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 Sunday, November 28, 2021

The Canon RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM Lens is an ideal lens choice when compact, light, and wide angles are on the requirements list, and such a lens is a perfect choice for hiking the canyons at Ricketts Glen State Park. The 14-35mm range proved perfect for the photo opportunities available on this hike.

This image was captured below Oneida falls, one of my favorite locations in this park.

At this specific location (and many others), the entire 14-35mm range of focal lengths can create nice images. At 14mm, the foreground falls become prominent, with the background falls appearing diminished in size. At 35mm, the background falls are emphasized, appearing significantly larger in relation to the foreground falls.

In the end, I chose an image captured at 23mm as my favorite.

The usual recipe for waterfall photography was utilized for this image. On a cloudy day, use a Breakthrough circular polarizer filter with a tripod-mounted camera to capture an exposure-bracketed set of f/11 images, including some extras to capture the constantly changing water flow. Additionally, options captured at higher ISO settings provided different amounts of water flow blur to select from.

As usual, the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L was the perfect option for carrying the gear, food, water, layers of clothes, etc. for this day hike.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/28/2021 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 27, 2021

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day (available until 10:00 AM ET tomorrow) for big savings on the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts – only $699.00 (save $200.00)

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/27/2021 9:59:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 26, 2021
Post Date: 11/26/2021 8:03:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has a used Pelican 1637AirWD Wheeled Hard Case with Divider Insert (Black) in Stock for only $329.95. Save $142.00 over new.

Read the Pelican 1637 Air Wheeled Hard Case review to learn why this is a great case for photographers.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/26/2021 7:53:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Take a moment to browse the Top 100 Black Friday Deals at Adorama.

Post Date: 11/26/2021 7:42:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Through Monday, Nov 29th and while supplies last, save 40% on three popular bags at Think Tank Photo.

Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free USA shipping when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

Post Date: 11/26/2021 7:36:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

WD Drives, including desktop and portable, are on the Black Friday Sale list at B&H.

The WD 18TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive is only $299.99 after $40.00 coupon provided!

Post Date: 11/26/2021 7:18:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out the big savings in the Black Friday B&H Deal Zone:

  • Apple Mac mini – only $429.00 after $370.00 instant savings
  • Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens in Canon EF-M, Sony E, Leice L, and Micro Four Thirds mounts – only $299.00 after $150.00 instant savings
  • DJI Mini SE with Outdoor Accessory Combo Kit – only $355.95 after $124.00 instant savings
  • LED Lights (6 options) – only $ after $ instant savings
  • MeFOTO BackPacker Travel Tripod in various colors – only $49.95 after $100.00 instant savings
  • Acer 15.6" ConceptD 3 Ezel Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Laptop – only $999.00 after $700.00 instant savings
  • Flash Deal: DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo – only $298.99 after $200.01 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for more impressive savings opportunities.

Post Date: 11/26/2021 7:09:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 25, 2021

DxO Software is having a Black Friday sale. Get 50% off all software!

Post Date: 11/25/2021 12:08:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Today is the day that those of us residing in the USA are celebrating our "Thanksgiving" holiday. As you probably guessed from the name, we set aside this day to give thanks for our abundant blessings (and eat lots of food, often including turkery). While thanksgiving should be a perpetual state of mind, this day can give that spirit a significant boost.

Near the top of my thankful list is you. The support you have provided over the years has made developing this site possible and for that, I'm very grateful.

My family and I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/25/2021 10:03:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

As we enter the busiest shopping season of the year, the time when nearly everything is on sale and when retail YTD revenue rises out of the red, please remember that you can support this site while making your purchases. Simply clicking on any retailer link on this site prior to making any purchase provides the site with a commission at no extra charge to you for a win-win scenario. You get the gear you wanted and I get to continue serving you.

Convenient links are found on the right side and bottom of each page on the site and most are consolidated on the Support Us page that includes many additional ways to support the site.

Here is a continuously updated listing of the TDP-shared Black Friday 2021 deals.

Most Black Friday deals are live now, and the list is massive. Visit the Black Friday Sale pages at B&H (see the "No interest if paid in full within 6, 12 or 24 months*" offer) and Adorama, then scroll or search for items of interest.

