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 Monday, May 4, 2015

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
With the help of two amazing Cirque du Soleil performers, Joe showcases the strength and stability of Gitzo Tripods.
 
B&H carries Gitzo tripods.
Post Date: 5/4/2015 10:19:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Learn more about the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds r through the experiences of Canon Explorers of Light as they see what 50.6 MP can do while visiting the Valley of Fire in Nevada.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/4/2015 10:01:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger
For a limited time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger available for $79.95.
 
Note from Sean: I bought this little device late last year and I've been having a blast with it. Here's my favorite shot taken with the lightning trigger:
 
Lightning over Derryberry Hall
Post Date: 5/4/2015 9:52:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Creative Cloud Logo
Use promo code BHOPTIC15 ($20.00 off) at B&H to get one full year of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC) for only $99.88. Regularly $119.88.
 
Note from Sean: I've been an Adobe CC Photography Plan customer ever since it first became available. It is undoubtedly one of the best investments I make each month and well worth the normal price of $9.99 per month. However, at this price ($8.32 / mo), it's an absolute steal. [Sean]
Post Date: 5/4/2015 9:32:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oben CT-2391 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
For a limited time, B&H has select Oben Carbon Fiber Tripods on sale for 15% off.
Post Date: 5/4/2015 9:23:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spring 2015 Canon Big White L Lens Family Picture (with Hoods)
With the arrival of the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, it seemed like a good opportunity for the Canon family to sit down for the Big White Lens spring 2015 family picture (download larger images below).
 
Canon Big White Lens Family Picture Spring 2015 without Hoods Post Resolution

 
Featured in these pictures, from left to right, are the following lenses:
 
Download Larger Images
 
Download larger images for your wallpaper, physical wall – or just to get a closer look (grab a tissue to catch the drool):
 
FHD (1920x1080): No Hood | Hood
Retina (2880x1800): No Hood | Hood
Post Date: 5/4/2015 8:35:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
For a limited time, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for Mac and Windows (DVD) available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced Image Enhancement Tools
  • Additional Quick Edit Effect Variations
  • Integrated Learning Channels
  • Enhanced Direct Social Network Sharing
  • Friendly and Intuitive Editing Interface
  • Blend Facebook Profile and Cover Photos
  • Crop and Composition Tools
  • Black and White Photo Effects
  • Easily Mix and Merge Multiple Images
  • Efficient Tagging and Searching Tools
Post Date: 5/4/2015 7:34:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Westcott Ice Light 2
The Westcott Ice Light 2 LED light is an enhanced version of its predecessor built on the wish lists of photographers in the field. Ice Light 2 is engineered with patented new LED technology offering 50% brighter output than the original Ice Light and 1,740 lumens of beautiful daylight-balanced light while maintaining a compact housing. Weighing a mere 20 ounces, the Ice Light 2 can be easily operated with one hand, giving photographers and filmmakers the ability to simultaneously shoot and light their subjects.
 
Unlike traditional LED panels, the Ice Light has a built-in diffuser that is custom-designed to protect the LEDs and provide a vast 73° beam angle. This casts a large spread of incredibly soft quality light.
 
The Ice Light 2`s LEDs feature the advantages of high efficiency and colour purity with low energy consumption and long lifetime. Daylight-balanced at 5500K and rated for 50,000 hours with a stunning Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 96 meaning the subject will be presented in near perfect light also the Ice Light 2 provides flicker-free output and stable light consistency perfect for photographers and videographers alike.
 
A removable Lithium-ion battery is yet another Ice Light 2 refinement. A 2.5-hour charge gives you 60+ minutes of runtime with the convenience of being able to charge a backup battery outside the unit. Affordable replacement batteries are available for prolonged use.
 
The Redesigned Handle offers a dedicated on/off power slider with an 18-step flicker-free range and a light output memory which remembers your last power setting between uses. Battery indicator displays the current battery level using illuminated blue lights. Both ends of the Ice Light 2 include 1/4"-20 thread`s to mount to a light stand, tilter bracket or tripod.
 
Ice Light 2 is designed for the future with built-in Bluetooth with USB connectivity that will allow use with smart device apps and is compatible with all existing accessories including the original Ice Light barn doors, tungsten gels, two-way connectors, and more.
 
Product Features
 
  • 50% Brighter Than Original Ice Light
  • CRI: 96
  • 73° Beam Spread
  • Digital Display 18-Step Dimming
  • Wireless Bluetooth Technology
  • Removable 60 Minute Lithium-ion Battery
  • 100-240 VAC Charger
  • 50,000 Hour LEDs
B&H carries the Westcott Ice Light 2.
Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 5/4/2015 6:53:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Professional real estate photographer Scott Hargis walks us through the gear he takes with him on every shoot in this video spanning 17+ minutes.
 
