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 Thursday, August 20, 2015
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens
An official notice has appeared on Nikon Japan stating that the release date for the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, initially scheduled for August 27, 2015, will be pushed back to "October, 2015."
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/ 2.8E ED VR available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 3:10:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Mars InSight Boarding Pass
This may be a little off-topic for our target audience, but it seemed too cool not to post it.
Through September 8, NASA is offering to send your name written to a microchip bound for Mars. That's right – your name can be immortalized on the red planet, and it's absolutely free.
Simply obtain a "Boarding Pass" for the Mars InSight launch by entering your first and last name, postal code and [optionally] your email address (to track your Frequent Flyer points).
And as an added bonus, the Boarding Pass you get looks pretty nice! :-) [Sean]
Category: Nasa News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 11:08:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review page.
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in Canon mount in stock. Nikon mount version is available for preorder (expected in stock Aug 24th).
Post Date: 8/20/2015 8:59:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Sigma:
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
We would like to announce the update in the lens firmware of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports CANON and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary CANON on the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
The latest firmware update enables the lens to improve the AF accuracy when attached to the TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
For those customers who own the following products, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro.
Applicable products
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports CANON
  • 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
It has improved the AF accuracy when attached to the TELE CONVERTER TC-1401.
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page:
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 8:19:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW and 250 AW Bags
From Lowepro:Lightweight Daypack Provides Ideal Protection and Quick Access for Compact Cameras and TabletsPetaluma, Calif. – August 19, 2015 – Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, today announced the latest generation of its urban daypack series, Slingshot Edge. The redesigned series caters to the urban photographer by combining protective compartments and easy access with added storage for tablets, slim design and a stylish exterior.
“Ease of use is paramount for photographers on the move,” said Tim Grimmer, vice president of brand and product at Lowepro. “There are few things more disappointing in photography than missing a great shot because you couldn’t get to your gear in time. The new Slingshot Edge series rethinks the sling design for fast, optimized access to a compact DSLR or compact system camera, while putting an added emphasis on trusted gear protection and style.”
The Slingshot Edge series is designed for urban photographers, day trippers and travelers looking for a slim and versatile camera bag to keep things light and easy. Two sizes are available, each featuring padded, dedicated compartments to keep camera gear, a tablet and other essentials organized and safe. The Slingshot Edge 150 AW is designed to hold a mirrorless/compact system camera with attached lens, a second lens, a small tablet and personal items. The larger Slingshot Edge 250 AW can accommodate a compact DSLR camera with attached lens, an extra lens, flash, full-size tablet and additional personal gear. Both bags come complete with a built-in All Weather AW CoverTM to protect from rain, snow or dust, as well as external bag straps that allow the attachment of a small tripod or other equipment.
The Slingshot Edge 150 AW (US MSRP $89.95) and 250 AW (US MSRP $109.95) are now available for purchase at a number of retail locations
B&H carries the Lowepro Slingshot Edge 150 AW and 250 AW.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 8/20/2015 6:16:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Summer Photography Tips: Plant for Butterfly and Flower Pictures
Few natural subjects surpass flowers and butterflies in colorfulness. Planting flowers that attract butterflies takes advantage of both and planting them in your yard means fast access to these great subjects.
Don't have a garden of your own? Don't want to do the work? Others love gardening. Find someone who has this passion and share your photography passion with them in the form of images and prints. Alternatively, find a public garden.
Coneflowers are one of my favorite flowers and a small garden of them behind the house provided hours of distraction (I mean "gear evaluation") for me this summer. The shape of the flower permits full view of the butterfly and the working area keeps the butterfly busy long enough to get the photo. Because these flowers are planted on a bank, I can shoot horizontally across the flower tops (to get blurred blooms in the background) without lying on the ground. A raised planting box offers a similar advantage.
Most macro lenses work well for flowers, but butterflies are sometimes not comfortable with a lens close to them. Longer focal lengths permit longer working distances. In this case, the spangled fritillary butterfly was quite tolerant of my presence and I was able to utilize the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro Lens at a close distance.
