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 Thursday, July 6, 2017
B&H has the DJI Ronin 2 3-Axis Handheld / Aerial Stabilizer available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • For DSLRs / Cinema Cameras
  • 30-Pound Payload Capacity
  • Enhanced SmoothTrack Algorithm and GPS
  • Upright, Underslung, and Briefcase Modes
  • Easy Underslung/Upright Transitions
  • 2-Axis Mode for Use with Steadicam
  • Retractable Feet/Self-Supporting Design
  • Camera Control for Select Cameras
  • 2.4 / 5.8 GHz Switchable Remote
  • Up to 0.6-Mile Control Range
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 7/6/2017 6:35:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 5, 2017
When an updated camera model is introduced, it's fair to wonder if your needs will be best served by the new model or whether the older model will serve your intended purposes sufficiently with cost savings being the primary benefit.
With the Canon EOS 6D Mark II's announcement, I'm sure many people are considering either a camera upgrade or the addition of a second camera to their kit. And since the original 6D is still available (at least for now), it makes sense to look closely at these two cameras to see if the 6D II's updated features are worth its higher price for your specific needs.
As the 6D doesn't really have any signifcant advantages over the 6D Mark II aside from a lower price, so we'll simply take a look at the upgraded features of the 6D II to put the current cost differential into context.
Advantages of the EOS 6D Mark II over the 6D:
  • 26.2 MP CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs. 20.2 MP (no DPAF)
  • 45-point AF system (all cross-type) vs. 11 points (f/5.6 cross type at center, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
  • Up to 21 active AF points with f/8 max aperture vs. no active AF points at f/8
  • 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor affecting 63 segments vs. 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
  • 6.5 fps. (up to 21 images in RAW) vs. 4.5fps. (up to 17 images in RAW)
  • DIGIC 7 vs. DIGIC 5+
  • Customizable, Intelligent Viewfinder with transparent LCD overlay vs. standard viewfinder
  • AWB (Ambience priority/White priority) vs. AWB (Ambience priority only)
  • Vari-angle touchscreen LCD (1.04 million dots) vs. fixed
  • Flicker Light Detection and Shutter Timing vs. none
  • Full HD 1080p 60 fps movies with 5 axis electronic image stabilization vs. 1080p 30 fps (no electronic stabilization)
  • WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth & GPS vs. WiFi and GPS
  • Intervalometer with 4K Timelapse Movie Mode featuring 3840px UHD resolution vs. no intervalometer or in-camera timelapse
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
If you are a wildlife photographer, the 6D II's significantly better AF system and the ability to utilize lens + extender combinations with an f/8 maximum aperture ultimately make it a much better choice compared to the 6D and its 11-point AF system. Those needing to capture wildlife at the peak of action will also benefit from the 6D II's faster burst rate. If sports photography is on your to-do list, then these same features along with Light Flicker Detection and Shutter Timing will be prove quite advantageous to you as well.
Event photographers will especially appreciate the 6D II's upgraded AF system and [almost certain] great image quality at higher ISOs, as both will be very beneficial for documentary style photography in light-starved venues.
Do you plan on photographing your child/children as they play? The 6D II's advanced AF system will ensure you get more in-focus shots compared to its predecessor.
Filmmakers will especially appreciate the 6D II's Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor with its ability to track action in movie mode. Other features that filmmakers will enjoy include the vari-angle LCD (with touch-focus), the ability to capture video at 60 fps and in-camera 4K timelapses (though many may still prefer to compile their timelapses in post-processing). Even if not utilizing the in-camera timelapse movie feature, the built-in intervalometer negates the need for an additional accessory to capture timelapses.
Even if you're not a serious filmmaker, the 6D II's Movie Servo AF can help you to capture high quality home movies that your family will enjoy for years to come.
The customizable Intelligent Viewfinder is a convenient feature that nearly every photographer can appreciate, with the ability to display a single axis level indicator, gridlines or other relevant information. For those who enjoy sharing their images quickly and easily, the 6D II's NFC & low-energy Bluetooth connections may also prove to be a differentiating factor.
Who should opt for the EOS 6D?
If you don't believe the sum of the value of the benefits listed above justify the incrementally higher cost of the 6D Mark II, then the original 6D may be the perfect camera to add to your kit (or otherwise build your kit around). It features excellent full frame image quality and is great for landscapes, cityscapes, architecture/real estate, vacations, family gatherings, studio portraiture and macros.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II included a lot of feature updates that 6D owners had been asking for, including (but not limited to) a more advanced AF system and a Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor. The 6D II is intended to be the full frame camera for the budget-conscious consumer, just as the 6D was at its introduction. However, this time around, that same consumer group will be getting a much more versatile camera for their very reasonable investment.
