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 Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sony ICD-PX440 4GB PX Series MP3 Digital Voice IC Recorder available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
Product Highlights
  • 4GB Internal Memory
  • Expandable to 32GB with microSD Cards
  • USB Direct Connect
  • Scene Selection
  • Intelligent Noise Cut
  • Includes 2x AAA Batteries
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tenba Discovery: Large Photo/Laptop Daypack available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
Note: The Sage/Khaki version of this bag is also on sale.
Product Highlights
  • 1-2 DSLRs, 4-6 Lenses,Flash, Accessories
  • Holds 15" Laptop in Rear Compartment
  • Pop Out, Removable Camera Compartment
  • Top Storage Area for Jacket, Lunch
  • Weather-Resistant Nylon
  • Waterproof Bottom Panel
  • Mesh Pull-Out Pockets for Water Bottles
  • Front Pocket for MP3 Player, Phone
  • Compression Straps for Stability
  • Includes Rain Cover
Post Date: 4/5/2017 5:15:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 4, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
Just about any camera will work to capture a solar eclipse, but some will produce a better experience depending on your expectations. You may already own a camera or are planning to buy one for not only photographing the upcoming total solar eclipse in 2017, but you’ll also want it to be your companion for years to come to document your life and travels.
This article explores features you should consider in choosing the camera you’ll be using to capture, what will be for most, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
B&H carries solar eclipse photography supplies.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/4/2017 1:51:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
From a technical standpoint, any lens from 8mm to 800mm can be used to photograph people, meaning that every lens could be classified as a "portrait lens." But just because a lens can be used as a portrait lens does not necessarily mean that it should be utilized as such for general portraiture. There are two primary characteristics which make some lenses ideally suited for capturing flattering images of people. Let's explore those characteristics in more detail to determine why they're so beneficial to portraiture.
Medium Telephoto Focal Length (or Focal Length Range)
Typically speaking, lenses with a medium telephoto focal length (or focal length range) tend to work best for general portraiture. While the ideal range can vary with personal preference, generally speaking a lens featuring a focal length in the 85 - 135mm range on a full-frame camera (55 - 85mm on a 1.6x crop sensor camera) will provide a compressed view which mitigates or eliminates the foils of perspective distortion.
Why is perspective distortion a problem in portrait photography? Because when using a relatively wide focal length, combined with a close working distance, facial features nearest to the camera – typically noses – become enlarged in the frame.
Bad Portrait Perspective

Understandably, few subjects appreciate the look of a disproportionately large, prominent nose in their portraits. A longer focal length is the key to keeping facial features flatteringly proportional. Of course, shorter focal lengths (35 - 50mm, especially) can be used for more loosely framed subjects where the background becomes a more meaningful compositional element in the image, just as longer focal lengths can be employed for increased working distances, narrower angles of view and even flatter perspectives. However, it's tough to go wrong with a focal length in the 85 - 135mm range when general portraiture is your primary agenda.
Wide Aperture
Another key element prized by portrait photographers is a very wide aperture – in the f/1.2 to f/2.8 range – allowing for subject isolation via shallow depth of field (DOF). Of course, the wider the aperture, the shallower the DOF. With background elements unrecognizably blurred, distractions can be eliminated and viewers' eyes can be drawn precisely to the subject.
Sigma 85mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Sample Image

However, a shallow depth of field isn't the only benefit that a very wide aperture brings to the table as far portraiture is concerned. Another big benefit of wide aperture use is that faster shutter speeds can be utilized to freeze subject motion thereby allowing sharp details to be captured.
Portrait Lens Recommendations
I considered listing several lens recommendations in this section, but really there's no need. We already have that covered in our Portrait Lens Recommendations section (at least as far as Canon shooters are concerned). For Nikon shooters, check out the Portrait Recommendations and substitute a comparably-spec'd Nikon (or Nikon-mount) lens.
Wrap Up
As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, any lens can be used to record photography's most important subjects, people. However, lenses with a medium telephoto focal length (or zoom lenses that encompass such focal lengths) coupled with a wide aperture can aid in capturing flattering imagery that can make your friends, family, or clients look their best.
Did I miss something important? What do you look for in a portrait lens that we didn't cover?
Post Date: 4/4/2017 9:40:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Shutterbug Mag YouTube Channel:
Shutterbug photographer Jordan Matter shares five great tips on how to shoot stunning portraits at night with very little gear.
Post Date: 4/4/2017 7:00:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon AF 14mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E available for $649.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $849.00.