Thanks for your support!

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Post Date: 11/25/2021 9:18:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

When cost, time, and effort are invested into a photography trip, generally only the best-available gear (or something new being reviewed) makes the pack. Milky way and aurora nightscape photography opportunities were on the potential list for a recent trip, and my three favorite night sky lenses were packed specifically for these subjects.

When the milky way is visible, the scene is extremely dark. While the milky way exposures are long, the earth is rotating, creating a form of action photography.

The aurora has varying intensities and can be pulsing and dancing around the frame. If the exposure is too long, the dancing and pulsing aurora turns into a big smear of color. Thus, aurora photography also involves action, an action that is often moving considerably faster than the earth's rotation.

Wide apertures are a big advantage for stopping action, and each of the lenses included in the above list is the widest available at its respective focal length. Just because a lens has a wide aperture does not mean that you want to use that aperture, as many wide aperture lenses are not sharp wide open, becoming considerably sharper as they are stopped down. However, those in the above list are outstanding performers wide open.

While the f/1.4 aperture is a clear advantage held by the FE 24 over the other two lenses, f/1.8 is still very wide. Motion blur is caused when subject details cross over pixel wells on the imaging sensor. Because the 24mm focal length magnifies subject details more than the 14mm and 20mm options, a slightly faster shutter speed is required to photograph the same subject at the same distance with an equivalent amount of motion blur. This shutter speed difference offsets some of the aperture difference.

Mostly, I selected between these three prime lenses based on the angle of view they provide.

The day started with a 5:30 AM alarm and a long search for moose. Upon returning late morning, we learned that the northern lights forecast was favorable. However, the weather did not appear to be favorable, with heavy cloud cover promising to block all higher altitude subjects. Still, the National Weather Service hourly forecast showed the skies expected to clear at 2:00 AM at our desired viewing location. That time coincided with the moon setting, yielding darker skies.

After a short nap, a 2-hour drive ensued, heading north for darker skies and a favorable viewing location. Intermittently checking the skies, the clearing began right on schedule. Unfortunately, the aurora was not yet apparent to the eye. Dim northern lights are considerably easier to see in a long exposure image, so cameras were mounted to tripods and put into action. Test images showed a small vertical column forming over Denali, the mountain in the bottom of this image.

Initially, the northern lights were small, muted, and stationary. The 24mm lens made the little show larger in the frame than the other two lens options, and also accentuated Denali in the foreground.

The show progressed, significantly increasing in intensity and motion, with this image requiring only a 4-second exposure at f/1.4 and ISO 2500. Eventually, the 20mm angle of view (sample here) was needed to take it all in, and the 14mm angle of view (sample here) became optimal not long afterward.

We pulled into the driveway at 6:30 AM. Aside from a short nap and a few eyes-closed rests, it was a 25-hour day. As is usually the case, I struggle to remember the details of the exhaustion, but the memory of the dancing northern lights is still clear, and the images will last a lifetime, keeping the memory alive.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/25/2021 8:54:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Crucial X6 Portable SSD heavily discounted at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

Review: Crucial X6 Portable SSD

Post Date: 11/25/2021 8:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • WD & SanDisk External SSD & Memory Cards – 35 Options – only $42.99 – $469.99 after up to $220.00 instant savings
  • Apple 13.3" MacBook Air with Retina Display (Early 2020, Gold) – only $729.00 after $270.00 instant savings
  • Acer & Lenovo Evo / Gaming Laptops – only $599.00 – $999.00 after up to $350.00 instant savings
  • Datacolor SpyderX Pro / Elite Colorimeters – only $99.99 – $169.99 after up to $100.00 instant savings
  • DJI Ronin-SC & Osmo Mobile 3 Gimbals – up to $240.00 instant savings
  • Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III Camera Bag (Gray) – only $49.95 after $50.00 instant savings
  • Flash Deal: Lowel Go Lite Compact LED Light – only $24.95 after $45.00 instant savings
  • & more!

More deals not in the Deal Zone:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/25/2021 7:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Adorama has the Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in various mounts on sale for only $769.00. The regular price is $1,399.00 for a huge $630.00 savings. Plus, earn 5x rewards.

