results have been added to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens review
The first copy of this lens to go through the lab showed a rather strong decentering issue (Sigma replaced that lens for the owner – great service). As the 150-600 Sports lens model remains unavailable, we have Sigma USA to thank for the loan of this second lens. This new lens also shows some side-to-side variances, but the differences are less-significant than the first model. The left side of the lens is not as sharp as the right in the widest focal length tests and, noticeable in the results presented here, is that the right side is softer at 300mm.
Overall, this lens is a very good performer. I spent lots of time behind it this past weekend, capturing over 2,000 images at the sporting events I covered. I look forward to sharing that experience. In the meantime, here are some comparisons: Sigma 150-600 Sports vs. Sigma 150-500 OS
(be sure to compare the long focal lengths)Sigma 150-600 Sports vs. Tamron 150-600 VC LensSigma 150-600 Sports vs. Canon 100-400mm L IS II Lens
Demand is still outstripping supply of this lens right. If you want a 150-600 Sports lens in your kit, the best option is to get in line at B&H
Post Date: 4/27/2015 7:27:06 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, DigitalRev
has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR (White Box)
available for $639.00. Compare at $1,296.95 USA/retail. Note:
When purchased by US customers, Nikon items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market and would not qualify for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Post Date: 4/27/2015 7:00:53 AM CT Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H
has the Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Silver)
available for $99.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.99. Update:
The deal is sold out.
Post Date: 4/27/2015 6:52:56 AM CT Posted By: Sean
(via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
available for $599.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,296.95 new. Note:
Factory refurbished items usually come with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty. However, the listing is vague as to whether or not a warranty is included and simply says, "Please contact Beach Camera
for any questions surrounding the manufacturer warranty."
Post Date: 4/24/2015 12:44:27 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From CreativeLive: Retouch faster and stay organized.
Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in The Ultimate Lightroom CC Workflow, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.
In The Ultimate Lightroom CC Workflow, Jared will show you how to radically cut your workflow time while improving the quality of your product and the organization of your digital world. Jared will teach you how to:
- Protect your images with simple backup strategies
- Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
- Get your computer and software to run faster
- Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
- Create impressive photobooks and slideshows
- Take advantage of video editing tools
- Improve your SEO using Lightroom features
- Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom
Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.
Whether you are new to Lightroom or simply ready to improve your process, The Ultimate Lightroom CC Workflow will help you organize your images in Lightroom so you have more time to focus on the other important aspects of your business. Date:
9:00am - 4:00pm PDT / 12:00pm - 7:00pm ET RSVP for the Free Live Class Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan
(USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad). Lightroom 6
(stand-alone) is available at B&H
Post Date: 4/24/2015 12:34:28 PM CT Posted By: Sean
If you're an American Photo
subscriber like me, you'll likely be getting this notice very soon (if you haven't already):
I am sorry to inform you that American Photo magazine has discontinued publication effective with the March/April 2015 issue. The good news is that in its place, you will receive Popular Photography magazine – two copies for every issue owed to you on your American Photo subscription.
Popular Photography delivers great tools, techniques and creative ideas for photographers at every level.
I welcome you as a reader and hope you enjoy all of the exciting issues planned for the coming year.
I wonder if American Photo
will take into account that I'm already a Popular Photography
subscriber and add the "owed" issues to my current subscription, or if I'll simply be getting two of the same magazine in the near future? Only time will tell... [Sean]
Post Date: 4/24/2015 12:10:39 PM CT Posted By: Sean
We get it: Search Engine Optimization can seem complicated, and you probably want to throw in the towel on the whole thing if you’ve tried time and again to start showing up on the first page of Google search results. Fortunately, for those who feel a little lost we’ve broken down easy tips and tricks you can do to build your SEO in our recent guide, SEO for Photographers
, and we’re hosting a live Google Hangout with tips from it next week, April 29th at 2pm ET. In this live Google Hangout, Allen Murabayashi will be showing examples of photographer websites with good SEO practice, the inner workings of Google Analytics, how to create a free Google Business listing and more.
In this hour Allen will cover:
- How to make sure your site appears properly in Search Engine Result Pages
- The importance of mobile friendly sites
- How/where you can “link to yourself” to boost your SEO
- Creating a keyword list
- How to perform backlink analysis
- How PhotoShelter can boost your SEO
Join us to get ahead in the SEO game, Thursday 4/29, 2pm ET. Register below to receive an email with the link to the Google Hangout. Photoshelter's Boost your SEO: 8 Tips To Get You Started Webinar
Post Date: 4/24/2015 10:36:46 AM CT Posted By: Sean
results from the EOS 7D Mark II
have been added to the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens review
Great lens, though I doubt it will become highly popular on the APS-C format. B&H
has the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens
Post Date: 4/24/2015 8:03:02 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Now through April 30, 2015, take $20 off rental orders of $150 or more . To take advantage of this discount, use code 20OFF150
in your cart!
Not spending $150? No worries! Use code 10OFFAPRIL
to take 10% off your order total.
