Canon, Nikon, and Sony News, Deals, What's New

 Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page.
 
I think you'll like this one.
 
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Please share these results with your friends!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff TVC-23 Series 2 Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 10) available for $777.50 with free shipping. Compare at $915.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 40 lb
  • Max Height: 52.6"
  • Min Height: 3.7"
  • Folded Length: 23.9"
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
B&H has the WD 1TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (White/Gold) available for $44.99. Regularly $69.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Bus Powered
  • 256-Bit AES Hardware Encryption
Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:22:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-S-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 16-28.8mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/29
  • One UD Element & One Aspherical Element
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 9/17/2019 4:57:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
Fixed the following issue:
 
  • When the battery was charged using the charging AC adapter, the charge lamp would not stop flashing when charging was complete.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX P1000 Firmware v.1.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/17/2019 4:38:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 16, 2019
The price of the Nikon D850 just dropped [again], this time reaching the $500.00 off mark. In addition to the savings, B&H is throwing in a free 4TB USB hard drive and 64GB SD memory card.
 
Also available at a very good price: a Refurbished Nikon Z 7 with Z 24-70mm f/4 S Lens that's only $2,699.00. Compare at $3,396.95 new with $600.00 instant savings.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/16/2019 5:32:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PocketWizard:
 
The E Release is an easy and inexpensive upgrade that dramatically extends the range, enhances reliability, and expands the features of your existing PocketWizard radios. Currently available for the PocketWizard Plus III and Plus IV*.
 
*FCC units only
 
Extends Your Range
 
Trigger your flash(es) and/or remote camera(s) from remarkable distances. Our testing in Long Range Mode achieved distances measured in miles.
 
Expands Your Features
 
Double your available Channels
 
  • 32 Quad Zone Channels
  • 80 Long Range Quad Zone Channels.
Enhanced Reliability
 
Our radio frequency is less crowded than others and works great in "noisy" environments. We've made it even more reliable with the E Release. We don't want you to miss a single shot.
 
The E Release Firmware License costs $9.99. An upgrade must be purchased for each radio and will be assigned to the radio's serial number upon installation. Once assigned, it is non-transferable.
 
Currently all PocketWizard radios are being shipped with the Legacy firmware. If you purchased a new PocketWizard Plus III or Plus IV at an authorized PocketWizard dealer in the US or Canada after September 1, 2019, you may be eligible for a free update to the E Release. The updgrade will not be preinstalled. When you connect the radio to the Utility program to update it, the Utility should recognize the serial number and allow you to upgrade at no charge.
 
PocketWizard E Release Firmware Update
 
B&H carries the PocketWizard Plus III and Plus IV Transceivers.
Post Date: 9/16/2019 5:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Genaray Radiance Daylight LED Monolight available for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,049.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Provides 23,000 lux at 3'
  • 5600K Daylight Color Temperature
  • CRI/TLCI: 95
  • Controller/AC Power Supply: 100-240 VAC
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 9/16/2019 4:40:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 13, 2019
This update is related to the security advisory regarding to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) communication functions and firmware update functions. Learn more here.
 
EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware Version 1.1.7
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 7:52:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens page.
 
Here is a comparison to get you started:
 
Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS vs. RF 24-105mm F4 L IS Lens
 
The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Manfrotto:
 
The forward-thinking collection for passionate photographers who are always ready to capture the action
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 12, 2019 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, has rolled out Advanced2, the new photographic bag collection that unites enhanced modern design with comfortable functionality. Passionate urban explorers who experience the world through their lens can now choose between the Advanced2 collection’s 6 backpacks, 5 shoulder bags and 3 holster bags to carry all the equipment they need.
 
Advanced2 is the new, revamped version of the globally successful Advanced collection, and like its predecessor is designed for today’s busiest advanced amateur photographers with urban lifestyles. They’re always on the move and ready to capture the perfect shots. Advanced2 bags are reliable and functional, helping you to never miss a moment and create inspiring images on your commute, between your photographic projects. Manfrotto’s new lineup caters to your everyday needs, according to individual preference, always ensuring maximum functionality and comfort. The new bags accommodate the most popular camera forms, from the latest DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, to drones and handheld camera gimbals. The larger bags are the perfect match for Befree Advanced travel tripods. The more compact solutions are perfect for JOBY GorillaPods.
 