This is a high-performing lens. Read the review: Sigma 28mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/25/2021 7:22:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The whitetail buck were not cooperating this afternoon, the Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM Lens and Really Right Stuff Ascend Tripod needed a workout, some clouds were in the sky as sunset approached, and one of my favorite sunset locations was not far away. I did not pause to implement the plan revealed to me, and the show as and after the sun set was superb.

The Canon RF 16mm F2.8 STM Lens produced very nice image quality — remarkable for the size, weight, and price of the lens.

This image is a slight pano (to add some foreground rock) and HDR processed.

As suggested, a Really Right Stuff Ascend Long Tripod with Integrated Head provided the support for this capture.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
16mm  f/11.0  1/10s
ISO 100
8090 x 5928px
Post Date: 11/24/2021 8:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Expect outstanding quality:

Until 11:59 PM PST on 11/30/2021, use coupon code PRINTIQUEBF to save 25% at my favorite printer, Printique.

Remember, prints and wall art make great Christmas gifts.

Post Date: 11/24/2021 8:29:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

ProMediaGear's Black Friday Sale is now live!

Save 15% on everything!

Post Date: 11/24/2021 8:21:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Black Friday Deals are live at Dell!

For an even better deal, shop the Black Friday Sale at the Dell Outlet!

I have been buying Dell XPS 13 laptops from the Dell Outlet for as long as they have been available.

Post Date: 11/24/2021 7:59:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Act fast — these lenses will not last: the latest used Sony FE lens inventory refresh at B&H includes a Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens. This outstanding lens is OOS everywhere, and the used price is a huge $1,800.05 less than new.

Also in the Used Sony FE lens inventory are the also-outstanding FE 14mm F1.8 GM, FE 35mm F1.4 GM, and many more excellent lenses.

Our reviews:

Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens
Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/24/2021 7:41:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:04:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Black Friday Sale at Topaz Labs is live. Save big through Monday, November 29th.

  • Image Quality Bundle
    Includes: DeNoise AI, Sharpen AI, and Gigapixel AI
    On sale for $99.99, more than 60% OFF the retail value of $259.97
  • Video Enhance AI
    On sale for $99.99, $200 OFF the regular price of $299.99
  • Everything Bundle
    Includes: Image Quality Bundle + Video Enhance AI
    On sale for $199.98, $359.98 OFF the retail value of $559.96
  • Everything is on sale!
    Get 25% off any individual app, as well as 25% off upgrades
Post Date: 11/23/2021 5:26:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Subjects that move are prime candidates for the use of servo AF, continuous focusing vs. the focus distance locked for one shot. Using servo AF requires a focus point or area continuously positioned on the desired point of focus.

Aside from vehicles, moving subjects usually have eyes, and usually that means the focus point or area must be on the subject's eye, with the subject looking into the frame. Maintaining the focus point or area over the eye of a moving subject while maintaining the ideal composition is often a huge challenge, especially for wildlife photography. An animal turning its head the other direction historically required a significant amount of joystick pressing when using a camera with an adequate number of AF points to competently accomplish the goal, and by the time the focus point was in position at the other side of the frame, the animal would turn its head in the other direction (one of Bryan's Laws of Photography). Add thick gloves, and this challenge increases significantly.

In addition to the joystick, the R3 has a pair of Smart Controllers for positioning the AF point or area. The AF-ON buttons have been enlarged, and a touchpad is built into them. Simply slide a thumb across the button to rapidly position the AF point or area.

With a conventional joystick and AF-ON button design, two thumbs are required to make focus point or area position adjustments while pressing an AF-ON button. In servo mode, the R3's Smart Controllers are functional while the AF-ON button is pressed, and this feature works even with thick gloves on.

In addition to having the ability to focus nearly anywhere in the composition, the latest mirrorless cameras have the ability to identify and track a subject, and more specifically, subject eye detection and tracking have been game-changing. When the eye is identified, the camera tenaciously tracks the eye throughout the entire frame, freeing the photographer to concentrate on composition and image capture timing. Thick gloves are not an issue.

The Canon EOS R3 adds vehicle subjects to its detection capabilities, filling in much of the remaining active subject identification needs.

