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 Sunday, November 18, 2018
The Canon USA Store has several refurbished cameras and lenses items specially marked down this week. See below for details.
 
Canon USA Refurbished Deals
 
Refurb. ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 6D Mark II$1,599.20$500.00$1,099.2031%
Canon EOS M6 + EF-M 15-45mm IS STM, 55-200mm IS STM (Black)$999.99$399.00$600.9940%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM$959.98$380.00$579.9840%
Canon EOS 80D$959.20$160.00$799.2017%
Canon EOS M5 + EF-M 15-45mm IS STM$879.20$329.00$550.2037%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM$879.20$230.00$649.2026%
Canon EOS 77D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM$839.20$90.00$749.2011%
Canon EOS M5$783.99$305.00$478.9939%
Canon EOS M6 + EF-M 15-45mm IS STM (Silver)$719.99$270.00$449.9938%
Canon EOS M6 + EF-M 15-45mm IS STM (Black)$719.99$270.00$449.9938%
Canon EOS Rebel T7i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM$719.99$20.00$699.993%
Canon EOS 77D$719.99$90.00$629.9913%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM$719.99$220.00$499.9931%
Canon EOS M6$623.99$245.00$378.9939%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i$599.99$50.00$549.998%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55mm IS II (Red), 75-300mm III$599.98$210.00$389.9835%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55mm IS II (Gray), 75-300mm III$599.98$210.00$389.9835%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III$599.98$210.00$389.9835%
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM$559.99$60.00$499.9911%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-55 IS II$439.99$90.00$349.9920%
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM$239.99$50.00$189.9921%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM$519.99$120.00$399.9923%
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM$239.99$100.00$139.9942%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM$639.99$110.00$529.9917%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM$439.99$160.00$279.9936%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS$559.99$210.00$349.9938%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM$879.20$100.00$779.2011%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM$479.99$130.00$349.9927%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM$279.99$80.00$199.9929%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM$439.99$60.00$379.9914%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM$119.99$20.00$99.9917%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM$319.99$100.00$219.9931%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM$100.79$11.00$89.7911%
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM$375.99$76.00$299.9920%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM$335.99$96.00$239.9929%
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT$239.99$40.00$199.9917%
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/18/2018 8:13:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, select Sony and Canon interchangeable lens cameras are available at their lowest retail prices ever. See below for details.
 
Canon and Sony Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceInstant
Rebate
Sale Price
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Battery Grip3,299.00500.002,799.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF 24-70 IS USM & Battery Grip4,199.00650.003,549.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + EF 24-105L IS II USM Kit4,399.00700.003,699.00
Canon EOS 6D Mark II + Battery Grip1,799.00500.001,299.00
Canon EOS 6D Mark II + EF 24–105 IS STM & Battery Grip2,399.00700.001,699.00
Canon EOS 6D Mark II + EF 24–105 IS II USM & Battery Grip2,899.00700.002,199.00
Sony Alpha a94,498.001,000.003,498.00
Sony Alpha a7R III3,198.00400.002,798.00
Sony Alpha a7R II1,998.00400.001,598.00

The Sony deals come with a free hard drive or microphone and a 3 month subscription to the Adobe Photography Plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC/CC Classic). In addition to the battery grip and 13 months of CarePAK Plus protection, the Canon kits come with the following free accessories:
 
  • Watson LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 2000mAh)
  • SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
  • Ruggard Journey 44 DSLR Shoulder Bag (Black)
Note: Similar prices can be found at Amazon US and Adorama, although the free accessories (if any) may be different.
 
Please: Your friends are going to love these deals – send them to this page! They get a great deal on a great new camera and purchasing after using these links supports this site.
 Saturday, November 17, 2018
For a limited time, Adorama has the Think Tank Perception 15 Daypack - Taupe available for $59.99 with free shipping. Regularly $119.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • A daypack designed specifically for mirrorless bodies, lenses, 15” laptop, and an up to 10” tablet
  • Cinch cord pockets provide flexibility for gear
  • Dedicated laptop and tablet compartments
  • Extra space to fit a jacket, food, water bottles or additional gear
Post Date: 11/17/2018 9:39:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 16, 2018
B&H has the Impact QuickStik+ Telescopic Handle available for $34.95. Regularly $64.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Extends 25.25 - 64"
  • Supports up to Five Pounds
  • Easy-Flip Locks
  • Unique Adjustable Swivel Handle
  • Flag Holder-Type Strap
  • 5/8" Top Stud
  • 1/4"-20 Mounting Screw
Post Date: 11/16/2018 12:20:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I've often heard the phrase, "The best camera is the one you have available when you need to take a picture." And of course, there's a lot of truth in that statement. When time is of the essence, and your ILC (Interchangeable Lens Camera) is not at hand, by default, the smartphone in your pocket is the best available tool to complete the task.
 
Since mid-September when Olivia Jane was born, my wife has snapped hundreds of pictures of our baby with her iPhone (an Apple iPhone 8, to be exact). And while many of those smartphone shots have been posted to social media, none of them have been deemed worthy of printing and physical display.
 