The Advanced2 backpack range includes the Compact, Active, Gear, Fast, Hybrid, and Travel models, which offer a complete choice of configurations for a varying personal preferences. The range features advanced protection systems to keep photo gear safe, and is designed to maximize comfort with sternum straps and padded back panels. The collection is a combination of specially selected premium coated materials, sophisticated urban style, durability and enviable functionality, not to mention new tripod holders, smart storage systems for photography gear, laptops, tablets, and personal items. The bags are water repellent and have a special rain cover for the worst weather conditions.
 
The Advanced2 Compact backpack is great for traveling light with a mirrorless, and one or two extra lenses, and 13” laptop/tablet, personal gear, and compact tripod. Easy top access to photo gear, bottom access to personal items. The Advanced2 Active backpack is great for traveling light with a mirrorless, and one or two extra lenses, a 14” laptop, and has a bottom compartment to keep photo kit safely organized, a top compartment for other items, with a tripod attachment and water bottle pocket on the outside. The Advanced2 Gear backpack offers a full access front compartment for a full frame CSC, three extra lenses, foldable drone, handheld gimbal, as well as a 15” laptop and tablet. Personal items are kept in the front expandable zippered pocket and a full-size travel tripod attaches on the outside.
 
The Advanced2 Fast backpack holds a Pro DSLR, four extra lenses and flash, in a full-access photography gear compartment you can reach from 3 sides, which opens completely for rapid gear changes. Personal items are kept at the top and on the side, there is a special sleeve for a 15” laptop and tablet, and an attachment for a travel tripod on the front.
 
The Advanced2 Travel backpack holds a DSLR, four extra lenses, or full frame mirrorless with two additional lenses and a foldable drone, 15” laptop and tablet – safely organized in two quick-access side compartments, with other items at the top. The side compartments open fully, and for effortless use on the go, slip the straps off your shoulders, rotate the pack to one side to access gear. There is a dedicated pocket for a gimbal or tripod, and a travel tripod attaches to the front of the pack.
 
The Advanced2 Hybrid backpack is a new form factor in the Advanced2 collection, created to maximize versatility, to cater the different needs of amateur photographers. It is designed to easily transform from backpack to shoulder bag to top handle carry bag. This model has a removable camera protection unit, and dedicated pockets to organize personal gear. The Advanced2 Messenger organizes and protects gear and offers a handy quick access feature, and a chest stabilizer strap for easy carrying comfort.
 
If you’re looking for smaller bags, check out the Advanced2 Shoulder Bags in 4 sizes and 3 Holster bags to cater to a wide array of personal needs.
 
All models in the Advanced2 collection are made of high-quality materials which are durable and lightweight. The detailing and aesthetic impact perfectly embody Manfrotto carrying solutions’ urban style. All models are available at select authorized Manfrotto Dealers.
 
B&H carries the Manfrotto Advanced2 series of bags.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 5:12:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the ONA Brixton Camera/Laptop Messenger Bag (Leather, Black) available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $459.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds a DSLR, 3 Lenses & Accessories
  • Accommodates a 13" Laptop
  • Rear Open Slip-Pocket Holds a 10" Tablet
  • 4 Padded Movable Dividers
Post Date: 9/13/2019 5:00:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tascam TM-ST1 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone available for $14.99 with free shipping. Regularly $34.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 90 and 120° Pickup
  • M-S Stereo Pickup
  • 1/8" Stereo Cable
  • Includes Mount and Stand
Post Date: 9/13/2019 4:54:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello Three-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level available for $9.99 with free shipping. Regularly $19.99.
 
As easily as these things seem to get lost (at least in my kit), I'd suggest buying two so that you always have one available when you need it. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Mounts on Camera Hot-Shoe
  • Check Levels on Three Planes
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 9/13/2019 4:51:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 12, 2019
These updates are related to the security advisory regarding to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) communication functions and firmware update functions. Learn more here.
 