Additionally, the R3 has body detection that takes over when the eye disappears. That feature was at times a hinderance with the whitetail buck as I wanted a looking away deer's antlers or head to be in focus vs. the deer's backside. However, the body is sometimes the next-best focus option, such as when an ice skaters spins.

The R3 brings us a very intriguing new method of AF point positioning. What if you could simply look at the subject you wanted to focus on? The R3's Eye Control AF allows the photographer to position the AF point or area at the speed of look. Look at the subject and the AF point is there, with no buttons to press or slide across.

Eye Control AF requires calibration for each user, and the calibrated performance can be individually different. Calibration is fast and easy. Select a menu option, and follow the prompts in the viewfinder that guide the eye to look at a dot in the center of a small circle sequentially positioned in the center and 4 sides of the viewfinder, with the M-Fn button press recording the look for each.

Canon recommends using the calibration process numerous times, including in different lighting and multiple camera orientations, to refine the data the camera has available. The lens in not involved in this process as the Infrared LEDs in the EVF (notice the enlarged viewfinder size surrounding the viewing area) track the eye position without eyeglasses, and a second set of infrared LEDs track eye position with eyeglasses. Separate calibration profiles are accepted, and useful for with and without eyeglasses and contact lenses and for multiple camera users. Profile data can be saved to a memory card for use on other R3 bodies.

Once calibrated, a small target consisting of two concentric circles (by default, configurable) moves around the viewfinder with your gaze. Look at the subject, and that is where the camera will position the indicator, and that is where the camera will focus or initiate subject tracking.

While the Eye Control graphic is needed, it is obvious and a bit annoying to always have over what you are directly looking at. This graphic, in addition to the focus area and subject tracking indicators, starts to create a busy viewfinder.

Using Eye Control involves a short learning curve as focus should be initiated before or after looking around the frame to study the composition.

My first experience with Eye Control was not stellar. After creating many refinements, I found the R3's calibration inaccurate for my eyes. Most of the time, the indicator did not position directly on the subject I was looking at. The experience was disheartening, but Canon shared that this feature would not work optimally for everyone.

On a whim, I deleted the calibration data and started over. The new calibration, even with only a few refinements delivered significantly improved accuracy.

Packing up the R3 along with many lenses in the review queue, I headed to Shenandoah National Park for five days of wildlife (and some landscape) photography. More specifically, the whitetail buck in rut were the primary targeted subject.

This shoot started with the R3 set to servo AF, animal eye detection selected, subject tracking on, and Eye Control AF enabled (by default, pressing the Set button quickly enables or disables this feature). Accurate focusing on the deer meant looking at the deer's eye and half-press the shutter release to initiate focusing. The R3 usually detected the eye and immediately locked tracking on it, tracking it throughout the frame while providing visual feedback in the viewfinder. While Eye Control AF is not always perfect, I was still using this strategy when I packed the camera for the trip home. The R3's AF performance with Eye Control outperformed any focus method I've used prior.

If Eye Control is found not performing well, immediately creating a calibration refinement can improve accuracy. Not too long into the shoot, I realized that the vertical calibration refinement was not yet created. In seconds, calibration refinement was created, and I was back in the game vertically.

When photographing with large telephoto lenses in strong winds, up to 40 MPH / 64 KPH on this trip, keeping even a motionless subject in the frame can be challenging, and keeping a manually selected focus point on the subject's eye becomes extremely challenging. With the R3, I could simply look at the deer's eye, half-press the shutter release, and then concentrate on fully pressing the shutter release when the framing looked right. This strategy works just as well with heavy gloves on (temperatures were as low as the mid-20s / -3 C).

AS mentioned, the R3's subject detection recognizes bodies, and it recognized deer bodies quite well. However, when the buck were facing away (I sometimes like images of animals facing away, looking into their environments), the head or antlers needed to be in focus vs. the closest body area. With the R3, simply looking at the antlers while initiating subject tracking worked very well.

The 10pt whitetail buck shared in this post came in fast and close, offering only seconds to grab the shot. A glance at the eye followed immediately by pressing the shutter release down made the quick capture easy.

Want an R3? Use one of the links on the site (supports us) to order it. As I write this, prepare to wait in line. This outstanding camera will be difficult to find in stock for a long time.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 11/23/2021 8:46:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Save Up to 50% on Lowepro at B&H.

