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 Monday, January 11, 2016
For a limited time, B&H has the GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount available for $595.00 with free shipping. Regularly $995.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Automatically Captures Panoramic Images
  • Gigapixel Panoramas with Amazing Detail
  • For Camera & Lenses up to 10 lb (4.5kg)
  • Free GigaPan Stitch Software Download
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger
  • Digital Trigger Cables Included
  • Includes Camera Mount Vice/Clamp
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Post Date: 1/11/2016 5:15:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 9, 2016
B&H has the Tamrac Zuma 7 Photo/iPad/Netbook Triple Access Backpack available for $34.95 with free shipping. Regularly $119.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Durable 600D PolyTek Exterior
  • Cordura Nylon Lining/Waterproof Coating
  • Holds DSLR with 6.5" (16.5 cm) Lens
  • Holds Several Extra Lenses Plus Flash
  • Holds Tamrac's ZipShot Mini Tripod
  • Triple Access System
  • Foam-Padded Compartment for iPad
  • Mesh Pockets - Adapter/Card/Battery
  • Larger Pockets - Small Camera/Phone/iPod
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Post Date: 1/9/2016 8:34:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 8, 2016
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $469.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95 new.
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Post Date: 1/8/2016 1:28:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
While attempting a few macro shots yesterday, I was inspired to turn my lens on a subject that has always fascinated me because of its intrinsic beauty and complexity – the eye.
 
Gear Used
 
EXIF: f/10, 1/80 sec, ISO 320
 
Thought Process and Execution
 
As I wanted a macro shot of the eye, my lens choice was easy. However, as I wanted to get as much magnification as possible, I stacked all three of the Kenko Extension Tubes behind the lens. This shortened the minimum focus distance allowing me to get even closer to the subject for a larger than 1.0x maximum magnification.
 
How much larger? Well, let's see.
 
With the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM...
 
Update: I revised this section to make the calculation simpler.
 
Magnification = Native Maximum Magnification + (Extension Length / Focal Length)
Magnification = 1.0 + [(12 + 20 + 36) / 100]
Magnification = 1.0 + [68 / 100]
Magnification = 1.0 + .68
Magnification = 1.68
 
Note that the magnification value assumes we are working at Minimum Focus Distance.
 
Another factor we need to consider is the effective aperture in this scenario. As magnification increases, the effective aperture gets narrower. Here's how the effective aperture is calculated:
 
Effective Aperture = Aperture Setting + (Aperture Setting * Magnification)
Effective Aperture = 10 + (10 * 1.68)
Effective Aperture = 10 + 16.8
Effective Aperture = f/26.8
 
Working with this kind of magnification brings with it a couple of challenges. One challenge is that your depth of field becomes very thin. Even at f/10, there's only a sliver of the image that's in focus (the reflection of the top eyelashes). And on top of that, a higher than 1.0x magnification makes the viewfinder very dark. Minimal DOF combined with a dark viewfinder makes precise focusing a challenge to achieve.
 
And because of the very narrow effective aperture, a lot of light is needed for a proper exposure. In this case, I used a manually controlled, shoe-mounted Canon 580EX set to nearly full power (at ISO 320) in order to obtain a decent exposure. Of course, the RoundFlash Ringflash Adapter I was using resulted in a certain amount of light loss from diffusion, but I felt it was the best modifier for the look I was going for and well worth the penalty of a slightly higher ISO.
 
As far as the shutter speed goes, there was no specific reason I chose 1/80 second over anything else. In this particular instance, any reasonably fast shutter speed would work (even one that would likely show motion blur during at normal magnifications). That's because the light captured in this scene is provided entirely from the flash which has an extremely short duration. In effect, the shutter speed was the flash duration.
 
I typically use a tripod when shooting macro subjects. But in this case, using a tripod seemed a bit impractical. That's because with such a small DOF, I thought it would be easier for me to adjust the camera back and forth slightly to achieve focus rather than try and direct the subject to move her head the same amount. I also typically use 10x Live View to aid in manual focusing when shooting macro subjects. But in this case, using 10x (or 5x) Live View would have had two big consequences: the inability to see the entire framing and a loss of stability needed for precise manual focusing (as my eye would not be on the viewfinder).
 
I overcame focus challenges by sitting on the coffee table in front of the subject and bracing my elbows against my knees with the camera pressed firmly to my face. This gave me a relatively rigid platform where I could sway ever so slightly forward and backward as the subject stared straight into the lens. This also allowed me the ability to easily adjust framing on the fly for slightly different looks between shots. I concentrated on timing my shots when the reflection of her top eyelashes looked sharpest (a challenge with the dark viewfinder, but not impossible). After several attempts, I finally had the framing and focus that I wanted.
 