Product Highlights
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Three Aspherical & Two ED Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Autofocus with Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Integrated Lens Hood
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/4/2017 6:39:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 3, 2017
From Nikon:
April 3, 2017 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) announced today that the establishment of the Optical Engineering Division on April 1, 2017. Aggregating all the optical engineering functions distributed in each division is intended to create a synergistic effect and enhance multifunctionality, as well as enabling flexible deployment of resources to the area as necessary so as not to miss any business opportunity.
This new Optical Engineering Division is an organization that aggregates lens, mechanical and system engineering functions related to optical equipment and optical solutions. Superior technology and knowledge with respect to optical engineering maintained in each division will now be accumulated and evolved in the Optical Engineering Division to develop optical products that create new value.
In our restructuring plan, announced in November 2016, we decided to restructure our group companies to enhance manufacturing technology of optical components that are our core competence and a differentiator from our competitors. All the functions related to the manufacturing technology of optical components, which were previously owned by Nikon Corporation and our group companies, have now been brought together at Tochigi Nikon Corporation, our consolidated subsidiary, which started operation on February 1, 2017.
In addition to these advances for manufacturing technology of optical components, the newly established Optical Engineering Division will further improve our greatest strength, optical technology, by aggregating optical engineering functions, thereby helping to maximize our products' competitiveness.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/3/2017 12:16:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the 3DR Smart Battery for Solo Quadcopter available for $69.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
Product Highlights
  • 14.8V LiPo Flight Battery
  • 5200 mAh Capacity
  • LED Charge Indicators
  • Specifically for Solo Quadcopter
Post Date: 4/3/2017 10:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
One of the lens aspects I always test thoroughly is autofocus accuracy with consistency being especially important as consistency can be calibrated into accuracy if necessary. And, I generally dread testing 3rd party lens AF accuracy because ... historically, many of these lenses have performed poorly in this regard. It is highly frustrating to spend weeks evaluating a lens and have the AF results reveal a flaw large enough to make people no longer interested in it.
As I shared recently, the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens shows impressive sharpness even at its widest aperture. But of course, that sharpness can only be realized if the lens is focused accurately and most of us rely on AF for that task. And, with the relatively shallow depth of field this lens can produce at 200mm and f/2.8, that aspect becomes even more critical.
While I'm not completely finished with this lens evaluation, I have some good news to report. The image shared in this post is a collage of 100% crops taken from 15 consecutive 200mm, f/2.8 autofocused images, each captured with the lens initially de-focused. If I hadn't told you, you might have thought that I simply copied and pasted a single image to create this graphic, but those are indeed 15 different images. That's impressive. And, I have a variety of similar tests showing similar results.
I had a track meet to photograph last week and ... I really wanted to see how this lens would perform in that role. The Tamron 70-200 made it into my hands just as I was leaving and, (I don't recommend doing this, but I couldn't help myself) without any prior testing, I mounted the lens on a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II and went out the door. I shot the meet solely with this lens. The results from about 1,000 images captured were not perfect (they never are), but they showed this lens' AF system performing quite well. That I photographed this event in low light, including heavy cloud cover and light rain with a post-sunset ending, gives the results added value.
I often notice peripheral AF points not performing as well as the center AF point when using third party lenses, so I have also been testing those. While the peripheral AF performance is again not as good, it is only very slightly less so, delivering a significant majority of in-focus images, including at the mentioned track meet and even in the very low light levels at that event. A high percentage of the results from a portrait session with this lens, including tightly-framed head shots and utilizing only peripheral AF points, were correctly focused.
So, I'm quite impressed with the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens' AF performance.
At this point, this lens is looking like a bargain: B&H has the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens in stock (Nikon mount in stock soon).
Post Date: 4/3/2017 8:23:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Expired: Amazon has the Canon EOS 5Ds DSLR Camera available for $2,699.00. Cmopare at $3,499.00.
Note: This is an astonishing deal sold directly from Amazon, meaning that the purchase qualifies for a full 1-year Canon USA warranty. They also have a lower-than-normal price on the 5Ds R – $3,499.00 compared to $3,699.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2017 7:19:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of a number of commemorative models and goods celebrating Nikon's 100th Anniversary, which falls on July 25, 2017.
Since its establishment (as Nippon Kogaku K.K.) in 1917, Nikon has provided the world with unique value through its optical products based on optical and precision technologies. 100th anniversary commemorative models have been planned and developed with the tradition and advanced technologies, which have always led the times, that Nikon has cultivated over the past 100 years at their foundation, but they also incorporate the thanks and hope we feel looking toward the next 100 years. All commemorative items with the 100th Anniversary logo and special finishes and features that give them an even more elegant look and feel will be released. They are commemorative editions of our two flagship digital SLR cameras, a commemorative edition of the ultimate NIKKOR lens in our series of f/2.8 maximum aperture lenses, a commemorative set of three NIKKOR lenses, and finally, commemorative editions of three binoculars. In addition to the 100th anniversary commemorative models, we are also preparing a special collection of commemorative goods.
