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 Monday, May 10, 2021
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • Manfrotto Gimbal 220 Pro Kit – only $249.88 after $160 instant savings coupon
  • Syrp Slingshot 1-Axis 328' Motion-Controlled Cable Cam Time-Lapse Kit – only $899.00 after $600.00 instant savings
  • Peak Design CaptureLENS (For Canon, Nikon & Sony) – only $44.95 after $55.00 instant savings
  • Tamrac Professional Series: Anvil 17 Backpack (Black) – only $89.99 after $110.00 instant savings
  • GVM RGB LED Studio Video Bi-Color Soft 1000D 3-Light Panel Kit – only $399.00 after $100.00 instant savings
  • & more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 5/10/2021 7:57:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 6, 2021
Topaz Labs recently released Gigapixel AI v5.5.0 and put it on sale for only $79.99 (reg. $99.99) through May 7th.

The Image Quality Bundle, which includes DeNoise AI, Gigapixel AI, and Sharpen AI, is also on sale, discounted to $149.99 (regularly $259.97).

The Creator Bundle, which includes Mask AI, Topaz Studio 2, and Adjust AI, is also on sale, discounted to $149.99 from $279.97.

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Post Date: 5/6/2021 1:26:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
It is again time to browse the Canon USA Store refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes inventory.

The highlight of this inventory update is the first appearance of the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III.

Take a moment to browse the nice selection of cameras (great M50 deals), lenses (including RF models), and flashes.

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

Post Date: 5/6/2021 12:35:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Crucial X6 Portable SSD Review.

Faster, smaller, lighter, more robust, increased reliability, higher capacity, and lower price. That sounds like a winning scenario, right?

Even if the SSD does not interest you, be sure to read the data backup warning.

The 1TB and 4TB models are on sale now. Save up to $75.00 at Crucial X6 Portable SSD is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

Please share!

Post Date: 5/6/2021 11:10:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's Adorama's Deals of the Day to save $40.00 on the Glow Collapsible Circular Wind Proof Reflector with Handles in 42" or 52" sizes.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 5/6/2021 11:45:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • MindShift Gear Outbound Camera Holster 50 (Carbon Gray) – only $39.95 after $50.00 instant savings
  • Angler Collapsible Background Kit (5 x 7', Chroma Blue/Green) – only $69.85 after $57.00 instant savings
  • Polsen MVS-5 Stereo Shotgun Microphone for DSLR Cameras and Portable Recorders – only $34.99 after $11.00 instant savings
  • & more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 5/6/2021 11:40:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Today you get your gimbal — the DJI Ronin-S Gimbal Stabilizer just landed in Adorama's Deals of the Day for only $399.00 (save $150.00).

Also consider a used DJI Ronin-S, starting at only $289.00 for an E- rated model. Scroll down the DJI Ronin-S page to find this option.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 5/5/2021 10:12:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Check out the new Rotation Backpack Series, featuring the 22L, 34L, and 50L+, at Think Tank Photo.
 
Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free shipping when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).
Post Date: 5/4/2021 9:40:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 3, 2021
Post Date: 5/3/2021 12:35:09 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code MAY15 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save 15% on orders arriving by 5/28/2021.

Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time. Mother's Day is a great time to update the portraits of those important to you.

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Post Date: 5/3/2021 9:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
At B&H, Mother's Day deals are loaded on the just-launched Deals of the Week page and are worth browsing. Keep clicking "Load More Deals" until you've seen everything.

Adorama is kicking this week off with a 24 hour flash sale.

Give your mother (or your kids' mother – even if that is you) the gift of better pictures, and the Canon EOS M50 Mark II (review) is a great choice. This is an affordable, extremely convenient camera to have readily available, capturing family life in high quality.

The Canon EOS M50 Mark II with 15-45mm Lens is on sale at B&H and Adorama.

Nikon has launched a new instant savings program featuring up to $800.00 instant savings. Find these deals at B&H and Adorama.

