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 Wednesday, May 23, 2018
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E is now available. This firmware update makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E compatible with the new product SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art for Canon.
 
* 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.
 
Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
Benefit of the Update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO | Art for Canon
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 
B&H carries the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 EF-E.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/23/2018 7:43:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Rick Sammon
 
Having just returned from another photo-successful safari to Africa, where I photographed the handsome lion that opens this article, I thought I’d put together some thoughts on how you can make a photo safari a photo success. After all, a photo safari to Africa is an once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers; so coming home with a selection of great photographs that tell the story of the amazing adventure is a top priority – in addition to having fun!
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/23/2018 7:25:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use coupon code PMEMDAY during checkout at eBay to get the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Canon (via redtagcamera – 100% Positive Feedback) for $929.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,199.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/23/2018 6:53:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, use coupon code PMEMDAY during checkout at eBay to get the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera (via redtagcamera – 100% Positive Feedback) for $679.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/23/2018 6:41:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Refurbished eero Home Wi-Fi System available for $64.99 with free shipping. Compare at $185.00 new.
 
Do you have Wi-Fi dead zones in your home? Do you want your wireless network to cover the back deck or provide a more reliable connection in your studio space without having to change networks (as with a traditional Wi-Fi extender)? Then this deal is for you.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Standards
  • 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz Dual-Band Frequencies
  • 2x2 MIMO Connectivity
  • 5 x Internal Antennas
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 1 x USB 2.0 Port
  • 1.0 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 512MB RAM / 4GB Flash Memory
  • Supports Wide Area Mesh Networking
  • WPA2 Personal Wireless Encryption
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/23/2018 6:31:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release (for Canon/Nikon/Sony) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Range: 320'
  • Channels: 16
  • Built-In Antenna
  • Dual-Function Release
  • Four-Second Delay Function
  • Multi-Exposure & Long Exposure Modes
  • Works Wired or Wirelessly
  • LED Indicators
  • Each Device Runs on Two AAA Batteries
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/23/2018 5:16:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 22, 2018

 
From the Pond5 YouTube Channel:
 
The importance of well-mixed audio in a video project can’t be overstated. Dialogue, ambient noise, sound effects, and music all need to be mixed together properly to enhance the viewer’s experience. Here are 5 basic audio mixing techniques for editing video.
Post Date: 5/22/2018 2:31:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Julieanne Kost goes over several shortcuts for using Point Type in in Photoshop CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/22/2018 1:03:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Shutterbug:
 
Venerable Photography Media Brand to Focus on Website After Ending Print Edition
 
May 22, 2018 – Shutterbug is moving forward as a web-only publication (Shutterbug.com) after ending its print magazine after 45 years, Shutterbug Editor-in-Chief Dan Havlik announced today.
 
“Shutterbug magazine had a great run, but the media landscape has changed dramatically in the last 4+ decades, and we felt now was the time for Shutterbug to become a dynamic, web-only publication,” Havlik said. “Shutterbug.com has grown dramatically in recent years with record traffic and expanded reach to photographers around the world. We can now dedicate all our resources to further growing our online presence and expanding our video, social media, mobile and e-commerce channels.”
 
In the last four years since Havlik joined Shutterbug as editor-in-chief, Shutterbug.com’s traffic has increased over 700%. Shutterbug.com was also recently named one of the top five best photography news sites by Feedspot. Meanwhile, Shutterbug’s social media channels have grown exponentially in recent years, with nearly one million followers on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Flipboard, Twitter and other social sites combined.
 
“The web, social media and video are simply the best ways for Shutterbug to reach the growing audience of photographers out there, including everyone who is graduating up from shooting with their smart phones and wants to learn how to capture photos with real cameras, to photo enthusiasts and seasoned pros who want to read the latest news and reviews of the hottest photo gear. Shutterbug.com offers it all.”
 
Along with continuing to post the best photography how-tos, video tutorials, feature stories and camera gear reviews on the web, Shutterbug.com will expand its popular photo galleries where readers share and comment on their images. Shutterbug.com will also open an online photography store where visitors can buy cameras, lenses, software, and photo accessories, along with Shutterbug-branded merchandise such as t-shirts and camera bags.
 
