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 Thursday, June 8, 2017
Post Date: 6/8/2017 5:34:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Corel VideoStudio X9 Ultimate (Boxed) available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
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  • Sophisticated Easy-to-Use Video Editor
  • For Enthusiasts, Social Media, Marketers
  • Support for up to Ultra HD 4K Resolution
  • 2000+ Effects, Correction Tools, Etc.
  • 6-Angle Multi-Camera Editor
  • Multi-Point Motion Tracking
  • FastFlick Template Designer
  • MXF (XAVC) Import / HEVC H.265 I/O
  • Added Track Options and Much More
  • Windows Compatible
Post Date: 6/8/2017 5:23:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 7, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
So far in our eclipse series we’ve discussed camera bodies and lenses that can be used to photograph the upcoming total solar eclipse. This article covers solar filters, the most important consideration for solar photography and direct viewing of the solar eclipse.
It is never safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection when any part of it is visible behind the moon!
This also includes not looking through your camera’s viewfinder when photographing the eclipse – use a solar filter on the front of the lens, and look through your LCD screen instead of the viewfinder!
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
B&H carries solar filters and solar viewing glasses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/7/2017 1:51:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The release of the Sony a9 introduced yet another intriguing option in the pro sports photography market. As such, you may be curious as to how Sony's first sports-oriented mirrorless full frame camera stacks up against Canon's top-of-the-line full frame DSLR, the EOS-1D X Mark II.
Let's first take a look at some of the high level features where the two cameras differ to see how they contrast with one another:
Canon EOS-1D X IISony a9
Resolution20.2 MP24.2 MP
Image Processor(s)Dual DIGIC 6+BIONZ X
AF TypeTTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated CMOS sensorFast Hybrid AF(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
AF Points61 points (Cross-type AF points: Max. 41 points)693 points (phase-detection AF)
AF Working RangeEV -3 – 18EV -3 – 20
MeteringApprox. 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 216-zone metering1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering RangeEV 0 – 20EV -3 – 20
Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000Mechanical Shutter: 30 - 1/8000, Electronic Shutter: 30 - 1/32000
LCD3.2" (8.11cm) Clear View LCD II, approx. 1620K dotsTilt type 2.95" (3.0-type) TFT drive, approx. 1440K dots
Continuous Shooting (Max Frame Rate)14fps. with full AF / AE trackingAUTO/Electronic Shutter: High max. 20 fps; Mechanical Shutter: High Max. 5 fps
Wirelessn/aWi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth
GPSBuilt-inCan be synchronized with connected mobile devices
Memory Card SlotsCF Card (Type I; compatible with UDMA 7 CF cards) & CFast Card (CFast 2.0 supported)Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo/Memory Stick PRO Duo (High Speed) & SD/SDHC/SDXC
Battery LifeApprox. 1210 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) 1020 (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)Approx. Approx. 480 shots (Viewfinder) / approx. 650 shots (LCD monitor)
Size6.22 x 6.6 x 3.25" (158.0 x 167.6 x 82.6mm)5.0 x 3.8 x 2.5" (126.9 x 95.6 x 63.0mm)
Weight53.97 oz (1530g)23.7 oz (673g)

By specifications alone, the Sony a9 seems to one-up the Canon 1D X II in almost every major spec category (differences in memory card formats aside). However, the specifications only tell a part of the story; other factors must be considered before deciding between these two cameras.
Size, Weight and Battery Life
As indicated by the table above, the Sony a9 is smaller and lighter than the Canon 1D X II. And as also evidenced by the table above, a downside to the smaller body is the inability to house a large battery. In other words, you can likely shoot more than twice as many images with the [significantly larger] 1D X II before the battery is exhausted. Adding a battery grip to the a9 doubles battery capacity and adds the extremely useful vertical control buttons, but inevitably reduces the size and weight advantages of the camera.