Already have the photo you want the Mom in your life to have? A print from Printique makes a great gift. Use a coupon code to save:

AF15OFFNEW – 15% off sitewide for new customers only
AF10OFFE – 10% off sitewide for existing customers

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 5/3/2021 8:07:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 30, 2021
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • MindShift Gear Outbound Camera Holster 10 – only $24.99 after $45.00 instant savings
  • Sirui EP-204S Aluminum Multi-Function Photo/Video Monopod – only $59.00 after $90.00 instant savings and $10.00 MIR
  • Nodal Ninja NN3 MKII Starter Package – only $99.95 after $100.00 instant savings
  • & more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/30/2021 8:50:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 4/30/2021 8:37:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 29, 2021
A bull elk with an incredible set of antlers intently watches his herd of cows in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Strongly blurring the background while keeping an animal this large comfortably in the frame requires a long focal length and wide aperture. The 600mm and f/4 combination is unsurpassed for meeting that challenge. In this case, it was the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens getting that job done.

Behind the lens was the Canon EOS R5.

While the pose shown in this image does not appear to be an AF challenge, this bull was constantly in motion. The elk moving in all directions meant that the required AF point was continuously changing. Chasing the animal's eye with a focus point used to be a considerable challenge — and stress. With the R5's game-changing animal eye AF performing incredibly well, the person behind the camera can better enjoy following the animal in the frame.

As I've said many times before, low shooting positions work great for photographing elk (and most other animals). This scenario permitting going low and a few quick leg lock twists on the Robus RCM-439 Carbon Fiber Monopod placed me there. This position pushed the bright grasses lower in the frame, with the dark blurred evergreens creating an excellent background for the elk's head and antlers.

Elk in Rut and More, Rocky Mountain National Park Workshop 2021 Special Offer

Be at my hotel near the Denver airport in the morning on Sat, 9/25/2021, or meet me at the house in Estes Park late in the afternoon, and you can join me a day early for a soft start to this transportation-provided workshop! There is only one opening remaining for this year. Contact me for more information.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 4/29/2021 11:01:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Adorama has the Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L IS USM Lens in stock.

This is an outstanding lens — learn more in our Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM Lens review.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 4/28/2021 8:17:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has a used Canon EOS C70 Cinema Camera (RF Lens Mount) in stock. Save $935.00 vs. a new camera.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/28/2021 7:49:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8 FE Lens (for Sony E) and numerous other items.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/28/2021 6:59:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 27, 2021
The Canon USA Store refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes inventory was just updated, including many RF models appearing to be in stock (stock accuracy is not this site's strength).

Take a moment to browse the nice selection of cameras, lenses, and flashes.

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

Post Date: 4/27/2021 6:00:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • Autel Robotics EVO II 8K Drone – only $1,149.00 after $346.00 instant savings
  • Benro #4 MCT48AF Monopod with Flip Locks and 3-Leg Base – only $89.95 after $70.00 instant savings
  • Tamrac Professional Series: Anvil Slim 11 Backpack (Black) – only $79.99 after $100.00 instant savings
  • Dracast 728B LED Panel – only $169.00 after $130.00 instant savings
  • Wise Advanced 512GB CFast 2.0 Memory Card – only $349.00 after $150.00 instant savings
  • Vello FreeWave Fusion Basic Wireless Triggers (for Canon, Nikon or Sony) – only $26.95 after $13.00 instant savings. Add-on a Wireless Receiver for just $17.95 (reg $24.95)
  • & more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/27/2021 7:39:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 26, 2021
Check out today's Adorama's Deals of the Day for big savings on the Rokinon 14mm F2.8 Manual Focus Lens for Sony E and Nikon mounts.
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Post Date: 4/26/2021 9:50:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Topaz Labs has released Gigapixel AI v5.5.0 and put it on sale for only $79.99 (reg. $99.99) through May 7th.

The Image Quality Bundle, which includes DeNoise AI, Gigapixel AI, and Sharpen AI, is also on sale, discounted to $149.99 (regularly $259.97).

The Creator Bundle, which includes Mask AI, Topaz Studio 2, and Adjust AI, is also on sale, discounted to $149.99 from $279.97.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/26/2021 8:57:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 4/26/2021 8:22:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has released the first quarter 2021 financial results to the Investor Relations page.