Shutterbug is owned by AVTech Media Americas Inc., a division of the UK-based AVTech Media Ltd (UK) company.
Category: Shutterbug News
Post Date: 5/22/2018 10:50:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Skylum (developers of Aurora HDR 2018 and Luminar 2018):
 
Skylum also hires Alex Savsunenko, former CEO of Let’s Enhance, to lead AI-based photo technologies to the next level.
 
May 22, 2018 — Bellevue, WA — Today, Skylum Software announced the formation of a new research and development division dedicated to the advancement of artificial intelligence technologies in image processing. The Skylum AI Lab leverages the company’s prior work developing smart filters in its award-winning Luminar software, as well as technology from its “sister company” Photolemur, which was founded in 2016 by Dima Sytnik and Alex Tsepko, co-founder and CEO of Skylum respectively.
 
“Clearly, AI can simplify our lives. By using AI-based technologies in our products, our customers save time vs. manual editing, and can often get better results,” said Alex Tsepko, CEO at Skylum. “Our neural networks are being trained on millions of images taken by cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, Nikon, Canon and many others, which means outstanding results for all photographers, regardless of what style they shoot and what gear they are using.” To spearhead the new Skylum AI Lab, the company has hired Alex Savsunenko, former CEO of Let’s Enhance, a leader in machine learning for visual content. Savsunenko will manage all research and development for technologies based on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks. Promising results will ultimately be implemented in Skylum products and solutions for image and video enhancement, with the aim to help users make their workflow faster, smarter and more efficient.
 
Currently, the Skylum AI Lab is testing over a dozen new solutions, including:
 
  • Image upscaling: uses deep convolutional neural networks to improve low-resolution images and scale them up for superior viewing and printing.
  • Tagging: generates tags that describe the image and its objects based on image recognition.
  • Segmentation: smart recognition of image areas that can be automatically enhanced using different filters and corrections based on the type of object.
  • Automatic enhancement: applies smart image corrections to photos based on a variety of issues
To further reinforce its AI prowess, Skylum has also joined forces with Photolemur, creator of the world's first fully automatic photo enhancement solution. Photolemur app has been sold for several years, with hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. It enhances images utilizing artificial intelligence without the need to use any manual controls. Development will continue on Photolemur, with the next evolution of the app likely to be a cloud solution that helps high-volume users enhance images as batch process.
Category: Skylum News
Post Date: 5/22/2018 10:25:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For those shopping for their first non-smartphone camera, a backup camera for a current kit or simply upgrading from a lower level/previous generation Rebel-series camera, the Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D and EOS M50 are likely to be considered. Today, we're going to look closely at these two cameras to see which might be the better option for addition to your kit.
 
Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D and EOS M50 Shared Primary Features:
 
  • Resolution: 24 MP / 6000 x 4000 pixels
  • Crop Ratio: 1.6x
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, up to 1080p 59.94 fps
  • Shutter Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec.
  • Auto White Balance with Ambience priority / White priority
  • Wi-Fi, NFC & Bluetooth
  • 3" (7.7/7.5cm) Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD, 1040K dots
  • Flash X-sync: 1/200 sec.
  • SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
  • Similar Price (at US authorized retailers, excluding rebates)
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D:
 
  • Native compatibility with EF, EF-S, TS-E & MP-E lenses
  • More Sensitive AF: down to EV -3 vs. EV -2
  • Larger Buffer: Up to 27 RAW/unlimited JPEG vs. 10/33
  • Wider Exposure Compensation Range: +/-5 EV vs. +/-3 EV
  • Large Auto ISO Range: 100 - 25600 vs. 100 - 6400
  • Higher Power Flash: 13.1 GN vs. 5
  • Optical Viewfinder
  • Longer Battery Life: 820 shots vs. 235 (370 in Eco Mode)
  • Compatible with E3-type remotes, smartphones/tablets and BR-E1 (Bluetooth) vs. BR-E1 and smartphones/tablets only
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS M50:
 