Native Lens Lineup
Consider that the EOS-1D X II is Canon's 11th 1-series digital SLR, the long-standing camera maker has had plenty of time to fill out its product line with a wide variety of lenses ideal for sports photography. Aside from the general purposes lenses sometimes used for sports photography, Canon telephoto (and telephoto zoom) lenses often used for sports photography include:
Compare the lens selection above to the Sony E-mount lenses available now with a focal length of 300mm or greater:
Sony likely has several long telephoto lenses currently in development. However, it's very difficult [i.e., impossible] to take great sports images with lenses that are simply unavailable. For the meantime, Canon likely has a lens to cover your sports needs, no matter what sport you're photographing.
Of course, you can use non-native lenses with the Sony a9 when adapters are thrown into the mix. However, expect the AF performance of adapted lenses to be negatively impacted.
Viewfinder implementations differ significantly between the Canon 1D X II and the Sony a9, where the Canon body offers a traditional optical viewfinder (with customizable overlays) and the Sony body features an electronic viewfinder. Each type of viewfinder has benefits and drawbacks compared to the other (such as an EVF's elimination of viewfinder blackout times), and Bryan shared his thoughts on the advantages/disadvantages of electronic/optical viewfinders in his article, "Comparing Electronic Viewfinders to Optical Viewfinders" . Be sure to check out the preceeding information to determine which of these systems you may prefer.
Durability & Reliability
With Canon's tendency to be relatively conservative regarding its 1-series updates, it's safe to say that you can expect their top-of-the-line series to perform reliably in the field, with robust weather sealing keeping the camera operational in adverse conditions.
Indeed, the a9 isn't Sony's first foray into the full frame digital camera market. However, it is the first camera Sony has designed specifically for sports photography and the rigors that pursuit entails. The Sony a9 may prove to be as reliable as the 1D X II, but... the first iteration of a company's product line is rarely as refined a competitor's benefitting from many more years of experience in design and manufacture.
Autofocus Performance
We're currently evaluating the Sony a9's AF system, and it's too early to provide a definitive comparison between it and the Canon 1D X II. However, based on tests completed so far, Bryan suggests waiting until the full analysis is completed before making this camera aspect a differentiator. Note that more AF points do not necessarily translate to higher accuracy. It's early, of course, so be sure to check out the Sony a9 Review once it's completed for our final thoughts on the camera's overall AF performance.
One thing we have noticed, though, is that the 1D X II is noticeably faster in One Shot AF mode as the a9 defocuses before focusing again even when the subject has not moved.
Customer Support
Canon is widely recognized as having an excellent support system, including (not not limited to) Canon Professional Services, the division which specifically caters to those who make a living with their imaging gear. The support we have received from Canon USA and Canon Professional Services has over the years has been very good. Canon USA's Customer Service Technicians have been eager to help and knowledgeable when we have needed phone support, and our experience with Canon's repair department (in the few times we've needed a repair) has been equally satisfying.
On the other hand, Sony is still in the building process when it comes to customer support for their E-mount camera system. As such, they don't necessarily have a reputation for exemplary customer service [yet]. And that reputation (or lack thereof) is seemingly appropriate, at least considering our own [minimal] experience with Sony Support.
At the time of this comparison, the Sony a9's MSRP is 25% lower than the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II's MSRP, and that translates to a not-so-insignificant savings. If you're ready for the Sony a9 ecosystem, that savings will certainly be appreciated. For a more versatile, similar-to-a-1D-X-II setup, you may wish to use some of the savings to pick up the Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip and an extra battery for increased shooting time and better handling with larger lenses.
So which pro sports camera body is best for your needs? Well, if you're planning on making a living shooting sports imagery in the very near future, or you've already invested heavily in a Canon system, the EOS-1D X Mark II would likely be the best choice.
However, if you're a semi pro or enthusiast sports shooter, and you haven't already invested heavily in a particular camera system, the Sony a9 shows obvious potential and is definitely worth considering if its current lens lineup is appropriate for your needs.
Suggested Retailers
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Sony a9 – B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
Post Date: 6/7/2017 9:30:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Use coupon code PAYPAL10 at the Canon Store to get the Refurbished Canon EOS 80D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens for $764.10 + tax with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00 new after $200.00 instant savings.