If your budget doesn't extend to the 6D II's introductory price, the 6D is the lowest-priced full frame Canon DSLR on the market right now, and it's well worth the price. However, for a little more, the 6D II is an even better value considering its overall feature set.
Check out our Camera Specifications Tool to fully compare these cameras:
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2017 7:13:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E.
This firmware update allows compatibility with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art, Cine Lens 14mm T2 FF EF mount and 135mm T2 FF EF mount from FF High Speed Prime Line.
For customers 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 the 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.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
Benefits of this firmware update
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art.
  • It has become compatible with the FF High Speed Prime Line SIGMA 14mm T2 FF (EF) and the SIGMA 135mm T2 FF (EF).
B&H carries the Sigma MC-11 EF-E Mount Converter.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2017 7:02:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Back in October of 2016, Adam Savage used a band saw to remove a stuck on filter from Norm's Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Now Norm's done it again and instead of simply hearing about the band saw solution, we get to see the whole procedure in action.
For less severe stuck on filter problems, we suggest keeping some of these in all your camera gear bags.
Post Date: 7/4/2017 6:42:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 3, 2017
Adorama has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks William)
Post Date: 7/3/2017 12:05:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E ED NIKKOR Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/3/2017 10:27:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the F.J. Westcott YouTube Channel:
In this detailed tutorial, renowned commercial photographer Joel Grimes uses a single light source and a beauty dish in his studio to capture dramatic male portraits without a ton of gear. In later shots, Joel adds edge lighting for even more dramatic portriature.
B&H carries the Collapsible Beauty Dish.
Post Date: 7/3/2017 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 2, 2017
For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks. With so many fireworks displays occurring this week (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.
Fireworks Photography Tips
Post Date: 7/2/2017 3:00:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 30, 2017
From LEE Filters:
Two years in the making, the ProGlass IRND range from LEE Filters sets a new standard in neutral-density filters. ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers, and have already been hailed as the best neutral-density filters on the market. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the LEE Filters Seven5, 100mm and SW150 systems.
Advances in coating technology mean that the filters, which are manufactured from 2mm-thick, optically flat glass, are available not only in strengths of two (0.6ND), three (0.9ND), four (1.2ND) and six (1.8ND) stops, but also in ultra-long 10 (3ND) and 15-stop (4.5ND) versions. Not only this, but all filters in the range – whatever their strength – are designed to be free of color casts, with extremely accurate stop values, ensuring consistency in all shooting conditions and allowing for absolute precision when exposing images. Their neutrality also means less time spent tweaking color balances in postproduction.
In addition, filters in the ProGlass IRND range are designed to block both infrared and ultraviolet pollution. As a result, blacks are rendered truly black, whites are clean, and results reveal a crispness that is second to none. The 6, 10 and 15-stop versions of the ProGlass IRND filters come with a foam seal to prevent light leaks during long exposures, and should be placed into the filter slot closest to the lens. While the 2, 3, 4 and 6-stop versions do not feature a foam seal, it is still recommended also to place them into the slot closest to the lens.
All filters in the ProGlass IRND range can be used in conjunction with other filters, including neutral-density grads and the polarizer.
MAP Pricing
ProGlass IRND Filter (Seven5 System) – $200.00
ProGlass IRND Filter (100mm System) – $230.00
ProGlass IRND Filter (SW150 System) – $450.00
B&H will carry the LEE Filters ProGlass IRND Filters.
Post Date: 6/30/2017 3:37:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
If you are considering the purchase of a Canon EOS 6D Mark II, you may also be considering the EOS 5D Mark III as they are similarly priced with an also-attractive, mid level feature set within the confines of today's camera market.
Make no mistake, these bodies are similarly versatile and capable cameras, but depending on the intended use and/or photographic challenges being pursued, either one may be a better choice compared to the other. With that said, let's look at how these full frame contenders differ.