I'm still struggling to retrain my brain to frame slightly wider with the extreme resolution of the Canon EOS 5Ds R available, allowing minor cropping to achieve perfect framing during post processing. The result in this case was that the butterfly's antenna was slightly closer to the right edge of the frame than I wanted. Fortunately, I had taken multiple photos and was able to add a small strip to the right side of this image, with ideal wing position, from one of the others for a 52.9 megapixel final image size.
I used a Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash with a camera exposure that balanced the ambient background lighting. Because the coneflower petals were closer to the flash than the butterfly, they were slightly brighter than I wanted. I decreased the brightness of the RAW file and overlaid the darker flower petals on the brighter butterfly and background.
What is in your flower bed? If the ideal flowers are not there, add them! Then get ready for your summer color.
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
100mm  f/4.0  1/160s
ISO 100
6092 x 8688px
Post Date: 8/19/2015 12:28:16 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan Flickr Group
We've had Community for several years now and it has become a great venue for photographers to socialize, ask questions, share their images and compete in weekly contests.
One disadvantage to a forum-based system is that the images shared by the members appear in numerous different (themed) threads, meaning that viewing all the latest images posted is a rather tedious and time consuming process.
Therefore, we created Flickr Group to serve as a repository of Community (and non-Community) members where site visitors can share their images in a centralized location.
So what are you waiting for? Go check it out and feel free to add some of your favorite [family friendly] images (up to 5 per day).
Category: Site News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 12:38:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From SanDisk:
SanDisk SSD Concierge Service provides full support during SSD upgrade process
MILPITAS, Calif., August 18, 2015 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today introduced the first SSD upgrade service with live video support. The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service offers full support for SanDisk solid state drive (SSD) installations and is designed to simplify upgrades for consumers of all technical backgrounds.
“Many customers understand the benefits an SSD can bring to an aging laptop but they also feel anxious about performing an upgrade by themselves,” said Philippe Willams, director of product marketing, SanDisk. “The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service’s step-by-step live support will give consumers the confidence to install an SSD and enjoy the benefits of speed, performance and reliability.”
Upgrading an aging laptop with an SSD can greatly improve performance and is more cost effective than purchasing a new one. With advanced flash memory storage and significantly faster speeds, SSDs outpace traditional hard-disk drives (HDDs) in every performance category. In addition, SSDs run cooler, create less noise, and use less power, which helps extend laptop battery life, and reduce the strain on limited system resources.
Through the SanDisk SSD Concierge Service, consumers will have all of the tools required to upgrade their laptop successfully. This includes the hardware and software necessary to migrate data as well as install the new SSD. Once data has been successfully migrated, consumers will have the ability to schedule a video conference via mobile device with a SanDisk technician, who will walk them through the final steps of removing the existing storage device and installing their new SSD. The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service will support all SanDisk consumer SSDs.
Pricing and Availability
The SanDisk SSD Concierge Service is available through Amazon for $39.99*.
* SSD not included; sold separately.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 8/19/2015 8:58:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Hoya 77mm HD3 Circular Polarizer Filter
From Kenko Tokina USA:
Kenko Tokina Asks Photographers: Is Your Shot Hoya Tough?
Kenko Tokina Debuts New Hoya HD3 Series of Professional Photographic Filters Designed for Extreme Environmental Conditions; 4X Stronger than Standard Optical Glass; 800% Harder Coatings than Previous Generations

Huntington Beach, CA – August 18, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is proud to introduce the new Hoya HD3 series of professional photographic filters. The HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters give photographers the ability to capture high-quality images in extreme settings without loss of color balance, contrast, or clarity due to adverse environmental conditions. Additionally, the new filters’ light-weight and rugged design means no scratches, stains or damage to the front of the lens. The Hoya HD3 filters are 4X stronger than standard optical glass and the antireflective coatings are 800% harder than previous generations while offering a stunning 99.7% light transmission rate. To learn more about Hoya’s HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters, visit
Professionals Agree: Hoya HD3 Filters Are the Amazing
Professional photographers are raving about the optical quality of their pictures using the new Hoya HD3 filters. Award-winning photographer Hudson Henry found the new filters vital for a recent European photo shoot.
