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 Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Photoflex Acquired by PROMARK Brands
From Photoflex:
 
We have some very big news to share with you, our valued customers. Promark International, Inc., a leader in photographic tools, has added Photoflex to their growing family of brands. Together, Promark and Photoflex will focus on delivering high quality, industry-defining lighting solutions for photographers of all skill levels.
 
Here at Photoflex headquarters, business will go on as usual. Photoflex will continue to develop photographic lighting tools and work hard to meet a wider set of customer needs with the support of Promark International.
 
We look forward to growing the Photoflex brand and continuing the momentum we have gained over the last 30 years in the industry. Thank you for your continued support.
 
- Photoflex Team
 
Other PROMARK Brands
 
  • Photogenic Professional Lighting
  • Radiopopper
  • Norman
  • Smith-Victor Corporation
  • Speedotron
  • Quantum
  • Cool-Lux
  • Logan
  • Dot Line Corporation
B&H carries the Photoflex, Radiopopper, Photogenic, Smith-Victor, Cool-Lux, Norman, Speedotron, Quantum, Logan and Dot Line Corporation brands.
Category: Photoflex News
Post Date: 6/30/2015 2:52:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
B&H currently has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens (review) in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
The lens has been in relatively short supply since its release (going in and out of stock). If you've been wanting to pick one up, now may be a good time.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2015 12:13:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $613.96 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty. Also keep in mind that there may be risks associated with eBay purchases as auction retailers may not be as easy to deal with (compared to Authorized Retailers) if there is an issue with your order.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2015 10:57:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds with 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Canon has officially launched its recommended lenses list for use with the ultra-high resolution EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R DSLR cameras.
 
The following lenses are recommended by Canon for getting the best from the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R:
 
Zoom Lenses
 
Wide angle fixed focal lenses
 
Standard fixed focal length lenses
 
Telephoto fixed focal length lenses
 
Admittedly, there are a couple of things about the official list that leave us baffled. For one, why is the EF 70-200mm f/4L USM listed but not the newer EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM? The IS version of the lens is newer and produces just as good (if not slightly better) image quality.
 
For another, I can't understand why Canon would include the EF 50mm f/1.8 II (and to a lesser degree, the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM) in the recommended lenses list. I personally would not consider their wide-open image quality to be optimal for such a demanding sensor. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2015 10:13:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of B&H Wedding Tips, professional NYC Wedding Photographer Ryan Brenizer shares his post production workflow from start to finish. Ryan walks us through his best practices including his post wedding media management, Lightroom tips, and tricks to sharing your work with your clients.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix.
Post Date: 6/30/2015 9:30:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5Ds R
While the Canon EOS 5Ds Review (coming soon) will feature a complete review of the 5Ds cameras (including the R functionally), the Canon EOS 5Ds R Review takes a closer look at the differences between these two cameras.
 
Posting the 5Ds R differences review before the full 5Ds review may seem backwards, but ... we know most of what these cameras are about already. They are based on the 5D Mark III (including the AF system) with a new sensor and some new features. The resolution, noise and sounds are now known and available on the site. With these results all being excellent, for many (including me), the decision remaining to be made was between the 5Ds and the 5Ds R.
 
The 5Ds R review focuses on those differences and especially on moiré and the commonness of its occurance. I'll reveal my personal choice at the end.
 
While B&H has had the Canon EOS 5Ds in stock since the first delivery was received, the Canon EOS 5Ds R preorders have not yet been completely filled. If this is the camera you want, reserve your place in line.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/30/2015 9:14:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens
The Canon Store is celebrating Independence Day with reduced pricing on select refurbished DSLR cameras, lenses & flashes.
 
In Stock Items with Discounts
 
Refurbished ItemOrig PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.2040.202,199.00
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20260.201,099.00
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135mm IS STM1,239.20339.21899.99
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55mm IS STM1,079.20279.21799.99
Canon EOS 7D Body959.36309.37649.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99180.00379.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1439.99110.00329.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM799.99160.00639.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9958.00129.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9990.0069.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II199.99100.0099.99
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash439.9940.00399.99
Canon Speedlite 430EX II239.9970.00169.99
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9940.00159.99
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9946.0089.99
Canon Speedlite 90EX119.9930.0089.99
Litepanels 1x1' Mono LED Tungsten Flood Light (100-240VAC)
B&H has the Litepanels 1x1' Mono LED Tungsten Flood Light (100-240VAC) available for $746.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,346.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • One 12 x 12" Fixture
  • 50° Tungsten Flood
  • Only 1.75" Thick
  • Virtually No Heat
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • Included 100-240VAC Power Supply
  • 3 Lbs
X-Rite ColorMunki Display
For a limted time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorMunki Display available for $89.00 with free expedited shipping after $30.00 mail-in rebate (expires today). Regularly $169.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ergonomic: 3 Integrated Functions
  • Advanced Filter and Optical Systems
  • For Virtually All Modern Displays
  • Field-Upgradeable for Future Technology
  • Rotating Diffuser Arm / Tripod Mount
  • Easy and Advanced Modes
  • Ambient Light Measurement/Smart Control
  • Flare Correct
  • Intelligent Profiling for Color Accuracy
  • Automatic Hardware Adjustment
Post Date: 6/30/2015 6:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 29, 2015