See our 100th Anniversary site for further details.
D5 100th Anniversary Edition
The D5 is Nikon's flagship digital SLR camera. It has supported the work of professional photographers in such fields as press, sports, and nature photography, and has also aided in activities related to the study and exploration of space. The D5 100th Anniversary Edition, in which the heritage of a flagship model is embodied, has a dark metallic gray finish and a stamp on the bottom noting Nikon's contribution to the study and exploration of space. An anniversary booklet detailing Nikon's contributions to the study and exploration of space is also included.
D500 100th Anniversary Edition
The D500 is a model that offers both agility and highly precise rendering. With its metallic gray finish and commemorative logo, the 100th Anniversary Edition combines an elegant look and feel with practicality. It comes with an exclusive metal case that has a plate on which the commemorative logo and serial number are engraved. The case contains a commemorative body cap and a commemorative leather strap embossed with the commemorative logo.
NIKKOR 70-200E 100th Anniversary Edition
This is the 100th anniversary edition of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, a fast telephoto zoom lens that has been well received for its ability to offer both superior agility and excellent optical performance since its release in 2016. The commemorative lens comes with the individual glass elements that make up the internal workings of the lens, as well as a special stand and case for displaying them, providing those who purchase and use the lens with a sense of just how the lens achieves its characteristic rendering.
NIKKOR Triple F2.8 Zoom Lens Set 100th Anniversary Edition
NIKKOR lenses have become synonymous with Nikon's optical technologies. The NIKKOR Triple F2.8 Zoom Lens Set 100th Anniversary Edition is a set of three f/2.8 maximum aperture zoom lenses that best represent the NIKKOR name. The set is comprised of the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the normal AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and the telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. The same commemorative serial number is engraved on all three lenses.
WX 7x50 IF and WX 10x50 IF 100th Anniversary Editions
The WX 7x50 IF and WX 10x50 IF 100th Anniversary Editions are commemorative editions of models in the new ultra-wide field of view WX series (WX 7x50 IF, WX 10x50 IF), which offer incredibly wide fields of view with sharp and clear viewing all the way to field edges. The special commemorative logo is printed on the bottom of the binocular's central shaft, and an exclusive serial number is stamped on the top of the central shaft. What's more, in addition to the usual strap supplied with the binoculars, the 100th anniversary commemorative models also come with a WX leather strap embossed with the commemorative logo. Sales of these 100th anniversary commemorative models will be limited to a total of one hundred (7x50 and 10x50 combined).
8x30 E II 100th Anniversary Edition
This is a commemorative edition of the Nikon 8x30E II, a binocular with an orthodox and classic design used and loved by many over the years since its release. Its 63.2° apparent field of view is realistic, and the application of a multilayer film coating to all lens and prism surfaces ensures that the field of view is bright and clear. The commemorative edition has an exclusive metallic gray finish, and the commemorative logo is printed on it. In addition, it comes with a special strap and case. Sales of this 100th anniversary commemorative model will be limited to a total of four hundred.
100th anniversary commemorative goods
Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model I
This is an elegant and beautiful crystal reproduction* created by Swarovski, the world's leading crystal manufacturer, in commemoration of Nikon's 100th anniversary.
Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection
This collection of lapel pins representing Nikon's most historic and popular products, as well as the corporate logo, looks back at Nikon's 100-year journey through light.
Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap
This premium camera strap is made entirely of the best Italian leather that only improves with use and age.
Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera
The historic Nikon F, Nikon's first flagship model and the camera that set the standard for single-lens reflex cameras around the world, is faithfully reproduced with this 1/2-scale model.
More information will be available in June. See our 100th Anniversary site for further details.
* Decorative model does not have photographic capabilities.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/3/2017 5:46:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Drobo 5N 5-Bay NAS Storage Array with Gigabit Ethernet available for $339.95 with free shipping. Regularly $479.95.