  • Native compatibility with EF-M lenses, compatible with EF, EF-S, TS-E & MP-E lenses via adapter
  • Newer Processor: DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 7
  • More AF Points: 143 vs. 45
  • Faster Burst Rate: Approx 10.0 fps RAW (7.4 with Servo AF) vs. 6
  • Better Face Detection: Eye AF vs. Face AF
  • Wider Metering Range: EV 0 – 20 vs. EV 1 – 20
  • Higher Resolution Video: 4K UHD vs. FHD 1080p
  • Electronic Viewfinder
  • Smaller: 4.6 x 3.5 x 2.3" (116.3 x 88.1 x 58.7mm) vs. 5.16 x 3.93 x 3.00" (131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm)
  • Lighter: 13.7 oz (387g) vs. 18.77 oz (532g)
Who should opt for the Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D?
 
If you are a current Rebel-series owner but want the benefits of a Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, and the size and weight of your current kit is a non-issue, then the EOS Rebel T7i/800D will offer a seamless transition with no adapters required to use your current set of lenses and a familiar button/control layout that feels right at home in your hands. With no adapter required for use with EF, EF-S, TS-E & MP-E lenses, there's one less vital piece of gear to be forgotten or malfunction. Just remember your fully charged battery and a memory card, throw your lenses in a bag and you're good to go (although we do recommend packing other items as well).
 
Note that the T7i has an optical viewfinder (OVF) while the EOS M5 has an electronic viewfinder (EVF), and both show up as advantages for their respective cameras. Depending on what you're shooting and what your preferences are, either one may be more beneficial than the other. Check out our OVF vs. EVF comparison here.
 
If you're interested in exploring off-camera lighting, the Rebel T7i offers an integrated Speedlite transmitter that will allow you to control off-camera Canon Speedlites remotely. To get the same functionality with the EOS M50, you would need a master flash (600EX II-RT / 430EX III-RT) or ST-E3-RT / ST-E2 transmitter, reducing the mirrorless camera's size/weight benefits.
 
The Rebel T7i's more sensitive AF system is able to lock on in lower light, and its battery will keep you shooting long after the EOS M50's battery has been exhausted.
 
Who should opt for the Canon EOS M50?
 
The EOS M50 represents a huge step up in image quality for those coming directly from a smartphone, and its size and weight will provide an easier transition into ILC (Interchangeable Lens Camera) photography compared to a traditional DSLR body. The EOS M50 will also be a great choice for current Canon DSLR owners who want a compact option that can also serve as a backup camera in a pinch (with the adapter) or otherwise want a reduced load for vacations, hiking or business trips, especially when one of Canon's EF-M series lenses will fit the bill perfectly.
 
Want to capture 4K video? The M50 has you covered (albeit without the benefits of Dual Pixel CMOS AF). If 1080p output is your goal, you can easily downsample 4K video (with very slight cropping on the right and left sides), crop the frame to provide a tighter angle of view, or even pan your FHD video within the confines of the 4K captured frame. You can also mimic zooming in and out of a scene to add even more production value to your 1080p movies. When not utilizing 4K capture, the M50 offers similar benefits as the Rebel T7i, including DPAF subject tracking.
 
On top of the size and weight advantages of an M-series kit, the M50's faster burst rate in single shot mode can help you capture the peak action as long as AF tracking is not needed for the specific situation. And if you prefer the benefits of an EVF (Electronic Viewfinder), then the M5 becomes the easy choice.
 
Summary
 
While the EOS M50 is a moderately capable camera with the size and weight benefits a mirrorless system brings, Canon's current [limited] EF-M lens selection may not provide all the flexibility desired in an ILC kit. And while Canon's complete EF/EF-S/TS-E/MP-E lenses can be used with an adapter, using lenses designed for DSLRs on a mirrorless camera negates much of its most alluring quality, its reduced size and weight.
 
On the other hand, the EOS Rebel T7i/800D, with its native ability to mount Canon's full range of EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses, along with its higher battery life and built-in Speedlite transmitter, represents a simpler and more versatile platform on which to build a photography kit.
 