Presentation Material
Results
Supplementary Data

Some Relevant Highlights

"As for Imaging, still benefiting from the effects of new camera bodies, unit sales of both cameras and lenses exceeded our plan. Profitability improved significantly from last year due to a rise in average selling price and an increase in sales efficiency."

"Changes in exchange rates, particularly the yen’s depreciation against the euro, had a positive impact on net sales and operating profit of 7.9 billion yen and 6.0 billion yen, respectively."

"As for cost reduction, improvement was made mainly in fixed costs, reflecting, among others, last year’s decline in factory utilization rates due to the effects of COVID-19."

"As for expenses, while we aggressively invested in the development of new businesses, the effects of structural reforms and more efficient sales activities resulted in a 16.0 billion yen improvement. As a result, SG&A as a percentage of net sales declined significantly from 41.6% in the first quarter of last year to 37.2% this year."

"Our view that the global economy will accelerate towards normalization from the second half of the year has not changed since the beginning of the year."

"As for the semiconductor component shortages and logistical bottlenecks, based on our best estimate at this time, we budgeted for higher costs and delays in delivery. However, the situation is changing day by day. As such, we will continue to monitor the trends going forward."

"We raised our projection to reflect not only the building of a stable business foundation through the promotion of business portfolio transformation, but also acceleration in the global economy recovery."

"Compared to our previous projection, we raised our outlook for net sales by 100.0 billion yen, operating profit by 39.5 billion yen and net income by 25.0 billion yen, and now expect net sales to increase 10.8% to 3.5 trillion yen, operating profit to increase 79.1% to 198.0 billion yen, and net income to increase 68% to 140.0 billion yen."

"For Imaging, because the size of the camera market is already approaching the number of users that are particular about visual expression, we expect the market to be limited to moderate contraction going forward. As current sales of mainly new products are exceeding our plan, we raised our full-year projection for both sales and profit."

"As for cameras, even amid continued restrictions on people’s movement, demand for cameras remains solid, supported by the need for high-quality visual expression. Based on this, we still expect the 2021 camera market to be up slightly or 5.8 million units."

"In the first quarter, revenue was significantly higher than last year, as sales remained strong, driven by the EOS R5 and EOS R6 which were launched in the second half of last year. Additionally, the synergy effect of having competitive camera bodies and expanding our lineup of RF lens, which command high margins, led to an increase in average selling prices. This, and the establishment of efficient online sales activities nurtured through COVID-19 is leading to an improvement in profitability."

"For the full year, reflecting the situation surrounding sales in the first quarter, we not only raised our projection for camera unit sales by 100 thousand to 2.9 million, but also raised our projection for revenue."

"To further strengthen mirrorless camera lineup, in April we announced the development of a new model, the EOS R3, which is equipped with a backside illumination stacked CMOS sensor that achieves high-speed signal processing, which allows for a number of functional improvements such as continuous shooting performance. At the same time, we announced 3 new RF lenses, bringing the total to 22 and we will continue to enhance this lineup going forward. By raising the appeal of the R series, we aim to further raising our market share in the full-frame category and increase sales."

"Additionally, for new types of cameras, such as the PowerShot Zoom that was launch at the end of last year and has attracted quite a bit of attention for its ease of capturing long-range images with one hand, we are steady creating new markets."

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/26/2021 8:01:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • Delkin Devices 2TB CFexpress POWER Memory Card (great $ to TB ratio!) – only $699.00 after $300.00 instant savings
  • Ruggard Electronic Dry Cabinets (30L, 50L, 80L, 90L, 120L, 230L, 600L) – save up to $500.00
  • Manfrotto 504X Fluid Video Head & MVTTWINGC Carbon Fiber Tripod with Ground Spreader – only $749.88 after $350 instant savings
  • Several other great deals!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/26/2021 7:26:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 24, 2021
Adorama has an E+ rated used Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens in stock. Save $200.00 from the new price.

Read the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review, and especially view the image quality results from this lens model.

An E-rated Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens is also available for $929.00, a $170.00 discount from new.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/24/2021 8:18:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has a used Canon EOS R5 body in stock for only $3,118.95 – $780.00 less than the new price.

