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 Tuesday, April 4, 2017
B&H has select Benro Aluminum Tripods on sale today with free shipping. Each tripod comes with a short center column, spiked and rubber feet and a carrying case. See below for more information.
Benro Tripod Deals
Benro TMA18A Series 1 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod - $69.95 (Reg. $139.95)
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 56.9"
  • Min Height: 11.8"
  • Folded Length: 19.5"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.2 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
Benro TMA18AB1 Series 1 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod with B1 Ball Head - $99.95 (Reg. $234.95)
  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 60.6"
  • Min Height: 15.6"
  • Folded Length: 23.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.1 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head, QR Plate
Benro TMA28AB2 Series 2 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod with B2 Ball Head - $129.95 (Reg. $259.95)
  • Load Capacity: 30.9 lb
  • Max Height: 65.2"
  • Min Height: 16.3"
  • Folded Length: 24.6"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.9 lb
  • One Leg Converts to Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head, QR Plate
Benro TMA37ALHD3 Series 3 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod with HD3 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head - $179.95 (Reg. $274.95)
  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Max Height: 75.6"
  • Min Height: 21.3"
  • Folded Length: 31.9"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 7.3 lb
  • Pan/Tilt Head with Snap-In QR Plate
Benro TMA47ALB4 Series 4 Mach3 Aluminum Tripod with B4 Ball Head - $219.95 (Reg. $359.95)
  • Load Capacity: 44.1 lb
  • Max Height: 75.4"
  • Min Height: 20.7"
  • Folded Length: 31.5"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 8.7 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head, QR Plate
Post Date: 4/4/2017 5:37:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 3, 2017
Right now, you can get Formatt-Hitech UV, Circular Polarizing & ND Filters for 50% off at B&H.
Post Date: 4/3/2017 1:00:00 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
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
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Bolt CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Canon available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $74.95.
Product Highlights
  • Extends Portable Flash Capacity
  • Up to 595 Flashes Per Charge
  • Fast Recycle Times Up to 1.24 Sec
  • Thermal Switch Prevents Overheating
  • Option of Using 4 or 8 AA Batteries
  • Alkaline, Lithium or Ni-MH Batteries
Compatible Flashes
Canon: Speedlite 600EX-RT, 600EX II-RT, 580EX, 580EX II, 550EX, 540EZ, 430EZ, Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Bolt: VX-710N, VX-710C, VX-760N, VX-760C
Nissin: Di700 for Canon, Di866 for Canon, Di866 Mark II for Canon, MG8000 for Canon
Note: The Nikon version of this battery pack is also reduced.
 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

In this video by Kodak Moments UK, Kodak pranks unsuspecting UK residents by pretending to accidentally wipe their smart phones' data. Why? To prove how important it is to print out important images.
Of course, off-site backup storage solutions offer similar (if not better) short term security for your images, but... a high quality printed image on archival paper can last for generations and can easily be enjoyed by those within close proximity.
B&H carries photo printers and archival paper.
Post Date: 3/31/2017 7:15:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Polsen VM-150 DSLR/Video Microphone available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.95.
Product Highlights
  • Compact Directional Condenser Microphone
  • Integrated Shockmount with Shoe Mount
  • 1/4"-20 Socket for Use with Boom Pole
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad
  • Switchable Low Cut Filter @ 80 Hz
  • Power Indicator & Signal Overload LEDs
  • 3.5mm Mini Plug Output Connector
  • 8" Coiled Cable
  • Windscreen & AAA Battery Included
Through this weekend, B&H has the Lensbaby Spark Duo available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
Product Highlights
  • Spark 50mm f/5.6 Lens
  • Sweet Spot Selective Focus Lens
  • Multi-Coated Optical Glass Doublet
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13"
  • Supports Lensbaby's Optic Swap System
  • Compatible with 37mm Accessories
  • Plastic 50mm f/2 Optic for Lo-Fi Look
  • Uncoated Double Convex Plastic Singlet
  • Magnetic Aperture Set
Post Date: 3/31/2017 5:06:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 30, 2017
Several Apple MacBook Pros (Late 2016) are nicely discounted at B&H through March 31.
Post Date: 3/30/2017 12:16:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Instant rebates on select Sigma lenses are scheduled to end tomorrow, March 31, 2017. See below for the currently available lens rebates.
Sigma March Instant Rebates
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM C Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy$400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 3/30/2017 11:32:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Think Tank Photo Outlet Center inventory has been refreshed with lots of discounted items.
In Stock
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
URBAN DISGUISE 40 V2.0$239.75$170.00
CITYWALKER 30$164.75$130.00
CITYWALKER 10$129.75$100.00
MY 2ND BRAIN BRIEFCASE 13$129.75$75.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 15$99.75$55.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 13$94.75$50.00
MY 2ND BRAIN 11$84.75$35.00
MY 2ND BRAIN TABLET$74.75$30.00
Post Date: 3/30/2017 7:33:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Westcott Round Halo Mono Softbox (45") available for $64.90 with free shipping. Regularly $109.90.
Product Highlights
  • Built on an Umbrella Frame
  • Ideal for On-Location Use
  • No Adapter Ring Required
  • Sets up in Seconds
  • 140-Degree Light Spread
  • For Speedlites or Monolights
Post Date: 3/30/2017 6:37:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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