“The UV filters are amazing. I leave it on while shooting sunburst photos without seeing any noticeable degradation,” says Hudson Henry. “These UV filters are like perfectly clear armor. It's especially handy for conditions with dust, crowds of people, salt spray, and sweat.”
Extreme photographer Stan Moniz, a longtime Hoya user, raved about the new filter series.
“These filters are so durable and so easy to clean, it allows you to do things other photographers haven’t done and get images that haven’t been captured before,” says Stan Moniz. “These filters are the bomb to use. I can’t understand why a professional photographer wouldn’t always have these on them.”
The HD3 Series of Filters
The new HD3 series of filters consists of a UV and Circular Polarizer in common sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm. Building on the brand’s reputation for producing the toughest filters on the planet, Hoya engineers have developed a new ultra-hard nano-coating formula in addition to a new process for applying layers of antireflective coating to the HD3 glass. These two factors combine to yield a coating that is 800% harder than the optical coating on the previous generation of filters.
The HD3 UV professional filter features a new 32-layer proprietary coating system that greatly reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the glass and yields a 99.7% light transmission rate. This means the filter has virtually no effect on the color balance, contrast, or clarity of the final image. Additionally, the hardened, antistatic top-layer is water repellent, stain and scratch resistant, and cleans easily when smudges or fingerprints are introduced to the surface.
The optical glass in the new HD3 UV professional filter is made in Japan, using Hoya’s exclusive HD hardened glass that is 4x stronger than normal optical glass (UV only).
The filters in the new HD3 series utilize a lightweight, one-piece, low-profile aluminum frame to house the glass. This one-piece design allows the filter to maintain perfect parallel alignment to the sensor plane for maximum sharpness, while the low-profile frame eliminates vignetting when used on ultra-wide-angle lenses.
Hoya HD3 filters were developed in conjunction with Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. and intended solely for U.S. distribution.
B&H carries the Hoya HD3 filters.
Category: Hoya News
Post Date: 8/18/2015 1:31:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Roger over at has published a full teardown of two cinema primes, the Zeiss 85mm CP.2 T2.1 and more affordable Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5. Roger does a good job of explaining the differences between the two lenses and provides us his thoughts on the build quality of each.
Post Date: 8/18/2015 1:21:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
Erik Valind demonstrates how to creatively add color to shadows with 3 flashes and some Rogue FlashBender 2 gear. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
Gear Used
Post Date: 8/18/2015 12:45:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Summer Photography Tips: Plan Your Fall Foliage Trip
Why am I posting a fall foliage photo for a summer photography tip? Good question – Let me explain.
Anticipation is one of life's greatest feelings.
Strive to create anticipation for your clients and also in your own life. One of my favorite anticipations is for a photo trip and, while many lament the end of summer approaching, my favorite time of the year to photograph is when the leaves change color. This time of the year is primarily in the fall season, but ... the leaves in some of the most-scenic areas are reaching peak color just as the summer season comes to an end.
Many landscape photographers share my affinity for fall and photographers with interests other than landscape photography can also benefit from the brilliant colors. For example, portrait, sports, car and many other photographers can find the colorful fall backgrounds advantageous. If it is summer and your fall trip(s) is(are) not planned, don't wait any longer.
If colorful leaves are the desired subject, a location experiencing that color during your time there is important. While that timing can change from year-to-year, influenced by water and temperature, trip planning should use historical averages for decision making. There are many fall foliage maps available to help with destination and date planning.
My last fall foliage photography trip was to Colorado, including the San Juan Mountains, a location sure to be found on all USA fall foliage maps. For this image, I used a telephoto lens to bring the snow-capped mountains in close, making them appear large in the frame. A break in the heavy cloud cover provided beautiful lighting and the low-hanging cloud added the extra element I am always searching for.
While your fall foliage photo trip may be best planned even earlier than summer, if summer is here, wait no longer. My big fall trip is planned, but ... I'll let the destination be a small anticipation for you.
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.