This camera should sell immediately. However, the big challenge will be to check out before someone else does upon B&H opening this evening. "Checkout will be available at 9:00pm ET Sat night."

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/24/2021 7:55:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 23, 2021
Even when 50 MP resolution exceeds the final resolution required for an image, the ultra-high resolution is often unexpectantly valuable. In this example, the selected camera position was optimized for capturing vertically oriented images of the runners jumping from a hurdle (going high in the air) while attempting to clear a water pit.

Crashes always draw attention, and the fall was the eye-catcher of this pass. However, the compressed body position and splashing water no longer worked well in the vertically oriented frame. The horizontal orientation crop seemed favorable, and the optimal framing required a tight crop, including pulling in from the sides. Despite the heavy cropping, the a1 image provided an often sufficient nearly 20 MP of final resolution.

While the Sony Alpha a1's 30 fps drive rate seems extreme, I am finding it addicting. In this case, the 30 fps results provided the ideal moment of touch down and splash combination.

Regarding splashing water, bright water droplets in front of a subject are notorious for stealing a camera AF system's attention. While a sustained high volume of water drops covering the subject sometimes eventually stole the a1's focus, the default AF settings held on the subject's eye behind the splashing very well.

The 400mm and f/2.8 combination is often perfect for photographing track and field events. In this example, the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens renders the foreground and background diffusely blurred, making the subject and water drops stand out. Despite the cloudy day and 1/2000 sec. shutter speed, the ISO setting remained relatively low.

We can enjoy the spectacle of this water crash without feeling too sorry for the runner. Being cold is apparently motivating for running because she went on to win this event with a top 10 list time for the university.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/2.8  1/2000s
ISO 1600
5440 x 3627px
Post Date: 4/23/2021 9:05:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Transcend Memory Card Sale at B&H is worth browsing. Save up to $100.00 on a range of memory card options.
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Post Date: 4/23/2021 8:28:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has an E-rated Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens in stock for $929.00 ($1,099.00 new).

Our review: Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/23/2021 7:18:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 22, 2021
The Think Tank Photo Manager Series Rolling Cases just received the version 2 treatment, featuring:

  • Added shock-absorbing wheels to Logistics Manager 30 and Production Manager 40
  • Added customizable identification panel
  • Reduced weight 2-4 lbs.
  • Upgraded Logistics Manager 30 front and side panel to Production Manager 40 style
  • Replaced stretch material on side pockets to ballistics fabric with ladder-lock tightener
  • Upgraded foot style on Logistics Manager 30

See the new Think Tank Photo Manager Series V2 Rolling Cases
 
Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free shipping when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

Post Date: 4/22/2021 4:53:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Something you want is likely included in the "Sweet Apple Deals" at B&H.
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Post Date: 4/22/2021 4:10:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Godox TL30 RGB LED Tube Light and an abundance of accessories have been announced. Get the details at B&H.
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Post Date: 4/22/2021 3:59:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As usual, this gear is being sold to raise funds. Most items are in excellent condition, including some mint Canon EF lenses.

Check to see if anything fits into your kit: Bryan's Used Gear for Sale

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/22/2021 9:47:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens just arrived in stock at Canon USA. (thanks Josh)

This is an impressive lens – check out the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens Review for more info.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:59:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Cinetics Lynx 3-Axis Motorized Slider, Vello Auto Extension Tube Sets (5 mount options), and more.
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Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:54:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
What Zeiss has been up to: 10 new lenses and 4 lens sets added to the Supreme Prime Lens family.

See the Zeiss Supreme Prime Lens line-up (including the kit that costs more than a big house in the country) at B&H.

Learn more about the new additions at B&H Explora.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Tokina SZX 400mm f/8 Reflex MF lens announcement was an interesting one. This lens is already available in many camera mounts, but adding the Canon RF and Nikon Z options to the mix is welcomed.

From Tokina:

Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens for Nikon Z and Canon RF camera mounts worldwide sales date announcement

Apr 22, 2021

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the sales release of Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens for Nikon Z and Canon RF camera mounts.

Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF adopts a T-mount standard (pitch 0.75mm, thread 42mm), that allows this lens to be attached to various cameras by using different mount adapters. To provide photographers a chance to use Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens with popular Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras we release Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF for Nikon Z and Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF for Canon RF mounts. New mount adapters for Nikon Z and Canon RF mirrorless cameras can be purchased separately as well.

B&H carries Tokina lenses.

Sales will commence on May 7, 2021.

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Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:34:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
There is a 10-rated used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp in stock at B&H. This is an outstanding ball head in like-new condition with a nicely-reduced price.

Also check out the nice selection of used RRS L-plates for popular camera models, including for cameras using the VG-C4EM (a7R III, a7R IV, a1, etc. and VG-C3EM, for the D850, etc.).

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Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:21:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • Tokina FiRIN 100mm f/2.8 FE Macro Lens (for Sony E) – only $429.00 after $170.00 instant savings
  • Vello FreeWave Wireless Remote Shutter Releases (for Canon, Nikon or Sony) – only $27.95 after $12.00 instant savings
  • Nanuk 918 6-Lens Cases with Foam Insert (Black or Orange) – only $99.95 after $70.00 instant savings
  • Nanlite MixPad 11 Tunable RGB Hard and Soft LED Panel – only $84.00 after $45.00 instant savings
  • & more!

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Post Date: 4/20/2021 9:02:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 19, 2021
Some reviews go on indefinitely, and this review is one of those. So, I'll call it finished, but will continue to tweak it: Sony Alpha a1 Review.

This is an outstanding camera.

The a1 is in high demand and will be so for a long time, so get in line ASAP. Order the Sony Alpha a1 at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Need it immediately? Rent the Sony Alpha a1 from Lensrentals.

Please share!

Post Date: 4/19/2021 9:08:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Gitzo GIGH4383LR Series 4 Center Ball Head with Arca-Type Lever Release QR Receiver was just announced. Get the details and preorder at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 4/19/2021 8:59:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Gitzo GK3532-82QD Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head – Only $869.88 after $500.00 instant savings.
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Post Date: 4/19/2021 8:42:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 16, 2021
Check out today's Adorama's Deals of the Day for big savings on the Nikon Z 7 body and with-lens kits.

The refurbished Nikon Z 6 is also available.

Browse the full list of current Adorama deals.

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Post Date: 4/16/2021 11:38:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 15, 2021
From DJI:

DJI Air 2S Melds Incredible Image Quality With Unmatched Flight Performance

Added Obstacle Sensors Improve Autonomous Flying, While The 1” Sensor Offers 20-Megapixel Photos and 5.4K Video

April 15, 2021 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today sets a new benchmark for high-grade flight performance and incredible imagery with the new DJI Air 2S. This portable camera drone is an all-in-one solution, offering robust flight performance, state-of-the-art camera upgrades and high-grade preprogrammed content creation tools.

“Every creator remembers what it felt like to fly a drone for the first time, and they’ll feel the same sense of wonder and possibility when they first experience DJI Air 2S’s unparalleled mix of astonishing flight capability and gripping image quality,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “DJI Air 2S is a wish list come to life for everyone who demands more from a drone, showcasing upgrades that truly elevate the system into a highly versatile drone. From content creators, to drone enthusiasts and travelers, we are confident that a lot of people will be excited about this drone.”

The DJI Air 2S is the first drone of its size to capture 20-megapixel still images or video in 5.4K with a new one-inch sensor that was previously available only on larger, less agile drones. DJI continues to enable the effortless creation of imaginative content with the new MasterShots feature. This advanced feature uses automatic flight path planning to set the drone’s course while recording video. Upon completion of the flight, DJI Air 2S automatically merges the footage under one theme to create an eye-catching video.

DJI Air 2S’s 31 minutes of maximum flight time and four-way directional obstacle sensors let the pilot focus on the shot while the drone’s safety systems warn when obstacles are getting close. APAS 4.0 is the most advanced autopilot system on any DJI drone and when turned on, seamlessly maneuvers around objects autonomously. O3, DJI’s third iteration of OcuSync, brings the most reliable transmission technology in the drone market to this portable, foldable drone so users know their connection is stable. The upgraded FocusTrack mode includes a suite of programmed modes like Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0 and Point of Interest 3.0 that easily mimic the focus, control and movement of a professional video operator.

