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 Tuesday, November 19, 2019
From Sigma:
 
Sigma Celebrates Black Friday with Incredible Savings on Select Art Prime Lenses and the MC-11
 
Shoppers can save up to $250 on award-winning Sigma Art Lenses and $100 off its Mount Converter MC-11 for Sony camera systems until December 5th
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – November 18, 2019 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is kicking off the holiday season with incredible savings on select Sigma Art Prime lenses and its Mount Converter MC-11. Now through December 5, 2019, customers can take advantage of special savings on the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, and 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, as well as the MC-11 Mount Converter for pairing Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras with Canon EF-mount lenses.
 
Sigma Black Friday Promotion Details
 
Up to $250 Off High-Performance Sigma Art Prime Lenses:
 
35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: (MSRP $899 USD; $649 with promotional savings) - Sigma’s best-selling Art lens, perfect for a high-quality, wide-angle perspective on landscapes, portraits, still-lifes, close-ups and casual snaps.
 
50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: (MSRP $949 USD; $829 with promotional savings) - A higher standard of excellence, re-engineered for high megapixel DSLRs.
 
85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: (MSRP $1,119 USD; $999 with promotional savings) - Super-resolution sharpness, and beautiful bokeh blur come together to stir the artist’s soul.
 
$100 Off the MC-11, Sigma Quality, Sony Capability
 
Alongside its high-performance Art primes lenses, Sigma will be offering incredible savings on its Mount Converter MC-11 for Sony E-mount systems ($249 MSRP) with a $100 rebate. The MC-11 allows photographers to use SIGMA SA-mount and SIGMA EF-mount interchangeable lenses with the Sony E-mount camera body.
Post Date: 11/19/2019 10:53:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Skylum has officially released Luminar 4.
 
Luminar 4 works as both a standalone application or as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom Classic, and Photos for macOS Extension
 
Skylum's Luminar software has become quite popular. Browse the Luminar 4 home page to learn about the impressive-looking AI and other features built into this application.
 
Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get a $10.00 discount.
Category: Skylum News
Post Date: 11/19/2019 8:51:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As with any new camera, the first task with a new Sony a7R IV in hand is to set it up for use. Following are the 39 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Sony a7R IV ready for use (including tweaks made after roughly 15,000 frames of use).

  • Charge battery
  • Install neck strap (if opting to use one)
  • If your current image processing software does not support the Sony a7R IV, download and install Capture One (for Sony) and/or Sony Imaging Edge
  • Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  • Set the timezone, date, time, timeformat (note that the AM/PM setting is not directly able to be changed – the hour setting must be scrolled 12 hours to change this)
  • insert memory card (don't forget to format it)
  • Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: Quality: RAW
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: RAW File Type: Uncompressed (unless taking advantage of the about-50% smaller RAW file size)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 2: Long Exposure NR: Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 2: Lens Comp.: All Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 3: Bracket Settings: Self-timer during Bracket: 2 Sec
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 3: Bracket Settings: Bracket Order: ->0>+ (makes selecting images for HDR processing easier)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 3: Memory: I set the 3 Custom dial modes to my standard landscape, sports, and wildlife settings later
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Priority Set in AF-S: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Priority Set in AF-C: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Focus Area: Flexible Spot: S
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Swt. V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 6: Face/Eye AF Set.: Face/Eye Frame Display: On
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 6: Aperture Drive in AF: Focus Priority
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 9: Reset EV Comp.: Maintain
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 10: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 12: DRO/Auto HDR: Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 12: Creative Style: Neutral, Sharpness = 1 (I usually process with the Natural creative style in Capture One)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 4: Release w/o Lens: Disable
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 4: Release w/o Card: Disable
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 7: Grid Line: Rule of 3rds Grid
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 9: Dial Setup: TV/Av (I adjust Tv while shooting more frequently than I adjust Av and the front dial is easier to access quickly)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 11: Audio signals: Off (How to turn off the loud and usually-annoying AF beep sound)
  • Network Menu 1, Tab 2: Airplane Mode: On
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Delete confirm: "Delete" first
  • Setup Menu, Tab 2: Touch Operation: On
  • Setup Menu, Tab 3: Touch Panel/Pad: Touch Panel+Pad
  • Setup Menu, Tab 3: Touch Panel/Pad Settings: Touch Pos. Mode: Relative Position; Operation Area: Right Half of Screen
  • Setup Menu, Tab 5: Write Serial Number: On
  • Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On, Set Photographer: {name}, Set Copyright: {name}
  • My Menu: Px. Shift Multi Shoot.; Anti-flicker Shoot; Format; Silent Shooting; Steady Shot; Format; Face/Eye AF Set
  • Mount a lens, focus on something with detail, and adjust the viewfinder diopter to your vision
  • Check for sensor dust (this was an issue with the two a7R IV cameras I received).