Hot Deal: Use coupon code BHOPTICS17 at B&H has the Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer available for $79.99 with free shipping after $50.00 promo discount and $250.00 mail-in discount. Regularly $379.99.
Product Highlights
  • 4800 x 2400 dpi
  • Print 8 x 10" in 51 Seconds
  • Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, PictBridge
  • Print Sizes up to 13 x 19"
  • 8 Ink Cartridges Including 3 Monochrome
  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray Printing
  • Print Studio Pro for Photoshop, DPP
Post Date: 6/7/2017 7:25:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phase One:
Capture One 10.1.2 brings lots of bug fixes for Mac and Windows versions of Capture One 10.1.
Bug fixes: Mac
  • Importing all images from a CF card doesn’t work
  • Capture Pilot Server – histogram is not showing metadata until you tag the pictures with a color
  • Navigator tool rectangle not cropped correctly
  • Folder in catalog will not sync after deleting and adding it again
  • Workspace not saved properly
  • OpenCL indication discrepancy on laptops
  • Rating in Smart Albums doesn’t work
  • PSD files with dot prefix shown in Browser
  • List of tokens can move sideways
  • Temp reset of Smoothness slider resets to default instead
  • Keystone adjustment edit fields don’t act on arrow up/down
  • Edit With settings are not persistent
  • Garbage Session Favorite created when Exporting as EIP
  • Crash when moving vertical guide in live view
  • Miscellaneous crashes
Bug fixes: Win
  • Default clarity for specific camera not stored after restart of Capture One
  • Deleting images gives counting negative values
  • Save Workspace Does Not Save Multiple Identical Tools in the Same Tool Tab
  • Miscellaneous crashes
Download: Capture One 10.1.2
B&H carries Phase One Capture One licenses.
Post Date: 6/7/2017 5:51:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the newly announced Apple iMac, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iPad Pro available or preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/7/2017 5:22:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Genaray LED-6500T 209 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
Product Highlights
  • Genaray Professional Series LED Light
  • 3200-5600K Adjustable Color Temperature
  • Up to 900 Lux Brightness at 3 ft
  • Vertically Stackable
  • 100-10% Flicker Free Brightness Dimmer
  • Smooth, Stepless Color/Brightness Dials
  • Sony L Series Battery Mount
  • Battery, Charger, AC Adapter Included
  • Magnetic, Snap-On Diffuser Included
  • Ball Head and Carry Case Included
Post Date: 6/7/2017 5:10:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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Post Date: 6/6/2017 12:53:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, standard product images and eye candy have been added to the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens page.
Completing the review of this lens is one of my priorities right now.
The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 6/6/2017 7:15:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
Sigma Corporation would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available.
By updating the firmware, the lens will offer improved AF performance. Also, the latest firmware of the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E will not only offer improved AF performance, but also enables the OS mechanism to start operating faster than before.
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using a supplied USB Cable.
* Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
Applicable Products
SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon
Benefits of This Firmware Update
  • Improved the AF performance.
  • When attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E (ver. 1.06), the firmware update offers not only the improved AF performance, but also enables the OS mechanism to start operating faster than before.
Applicable Products
Benefits of This Firmware Update
  • Compatibility with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon (ver. 1.01).
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download Page
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/6/2017 6:10:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon has Adobe Premiere Elements 15 available for $49.99. Regularly $99.99.
Product Highlights
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  • Edit- Turn rough clips into real movies youll watch over and over. Easily remove unwanted footage, fix color and lighting, and drag and drop to quickly create your movies.
  • Share- Share with friends and family the way that works for youvia disc, HDTV, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and more.
  • System Requirement Note: Only compatible with 64-bit processors
Post Date: 6/6/2017 5:38:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Angler Muslin Background (10 x 24', in either Black, White or Chroma Green) available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $114.95.
Product Highlights
  • Seamless, Durable 10 x 24' Fabric
  • Absorbs Light & Eliminates Reflections
  • Sewn-In 4" Rod Sleeve for Hanging
  • Machine Wash, Tumble Dry Low
  • Included See-Through Zippered Carry Bag
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