Post Date: 8/18/2015 9:28:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Nikon:
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that its Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera, the Nikon D5500, is the recipient of the European Consumer DSLR Camera 2015-2016 award presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).
This makes the second major award the D5500 has received this year, as it was also the recipient of the TIPA Awards 2015 Best Digital SLR Entry Level Award, presented by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).
The Nikon D5500 is a digital SLR camera that offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-mega-pixels, and is equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, and the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. These features combine for superior image quality and rich power of expression. The D5500 is also equipped with a touch screen vari-angle LCD monitor that supports intuitive touch operation, as well as a built-in Wi-Fi function. In addition, adoption of a monocoque structure has helped to make this slim digital SLR the world's lightest with preserving strength durability.
Reasons the D5500 was selected as recipient of the European Consumer DSLR Camera 2015-2016 award (summary of EISA comments):
The D5500 is a digital SLR camera that offers a deep grip for a firm and steady hold despite its compact and lightweight size. It offers one of the highest effective pixel counts in its class, 24.2-megapixels, and is equipped with a number of advanced features, including a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, and an AF system offering 39 focus points, optimal for capturing moving subjects. It also supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to 25600. This camera is equipped with all of the features photo hobbyists require for capturing and sharing images, including a vari-angle LCD monitor, which supports shooting from any angle, as well as touch operation, and a built-in Wi-Fi function, which enables wireless transfer of images.
B&H carries the Nikon D5500 DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/18/2015 9:48:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T6i
The definition of "perfect" in regards to T6i/T6s (750D/760D) setup is of course referring to my own preferences. That there are so many setup options shows that not everyone is the same as me.
  1. Open the box, find the battery and battery charger, connect the two and plug the charger in. A charged battery is needed for almost everything going forward.
  2. While the battery is charging, the one step that can be accomplished is software installation. Canon Digital Photo Pro and EOS Utility are the two apps I load.
  3. Another step that can be taken parallel to battery charging is installation of the neck strap.
  4. Install the charged battery and power on the camera. Update the date, time and timezone as prompted.
  5. To enable the full set of menu options, turn mode dial to P, Tv, Av or M. Then begin changes by pressing the Menu button.
  6. Change "Image quality" to "RAW"
  7. "Beep" to "Disable"
  8. "Release shutter without card" to "Disable" (Important)
  9. "Image review" to "4 sec."
  10. Set all "Lens aberration correction" options to "Disable"
  11. "Picture Style" to "Neutral" with "Sharpness" set to "1". Note that I select the Neutral Picture Style for a lower contrast histogram to better show the camera's available dynamic range in-camera. I usually change image to use the "Standard" style in DPP during post processing.
  12. "Long exposure noise reduction" to "Auto". I frequently change this option when shooting, most often to "On".
  13. "High ISO speed NR" to "Off". Noise reduction reduces image sharpness and very potentially destructive to image details. I apply NR to my taste (usually very lightly) during post processing.
  14. Live View "Grid display" to "Grid 1" to get the thirds lines
  15. Histogram disp from "Brightnes" to "RGB"
  16. "Auto rotate" to "On/Computer". This allows images to fill the camera LCD regardless of the orientation they were captured in.
  17. Viewfinder display: Set Electronic level, Grid display and Flicker detection to "Show"
  18. "Feature Guide" to "Disable"
  19. Custom functions: ISO expansion: On,
  20. Setup My Menu to include: Long exp. noise reduction, Anti-flicker shoot, Format card, Date/Time/Zone, Mirror Lockup, Sensor cleaning
Regardless of your setting alignment with mine, I recommend that you maintain your own camera settings list. The list will be helpful if your camera requires reconfiguration (such as after returning from Canon service) or as a basis for configuring your next camera upgrade.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/18/2015 8:23:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon PIXMA MG7720 Wirelesss Inkjet All-in-One Printer
From Canon USA:
New features include improved initial set-up time, direct printing from Instagram and new ink formula
MELVILLE, N.Y., August, 18, 2015 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced enhanced printers for its PIXMA printer line: the PIXMA MG7720, the PIXMA MG6800 series and the MG5700 series of Wireless Inkjet All-in-One (AIO) printers. Ideal for high-quality photo and document printing and creative applications, each model can connect to wireless networks easier than in the past for quick printing from the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY application with compatible mobile and tablet devices. Catering to the wants and needs of the everyday user, each model can also be used to create additional copies and scan important documents for archiving purposes as well. All of the printers utilize new genuine Canon inks, which provide deeper blacks and more vivid reds in photos for easy printing at home, and provide more visual impact for printing documents on plain paper than previous models.