I of course make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera is reset-to-factory state for some reason, such as when being serviced, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. If you purchase another same or similar camera, you will be able to quickly set it up.
 
More Information
 
Sony a7R IV
 
The Sony a7R IV is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon | WEX.
 
Rent the Sony a7R IV from Lensrentals.

Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 11/19/2019 8:03:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Saramonic SR-XMS2 Broadcast-Quality X/Y Stereo Lavalier and Omnidirectional Microphone available for $34.00. Regularly $49.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For DSLR Cameras, Camcorders & Recorders
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • 1/8" TRS Connector
  • 20' Cable Length
B&H has the Gitzo GK1545TA Series 1 Traveler Tripod Kit for a9 and a7-Series Cameras available for $749.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.88.
 
Of course, this tripod can be used with many more camera models besides the Sony a-series lineup.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 22 lb
  • Maximum Height: 65"
  • Minimum Height: 9.25"
  • Folded Length: 16.9"
B&H has the DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer available for $944.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,144.00.
 
Included Free (Value: $186.27)
 
  • Nanuk 940 Waterproof Hard Case for DJI Ronin-M (Black)
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports Cameras up to 8 Pounds
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control
  • Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System
  • Assistant Software for iOS and Windows
  • Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup
  • Silent Mode for Quiet Operation
  • USB and PowerTap Power Outputs
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2019, Silver) available for $2,349.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.3 GHz Intel Core i9 Eight-Core
  • 16GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM | 512GB SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU (4GB GDDR5)
Post Date: 11/19/2019 4:56:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vello LCD Screen Protector Ultra available for $12.95 with free shipping. Regularly $24.95.
 
Versions to fit nearly all digital cameras have been discounted.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Static Adhesion Leaves No Sticky Residue
  • Ultra-Thin Optical Glass
  • Multiple Layers of Protective Material
  • Blocks UV Rays
Post Date: 11/19/2019 4:49:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto MVMXPRO500US XPRO Aluminum Video Monopod available for $189.88 with free shipping. Regularly $329.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Max Height: 79.9"
  • Closed Length: 30.7"
  • Sections: 4
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 11/19/2019 4:42:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 18, 2019
Check out the exclusive holiday sales on Apple products at B&H. Save up to $700.00. These deals expire on 11/23.
Post Date: 11/18/2019 11:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Nikon Z in refurbished condition (like new) for only $2,199.00. The new camera currently has a $700.00 instant savings and the refurbished model is $500.00 less than that price for a total savings of $1,200.00.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/18/2019 8:35:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Head over to B&H to see the huge list of deals in their Buy Now & Beat the Rush! sale.
 
Keep scrolling and hitting the "Load More Deals" button at the bottom of the page. The list of brands is huge and the list of deals is even huger!
Post Date: 11/18/2019 8:13:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Julieanne Kost shares all the new ways you can use the Warp tool to transform your images in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 11/18/2019 5:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tascam DR-05X 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Audio Recorder available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $119.99.
 
This is a very capable audio recorder that can be used on-camera with a hot shoe mount adapter or stuck in a pocket for recording with a lav mic.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Speech, Sound Effects & Music Recording
  • Onboard Omni Mics, Built-In Speaker
  • 3.5mm Mic/Line Input w/ Plug-In Power
  • Built-In Tuner, EQ & Reverb
B&H has the Pelican HeadsUp 2710 LED Flashlight available for $19.95. Regularly $34.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7-24 Lumens
  • S.O.S. Signalling Red Light
  • Red and Green Night Vision Lighting
  • Optical 4x Magnification
Post Date: 11/18/2019 4:43:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Ledgo LG-E2686 Bi-Color LED Large Pad Light Kit with Eggcrate Grid and Bag available for $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $198.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1 x LG-E2686 Bi-Color LED
  • 1 x Control / AC Power Supply
  • 1 x Eggcrate Grid
  • 1 x Carry Bag
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Friday, November 15, 2019

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode, Mark Wallace explains how to create a simple gobo to create patterns on a white background for more interesting portraits. Mark also goes into detail about setting up lighting for beautiful portraits using an octobox, grid, and a white panel to bounce light. This episode is packed with lighting tips.
 