Product Highlights
  • 5-Bay Desktop HD NAS Enclosure
  • Holds 5x 3.5" SATA HDDs (not included)
  • Holds 1x mSATA SSD (not included)
  • Gigabit Ethernet Port, Cable Included
  • Mixed Drive Size Utilization
  • Thin Provisioning
  • Hot Swappable
  • BeyondRAID Features
  • Drobo Apps
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
Post Date: 4/3/2017 5:22:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, April 1, 2017
From Breakthrough Photography:
New Depolarizing Filter from Breakthrough Photography Enhances Glare for Artistic Imagery
April 1, 2017 – San Francisco, CA – To expand the creative possibilities of today's photography professionals, Breakthrough Photography is proud to introduce the world's first depolarization filter, the X4 with variable Glare Enhancing Technology (GET). Based on the company's ultra high quality circular polarizer filters, the X4 Depolarizer includes existing Breakthrough Photography brand technologies such as SCHOTT B270 optical glass, MRC16, and nanotec nano coatings paired with an all new titanium-brass alloy knurled frame for the ultimate in handling, durability, corrosion resistence and jam prevention.
Glare Enhancing Technology
For the first time ever, photographers now have the ability to increase visible glare for the ultimate in creative expression. Through the use of triple laminated SCHOTT glass elements with split prism microparticle film, Breakthrough Photography's patented Glare Enhancing Technology allows photographers to not only increase existing visible glare in a scene, but select the precise amount of additional glare desired.
Breakthrough Photography X4 Depolarizer Filter Example

“We took all that we learned from the success of the X4 ND and CPL filters and made it our mission to bring something unique to the market. At the core of the X4 Depolarizer lies our internally developed patent-pending, American-made microparticle film, specially designed to refract unpolarized light through each layer to augment glare. And we’ve even designed the X4 Depolarizer to meet the needs of professional cinematographers, too, who want to bring a unique look to their film projects.” said founder and photographer Graham Clark.
“We’re really excited to bring the X4 Depolarizer to the photography community on Kickstarter first. We’ll be offering a one-time launch sale price of up to $50 off, in limited quantities,” says Clark. “If this Kickstarter campaign proves successful, the X4 Depolarizer will be available for purchase on Amazon Prime, B&H and Adorama directly following the Kickstarter campaign.”
X4 Depolarizer Key Features
  • Critically sharp SCHOTT B270 Optical Glass
  • American-made Split Prism Microparticle Film
  • Nanotec Nano Coating layers repels elements
  • Rugged, Ultra-slim, Weather-sealed Titanium-Brass Alloy Traction Frame
  • 25 Year Support
X4 Depolarizer Size & Retail Pricing:
  • 39mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm for $149
  • 67mm and 72mm for $159
  • 77mm for $169
  • 82mm for $179
  • 95mm for $209
  • 105mm for $229
You can order the BreakThrough Photography X4 Depolarizer via Kickstarter.
Post Date: 4/1/2017 6:15:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 31, 2017
by Sean Setters
A week ago, the wispy clouds drew my attention as I walked outside to water my garden plants. With sunset soon approaching, I decided to grab the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, a tripod and a selection of lenses with the hope of catching some sunset and/or blue hour shots in downtown Savannah, GA. I specifically chose the crop sensor 7D II because a) the crop sensor lenses are smaller allowing for a wider range of focal lengths to be carried in a small backpack and b) I didn't necessarily need the benefit of the 5D III's high ISO performance for sunset imagery.
My original plan was to capture a sunset behind a silhouette of the Talmadge Memorial Bridge. After heading across the Savannah River to one of my favorite locations for photographing River Street, I realized that scene I had imagined was impossible to capture from the location I had in mind. And, unfortunately, there wasn't another easily accessible location on Hutchinson Island that would provide the angle I needed (without obstructions) to capture the sun behind the bridge. If I had taken the time to research the sun's position in relation to my intended shooting location, I would have realized that my imagined shot was not possible. Regardless, I decided to regroup and see what I could do with the beautiful sunset occurring before my eyes.
As the sun sank just below the horizon, the sky became striped with vibrant colors. Using a couple of cranes and the stacks of a building under construction to anchor the image, I chose a verticle framing and, using the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM and the 7D II set to HDR mode, captured the dramatic skies the sunset had created.
In post processing, I blurred the water in the bottom of the resulting HDR JPEG image to simulate a longer exposure, increased contrast a bit and increased saturation/vibrance to further enhance the colors in the sky.
Sometimes, things work out just as you plan them; other times, they don't. Always be prepared to go with a "plan B" option, even if your backup plan is created completely on the fly. By grabbing your camera and heading out the door when conditions look favorable, you'll likely find yourself with a myriad of options to frame in your viewfinder. And don't forget, having a go-bag ready can make heading out the door that much easier.
Post Date: 3/31/2017 7:35:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Imaging Plaza YouTube Channel:
“Walking In The Air” was shot using the ultra-wide angle lens EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM. The advanced aperture F2.8, ultra-wide angle zoom lens is popular with professionals and highly skilled enthusiasts. Enjoy the scenery of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach in Australia.
B&H carries the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM (review).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/31/2017 7:31:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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