.30 & Picture Style Editor 1.18.30
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/23/2017 4:36:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, July 22, 2017
Use coupon code AMTMF50J17 at BuyDig.com to get a $200.00 discount on top of the $250.00 mail-in rebate for the following gear bundled with the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Inkjet Printer:
 
Note: The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM deal requires a different promo code, AMTMF207K17.
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/22/2017 8:16:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
On August 21st, 2017, over much of North America, the moon is going to cover the big fireball, creating a spectacular sight (weather conditions permitting of course). Start preparing now – photographing the sun is not difficult and likely is affordable to you.
 
Read through the Solar Eclipse Photography Tips posts and don't miss the Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter review to learn how this image was created.
 
This image is moderately cropped from a 1200mm full frame capture.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
Post Date: 7/22/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 21, 2017
Along with the image quality test results I shared previously, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens page.
 
This inexpensive lens is still looking good, from both an image quality perspective and a stylish one. From a size standpoint, let's put things in perspective.
 
The Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/21/2017 7:25:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm f/2 PRO DX Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $599.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • One Plastic-Molded Aspherical Element
  • Two Glass-Molded Aspherical SD Elements
  • Two Super Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating
  • Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch
  • Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 7/21/2017 6:23:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 20, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glidecam Ultra-Shot available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 20 lb
  • Maximum Height: 63.6"
  • Closed Length: 23"
  • Sections: 5
  • Weight: 6 lb
  • T6-6061 Aluminum Monopod with Flip Locks
  • Tilting Back-and-Forth Head
  • 6" Offset Quick Release Plate
  • Positionable Motocross Grips
  • Two 1/4"-20 Screws
Post Date: 7/20/2017 5:35:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
As I mentioned earlier this week, I recently renovated an old workshop to serve as my new photography studio. Above you can see a 360-degree view of the studio. Note that the middle of the panorama shows the back wall of the studio while the edges show the curtain-covered french doors opposite the back wall.
 
Below are some organizational tools and techniques I used for optimizing the space.
 
Black Light Portrait July 2017

Always Available 12' Background Support Crossbar
 
If you look closely at the panorama atop this post, you'll notice a 12' 4-section background support bar held up by the side walls. I purchased the support bar several years ago and it has served me well for larger backdrop needs. I had originally intended on hanging hooks from the rafters to hang the background support, but upon measuring the space, I realized that wasn't necessary. The walls of the studio are slightly less than 12' (3.66m), so it was relatively easy to add a couple of nails to the top of the walls to keep the background pole in place, while still being able to take the pole down when it's needed for on-location work.
 
Having the 12' background support semi-permanently installed has the benefits of freeing up storage space that would otherwise have been required for the collapsed set of poles while reducing setup time when the background support bar is actually needed.
 
For the shot above, I used (6) black lights to photograph Alexis in front of an 84x52" tapestry.
 


Snowboard Rack for Lightstands

Surfboard/Snowboard Rack for Light Stands/Tripods/Monopods
 
Want a great way store your light stands, tripods and monopods? Get a surfboard/snowboard rack! With 16" arms and a support rating of 100 lbs. (45.4kg), the surfboard rack can store a lot of gear neatly and efficiently.
 
Just how much lighting and photography gear can you support with a surfboard/snowboard rack? Well, right now, mine is holding:
 
(9) Light stands (of various sizes and weights)
(2) 40" Extension Arms
(2) Monopods (1 alloy, 1 carbon fiber)
(1) Avenger D600 Mini Boom
(1) Alloy Tripod
(1) Manfrotto 173B Mini Boom Arm
 
The above gear totals approximately 93 lbs (42.2kg).
 


Pegboard Organizer for Photography Gear

Pegboard for Misc. Supplies
 
I tried to make use of previously installed organizational items when possible, and the pegboard installed by the previous owner worked great for storing miscellaneous items such as the following:
 
A pegboard hooks variety pack was all I needed to transform this otherwise unutilized area behind my post-processing computer's monitors into a convenient storage solution for often-used gear.
 


Bungee Straps Securing Shelf

Ball Bungees Keep Gear In Check
 
After placing a few soft boxes/octa boxes on one shelf and umbrellas on another, I quickly realized I needed something to contain the items while leaving them quickly accessible. My solution was to wrap a ball bungee around the top portion of shelf section and a no-damage hair elastic band to the bottom portion of the shelf. With the two fitted together, the gear stays in place yet can be accessed very easily.
 
