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 Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Unless you are a local, Bowers Beach in Bowers, DE, referred to as sleepy fishing village (population about 335), is probably not on your radar. That this town and beach border the Murderkill River, north of Slaughter Beach, surely does not help spur interest.
 
Exploring with a camera is one of my favorite things to do and late on this day, I ended up on the very peaceful Bowers Beach at low tide. With the Delaware Bay drawn back, the low angle light emphasized the ripples left in the sand. Those ripples consumed my attention for the last hour of direct sunlight.
 
The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens mounted on a Sony a7R III were perfect for walking around the beach. For each image, I selected an aperture that would keep all details in the frame sharp (commonly f/11) and focused roughly 1/3 into the depth of the image. I varied the focal length, the camera height, and the camera's up/down angle while trying out a variety of ripple locations on the beach.
 
When the right set of ripples are found, there seems to be endless compositions available. That of course creates a selection challenge during post processing. For this set, I simply picked one image I liked and archived the rest of the RAW files.
 
Images of patterns are seldom among my most-liked social shares, but ... I love them. They are great for interior decorating and they work very well as backgrounds for various media.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/11.0  1/50s
ISO 100
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 4/23/2019 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today, Amazon is featuring select PC Components and Accessories as a Gold Box Deal of the Day.
 
Discounted products include processors, power supplies, RAM, fans, computer cases, wireless routers, mice, keyboards and portable hard drives (like the SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable External SSD, an especially good deal).
Post Date: 4/23/2019 7:59:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.15 to 1.20
 
  • The camera can now connect via Wi-Fi to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
    • The camera would sometimes stop responding during shooting in continuous high-speed (CH) release mode.
    • The camera would sometimes not turn off after the power switch was rotated to “OFF”.
Download: Nikon D500 Firmware v.1.20
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/23/2019 6:09:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the HPRC Watertight/Waterproof Hard-Shell Case for DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom available for $89.76 with free shipping. Regularly $123.76.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for the DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom
  • Holds Mavic 2, Batteries & Accessories
  • Airline Carry-On Luggage Approved
  • Hard-Shell Watertight/Waterproof Design
  • Drop, Impact & UV Resistant
  • Precision-Cut Foam Compartments
  • Built-In Ergonomic Handle
  • Dual Heavy-Duty Clasps
  • 2 x Padlock Holes for Optional Locks
  • Foam-Lined Lid Interior
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Monday, April 22, 2019
Today only: use coupon code EARTH50 or EARTH250 at LensRentals.com to get $50 off orders of $250+ or $250 off $1000+.
 
"Valid on orders arriving by 5/3/19 | One use per customer"
 
What gear would you like to try out this weekend?
Post Date: 4/22/2019 9:06:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens (for Sony) Review.
 
There is a reason (or many of them) why this is the best-selling lens at B&H right now.
 
The Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens is expected in stock soon at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/22/2019 8:14:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In this video, photographer Vanessa Joy demonstrates her techniques for editing bright and colorful photos.
Post Date: 4/22/2019 8:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 21, 2019
It was an early morning in Crested Butte, Colorado and the sky was dark, heavily overcast and quite uninspiring. Then the clouds rolled away and suddenly there was bright light bringing life to the fall-colored aspens.
 
I was primarily shooting with the Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens this morning. As there was adequate light, shooting this combination handheld permitted rapid and significant location and composition changes as dictated by the rapidly changing light.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
58mm  f/8.0  1/100s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 4/21/2019 6:05:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 19, 2019
B&H has the new Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF in stock.
 
We have this lens in the lab – test results coming soon.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
  • Three FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • TSC Material, Dust- and Moisture-Sealed
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/19/2019 10:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
If you have used Canon's Map Utility lately, you've likely seen the following warning message (thanks Henri):
"Map displaying service of Map Utility will be terminated by the end of Oct. 2019."
We reached out to Canon Technical Advisor Rudy Winston to ask what prompted the change. While the reason behind the change remains unclear, Rudy did let us know that Canon's Map Utility is reaching the end of its product life cycle and another Canon-developed program has taken its place, albeit without some of Map Utility's functionality (specifically, the mapping feature utilizing Google Earth imagery).
 