As a reminder, we are officially in our ‘busy season’. With many wedding photographers and filmmakers renting gear for their weekend shoots, we recommend placing your orders at least a week in advance to assure you will be getting the gear you would like. We cannot guarantee gear, especially orders that come in and are due to ship the same day. As always, we do our absolute best to get you the exact gear you request, however when we are not able to, we will also assist you in recommending other products that are available.
Discounts above cannot be combined with any other offer. Rentals must be placed between 4.23.15 and 4.30.15 and must be delivered by 4.30.15. Valid only on rentals.
Post Date: 4/24/2015 8:12:10 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Camera Raw 9.0 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6 and Photoshop CC.
As mentioned here
, updates to Camera Raw for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC. New Features
Merge to HDR and Panorama
Combine your photos to produce panoramas and HDR images in ACR. The merged result is a DNG file and is saved to disk alongside the input images. If you are merging raw files, then the merge is performed using raw image data and the resulting DNG is just as much a raw file as the originals (and retains all the editing flexibility that comes with shooting raw). Because of this, you no longer need to edit your photos before merging. To see the new Merge feature in action, check out these videos: Merge to Pano | Merge to HDR
- To merge files in ACR, select the photos that you want to merge then press the “Merge…” button at the top of the filmstrip. Select “Panorama” or “HDR” from the pop-up menu.
- After a preview of the merge is generated, select desired options in the merge preview dialog and click the “Merge” button to start a full-size merge.
- The full-size merge is performed in the background so you can continue to edit other photos or start other merges while you wait. To view status, or cancel a merge, press the link in the lower left area of the main ACR window (it will say “1 remaining” if you’ve started a merge).
- Once the full-size merge is complete, the resulting DNG file will be added to the bottom of the filmstrip and be available for further editing.
- HDR deghosting has three amounts: low, medium, and high. In order to make it easier to select the best option for a given image, a visualization option is also available
- Color artifacts in deep shadow areas of some HDR merges with deghosting and HDR panorama merges.
- If the merged pano result is larger than ACR’s largest supported image size then you will get an error. In future builds we plan on adding an option to scale the result so that it’s within ACR size limits.
Camera Raw can now use the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to speed up interactive image editing. The GPU is particularly helpful when using high-resolution screens, such as 4K and 5K displays.
Minimum system requirements:
- 64-bit only
- Mac OS 10.9 and higher or Windows 7 and higher
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 9
- Ensure then GPU support is enabled by visiting the Camera Raw Preferences dialog and check the “Use Graphics Processor” box at the bottom.
- When this box is checked, Camera Raw will automatically determine whether the system’s GPU (if any) can be used to accelerate image drawing. If yes, Camera Raw will display the name of your graphics card below the checkbox. Otherwise, Camera Raw will display an error message.
- Note that the GPU options in Photoshop’s Preferences and Bridge’s Preferences have no effect on Camera Raw.
- Camera Raw’s GPU implementation is used only to accelerate the drawing of the main preview image within the Camera Raw dialog. It is not used for other tasks, such as saving images to disk, or opening images into Photoshop.
- Scrubby Zoom: Camera Raw offers a “Scrubby Zoom” option in GPU mode. With the Zoom tool selected, click on the Zoom menu (bottom-left of the image preview). Select “Scrubby Zoom” from the bottom of the menu to toggle scrubby zoom behavior on/off. When enabled, click-dragging on an image with the zoom tool will zoom smoothly in and out.
- Canon EOS 5DS
- Canon EOS 5DS R
- Canon EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i)
- Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, Kiss 8000D)
- Canon EOS M3
- Casio EX-ZR3500
- Fujifilm X-A2
- Fujifilm XQ2
- Hasselblad Stellar II
- Nikon D5500
- Nikon D7200
- Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
- Olympus Stylus SH-2
- Olympus Tough TG-4
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (DMC-TZ70, DMC-TZ71)
- Samsung NX500
New Lens Profiles in Camera Raw 9
|Canon||Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM|
|Canon||Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM|
|Canon||Canon EF 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 USM|
|Canon||Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro|
|Canon||Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM|
|Canon||Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2|
|Canon||TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012E|
|Canon||SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015|
|Canon||Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens|
|DJI||DJI Inspire 1 FC350|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 28mm f/1.9 Ultron Aspherical|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 28mm f/3.5 Color Skopar|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 35mm f/1.7 Ultron Aspherical|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/2 Heliar|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/2.5 Color Skopar|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 50mm f/3.5 Heliar|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 75mm f/2.5 Color Heliar|
|Leica||Voigtlander LTM 90mm f/3.5 APO Lanthar|
|Lecia||Voigtlander VM 40mm f/2.8 Heliar|
|MFT||Voigtlander MFT 17.5mm f/0.95 Nokton Aspherical|
|MFT||Voigtlander MFT 25mm f/0.95 Nokton|
|MFT||Voigtlander MFT 42.5mm f/0.95 Nokton|
|Nikon||Lomography Petzval 85mm f/2.2|
|Nikon||Nikon AF NIKKOR 14mm f/2.8D ED|
|Nikon||Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II|
|Nikon||Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR|
|Nikon||Nikon NIKKOR 50mm f/1.2 AIS|
|Nikon||TAMRON SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A012N|
|Nikon||Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens|