An All-In-One Tool for All Your Content Capturing Needs

Expand your creative vision and capture high-grade footage using a new one-inch sensor capable of recording 20-megapixel still images, 5.4K video at 30fps or 4K at 60fps and 150Mbps. The one-inch sensor is larger than the sensor on the original Mavic Air 2 and offers a larger pixel size of 2.4µm, capturing more information and detail for better photos and videos. Get closer to the subject without moving the drone using a new digital zoom that supports 4X zoom at 4K 30fps, 6X at 2.7K 30fps, 4X at 2.7K 60fps, 6X at 1080P 60fps and 8X at 1080P 30fps. DJI’s renowned three-axis mechanical gimbal smooths out footage for professional-level quality and 8 GB of internal storage have been added. Users can choose to record in H264 or H265, depending on their preferences for image detail and storage capacity and can also choose from three video color profiles, Normal (8 bit), D-Log (10 bit) or HLG (10 bit) to match their video needs.

In addition to standard photo options like Timed Photo, AEB and Panoramas, DJI Air 2S’s SmartPhoto mode records 20-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose the best of three options that will create the most visually appealing image for you, including HDR, Hyperlight and Scene Recognition. HDR modes merge several images together for a vibrant scene while Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios and Scene Recognition can identify several common settings and apply camera adjustments to capture photos that pop.

Pre-Programmed Modes for Pro-Level Footage

The DJI Air 2S has the most programmed flight modes and image capture modes of any DJI drone of its size. These creative options include:

  • MasterShots: Professional-level aerial footage has never been easier. After activating MasterShots, the drone will autonomously plan a flight path, choose from three different image capture modes, including Proximity, Portrait or Landscape, and start recording classic aerial footage. Pilots can choose different themes and the DJI Fly app will generate a unique video that’s ready to be shared with the world.
  • FocusTrack: Focus on the scene and let DJI Air 2S do the hard work for you. Select your subject by drawing a square around it on your mobile device, then choose from Point of Interest 3.0, an autonomous flight path around the subject; ActiveTrack 4.0, a tool that seamlessly tracks the subject and keeps it in the frame; or Spotlight 2.0, where the drone movement is controlled by the pilot while it locks the subject into the frame.
  • QuickShots: A staple DJI feature, QuickShot modes include Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang and Asteroid.
  • Hyperlapse: See the world sped up from the air and in motion with the Hyperlapse option in resolution up to 4K. Content captured in 4K resolution and lower can apply digital stabilization for an added layer of smoothness.

Safe and Intuitive Flight Operation in an Ultra-Portable Drone

DJI Air 2S uses four high-grade antennas and the latest version of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync transmission tech, O3, to deliver a stable feed at a maximum distance of 12km1, even in areas with a high number of signals. A maximum 31 minutes in the air gives pilots more time to capture visually appealing footage while four-way sensors help reduce the risk of collision. The newly upgraded front, rear, bottom and top obstacle sensors incorporate binocular zooming technology to recognize incoming objects from further away at faster speeds.

DJI Air 2S uses the latest and most advanced version of Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 4.0, which allows the drone to autonomously and seamlessly maneuver around, under and over obstacles. While flying at normal speeds, the newly improved APAS 4.0 offers a wider field-of-view to detect obstacles compared to previous versions. If pilots are flying at higher speeds, as the angle of the drone pitches forward more and the newly added upward obstacle sensor plays a critical part in assisting obstacle detection. As with DJI’s latest drone models, the DJI Air 2S’s AirSense system warns drone pilots of nearby airplanes and helicopters transmitting ADS-B signals, so the drone can be quickly moved to a safer location. Other standard DJI safety features of DJI Air 2S include an improved Return-To-Home (RTH) feature, which can bring a drone back to its launch point if it loses contact with the controller or reaches a critically low battery level, and the GEO 2.0 geofencing system to advise pilots of sensitive locations and help them automatically keep away from high-risk areas such as airports. DJI Air 2S uses the latest version of the DJI Fly app, which features a wealth of educational information and tutorials to get new pilots up in the air quickly.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for DJI Air 2S, covering various accidents, such as water damage, collisions, flyaway, etc. For an additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers up to two replacement units within one year, including coverage for one flyaway incident. The two-year plan provides three replacement units in two years, including coverage for up to two flyaway incidents and an extension of the original warranty period by one year (extension durations vary by region). Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes exclusive after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