Included in the 50% off category for this sale are the lightweight Lowepro Photo Active TLZ 45 and 50 AW Top-Loader Camera Bags, ideally sized for mirrorless cameras and small DSLRs with small and medium sized lenses mounted. I've been using these cases for fast access to nicely protected Canon EOS R5, Sony Alpha 1 and other cameras. This is a great deal — I added another pair to my kit during this sale.

Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on the Impact Pro Backdrop Support Kit (12.9' Width) – only $139.95 (save $125.00) – along with numerous other useful items such as wireless remote timers, wireless mics, lights, ND filters, and a bog.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:21:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 11/23/2021 7:11:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, November 22, 2021

Use coupon code LRBF2021 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals by 12/3/2021 to save 20% on orders arriving by 2/25/2022 (note the long rental period).

Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time, and the holidays are a perfect time to rent gear.

Post Date: 11/22/2021 10:17:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, and measurements are now available on the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

Create some comparisons!

The Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Sigma 90mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary Lens from Lensrentals.

Please share!

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Post Date: 11/22/2021 8:16:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Save 50% off your new SmugMug account during the Cyber Week Sale. Unlimited storage, customizable photo websites, sell prints, and secure sharing!

Start your new site with the 14-day free trial.

Your pictures need an online presence to be shared with and enjoyed by others. I highly recommend and personally use SmugMug. The starter plan is quite affordable and full-featured. The holidays will be a great time to load your images.

Post Date: 11/22/2021 7:51:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Black Friday sales at B&H are live now!

There are some great deals in this list! Scroll and click the "Load More Deals" button. Repeat.

Post Date: 11/22/2021 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, November 21, 2021

Through 10:00 AM EST Monday, save up to $260.00 on Zeiss 18mm, 25mm, 40mm, 85mm, and 135mm Batis Series Lenses for Sony E at Adorama.

Select the desired focal length lens in the "Product Options" section.

Also in that section is the opportunity to pick up Capture One for $100.00

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/21/2021 12:25:59 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • Angelbird AV Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B Memory Cards (256GB or 2TB) – only $159.99 or $629.99 after $90.00 or $270.00 instant savings
  • Impact Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox – only $69.95 after $80.00 instant savings
  • MeFOTO RoadTrip Aluminum Travel Tripod Kits (Hot Pink, Pink or Orange) – only $79.95 after $120.00 instant savings
  • RucPac Extreme Tech Gloves (Small, Medium, or Large) – only $29.99 after $30.00 instant savings
  • Flash Deal: PortaBrace Sack Pack (Small, Black) – only $59.96 after $21.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for more excellent savings opportunities.

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Post Date: 11/21/2021 7:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 20, 2021

Time to browse the just-refreshed used Canon lens and Sony lens inventory at B&H. There are many great models to choose from.

Add the items you want to the cart, and then be the first to check out when B&H opens at 6:00pm ET.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/20/2021 7:32:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, November 19, 2021

The Canon USA Store refurbished camera, lens, and flash inventory was just updated, including the RF 24-70. A large number of EOS cameras are available, including the incredible value Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R for only $1,039.20 and $1,199.20.

Take a moment to browse all of the Canon USA Store refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes inventory.

Expect Canon USA refurbished gear to be like new with an as-new warranty and a great price.

Post Date: 11/19/2021 10:21:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Through November 29, take advantage of the Skylum Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

For artists making a new purchase

For Bundle Savings

For artists who own Luminar or Aurora

Post Date: 11/19/2021 7:53:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • SanDisk 64GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card with 4-in-1 Card Reader (2-Pack) – only $16.99 after $11.00 instant savings
  • ONA Bowery Camera Bag (Canvas, Black) – only $109.00 after $80.00 instant savings
  • Flash Deal: Manfrotto 645 FAST Twin Leg Video Tripod with Ultra L-Lock Mechanism (Carbon Fiber) – only $689.88 after $300.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for more excellent savings opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/19/2021 7:16:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens firmware update version 03 is now available for download.

Firmware Version 03 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Improves aperture responsiveness in combination with ILCE-9, ILCE-9M2, and ILCE-7RM4.
  2. If you are using ILCE-9 (Ver.6.00 or later), you can select "Focus priority" from the "Aperture drive during AF" menu.