From Rudy Winston:
"Basically, the current Canon Map Utility software is in the process of being discontinued. We don’t know the reasons, so there’s little point in my speculating about possible causes of this. However, the good news is that there is a replacement Canon software available, to work with GPS Log files – it’s called Canon GPS [Log File] Utility, and it was posted on the Canon USA web site as a free download in February.
 
It's not literally the same as the previous Canon Map Utility – it’s basically a *retrieval* and conversion software, and does NOT have “mapping” functionality itself. What it does do is convert Canon GPS Log files into Google Earth-compatible .KMZ files – which can then be used and read by numerous third-party mapping software programs. So it loses the display portion of the previous Map Utility, but again, that should pose little problem for most users, since various 3rd-party solutions to display the Canon-generated .KMZ files on a map are readily available.
 
There’s reportedly no change in GPS tagging capability either (that is, creation of specific spots where a given image was taken) ... again, you just need a compatible 3rd-party mapping software to display them."
Is the Google Maps API price increase the root cause of this change? I know that one of my favorite dark sky map websites has gone ... dark, popping a "This page can't load Google Maps correctly." message.
 
Download: GPS Log File Utility
 
B&H carries the GPS Receiver GP-E2.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:10:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tokina:
 
Apr 19, 2019 – Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the worldwide sales date for the new Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO (SONY E-mount) for digital mirrorless cameras.
 
Sales will commence on April 26th, 2019.
 
Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO is the second lens in FíRIN series designed to help shooting artistic photos of people, landscape or things at a very close distance, allowing to see the details that human eyes would hardly see.
 
It is a moderate tele macro lens with incorporated optics designed for Sony full frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens is capable of life-sized (1:1) reproduction at 30cm. Due to its macro specifications the lens has extremely high resolution, low distortion and low falloff. Fast aperture f/2.8 provides excellent performance in low light conditions. Beautiful soft bokeh makes this lens an extremely attractive tool for macro, portraits, landscapes, art reproduction, commercial and general purpose shooting.
 
B&H will have the Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO for Sony E available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/19/2019 7:14:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Wedding photographer JB Salle gives tips on off-camera lighting and how to use strobes effectively. He discusses lighting techniques that mimic the sun when there isn’t enough natural light, as well as how to use a reflector to separate the subject from the backdrop. There are a lot of useful nuggets of information in this video, so check it out!
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:07:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the GVB Gear 162 Bicolor On-Camera LED Light with LCD Display and Shoe Mount Adapter available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Variable Color Light from 3300 to 5600K
  • Dimming from 100 to 20% Brightness
  • LCD Info Screen
  • Magnetically Attached Diffusion Included
  • Stack Multiple Lights Side by Side
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Mounting Holes
  • Tiltable Cold Shoe Mount Included
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through this weekend, B&H has the Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di Lens available for $369.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • XR and LD Elements
  • Internal AF Motor, Manual Override
  • 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13"
  • Maximum Magnification 1:3.9
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 4/19/2019 5:17:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 18, 2019
(New York, New York) April 17, 2019 – Rokinon has announced the new AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for for Nikon F mount which is the 10th lens of its autofocus series of lenses for Sony, Canon and Nikon cameras.
 
This ideal portrait-length prime is designed for optimal quality imaging with the most advanced Nikon Full Frame image sensor cameras. It also performs with Nikon APS-C sensor cameras as a high speed 127.5mm equivalent AF telephoto lens.
 
A variety of advanced lens technologies, including a Hybrid Aspherical element, allow for a more compact (< 3 inches long) and lightweight (17oz) design that also minimizes aberrations, controls distortion, and provides excellent resolution. Ultra Multi-Coating is applied to all optical surfaces to suppress flare and ghosting while increasing contrast and color accuracy. Autofocusing is fast, quiet and accomplished by two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM’s) that only have to adjust a single inner lens group to achieve precise focus.
 
Additional notable features of the new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 include Weather Sealing, all metal construction, an ergonomically designed size, shape and grip for enhanced comfort, and a rounded 9 blade aperture that helps to achieve beautiful bokeh.
 
The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Nikon F will be available in early May with a street price of only $799.00. It will include a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.
 
B&H carries Rokinon lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 11:22:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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