|Nikon||Voigtlander SL II 20mm f/3.5 Color-Skopar Aspherical|
|Nikon||Voigtlander SL II 28mm f/2.8 Color-Skopar Aspherical|
|Nikon||Voigtlander SL II 58mm f/1.4 Nokton|
|Pentax||Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens|
|Pentax||SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM|
|Sigma||dp1 Quattro (*)|
|Sigma||dp2 Quattro (*)|
|Sigma||dp3 Quattro (*)|
|Sigma||SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A015|
|Sigma||SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM C015|
|Sony Alpha||SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens|
|Sony Alpha||TAMRON 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 DiII PZD MACRO AB016S|
|Sony Alpha||TAMRON 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di PZD A010S|
|Sony Alpha||TAMRON SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di USD A009S|
|Sony Alpha||TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di USD A011S|
|Sony Alpha||TAMRON SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 USD F004S|
|Sony Alpha||Venus Optics 60mm f2.8 2X Ultra-Macro Lens|
|Sony E||Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS|
|Sony E||Sony FE 28mm F2|
|Sony E||Sony FE 28mm F2 + Fisheye Converter|
|Sony E||Sony FE 28mm F2 + Ultra Wide Converter|
|Sony E||Sony FE 35mm F1.4 ZA|
|Sony E||Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS|
|Sony E||ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f0.95 Pro|
(*) Lens corrections for the SIGMA dp1, dp2,and dp3 Quattro cameras are for JPEG images only. Download Links
Camera Raw 9 – Please use the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6
DNG Converter 9: Macintosh
Please note – If you have trouble updating to the latest ACR update via the Creative Cloud application, please refer to the following plugin installation:http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/multi/camera-raw-plug-in-installer.html Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan
(USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Post Date: 4/24/2015 7:03:19 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Until 2:30pm ET tomorrow, Adorama
has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
discounted and is available for $39.99 with free shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate
. Regularly $84.99.
Post Date: 4/23/2015 7:05:47 PM CT Posted By: Sean
If you're wanting a more in-depth look at Adobe's newest version of Lightroom, look no further than the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel
where they added more than 50 videos
since yesterday (and that's in addition to the 4 videos I posted about yesterday).. B&H
has the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6 DVD
available for preorder. However, you can purchase the download version
for even faster delivery. Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program
is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC).
Post Date: 4/23/2015 1:41:18 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: eBay
(via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
) available for $3,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,299.00 after $700.00 instant savings. Note:
This is likely a grey market item and as such would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Post Date: 4/23/2015 11:42:22 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Nikon: A convenient tool that offers various information on interchangeable lenses and accessories for Nikon cameras TOKYO
- Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it has developed and released the "NIKKOR & ACC" app (exclusively for iPad) that introduces NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses and a variety of accessories. The "NIKKOR & ACC" app can be downloaded free of charge from Apple's App Store. In addition, a short movie has also been released for introduction of the contents of the app. NIKKOR & ACC
Installing the "NIKKOR & ACC" app makes it possible to download the contents of "Digital Catalog". "Digital Catalog" that includes the entire lineup of NIKKOR lenses is a convenient app that allows users to search for lenses based on lens type, technology used, specifications and sample images. Quick confirmation of lens information helps users who are considering the purchase of new lenses to find those most desired or most appropriate for their purposes.
The "Digital Catalog" menu offers 5 items, specifications, lens categories, focal length, f-number, and a variety of sample images shorted by shooting scenes. By using these items, users can compare various lenses to find the one most desired. "Contents Maps" that allows users to directly select desired contents of "Digital Catalog" is also available. Added to this are the "NIKKOR Lens Technology" movie that introduces Nikon's representative lens technologies and the "The Optical Masterpiece" movie that demonstrates the high-quality and reliability of sophisticated NIKKOR lenses.
In addition to various information such as lens characteristics, primary specifications, illustration of lens construction, MTF curves, sample images, accessories as well as external design included in the introduction of each lens, focal length and angle of view of the lens are illustrated with sample images for easier understanding. The information necessary to select lenses is richly provided so that information on any NIKKOR lens is readily available to users.
Information on lens basics, NIKKOR lens technology, Speedlights, etc. will be added to the contents of "Digital Catalog" in the future to make this app more informative. In addition to the "NIKKOR & ACC" app, Nikon plans to create more apps for Nikon imaging products such as an app for Nikon digital SLR cameras. DownloadNIKKOR & ACC App for iOS
Post Date: 4/23/2015 10:55:37 AM CT Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H
has the ExpoImaging Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-Up Flash Booster
available for $18.95 with free shipping. Regularly $34.95. Product Highlights
Note from Sean:
- For Canon APS-C & Nikon DX-Format DSLRs
- Attaches to DSLR Hot Shoe
- Up to 8x More Light from On-Camera Flash
- Lightweight: 2 oz
- Made in USA
I'm personally not a big fan of promoting pop-up flash use, but this device might actually prove useful at extending the reach of your flash when used as a fill light for photographing birds. I cannot personally attest to the product's performance, though.
Post Date: 4/23/2015 8:50:49 AM CT Posted By: Sean