Get the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM Lens at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Firmware Updates
Post Date: 11/19/2021 7:08:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony gear is looking considerably more attractive with these instant savings amounts.

ModelRebate Amount 
Sony Alpha 7R IV Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony Alpha 7R III Buy$800.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony Alpha 7 III Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 12-24mm F2.8 GM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS Lens Buy$250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens Buy$400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 28-135mm F4 G PZ OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 24mm F2.8 G Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 35mm F1.8 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Lens Buy$50..0  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 40mm F2.5 G Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 50mm F2.5 G Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 85mm F1.8 Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Get the full list of Sony Black Friday deals, including Sony E models, at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Photography Deals, Sony Rebates
Post Date: 11/19/2021 6:53:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 11/19/2021 6:36:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

A 10-rated used Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens just arrived at B&H.

Outstanding lens. Learn more: Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 GM Lens Review

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/19/2021 6:31:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, November 18, 2021
Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 11/18/2021 9:48:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, and measurements are now available on the Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens page.

I think that you will like the image quality results. Create some comparisons.

The Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

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Post Date: 11/18/2021 4:35:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Browse the Canon Holiday Specials at B&H.

While there are some nice deals, the inventory issues are certainly impacting promotions.

Post Date: 11/18/2021 4:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 17, 2021

It is time to add some fresh memory cards to the kit. The Lexar Memory Card and SSD Sale at Adorama gets that task done for less $.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/17/2021 8:02:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

It is time to light up your world! Check out the "Biggest Lighting Sale EVER" at B&H.

Post Date: 11/17/2021 7:53:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Vitec Imaging Solutions:

Vitec has agreed to acquire Savage Universal, a global market leader in backgrounds for the growing professional studio photographic market

Vitec Imaging Solutions, a Division of The Vitec Group plc (“Vitec”), the international provider of premium branded hardware products and software solutions to the growing content creation market, is pleased to announce that on 16th November 2021 it agreed to acquire Savage Universal Corp and its affiliates, with the deal expected to close by the end of November 2021.

Savage is a global market leader in backgrounds for the professional studio photographic market, based in Phoenix, US. Trusted by creative professionals since 1937, Savage manufactures an extensive range of high quality, specialist, seamless paper backgrounds, or backdrops, ensuring the essential flat, crease-free background surface.

Backgrounds are the largest consumable products in the commercial photography market. An essential tool in every professional studio, they’re quick and easy to set up, and enable photographers to dramatically reduce post-production time, by achieving the desired look directly from camera. For more than 80 years, Savage has led this category offering an extensive range which covers all possible applications and colours.

In the post-pandemic digital era, professional studio photography has dramatically expanded, led by the growth of e-commerce sales; 90% of online buyers report that image quality is the most important factor in the decision-making process.

Savage directly serves this fast-growing market segment, as well as fulfilling the demand from vloggers and influencers for easy-to-set-up backgrounds for their TikTok or YouTube videos.

Marco Pezzana, Divisional CEO of Vitec Imaging Solutions commented: “Savage backgrounds complement Vitec’s existing portfolio of accessories for professional image creators. This acquisition brings together the world’s leading supports and imaging accessories provider with the world’s leading backgrounds manufacturer, serving professional photographers, creators and vloggers with the best in class studio equipment.”

Hayward Richard Pressman, Chairman of the Board of Savage Universal Corp commented: “We have had a long and successful relationship with Vitec and know them very well. They share our business values and, as we have, always made the customer the focus of their business. The Savage tradition of offering innovative and quality accessory products supplied promptly and complete will continue. Our Company recently celebrated its 84th year in business. I must express my gratitude to all who have taken this journey with us and thank you for being our partner and bringing us to this point.”