To further expand upon the usability and effectiveness of the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY application and PIXMA Cloud Link, new features include the ability to print images directly from any Instagram feed, so special moments can live beyond the screen. In addition, Canon Easy-PhotoPrint+ and Creative Park web applications can be accessed from compatible smartphones and tablets to share and edit individual photos using cloud technology as well. Also, documents can be printed from SlideShare and users can send scanned documents directly to OneNote.
Improving upon initial setup time as compared to predecessors, users can install the printer drivers approximately 30 percent faster with the PIXMA MG7720 printer. All seven models also have an improved wireless printing experience for compatible smartphone and tablet users through the updated Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY application, and can easily print and scan images and documents to several of the most popular online social platforms and services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket, Dropbox, Evernote, Creative Park, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. In addition, these models support Google Cloud Print, for printing from Gmail and Google Docs on a compatible mobile device, and from the Google Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome OS operating systems.
"We are excited to announce these new PIXMA printer models, including a new flagship model, that are ideal for anyone looking for a multi-purpose printer with simple, direct wireless capabilities for easy printing of photos and documents," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "With an improved start-up process, new ink cartridges, and an increase in compatible applications available making the printing experience more seamless, these printers cater to those that want to create high quality prints at home or on the go."
The PIXMA MG7720 printer, which also includes the PIXMA Touch & Print feature that allows direct printing from compatible Android devices, along with the PIXMA MG6800 printer series, are the perfect creative tools for students who need to print on the go from just about anywhere using Canon Creative Park projects. Rounding out the new lineup, the PIXMA MG5700 printer series is the economical choice for printing homework assignments or other important documents at home while still providing creative features and quality photos. Each printer features Auto Power On/Off functionality, Auto Two-sided Print and PictBridge printing via wireless LAN for a direct connection to select Canon Digital Cameras.
All of the models also come with My Image Garden software to offer a variety of features designed to inspire and enhance creativity while empowering the sharing of images. My Image Garden also features Full HD Movie Print software to help users produce clear images of frames from videos captured on select Canon EOS Digital SLRs, PowerShot Digital Cameras, and VIXIA Camcorders.
In addition to the aforementioned features, the PIXMA MG7720 printer comes equipped with the Intelligent Touch System user interface and a 3.5-inch touch screen to easily navigate through various menus. This model also features six individual ink tanks to produce photo lab quality photos at home and professional looking documents. The PIXMA MG7720 printer will be available in black, white, gold and red and has an estimated retail price of $199.99.
PIXMA MG6800 series
The PIXMA MG6800 printer series features an easy-to-use, 3.0-inch TFT touch screen for easy navigation and a five color individual ink set. It is also equipped with a dual purpose paper tray for plain paper in addition to photo paper where a beautiful 4 x 6 inch borderless photo can be printed in approximately 41 seconds11. The PIXMA MG6820 printer will be available in white and black while the MG6821 is available in black/silver and the MG6822 is available in white/silver. Each model has an estimated retail price of $149.99.
PIXMA MG5700 series
The PIXMA MG5700 printer series includes the same five individual ink tank system as the PIXMA MG6800 series printer models where four of the inks are designed for use when printing a color document or image in addition to a dedicated ink tank for printing black and white text documents. These models are also capable of automatically printing a two-sided document to conserve paper. The PIXMA MG5720 printer will be available in white and black, while the MG5721 is available in black/silver and the MG5722 is available in white/silver. Each model has an estimated retail price of $99.99.
B&H carries Canon PIXMA printers.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 8/18/2015 6:15:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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