EOS-1D C Firmware Version 1.4.2
 
EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.1.1
 
EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.3.6
 
EOS 5D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.2.1
 
EOS 5DS Firmware Version 1.1.3
 
EOS 5DS R Firmware Version 1.1.3
Save 20% (in-cart) on Lenscoat Lens Covers at B&H. Protective Lenscoat Lens Covers are ultra-popular and with 362 models to choose from, they probably have all of your lenses covered.
Post Date: 9/12/2019 12:22:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Manfrotto:
 
Boundless creative freedom for travel-ready professionals and macro photographers on-the-go
 
  • The Befree GT XPRO is the first Manfrotto travel tripod with built-in 90° column for enhanced creative versatility
  • Completes the Befree range of high-performance travel tripods
  • Lightweight, sturdy aluminum and carbon fiber versions in an impressive compact size
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 10, 2019 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, introduces the Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod Kit. Dedicated to professional travel photographers who are always ready to set off on challenging creative adventures, this new addition to the Befree family enables photographers to unleash their creativity. By combining the sturdiness and reliability of the Befree GT series with the versatility of Manfrotto's celebrated 90° column, this compact professional tripod is unique to the market. The new Befree GT XPRO is a premium travel tripod kit, 100% engineered, designed and manufactured in Italy. This groundbreaking support solution, with its premium quality materials, precision machining and meticulous design, completes the Manfrotto Befree range, further solidifying its position as the premier reference for travel photography support solutions. The Befree GT XPRO comes in the same folded compact size as the successful Befree GT family, measuring only 16.9 inches. It is the first Manfrotto travel tripod developed for on-the-go photographers who shoot macro or low-angle shots and need more versatility. The new Befree GT XPRO travel tripod comes in both aluminum and carbon fiber versions and features intuitive and ergonomic design. This is the first travel tripod to feature both Manfrotto’s innovative 180° foldable legs and its iconic built-in 90° column mechanism, housed in the tripod’s top casting. The 90° column is stored out of the photographer’s way until it is time to create epic visuals with a challenging overhead macro shot or a low-to-the-ground capture. Photographers can keep their new Befree GT XPRO safe and travel-ready in the supplied Befree bag.
 
When it’s time to capture the decisive moment, setting up the Befree GT XPRO is a breeze. Simply twist the legs to securely set it up with the intuitive M-lock system and choose one of the three independent tripod’s ergonomic side-pull selectors. This lightweight tripod provides impeccable performance and impressive stability to assist photographers in capturing their best shots in a solution weighing only 3.88 pounds in carbon fiber or 4.41 pounds in aluminum. The Befree GT XPRO features the Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with independent panoramic and friction knobs for smooth movement and remarkable locking power to support an impressive 22.05 pounds of photography gear, including DSLRs or CSCs with zoom lenses. The included 200PL-PRO rubberized plate increases camera grip and makes it fully compatible with Manfrotto's RC2 and Arca-type head attachments. In addition to the new Befree GT XPRO, Manfrotto introduces the Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor. The new Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor is the first Arca-Swiss adaptor on the market that is fully compatible with the Befree tripod kit range as well as Manfrotto's 494, 496, and 498 ball heads. Specifically, the MSQ6T is compatible with the MH490-BH, MH494-BHUS, MH496-BHUS, 494RC2 and 498RC2 ball head. Adaptor is compatible with all Arca-type camera plates and L-brackets as well as Manfrotto's 200PL-PRO.
 
The new Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod Kit and Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor are the natural choice for professionals with wanderlust whose creativity knows no bounds.
 
B&H carries the Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/12/2019 6:23:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 9/12/2019 5:24:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Yesterday, Profoto released a short teaser video for its newest product which features the bold statement, "Soon, the world of photography will change forever..."
 