In post-processing, I increased clarity to help bring out details in the iris, upped the saturation a little and made relatively minor adjustments to brightness/contrast. The image is uncropped.
 
You can find a full resolution version on my Flickr photostream.
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Post Date: 1/8/2016 8:58:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Many of the instant & mail-in rebates from Canon, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina that we enjoyed in December have been extended through January (and in Sigma and Tamron's case, extended through February).
 
The Canon rebates changed a bit from the previous period. Several of the lens rebates are lower than they were this holiday season while a few lenses (and Speedlites) no longer qualify. On the DSLR side of things, the 5Ds and 5Ds R no longer feature an instant rebate.
 
As usual, Canon DSLR rebates vary depending on bundled lenses.
 
Update: I have just been notified that the Sigma 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary instant rebates were extended through Jan 31. I have updated the table accordingly.
 
Canon, Sigma, Tamron & Tokina 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$300.00 / $550.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$200.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS M3 Buy$200.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS M10 Buy$100.00 - $120.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
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/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$80.00
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy$250.00
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Buy$200.00
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens Buy$150.00
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Buy$250.00
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy$300.00
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$130.00
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD 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
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$120.00
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Buy$150.00
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Buy$30.00
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens Buy$50.00
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy$40.00
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens Buy$40.00
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Post Date: 1/8/2016 7:28:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamrac 5725 Zuma 5 Photo/Laptop Shoulder Bag (Black/Burgundy) available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, 7.25" Lens, 3 Lenses, Flash
  • Or Holds Mirrorless Camera System
  • Holds iPad or 14" Laptop
  • Holds ZipShot Tripod/Accessories
  • 600 Denier PolyTek Exterior
  • Dual Mesh Pockets for ZipShot/Water
  • Three Front Windowpane Mesh Pockets
  • Foam Padded Interior / Movable Dividers
  • Zippered Closure / Quick-Release Buckle
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap/ Top Handle
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Post Date: 1/8/2016 5:12:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 7, 2016
Our friends at MindShift Gear just released what might be the three lightest weight outdoor photography backpacks ever (the new UltraLight Single 16L backpack weighs in at a slim 1.9 pounds, including rain cover). The UltraLight Sprint 16L, UltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without having to take off the bag.
 
The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps. The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately when you wish to drop your full pack and set off with even less weight.
 
From MindShift Gear:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Outdoor photographers can now go faster and farther with what may be the lightest photo daypacks ever: The UltraLight series from MindShift Gear. The UltraLight Sprint 16L, UltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without first having to take off the bag. The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps.
 
The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L also include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately when users wish to drop their full pack and bag a peak with even less weight.
 
“All aspects of the UltraLight backpacks were refined with weight in mind, including lightweight fabric, thinner webbing, lighter buckles, and shoulder straps with less padding,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer. “This allows the outdoor enthusiast to be able to go farther and faster as they are not weighed down by their pack.”
 
GEAR CAPACITY
 
UltraLight Sprint 16L:
 
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one to two standard zoom lenses, or primes
  • Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one to two lenses
  • Fits up to a 10” tablet or most 1.5 liter hydration reservoirs
  • Nine liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to a DSLR body
UltraLight Dual 25L:
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and two to three lenses
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop or most 2.5 liter hydration reservoirs
  • Fourteen liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to a DSLR body
UltraLight Dual 36L:
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and two to four standard zoom lenses
  • Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and two to three standard zoom lenses
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop or most three liter hydration reservoirs
  • Twenty liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to body with 70-200 f/2.8 detached
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high-quality YKK Fuse zippers, 100D nylon shadow rip-stop, 420D high-density nylon, 210D velocity nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS, VOLUME & WEIGHT
 
UltraLight Sprint 16L
External Dimensions: (25 x 47 x 15 cm)
Camera Compartment: (24 x 14 x 12 cm)
Tablet/hydration compartment: (24.5 x 27 cm)
Volume: 16 liters
Weight: 1.9lbs (includes rain cover)
 
UltraLight Dual 25L
External Dimensions: (26 x 55 x 17 cm)
Camera Compartment: (23 cm x 19 cm x 13 cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26 x 40 cm) W x H
Volume: 25 liters
Weight: 2.8 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)
 
UltraLight Dual 36L
External Dimension: (28 x 60 x 22 cm)
Camera Compartment: (25 X 25 X 16.5cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26.5 x 49cm) W x H
Volume: 36 liters
Weight: 3.3 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)
 
MindShift Gear has the Ultralight Sprint 16L, Dual 25L and Dual 36L daypacks in stock.
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Post Date: 1/7/2016 3:10:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pittsburgh, home to three rivers (Ohio, Alleghany and Monongahela), is also home to great reflections and many bridges. The reflections of the city, however, are usually color blurs due to wakes from boat and barge traffic. Thanks to the wave-rebounding solid vertical river walls, the waves seem to never dissipate and when planning this long daytrip, I was visualizing a creamy-smooth river of color during the blue hour and later. What I found on this day was ... no boat traffic and very different images than I had visualized. Different in a good way, I think.
 