Of course, my wife isn't a photographer. But when my wife handed me her iPhone to capture Olivia Jane wearing a cute Halloween costume hat, I didn't feel much like a photographer either. The iPhone 8's 28mm full frame equivalent focal length did little to isolate the subject and the perspective wasn't very flattering for a close portrait. The lag shutter lag also proved to complicate the process of capturing fleeting expressions. My daughter would make a cute face and I'd quickly try to take the picture, but alas, I always seemed to miss it.
 
After several attempts to create a decent photo, I remembered that my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and a backpack full of prime lenses was one room away in the dining room. The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art was already mounted to the camera, and I figured it would work well in this particular situation. With the camera set to aperture priority mode at f/1.4, ISO 1600 and +1/3 exposure compensation, I framed the scene and snapped a few pictures (the resulting shutter speed was 1/320 sec.). After a quick check of the LCD, I felt vindicated for taking the time (about 30 seconds) to grab my "real" camera. But it wasn't until I really started looking at the images captured that I fully appreciated the difference that the right gear can make.
 
Here's the best image I captured with the iPhone (straight out of the camera, f/1.8, 1/15 sec, ISO 50):
 
Olivia Jane Halloween 2018 iPhone 8 SOOC

Of course, the smartphone shouldn't bear the complete burden for this substandard photo. It isn't well framed or well exposed (with a little effort, I'm sure I could figure out how to apply exposure compensation with the camera app). Being used to the 3:2 aspect ratio of Canon DSLR cameras, I'm not really fond of the iPhone's 4:3 aspect ratio. However, I wanted to see how close I could make the smartphone image look like the ILC-captured shot in post processing. After more editing than I care to admit to, this was the result:
 
Olivia Jane Halloween 2018 iPhone 8 Edited

Ignoring the less interesting facial expression, it's not a bad result necessarily, but it's still not as good as the DSLR image which required far less editing (highlights +2/shadows+14/saturation -4 in Adobe Camera Raw).
 
When it comes down to it, shooting with a smartphone left me feeling handicapped and a little annoyed. I know I could learn to be a better smartphone photographer, but the sheer physics of a very small sensor combined with minimal options for adjusting field of view will always leave me wishing I had a better imaging solution in my hands. The iPhone 8's sensor is 3.5 x 4.8mm, which is tiny compared to a full-frame camera's 24 x 36mm sensor.
 
Canon Full Frame APS C iPhone 8 Camera Sensor Comparison

Even at ISO 50, there's a huge difference in the image quality when compared to the 5D III image at ISO 1600 (with no noise reduction).
 
Olivia Jane Halloween 2018 iPhone vs 5D III

Even though the Apple iPhone (in all its iterations) is probably the most popular portrait camera produced of all time, you likely have a much better tool or set of tools (such as an ILC with various lenses) at your disposal to document your memories. If so, make sure those items are as convient to access as your phone, ensuring that you make the most of the imaging opportunities that abound in everyday life.
 
I realize I'm preaching to the choir here. If you're a regular site visitor, you probably aren't relying on your smartphone for much of your imaging needs. But even so, do you always have your DSLR/mirrorless ILC at hand when your child does something cute (or monumental) or when you're driving home and the sunset in your rearview mirror is overwhelming captivating? I hope so. But if not, it might be time to pack a small bag with your "real" camera, a backup battery and 2-3 lenses to have available on a consistent basis. Of course, keeping up with a camera bag won't be nearly as convenient as carrying a smartphone, but... the quality of the images captured will almost certainly be worth the extra effort.
B&H has a Used B+W 77mm XS-Pro Kaesemann High Transmission Circular Polarizer MRC-Nano Filter (Open Box) available for $84.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $109.95 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Circular Polarizer Filter
  • 99.5% Transmission, Kaesemann Foils
  • 2 to 2.8x Filter Factor, +1 to 1.5 Stops
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Nano Coating
  • Thin Brass Filter Ring
  • 77mm Front Filter Threads
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports Lens User's Manual is now available for download from Sigma.
 
The Canon mount version of this lens is scheduled to be released next month. However, official pricing is still unavailable.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/16/2018 8:14:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.
 
Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.
 
We would like to announce that new firmware versions are now available for the following three Tamron models. The new F/W versions make the three models compatible with Nikon Z7 and FTZ adapter for general operations(*1).
 
This is an update announcement of our October 4th compatibility notice with some of Tamron Di/Di II series for Nikon mount models not operating properly on Nikon Z7 and Nikon Mount Adapter FTZ.
 
(*1) Functions used on DSLR cameras
 
Applicable models
 
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Nikon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Nikon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Nikon
The lens firmware can be updated with the separately sold TAP-in Console. If you do not have a TAP-in Console, please contact your nearest Tamron distributors.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/16/2018 6:23:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the winner of the company’s fourth annual nationwide search for the “Top Spot for Fall Foliage”, naming Michigan as the best state for fall photography in the United States. Participants from all 50 states were more eager than ever to showcase their state’s beautiful autumn landscapes, but it was Michigan (#NikonFallMI) that narrowly claimed the title, giving the state its third consecutive victory.
 