As September 18 rolls around, we'll see if their lofty statement holds any merit.
Post Date: 9/12/2019 5:17:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Watson Pro Buddy System High-Load Gold Mount Battery available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 198Wh Li-Ion Gold Mount Battery
  • Supports up to 15A Continuous Draw
  • Splits for Airline Carry-On
  • 5-LED Power Gauge
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.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Nissin i400 TTL Flash available for $79.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Models for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and MFT have been discounted.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Guide Number: 131' at ISO 100 and 105mm
  • Zoom Range: 24-105mm (16mm with Panel)
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right 180°
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-4 Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 9/12/2019 4:36:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 11, 2019
When selecting a camera, one usually wants to compare it to the closest alternatives and to get started, I'll compare the Canon EOS M6 Mark II to the Canon EOS M6. That link along with the visual comparison reveal most of the differences.
 
Here is a summary:

  • 32.5 MP vs. 24.2 MP (6960 x 4640 px vs. 6000 x 4000 px)
  • Pixel Size of 3.20µm vs 3.72µm (DLA of f/5.2 vs. f/6.0
  • 14 fps continuous shooting with AF vs. 7 fps (9fps w/o AF), 54/23 JPG/RAW frames vs. 26/17
  • DIGIC 8 vs. DIGIC 7 processor
  • Eye AF
  • Maximum of 143/99 auto selected AF points (depending on the lens) vs. 49
  • Still image metering range of EV -2–20 vs. EV 1 - 20
  • Movie recording metering range of EV 0–20 vs. EV 2 - 20
  • 1/16000 sec. shutter speed with electronic shutter
  • Has C-RAW
  • 4k, Full HD at 119.88
  • Does not have NFC
  • Has a Wireless menu tab
  • Supports UHS-II memory card standard vs. UHS-I
  • Slightly larger: 4.71 x 2.76 x 1.94" vs. 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.8" (119.6 x 70.0 x 49.2mm vs. 112.0 x 68.0 x 44.5mm)
  • Slightly lighter: 12.73 oz vs. 13.8 oz (361g vs. 390g)
  • Has a dedicated rear AF/MF switch and AF-ON button
  • Has a multi-function top dial and button vs. stacked dials

Numerous of those bullets could alone justify an upgrade from the M6 Mark I. For example, the twice-as-fast (with AF) continuous shooting frame rate. Eye AF is alone worth the price of the camera to those photographing people with any frequency. Do much video work? The 4k feature is noteworthy. Want higher resolution or more reach with the lenses you currently have? The increased sensor resolution is going to be noticeable.
 
As with most model upgrades, price remains the primary feature advantage of the previous camera version.
 
More Information
 
Canon EOS M6 Mark II
 
Order the Canon EOS M6 Mark II at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2019 10:29:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
With a forward head tilt and relaxed ears, this bedded whitetail buck looks cute and cuddly, presenting an image perhaps ready for a child's storybook. But, make no mistake, this is a huge ball of muscle ready to violently fight anything it thinks poses a threat to its interests (that right-side G4 tine required significant force to break off). This buck knows exactly what the doe bedded nearby behind it is doing and if another buck moves in or the doe moves away, this big bad boy will be up in a flash.
 
Very positive was that this bedded buck provided a wide range of poses for us, including head rested solidly on the ground, a large yawn, and ears perked in attention.
 
I'm not often a fan of a downward camera angle when photographing wildlife and in this case, getting down to the buck's eye level using a fully-retracted monopod made complete sense. This low/level angle provides a more distant background that can be strongly blurred with a 600mm f/4 lens, allowing the subject to clearly stand out against an even very distracting background. With the subject being stationary, the distance and alignment could be selected and varied. In this case, the leaves on the ground provide a solid base for the image. The large tree trunk on the left and the small tree trunk on the right provide a frame for the subject.
 
Wildlife photography is a great source of stories and this situation brought back a memory from the year before. I was in Shenandoah National Park photographing a different bedded buck from a reasonable distance when it suddenly bolted straight toward me. I jumped behind a tree just as it went past a short distance away. Fortunately, it was not racing after me but instead after a doe. I just happened to be in its path.
 
The shot of adrenaline took a little time to wear off, but the memory is a fun one.
 
Want to photograph these awesome animals and create some stories this fall? Sign up for the "Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park instructional photo tour.
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/400s
ISO 900
7791 x 5194px
Post Date: 9/11/2019 9:06:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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