While I've compiled a list of the gear below, it's worth watching the video to catch his great tips about packing your gear for ease of use and airline travel. [Sean]
 
Photography Gear Used:
 
Lighting
 
Prep Tools
 
Transportation
 
Post Date: 5/4/2015 6:34:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 3, 2015
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
Canon has extended the DSLR instant rebates from the previous period and they've even added the Rebel T6s / T6i to the eligible bodies list. In another welcomed move, Canon added mail-in rebates for select lenses and flashes.
 
This rebate period is scheduled to run from May 3 through May 30. Remember, rebate periods are the best time to pick up new gear; don't miss the opportunity to bolster your kit and save some serious cash while doing so.
 
Canon Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 1D X Buy$700.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$300.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$100.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS 7D Buy$250.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$250.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$250.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$70.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/3/2015 10:59:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D Kit
The Canon Store has select refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses and flashes reduced for Mother's Day.
 
In Stock Sale Items
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.2040.202,199.00
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.2060.201,299.00
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM1,239.20339.21899.99
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM1,079.20279.21799.99
Canon EOS 7D Body959.36309.37649.99
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20259.21699.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM839.20259.21579.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM679.99200.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM599.99250.00349.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i + EF-S 18-55 IS479.99130.00349.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1439.99140.00299.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99140.00299.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM799.99160.00639.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.99108.0079.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9990.0069.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II100.7920.8079.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.99100.0099.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9940.00199.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9970.00129.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/3/2015 8:14:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Lexar Professional 128GB CompactFlash Memory Card (1066x, UDMA 7) available for $139.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $269.95.
 Friday, May 1, 2015

 
We recently reported that B&H had a used Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM available in 9+ condition for a cool $180,000.00.
 
Now B&H has created a Quick Look video featuring the lens. Watch closely as a well known photographer / review specialist makes a cameo at the 16 second mark.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/1/2015 1:05:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron Logo
Tamron just announced new mail-in rebates starting today, May 1, and running through June 30.
 
Note: Through May 10, there is an additional $50.00 mail-in rebate (separate form) for the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens for a total of $100.00 in mail-in rebates.
 
Tamron Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Category: Tamron Rebates
Post Date: 5/1/2015 12:31:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 7D II, 100-400 L II and a Preening Sandwich Tern
What was the hardest part of this capture?
 
It was not the exposure. With a solid cloud cover, I was able to lock in a manual exposure for perfect results on every shot. In this case, I chose a 1/1000 shutter speed (the bird was moving a lot and quickly), an f/5.6 aperture (to isolate the bird using shallow depth of field) and ISO 160 to bring the brightest whites up to near RGB 255,255,255.
 
The challenge was not the tight framing of the bird. I was able to slowly belly-crawl close to the small flock of terns. So close that I only needed a 234mm focal length in front of the 7D II's APS-C sensor. I should have used a slightly wider angle still as I added a small amount of canvas on the left in post, providing additional breathing room for the wing.
 
The challenge was also not the low shooting position. Using the NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II, I was able to push the camera forward as I crawled in the sand. Shooting from on the ground gave me a clean background (only sky) and the remaining land in the frame is primarily a blur of texture.
 
The big challenge? Timing the shutter release in conjunction with using the proper AF tactics to get this specific composition with the head included in focus. The sandwich tern cleaning process involved a wide array of moves, few of which I was able to predict and all of them fast. The head was constantly moving in what seemed like all directions and fast framing adjustment with a properly-selected AF point proved very challenging. A narrower aperture would have reduced the AF task, but the result would have been more ground in focus for a different look.
 
One aspect of this image that I like is the complete separation of the head from the body. Many of the preening positions did not have this attribute (and many had a completely hidden head). I also like the balance. While I don't often place my subject in the center of the frame, I felt that centered worked best in this case. The wing and tail balance the bird over the dark, eye-catching legs. The head extended to the right caused me to want the legs shifted just left of center to get what I felt was the right overall balance. My shooting position was low enough that only the legs intersected the color of the sand. The small amount of feather pulling through the bill is the bonus feature. I'll credit the 7D II's short shutter lag for enabling that timing.
 
This sandwich tern was on the gulf shores of Captiva Island, just north of Blind Pass. This location in southwest Florida is ideal for expanding one's bird photography portfolio.
 
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
234mm  f/5.6  1/1000s
ISO 160
5622 x 3648px
Post Date: 5/1/2015 10:10:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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