“Now in its fourth year, this campaign continues to provide a platform for people to show their state pride through photography that displays the natural beauty of our country, while also highlighting the uniqueness of autumn in each individual state,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc.
 
Michigan once again earned this year’s title of Top Spot for Fall Foliage, with a plethora of stunning submissions that displayed the state’s knockout combination of vibrant foliage and numerous lakes. Michigan took the crown for the third time, with New York (#NikonFallNY) coming in second-place, and Colorado (#NikonFallCO) trailing close behind in third.
 
Nikon received thousands of submissions during the nationwide campaign, with entries accepted on the brand’s Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter. When posting on Instagram and Twitter, participants shared designated hashtags unique to each state – #NikonFall followed by the state’s abbreviation. Images submitted by photographers of all skill levels demonstrated the stunning variety of autumnal landscapes from coast to coast, and displayed this year’s gorgeous array of vivid forests, gleaming lakes, and spectacular foliage.
 
To view all of this year’s submissions on Instagram and Twitter, search the hashtag #NikonFall followed by the state’s abbreviation (e.g. #NikonFallMI, #NikonFallNY). On Facebook visit www.facebook.com/NikonUSA to view the fall foliage submissions. And if you’re interested in capturing some fantastic seasonal landscapes of your own, check out Nikon’s Learn and Explore website for useful tips and techniques.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 11/16/2018 6:09:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sony:
 
Benefits and Improvements over the previous update
 
  • Allows you to transfer still images during record and playback operations
  • Adds the following new FTP transfer functions:
    • Allows you to narrow the transfer target, such as protected images or non-transferred images, and transfer the applicable images together as a batch
    • Allows you to transfer the image being viewed by pressing the assigned custom key
    • Allows you to transfer all images automatically while recording
    • Allows you to select the transfer target file formats when transferring images records in RAW+JPEG format to an FTP server
  • Updates the destination folder configuration with the following options:
    • Allows you to register up to nine FTP servers
    • Allows you to change the destination folder configuration flexibly on the FTP server
    • Allows you to save image data in the folder that you choice
    • Allows you to register [media card slot number] in the folder configuration
    • Allows you to make the folder configuration the same as on your camera
  • Improves the overall stability of the camera
Notes:
 
  • When updating to this version, the FTP transfer feature and Wired LAN settings are initialized. You will have to configure the two items again.
  • The names of FTP server 1, FTP server 2, and FTP server 3 will be kept, but other items will be initialized.
  • If you have set Wired LAN Setting to Manual, each of the manually configured settings will be initialized and the Wired LAN Setting will reset to Auto.
  • When the camera is updated from Ver. 3.00 to this version, the registered settings for Fn (function) menu may not be kept.In that event, please customize the menu to your preferred settings again: Setting: [MENU]-[Camera Settings2]-[Function Menu Set.].
  • Refer to the HelpGuide for more information on how to update functions.
Download: Sony a9 Firmware v.4.00
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 11/16/2018 6:05:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the IRIX 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone Lens available for $574.95 with free next day delivery. Regularly $674.95.
 
Discounted mounts include Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Mount/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Two ED and Three HR Elements
  • Neutrino Coating
  • Manual Focus Design with Focus Lock
  • UV Fluorescent Engraved Markings
  • Depth of Field and Focus Distance Scales
  • Weather-Sealed Magnesium Alloy Housing
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 11/16/2018 6:03:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff TFC-33 Versa Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 10) available for $800.00 with free shipping. Compare at $980.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Max Height: 58.6"
  • Min Height: 4.1"
  • Folded Length: 25.6"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Twist Locks with Integrated Wipers
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Variable Angle Stops
  • Fixed Apex with Small Diameter
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
Through this weekend, B&H has the G-Technology 3TB G-DRIVE USB G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive available for $109.99 with free shipping. Regularly $159.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3TB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Type-B Port (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • Up to 165 MB/s Data Transfer Speed
  • AC Powered
  • 7200 rpm
  • Aluminum Enclosure
  • Apple Time Machine Compatible
  • Preformatted HFS+ for Mac OS 10.9+
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 11/16/2018 5:36:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 15, 2018
The Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM Lens is now in stock at the following retailers:
B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Product Highlights
 
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • STM Stepping AF Motor
  • 1:2 Max. Magnification, 6.7" Min. Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/15/2018 1:52:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes to ViewNX-i, Picture Control Utility 2 & Capture NX-D
 
  • Added support for the Z 6.
Additional changes from Capture NX-D version 1.5.0 to 1.5.1
 
Fixed the following issues:
 
  • NEF (RAW) photos taken with the Z 7 using HDR (high dynamic range) would sometimes not display.
  • NEF (RAW) photos taken using Silent photography with the Z 7 in burst mode could sometimes not be opened.
  • Color control points could not be placed on some rotated images.
Download:
 
ViewNX-i v.1.3.1
Picture Control Utility 2 v.2.4.1
Capture NX-D 1.5.1
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/15/2018 1:10:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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