 
From the Canon Australia YouTube Channel:
 
Shooting light trails is a great reason to get out of auto mode and start shooting manually. It's also a good way for new photographers to begin to use their creativity.
 
In this tutorial Greg Sullavan, from Canon Collective, talks through how to prepare for, and capture, a night light trails photograph.
 
Use his tips and tricks to win a Canon EOS 750D. All you need to do is watch the tutorial and submit your best light trail shots at canon.com.au/photobootcamp.
 
Greg's Tips
 
  • Use a long exposure of 30 seconds
  • Use aperture f/22
  • Use ISO 100 for less noise
  • Use a sturdy tripod
  • Try using a lens hood
  • Use a cable release or the camera's self-timer
  • Shoot with a friend to look out for one another
B&H carries tripods and Canon shutter remotes.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 2:18:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Zacuto Vimeo Channel:
 
Zacuto announces the customizable Gratical X micro-OLED EVF! The Gratical X is perfect for the shooter who wants only a few key features.
 
Users start with the bright and brilliant Gratical electronic viewfinder and then customize to fit their individual needs. The Gratical X will start at an attractive price point of $1650. Upon activation, the unit will have HDMI and SDI inputs, display adjustments, color bars, blue gun.
 
Additional software features like pixel to pixel zoom, peaking, false color, LUTs, zebras, frame store, HDMI and SDI outputs and many more can be purchased a la carte. Zacuto will also offer feature bundles with built in savings.
 
B&H has the Zacuto Gratical X available for preorder with an expected availability later next month. B&H also carries the feature-packed Zacuto Gratical HD and Gratical HD Kits.
Category: Zacuto News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 12:50:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar Professional 128GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC
Several Lexar and SanDisk memory cards are currently marked down for Independence Day. See below for more information.
 
Memory Card Deals
 
Memory CardOrig. PriceSale Price
Lexar Professional 128GB 800x CompactFlash UDMA 7$196.69$169.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 800x CompactFlash UDMA 7$83.67$72.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 1066x CompactFlash UDMA 7 (2-Pack)$195.70$160.99
Lexar Professional 128GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC (2-Pack)$133.34$119.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC (2-Pack)$78.12$62.99
SanDisk 128 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$164.99$119.99
SanDisk 64 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$73.49$59.99
SanDisk 32 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$48.95$39.95
Post Date: 6/29/2015 10:33:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM and II Lenses Compared
While the Canon EOS 5Ds review has been my highest priority, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens review has not been derailed and is also approaching completion.
 
One of the biggest differences between the 50mm f/1.8 II and the 50mm f/1.8 STM lenses, as their names imply, is the AF system implementation and the audibility differences of these systems is especially notable. The 50mm f/1.8 STM's focusing sound is greatly improved/reduced over the 50mm f/1.8 II presence-announcing buzz.
 
While much can be discerned from this post's image (the STM lens AF sound is depicted on the left), the difference that really matters will best be determined by your ears (turn up your speaker volume):
 
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens AF Sound Compared to f/1.8 II
 
The perfect lens AF sound would of course be a flat line, but ... AF moves parts and moving parts tend to make at least some noise. In this case, the STM is audible and audible enough for on-camera mics to pick up. The sounds in this example are from an identical near full extents change in both directions at full speed. As with some other STM lenses, a slow change in focus distance (such as when recording video) results in a noticeably quieter sound.
 
Much more to come.
 
The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens, Canon's least expensive lens, is in stock at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 9:10:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Last month, real estate photographer Scott Hargis showed us what kind of gear he takes with him on every shoot. In this video, Scott gives us a behind-the-scenes look at putting that gear to use while photographing a home interior.
Post Date: 6/29/2015 9:05:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Review.
 
This is the lens that Canon shows mounted in the 5Ds and 5Ds R product images. There is a good reason for that choice.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens in stock with a $100.00 MIR available through July 4th.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 8:03:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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