Advantages of the EOS 6D Mark II over the 5D Mark III:
  • Dual Pixel AF sensor with Movie Servo AF vs. contrast-detect AF in Live View with no Movie Servo AF
  • More resolution (26.2 vs. 22.3)
  • DIGIC 7 vs. DIGIC 5+
  • More sensitive AF (EV -3 – 18 vs. EV -2 – 18)
  • More AF points active at f/8 (27 points vs. center AF point with 4 assist points)
  • 7560-pixel RGB+IR 63 zone metering sensor vs. iFCL 63-zone Dual-layer sensor
  • Faster max burst rate / larger RAW buffer (6.5 fps. (150 images in JPEG, 21 images in RAW) vs. 6 fps. (16,270 images in JPEG, 18 images in RAW))
  • Vari-angle LCD vs. fixed
  • Flicker detection and corrective shutter release timing
  • Ambience priority/white priority AWB vs. ambience priority only
  • In-camera 4K UHD time-lapses vs. none
  • GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & NFC vs. none
  • Longer battery life (Approx. 1200 (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%) vs. 950)
  • Smaller & lighter (5.67 x 4.35 x 2.94" (144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm), 26.98 oz (765g) vs. 6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0" (152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm), 33.5 oz (950g))
Advantages of the EOS 5D Mark III over the 6D Mark II:
  • More AF points / more dual cross type points at f/2.8 (61 Point / 41 f/4 cross-type AF points including 5 dual cross type at f/2.8 vs. 45 cross-type AF points including center point dual cross type at f/2.8)
  • Joystick multi-controller vs. none
  • Larger viewfinder coverage (100% vs. 98%)
  • Faster max shutter speed (1/8000 sec vs. 1/4000 sec)
  • Dual memory card slots (CF + SDXC/SDHC vs. SDXC/SDHC only)
  • HDMI mini, headphone & microphone mini jacks vs. microphone mini jack only
As is evident above, the 6D Mark II has more advantage bullet points compared to the 5D Mark III. However, the importance of some of the 5D III bullet points could easily sway one's decision in favor of the older, economical 5-series body.
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
First of all, anyone wanting to quickly create high quality videos with their DSLR will likely prefer the 6D's Movie Servo AF – thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor – as well as its vari-angle LCD. Another nice feature that DSLR filmmakers are likely to appreciate is the 6D II's ability to create 4K UHD time-lapses in-camera, though many filmmakers will prefer to compile their time-lapses in post-processing for more control over the final video (essentially making this feature a less compelling advantage compared to the 5D III).
From a video perspective, one drawback could be the 6D II's .MP4 recording format if someone instead preferred using the .MOV format featured in the 5D III. Another drawback is the 6D II's lack of a headphone jack.
Even though it features fewer overall points, those shooting wildlife will likely prefer the 6D II's slightly faster burst rate and AF system capable of up-to 27 active phase-detect AF points when using lens+extender combinations resulting in an f/8 effective maximum aperture. And on top of that, Live View with subject tracking can be utilized with lens+extender combinations through f/11.
In comparison, only the center AF point (with 4 assist points) is enabled on the 5D III with f/8 maximum apertures and subject tracking is unavailable in Live View. For wildlife photographers who never plan on using lens+extender combinations, the 5D III may be the better choice thanks to its 61 point AF system. But considering how often wildlife photographers utilize extenders, they will likely accept the 6D II's 45 point AF system to gain significantly more AF functionality at f/8.
Those carrying their cameras long distances and/or for long periods of time will of course appreciate the 6D II's smaller design and lighter weight, including (but not limited to) those who are hiking to remote locations or traveling on domestic/international flights.
All photographers will appreciate 6D II's higher resolution and longer battery life, and many will enjoy using its GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC features which are all absent on the 5D III. Any photographers photographing under stadium lights will be thankful for the 6D II's Flicker Detection and corrective shutter timing for avoiding color balancing problems.
Who should opt for the EOS 5D Mark III?
Even though the 5D III seems to have few benefits over the 6D II, the value of some of those benefits can be huge. For instance, anyone photographing once-in-a-lifetime events such as weddings should likely choose the 5D Mark III for its dual memory card feature alone. While card corruption is relatively rare, dual memory card slots provide a vital layer of protection to keep your (or your client's) images safe. Having images backed up in-camera can help you avoid tarnishing your reputation due to a faulty memory card.
Many photographers will appreciate the 5D III's viewfinder with 100% coverage and faster maximum shutter speed.
If you already own a 7D Mark II, you will likely appreciate the very similar controls featured in the 5D III, including (but not limited to) the multi-controller joystick. If keeping the 7D II as a secondary camera, you should be able to switch between bodies without missing a beat.