Gear Used
 
Suggested Accessory
 
Post Date: 11/15/2019 6:20:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon Global:
 
TOKYO, November 8, 2019—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today that Canon-brand equipment comprised an approximately 70% share of cameras1 used by press photographers at match venues during the knock out stage of Rugby World Cup 2019. Throughout the tournament, Canon has empowered professional photographers aiming to capture decisive moments and contributed to the success of the tournament.
 
Professional photographers demand comprehensive assistance from camera makers, including state-of-the-art technology, top-class performance, customized service and a strong support network.
 
Canon is active behind the scenes at a wide variety of sporting events, aiming to achieve "zero downtime" for professional photographers so they're never forced to stop and miss definitive moments of these intense competitions. For decades, the Company has built a reliable reputation and helped support journalists on the front lines through a wide range of services. Thanks to such efforts, Canon-brand equipment comprised an approximately 70% share of cameras1 used by press photographers at match venues during the knock out stage of Rugby World Cup 2019.
 
At each of the matches held between the 12 tournament venues, Canon has aimed to help realize a successful tournament as an official sponsor by establishing service stations within stadium grounds to provide fast maintenance and repair of equipment. In addition, the Company provided such services as on-site emergency repair and equipment loans.
 
Canon will continue striving to create competitive, highly reliable products and, through such on-site support of journalists as equipment maintenance, contribute to the further advancement of photographic and videographic expression.
 
Comment from Paul Gilham, Director of Getty Images, the official photo agency of RWC 2019, and camera service booth user
Getty Images is delighted to continue working with official Rugby World Cup Partner, Canon. Our photographers demand cutting edge technology and a camera they can rely on. Canon's amazing service and support during the tournament in Japan has ensured our photographers were equipped to capture the images that will tell the story of Rugby World Cup, creating a lasting legacy of iconic moments.
1 Average of data obtained from the 8 matches of the knock out stage. Based on a Canon survey.
Post Date: 11/15/2019 5:10:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Google Home Mini (Chalk) available for $25.00 with free shipping. Regularly $49.00.
 
Devices like this can make life much easier (and more fun). I have similarly-capable Amazon Echo Dots in my living room, kitchen, and studio and use them to turn on turn on the lights/air conditioning, recite news while I cook, and give me the weather forecast as I prepare to head out the door. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Far-Field Voice Recognition Technology
  • Multi-User Capability
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Wireless Audio Streaming via Wi-Fi
Post Date: 11/15/2019 5:00:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rotatrim Monorail Cutter (18") available for $126.99 with free shipping. Regularly $196.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Guide Rail Eliminates Head Swivel
  • Sheffield Steel Cutting Blade
  • Screen Gridded Baseboard
  • Plastic Head and End Frame
Post Date: 11/15/2019 4:40:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sachtler Dr. Bag - 3 available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $205.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Cameras up to 17.3" Long
  • Quick-Access Extra Wide Opening
  • Keep Matte Box & Microphone Attached
  • Removable Internal Dividers
Post Date: 11/15/2019 4:36:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 14, 2019
B&H has a pair of used Sony a7R IV cameras in stock starting at $2,972.95. Save up to $525.05 on this excellent camera.
 
The last used a7R IV cameras in stock at B&H sold fast.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 11/14/2019 5:23:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality, vignetting, and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page.
 
Compare this lens' image quality, at various focal lengths, against your favorite RF lens (or against the Canon EF 200mm f/2L tested with the EOS R).
 
Also, looking at the specs and measurements, the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens compared to the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens is awesome.
 
So far, I'm really impressed with the RF 70-200. Canon USA says: "Estimated Ship Date: 11/21/19".
 
Get in line now: the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/14/2019 5:30:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro available for $143.99 with free expedited shipping after $71.00 promo code savings (use ODPHOTO in cart) and $35.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $249.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ergonomic: 3 Integrated Functions
  • Advanced Filter and Optical Systems
  • Works On All Modern Display Technologies
  • Field-Upgradeable for Future Technology
Post Date: 11/14/2019 6:11:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates dappled patterns of light for a fun portrait look. Often times when we are using natural light, we see patterns coming through trees/fences etc and use that light to accent our portraits. With this technique you can do it in a consistently repeatable fashion.
 
Products Used:
 
Post Date: 11/14/2019 5:22:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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