Price and Availability

DJI Air 2S is available for purchase today from store.dji.com and from authorized retail partners in several configurations. The standard combo retails for $999 USD and includes the drone, remote controller, one battery and all the cables and parts needed to get into the air. The Fly More Combo retails for $1299 USD includes everything from the standard combo with the addition of 2 batteries for a total of 3, ND filters, a charging hub and a shoulder bag.

In Stock Now!

The DJI Air 2S is in stock at B&H and Adorama.

Learn more about the Air 2S at B&H Explora.

1 DJI Air 2S transmission system has a maximum range of 12 km when unobstructed, free of interference and FCC compliant. Maximum flight range specification is a proxy for radio link strength and resilience. Always fly your drone within visual line of sight unless otherwise permitted and check local laws and regulations in the region being operated.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/15/2021 8:56:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 4/14/2021 8:36:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has released EOS R5 Firmware Update 1.3.1 for download.

Firmware Version 1.3.1 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Fixes a phenomenon, in which when shooting with Canon Log 3, if the [View Assist.] setting is set to [On], the image in the viewfinder and on the LCD screen is displayed brighter than it should be.

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Post Date: 4/14/2021 5:10:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has an E+ rated Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens in stock for $949.00 ($1,099.00 new). To score this lens, be the first to check out when they open tonight at 8:45pm ET.

Our review: Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens

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Post Date: 4/14/2021 11:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H will start shipping the new Microsoft Multi-Touch Surface Laptop 4 tomorrow, April 15th.

Use those links to learn about the new models.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/14/2021 11:25:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out today's Adorama's Deals of the Day for big savings on the Nikon Z 5 body and with-lens kits.

The refurbished Nikon Z 6 is also available.

Browse the full list of current Adorama deals.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 4/14/2021 10:39:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
During one announcement less than 3 years ago, two of the biggest and best super-telephoto lenses ever made, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens, were unveiled. The same just occurred again – the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens and Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens were simultaneously introduced – and the sameness does not stop there.

The first piece of important information to share is that the Canon RF 400mm F2.8 and 600mm F4 L IS USM Lenses are essentially identical to their EF IS version III counterparts except for a brushed metal EF to RF mount adapter built in (and the focus distance window is removed). The RF 400 and 600 are equivalents to the EF 400 and 600 with a Mount Adapter EF-EOS R behind them. This includes optical and mechanical performance.

It is easy to say that Canon took the easy way out when creating the 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4 lenses for the RF mount, and it is also hard to argue against that statement.

However, it is unlikely that optical advances significant enough to justify a new design became available since the EF lens introduction less than 3 years earlier. Also, since lens models go into the design phase long before they are announced, it is probable that the EF 600 III was already designed for optimal use on the RF mount. That Canon's first R-series camera, the EOS R, was introduced in the same announcement as the EF 600 III lends credence to that theory. Also noteable is that long focal length lenses tend to benefit less from the short flange distance on the mirrorless camera models, reducing the justification for a redesign.

Why bother introducing the RF model if the mount is the significant design improvement, and compatibility with EOS DSLR Cameras is foregone? Eliminating the mount adapter creates a slightly tighter, more secure fit and reduces weight slightly for two minor benefits. The adapter is no longer at risk of being forgotten or lost.

An interesting benefit provided by the technology in the RF mount (specifically) is a CIPA image stabilization assistance rating increase to 5.5 stops from 5 stops.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of the built-in RF mount is compatibility with the Canon RF 1.4x and RF 2x Extenders, a compatibility the Canon mount adapter (probably) should have availed. I'm anxious to see how well the RF extenders perform with the new RF super-telephoto lenses.

While I plan to replace my EF 600mm version III lens with the RF version, the new RF 400 and 600mm super-telephoto lenses are practically the same as their respective EF lenses, including having the same price.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 4/14/2021 12:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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