Released in 2012, the 5D Mark III still remains relevant in today's camera landscape, although its target market has surely shifted from those needing cutting-edge technology (without stepping up to a 1-series camera) to an enthusiast group wanting full-frame image quality and a more-than-reasonable feature set at an attractive price. And, coincidentally enough, that's a good description of the 6D Mark II as well, although its overall feature set is certainly more contemporary.
As illustrated above, each of these cameras will serve specific photographers' needs better than the other. If you or your business can't afford the ill-effects of a memory card failure, or if the 5D III's controls make it a better fit for your photography, the 6D II's advantages will mean little when adding the 5D III to your shopping cart.
However, with its higher resolution, Dual Pixal CMOS AF sensor, more than sufficient AF system, GPS/wireless features and smaller design/lighter weight, the 6D II will likely be the preferred choice for a large number of photographers.
More Information
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2017 11:44:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.
The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.
“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design: protection and comfort. An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.
  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits a tablet or a laptop (10 = 10” tablet, 13 = some 13” laptops)
  • Easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories
  • 3-point harness for stabilization with tuck-away waist belt
  • Secure your bag by linking the zipper pulls together
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pocket for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry handles
  • Fully customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions
Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK weather resistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
PhotoCross 10
  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.5” H x 4.8” D (18 x 31.8 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 15.9” H x 6.3” D (28 x 40.5 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet compartment: 8.2” x 11” x 0.6” (20.8 x 27.9 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 61” (155 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 7.5 liters
PhotoCross 13
  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 14.2” H x 5.5” D (24 x 36 x 14 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 12.6” W x 17.7” H x 7.1” D (32 x 45 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop compartment: 9.1” x 13” x 1” (23 x 33 x 2.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 63.8” (162 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 11 liters
MindShiftGear has the PhotoCross sling bags in stock.
Post Date: 6/30/2017 7:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
The Sigma Corporation would like to announce the development of the rear filter holder for the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.
Sigma Developing Rear Filter Holder for 14mm Art Lens

By attaching the rear filter holder to the rear of the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM| Art, it is possible to use a filter sheet with the lens. This will allow more freedom of the expression when photographing starry skies.
* Only available for the Canon mount lens. There are no plans for the development in SIGMA and Nikon mounts.
As more details of this rear filter holder become available, a further announcement will be made.
B&H has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/30/2017 5:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron USA:
June 30, 2017, Commack, New York- Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new high-speed zoom lens, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a fast F/2.8 zoom that achieves top-level image quality. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class (CIPA level of 5 stops). The use of specialized, high quality glass materials (offering greater optical transmittance) for the lens elements assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness, while the application of Tamron's exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall. optical performance of the lens. Additionally, model A032 provides the added conveniences of protective Fluorine Coating,Moisture-Resistant Construction and a locking lens hood. Photographers can use this new high-speed zoom lens for wide-ranging purposes, including landscape, portrait, news, travel and many others. The Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 in Nikon mount will be available in August and the Canon mount in September at $1199.
1. Sophisticated design delivers superb performance and ultra-high image quality
The use of specialized, high quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today's high-pixel-density cameras. The optical construction (17 elements in 12 groups) uses 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Together they minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.
2. eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties and reduces ghosting and flare
The new A032 features Tamron's original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology combining a nano-structured layer that has an extremely low refractive index with conventional multiple-layer coatings to provide superior anti-reflection performance. The optimal application of this eBAND Coating in combination with Tamron's BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating successfully and substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that can occur when photographing backlit subjects.
3. New Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system provides faster and more precise autofocus and improved Vibration Compensation
This innovative control system uses a Dual MPU design with enhanced computing capacity. The MPUs have powerful, built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that achieve quicker and more precise AF performance, and more consistently powerful Vibration Compensation. The features combine to provide outstanding performance at night and in low light. High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed The A032 is equipped with its own MPU (micro-processor unit), with embedded DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that enable high-speed digital signal processing, achieving both excellent responsiveness to signals from the camera and high-precision AF performance.
Dedicated MPU delivers the highest vibration compensation ability in class (CIPA level of 5 stops).
The new A032 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system. Adding an MPU dedicated to VC processing unleashes a new-generation algorithm, ensuring the highest vibration compensation abilityin the class (CIPA level of 5 stops). Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.
4. Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction
The Fluorine Coating applied on the front element surface is water-and oil-repellant and allows safe and easy removal of fingerprints, dirt and smudges. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years. In addition, seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
5. Lens hood equipped with a new, convenient locking mechanism
The lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents detachment due to unintentional contact during use.