The most difficult part of this image capture? Being there.
 
To take the actual picture, I simply stood on the north shore of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail river walk, centered between the Robert Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges, set the aperture to f/16 to get the star burst effect from lights, adjusted the framing to level (both pitch and yaw to keep the buildings and their reflections vertically straight) and pressed the shutter release (mirror lockup with 1 second delay).
 
The RAW file post processing was not challenging. In DPP, highlights were reduced (-5), shadows were boosted (+5) and saturation was added. While this result was very good, I opted to brighten the reflection in the water slightly (1/3 stop) using a simple HDR process. Two 16-bit TIFF files were created (one at -.83 EV and one at -.5 EV) and combined in Photoshop.
 
Being in Pittsburgh for the day meant renting a car the night before (4 drivers with 2 cars is not working so well), driving 4 hours, hiking roughly 3 miles with a full MindShift Gear BackLight 26L (including two tripods, extra cloths, food and water) and overall, being outdoors for 9 hours with temperatures in the teens and twenties (°F). I arrived home at 2:30 AM and got up to return the car in the AM.
 
The beauty of our brains is that, in a few days, the only thing I will remember is having spent a great day in a beautiful city and the images will last for a lifetime. I'm ready to go back.
 
Another beauty is the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens that I was "focused" on for the day. I referred to this lens as a "scapes" lens and it performed excellently in its cityscapes roll this day.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook, Instagram and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 1/7/2016 12:52:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Manfrotto MH054MO-Q6 Magnesium Ball Head with Q6 Top Lock Quick Release available for $109.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $249.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Max Height: 5"
  • Weight: 1.5 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • 360° Pan with Independent Pan Lock
  • Tension Control
  • Lateral Tilt: -100° / +40°
  • 3 Bubble Levels
  • Portrait Angle Selector
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Post Date: 1/7/2016 6:24:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through today, Sigma is offering $100.00 - $200.00 instant savings on three of their most popular lenses, all of which qualify for free next day delivery. See below for details.
 
Instant Rebates Ending Today
 
ItemInstant
Savings
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art (review)$100.00
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary (review)$100.00
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (review)$200.00

And as an added bonus, the Sigma 150-600mm lenses each come with a free USB Dock when purchased from B&H.
 
Several other Sigma lenses are also currently available with instant savings.
 
For what it's worth, the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art is one of my favorite lenses and a very good deal at the after-instant-rebate price. [Sean]
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Post Date: 1/7/2016 5:27:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 6, 2016
eBay (via Adorama) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye HD Lens (for Canon or Nikon) available for $179.00 with free shipping. Compare at $247.26.
 
Note from Sean: The Rokinon 8mm Fisheye is a lens I love having in my gear bag and one I reach for quite regularly.
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Post Date: 1/6/2016 11:58:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $529.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 1/6/2016 11:22:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the all-new DJI Phantom 3 4K Quadcapter in stock with free expedited shipping. And considering the specifications, you might be surprised at the very attractive introductory price.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24 fps DCI 4K / 30 fps UHD 4K
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Extender with 3900' Range
  • DJI Go App for iOS / Android
  • Home and Course Lock Flight Modes
  • Follow Me / Waypoint Navigation
  • Point of Interest Orbit Mode
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
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Post Date: 1/6/2016 8:11:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
In case you missed it, here is a list of The Best and Most Rented New Photography Gear of 2015! To start 2016 right, we are giving you 10% off all of our top 20 rentals plus our 7 staff favorites. Reserve your rental, have it arrive by January 31st, and use code TOPGEAR10.
 
A few items that made the list include...
 
  • Canon C300 Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM for Canon
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED AF-S VR
  • Profoto B2 Strobes
  • DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Litepanels Astra 1x1 Bi-Color LED Panel w/ AB Plate
  • SmallHD 5" 502 HDMI / SDI On-Camera Field Monitor
  • Teradek Bolt Pro 300 Wireless HD-SDI/HDMI Kit
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
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Post Date: 1/6/2016 6:18:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 5, 2016

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Shot exclusively on the new Nikon D5 in 4K ultra-high definition video. INSPIRED, a film by Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich, explores what drives today’s most diverse and interesting professional photographers and filmmakers, and captures the commitment it takes to tell truly meaningful stories.
 
The video below highlights the top features of the Nikon D5:
 

B&H has the Nikon D5 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 1/5/2016 5:30:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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