For those general purpose photography situations where a single, variable aperture zoom lens will suffice, the EOS M50 paired with an EF-M zoom lens can be a very convient option that will not be a burden to carry throughout the day. Note that as Canon releases more EF-M lenses, the versatility of an M-series kit increases along with the M50's appeal.
 
More Information:
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/22/2018 11:03:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Back in September 2015, Canon announced that it was developing a 120 megapixel CMOS sensor. Now, you can buy the APS-H-sized sensor (in RGB or Monochrome variants) from authorized distributor Phase 1 Technology Corp.
 
Phase 1 doesn't actually list the sensor's price on their product page, but from what we've been told, it'll set you back a cool $12,000.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/22/2018 7:44:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Westcott Rapid Box - 26" Octa Softbox available for $129.90 with free shipping. Regularly $169.90.
 
I bought the 26" Rapid Box Octa back in 2013 and it's seen a fair amount of use since then. It's well constructed and is quick and easy to set up. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Durable Framework
  • Heavy-Duty Reflective Silver Interior
  • Soft and Evenly Reflected Light
  • Extremely Portable, Lightweight Design
  • Opens and Closes Like an Umbrella
  • Adjustable, Rotatable Tilt Bracket
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/22/2018 5:14:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 21, 2018
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce that the Nikon D850 digital SLR camera has received the Camera GP (Grand Prix) 2018 "Readers Award" and "Editors Award."
 
The Camera GP awards focus primarily on cameras and lenses, and are sponsored by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC/Japan), which was established in September 1963, and is comprised of editors from 10 print and online camera and photography magazines (as of April 2018). Recipients of the Camera GP 2018 awards were selected from products that were released between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.
 
The D850 was the winner of the "Readers Award," the recipient of which is selected by general users through online voting (voting period: March 23 to April 12, 2018). Additionally, the D850 was selected by CJPC members as a winner of the "Editors Award," evaluated based on popularity, topicality, and innovation, from all cameras and imaging devices with the exception of those chosen as Camera and Lens of the Year.
 
The D850 has won numerous imaging and design-related awards across the globe since its release in September 2017. Among them are the Best DSLR Professional award at the TIPA World Awards 2018, and an iF Product Design Award 2018.
 
D850 Primary Features
 
  • Equipped with backside-illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor, delivering superb 45-megapixel images at ISO 64-25600 (expandable to ISO 32-102400 equivalent)
  • High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps (the rate increases to approximately 9 fps when the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack is used)
  • Silent photography eliminates the sound of shutter release and mechanical vibrations with capture of 45-MP images
  • Supports recording of full-frame, FX-based movie format 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movies
  • Interval-timer shooting supports the creation of 8K time-lapse videos
Reasons for D850 selection (Comments from the Committee)
 
The D850 is an almost perfect digital SLR camera that utilizes an optical viewfinder. Equipped with a quick-return mirror, it is an outstanding camera that will leave its mark on history. Despite its incredibly high pixel count of 45.7 megapixels, it supports top level high-speed and high-sensitivity performance. In addition to fast and accurate focusing achieved with the same AF system built into the flagship model, the camera is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 7 fps with the body alone, and up to approximately 9 fps when the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack is used with an EN-EL18b or EN-EL18a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery. It offers superior image quality from low to high sensitivities, and its auto white balance is very accurate. The D850 is outstanding not just in one aspect — it offers excellent all-round balance and demonstrates high versatility for all types of photography, including press, sports, portraits, railway, and landscapes. Another attractive feature is the smooth and intuitive operational feel enabled by its fine craftsmanship. The D850's functions and flexibility as an SLR have been polished to maximize the advantages of this type of camera. With the D850, Nikon has created the SLR of photo enthusiasts' dreams.
 
Nikon D850 Authorized Retailers: B&H | Adorama | Amazon US
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/21/2018 10:11:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via Deals-All-Year – 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon available for $969.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,199.00.
 
Deals-All-Year also has a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens for Canon for only $759.00 (compare at $949.00).
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/21/2018 8:26:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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