6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new A032 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
7. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.
8. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series
Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product's robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. For this model, Tamron has introduced a unique MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) tester, which was developed exclusively for Model A032, and reviewed the management method. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.
Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 6/30/2017 5:28:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 29, 2017
With the introduction of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, you may be wondering whether it's an adequate camera for your needs or if the higher end EOS 5D Mark IV is a better fit. Compared to the original 6D, the 6D II goes a long way in closing the feature gap with its 5-series full frame brethren.
Before we analyze the differences between the two bodies, let's first take a look at some of the primary features they have in common:
  • Full frame 1.0x 35mm field of view with EF lenses
  • Likely excellent high-ISO image quality
  • AF working range: EV -3 - 18
  • Autofocus Microadjustment
  • AEB: 2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
  • Viewfinder: Pentaprism, approx. 0.71x magnification
  • Exposure compensation: +/- 5EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
  • Auto exposure bracketing (AEB): +/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
  • Top LCD Panel: Yes
  • Wi-Fi, NFC & GPS: Built-in
  • Intervalometer
  • Light flicker detection and shutter timing
  • Water and dust resistant construction
Now let's take a look at how these DSLR bodies differ.
6D Mark II Advantages over the 5D Mark IV:
  • DIGIC 7 processor vs. DIGIC 6+
  • Vari-angle LCD (3" 1.04m-Dot vari-angle touchscreen LCD vs. Fixed touch screen 3.2" approx. 1.62m dots)
  • Bluetooth vs. none
  • 4K time-lapse movies vs. 1080p only time-lapse movies
  • Smaller, lighter (5.67 x 4.35 x 2.94" (144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm), 26.98 oz (765g) vs. 5.93 x 4.58 x 2.99" (150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9mm), 31.4 oz (890g))
  • Lower price
5D IV Advantages over the 6D Mark II
  • Higher resolution (30.4 MP vs. 26.2)
  • Better metering (Approx. 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, 252-zone metering. EOS Intelligent Subject Analysis system vs. 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor with the area divided into 63 segments)
  • More AF points and wider point coverage
  • Faster max shutter speed (1/8000 sec vs. 1/4000)
  • Slightly higher burst rate (7fps vs. 6.5)
  • Dual memory card slots (CF + SDHC/SDXC vs. SDHC/SDXC)
  • 4K video recording
  • Selectable .MOV or .MP4 video formats vs. .MP4 recording with .MOV available only in time-lapse movie mode
  • Multi-controller joystick
Note: The advantages listed above should not be considered an exhaustive list, but instead represent some primary differences between the cameras.
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
If you are stepping up from an entry level EOS Rebel/****D/***D/**D/7-series camera, the 6D Mark II will offer at least one big feature you didn't have in your previous camera – a full frame sensor. But depending on the model being displaced in your kit, the 6D Mark II may offer a wide variety of feature upgrades that make it an attractive primary camera for your needs, especially for the price.
If you already own a recent 1-series or 5-series DSLR, the 6D Mark II should prove to be a great backup camera that's more compact and easier on the budget compared to a new/retail duplicate of your existing camera.
And while we're on the subject of the camera's size and weight, anyone who is traveling to remote locations with the responsibility of carrying their camera kit on their backs for long distances and/or long periods of time will certainly appreciate the 6D II's smaller dimensions and lighter weight.
Who should opt for the 5D Mark IV?
While the 6D Mark II can easily produce professional-looking results from an image quality and AF perspective, its lack of dual memory card slots may make it a less ideal choice for those who are shooting once-in-a-lifetime imagery (think, weddings). And with a more advanced AF system (with more points and more coverage), you can expect the 5D IV to perform a little better in challenging AF conditions or when framing subjects closer to the edges of the viewfinder.
If you are primarily interested in video filming with your DSLR, the 5D IV offers more video features – including 4K recording – that will make it a much better option compared to the 6D Mark II.
The 6D Mark II represents a huge step up from its predecessor, and its upgraded features along with a budget-friendly price make the 6D II an incredible value in Canon's DSLR lineup. For those that don't require the extra features found in the 5D IV, the 6D II should prove proficient at tackling most photographic challenges with ease.
But for those who need an edge in AF performance, dual memory card slots and 4K recording, the 5D Mark IV is your camera.
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Post Date: 6/29/2017 11:36:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted some interesting articles on the newly announced Canon EOS 6D Mark II and Rebel SL2 DSLRs.
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Post Date: 6/29/2017 9:26:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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