A snapshot of The Vitec Group plc

Vitec is a leading global provider of premium branded hardware products and software solutions to the growing content creation market. Vitec's customers include broadcasters, film studios, production and rental companies, photographers, independent content creators, gamers and enterprises. Our product portfolio includes camera supports, video transmission systems and monitors, live streaming solutions, smartphone accessories, robotic camera systems, prompters, LED lighting, mobile power, bags and motion control, audio capture and noise reduction equipment. We employ around 1,800 people across the world in 11 different countries and are organised in three Divisions: Imaging Solutions, Production Solutions and Creative Solutions. The Vitec Group plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

More information can be found at: www.vitecgroup.com

Vitec Imaging Solutions

Vitec Imaging Solutions is a division of the Vitec Group, an international group principally serving customers in the broadcast and photographic markets. Vitec Imaging Solutions designs, manufactures and distributes premium branded photographic and video equipment such as tripods, bags, filters and lights for professional and hobbyist photographers, and content creators. The portfolio includes nine premium brands - Manfrotto, Gitzo, JOBY, Colorama, Savage, Avenger, Lowepro, Syrp and Rycote - that positions Vitec Imaging Solutions as the leading global provider of accessories within the fast-growing imaging market. Thanks to Vitec Imaging Distribution, all the products are directly distributed in 11 markets across the world and in many others thanks to a qualified network of retail partners.

Savage Universal

From its beginning in 1937 as a manufacturer of quality board and paper products, Savage has provided photographers the essential elements for success. Family-run from the start, Savage has a commitment to quality and innovation that defined the company in the beginning and continues to define it today. Products such as photographic backgrounds continue to be a key focus of Savage’s manufacturing efforts, but there’s much more to the Savage story. The company continues to develop innovative products, especially in the digital arena, to meet the needs of today’s more diverse photography community – professionals and semi-professionals alike. All paper is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified and 100% recyclable and Savage’s main paper mill supplier is net zero on electricity, having its own hydroelectric dam which covers all of its electricity requirements. In 2019, Savage acquired Superior Specialties Inc., which continues to trade under the name of Superior Paper Specialties, LLC.

More information can be found at: www.savageuniversal.com and www.superspec.com

Post Date: 11/17/2021 7:48:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Becomes Camera Provider for USA TODAY NETWORK

Gannett to equip Journalists from USA TODAY and more than 250 additional outlets with Sony Imaging products

November 17, 2021 – SAN DIEGO, CA - Sony Electronics Inc. a global imaging leader, and Gannett Co, Inc., operator of USA TODAY NETWORK spanning more than 250 national and local media outlets including USA TODAY, have today announced that Sony will become the imaging products provider for Gannett’s photographers and video journalists.

The award-winning news organization will provide its team access to a wide variety of Sony’s imaging products highlighted by the Sony Alpha 1and FX Cinema Line cameras and G Master™ line of interchangeable lenses. The rollout of Sony imaging kits for Gannett will begin immediately in select markets.

Gannett’s Pulitzer-Prize winning content touches the lives of more than 150 million people each day. Their photo and video journalism team features more than 500 professionals covering more than 10,000 events annually, producing nearly two million edited images and thousands of original videos each year.

“Storytelling through images has been a large part of our organization throughout national and local coverage, and through our sports content,” said Bruce Odle, President of Imagn, Gannett’s in-house photo agency and sports image wire service. “We are excited to bring Sony’s innovative equipment to our journalists to allow them to capture the moments and emotions in new ways to complement the compelling stories of the USA TODAY NETWORK.”

In addition to product delivery, Sony will be supporting Gannett with extensive product service offerings, while also providing direct, on-site support for photo and video journalists at many key industry events.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to collaborate with Gannett, one of the world’s largest news organizations with an unparalleled commitment to delivering multimedia news and creating digital content,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President of Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “Gannett’s USA TODAY NETWORK is an innovative and venerable news brand, preserving local journalism and reinventing national news. We are honored that they have chosen to equip their talented visual journalists with Sony imaging products, and are confident it will allow them to capture, communicate and share stories in ways they never have before.”

Get your Sony gear at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 11/17/2021 7:12:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Browse the Apple Holidays Deals at B&H.

Post Date: 11/17/2021 6:19:11 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • WD 8TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive – only $149.00 after $50 instant savings (other capacities on sale, the 18TB model is only $339.99)
  • ZEISS Batis 25mm f/2 Lens for Sony E – only $879.00 after $470.00 instant savings
  • Manfrotto Advanced2 Hybrid Photo Backpack (Black) – only $39.95 after $130.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for more excellent savings opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 11/17/2021 5:15:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, November 16, 2021
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