Parting Thoughts
 
Optimizing your gear storage will help you get the most out of your studio space, whether it's a small room, a garage or a large commercial workspace. By utilizing techniques similar to the ones outlined above, you can maximize floor space while simultaneously allowing for quick access to often-needed tools and supplies.
Post Date: 7/20/2017 12:40:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 7/20/2017 9:09:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., July 20, 2017 – For professionals who want sharp, brilliant and obsessively beautiful prints that they can share with the world, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its latest professional large-format inkjet printer - the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000. At 60-inches wide, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer is the largest 12-ink printer on the market today.
 
The PRO-6000 expands the PRO Series models offered from 17-inches to 60-inches wide, giving users the ability to own multiple sized printers all with the same print head, ink and image processor, helping to ensure the same high quality across the line. As with previous models, the PRO-6000 device’s sleek design emphasizes the link with Canon’s EOS digital cameras and red-line “L-series lens.” Highlights that set this model apart from the crowd include its 60-inch print width, the ability to feed from the only standard Multifunction Roll System in its class and a 12-channel system including Chroma Optimizer that offers spectacular image quality for the fine art and photographic markets.
 
“With the introduction of our largest model, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000, we round out our full line of high quality PRO Series printers,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PRO Series now offers an expansive lineup of large-format inkjet solutions and sizes for a broad range of applications in the photo, fine art, proofing and graphics market segments.”
 
Designed to meet the needs of photo professionals and graphic artists, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer provides users with Canon’s input-to-output photo printing support, known as Crystal-fidelity. This solution allows users to obtain a print quality that accurately expresses the structure, clarity and texture of photos shot using Canon EOS DSLR cameras. Fine art professionals and graphic artists will welcome the versatility that the PRO-6000 offers, including the ability to print on various media types, such as glossy paper, matte paper and fine art textured paper.
 
"I prefer Canon large-format printers because of their amazing quality, as well as their outstanding reliability. With the new PRO-6000 printer, the singular print head further improves the quality of nozzle alignment for cleaner, sharper images. I can launch an entire roll’s worth of prints and be confident that I won’t find banding half way through the batch - a huge advantage over the competition,” said Cody Ranaldo, Technical Director for Griffin Editions NYC, a full-service fine art photographic printing, imaging and mounting studio. “The dual-roll loading system greatly reduces the amount of handling damage incurred when switching back and forth between rolls. Finally, there is an aqueous inkjet printer designed for a true production environment."
 
“One of our best clients has been waiting to offer her work in 60-by-60 inches and is excited to now be able to offer fine art prints to a new client base,” said Eric Luden, founder and owner of Digital Silver Imaging, based in Belmont, Massachusetts. “Commercial clients are especially excited to see the larger scale prints for their lobbies and conference rooms. Our new Canon PRO-6000, which includes all the improvements that we’ve come to enjoy on our Canon PRO-4000, will open up new opportunities and markets for our business.”
 
High-level Precision
 
As with previous models in the imagePROGRAF PRO line, the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 model features the LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink system to provide exceptional image quality. The printer maintains this high print quality with a multi-sensor that calibrates the printer, helping to ensure color consistency from the first print to the last and across multiple PRO Series printers. It also features a high-precision mechanical platform, providing a uniform, rigid frame to reduce vibrations during printing and more accurate ink ejection as well as effortless media feeding capabilities, allowing users to no longer have to worry about blemished prints due to fingerprints.
 
Extraordinary Productivity
 
The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer features the L-COA PRO processing engine for high-precision image reproduction and high-speed processing of high resolution data. The Sub-Ink Tank feature valued by users of the imagePROGRAF Series has been carried over to this model, helping to reduce downtime and minimize costs by automatically enabling ink tank replacement during printing. With both black ink types active at the same time, there is no need to waste time or ink by swapping out tanks when printing between matte and glossy paper. Right out of the box users will be able to print more as the imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 model comes with 330 ml starter ink tanks.
 
Media Handling
 
Typically an option for smaller sized models, a Multifunction Roll System (MFR) comes standard with this 60-inch model to allow for increased versatility. When used as a second roll, the MFR system enables users to load glossy media in one roll and matte media in the other to seamlessly print to both rolls without needing to manually switch media. The Multifunction Roll unit will intelligently switch to the correct media, automating the process and providing increased ease of use. The roll can also act as a take-up unit with bi-directional rewind, ideal for long, uninterrupted print runs.
 
User-Friendly Software
 
Included with this new imagePROGRAF PRO printer to help enhance user experience is Print Studio Pro, a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom1 and Canon Digital Photo Professional software. The Accounting Manager utility is included to help photographers keep track of consumable costs, such as ink and media, to help users determine their overall printing expenses. Also included is Device Management Console, an administrative tool which provides users with the means to manage up to 50 imagePROGRAF PRO Series printers, all from one location.
 
Availability
 
The imagePROGRAF PRO-6000 printer is expected to be available in August 2017 with an MSRP of $11,995.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/20/2017 9:05:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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