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 Monday, July 22, 2019

 
From the Matt Kloskowski YouTube Channel:
 
This is a great tip for landscape and outdoor photos when you want to add color to a certain part of the photo inside of Lightroom.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/22/2019 5:24:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Aurora Aperture YouTube Channel:
 
One Set of Filters for Every Lens
 
Aurora Aperture Adapter Mount Format Filter (AMF) filter is a revolutionary filter format that works for all DSLR lenses on popular mirrorless mount adapters. You will only need one set of filters for all your adapted lenses, no more multiple sets of filters or step-up rings, or complicated and bulky square filter systems.
 
The AMF drop-in filters work extremely well with ultra wide-angle lenses, especially those that have a protruding front element and are without front filter threads. Those types of lenses require a bulky filter adapter paired with very large filters. They are inconvenient to carry around and are unfriendly to your wallet. The AMF Filters is currently available through a kickstarter.com crowdfunding campaign.
Post Date: 7/22/2019 5:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Shoulder Bag (Sandstone with Leather) available for $99.75 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $229.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Standard DSLR System/70-200mm f/2.8
  • Holds 10" Tablet or 11" MacBook Air
  • Exterior Pocket for 2nd Body
  • Sound Silencers Eliminate Opening Noises
B&H has the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker HardDrive V1 Backpack available for $149.75 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $229.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR with 70-200, 4 Lenses, Flash
  • Accommodates an up to 17" Laptop
  • Padded, Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Dual Side Pockets
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Anton Bauer CINE 90 VM Battery available for $249.25 with free shipping. Regularly $489.25.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 90Wh Lithium-Ion V-Mount Battery
  • Supports up to 12A Continuous Draw
  • Fuse Link Technology Cell Protection
  • LCD Battery Capacity Gauge
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 7/22/2019 4:41:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 21, 2019
Through July 31st, Think Tank Photo has the BackLight Elite 45L Camera Backpack on sale for 15% off with free shipping and a free gift for using our link to make your purchase.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Storm-resistant construction with YKK AquaGuard zippers and
  • terproof/tearproof Sailcloth
  • Superior Fit: Robust lumbar padding, hip-hugging waist belt, quick-dry back
  • nel, and foam ridges for increased ventilation
  • Back and top panel access to all of your camera gear, allowing you to work out
  • your bag without getting your harness dirty or wet
  • Aluminum internal frame supports the load and keeps it in place
  • Dedicated compartments fit up to a 17” laptop and a 10” tablet
  • Meets most international and U.S. carry-on requirements*
  • Advanced Airflow: Dual-density, honeycomb mesh shoulder straps
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Trekking capacity! Front pockets totaling 17L carry personal gear for a day’s outing:
  • tra layers, a jacket, food, etc.
  • Hydration reservoir ready (reservoir not included)
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit 32 oz. water bottles
  • Snowboard or ski carry with tuck-away, protected edge lash straps
  • Top-lid converts into a belt pack with the removable waist belt
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Seam-sealed, brown colored rain cover blends in with the environment
  • Removable camera compartment with emergency shoulder straps to avoid gate check
  • Removable waist belt for ease when traveling
  • Expandable capacity on all five sides with daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional
  • sh points
  • Compatible with the MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest/Hive & Switch Case
Post Date: 7/21/2019 12:01:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 20, 2019
It started out innocently. After verifying firsthand that Mount Evans was closed due to snow and ice, despite it being summer, we decided to explore Guenella Pass. Traveling the entire previous day gave Brittany a strong desire to go for a hike and she didn't have to expend much energy convincing me to take that option.
 
The plan was to explore the nearby alpine tundra from trails leading from a parking area near the top of the pass. We grabbed a backpack, some water, snacks, and rain shells and set off on what we thought would be a mini-adventure. Carrying the Canon EOS 5Ds R with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens mounted (primarily for wildlife) and a Nikon Z 7 with a Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens mounted (primarily for landscape) seemed to be an ideal set of gear for the planned short hike.
 
While hiking, Brittany continuously wanted to see what was over the next ridge. In this location, deception reigned and the answer to the what is over the next ridge question is always another ridge. Still, we kept asking the question until having climbed mostly rock and snowfield over 2,400' (730m) up in roughly 3.5 mi (5.6km). Unintentionally, we found ourselves on top of a very high mountain.
 
The view at the top of the 13,800' Table Top Mountain was spectacular. What Brit was feeling from the altitude ... was not nearly as pleasant.
 
Unfortunately, we needed to promptly go back down and couldn't spend much time on top. Fortunately, Brit found the mental fortitude to get some great photos despite the altitude sickness but she didn't feel good until after a nap back in town.
 
While I was not as strongly affected by the high elevation, I definitely should have left the 100-400 in the SUV as it gained a lot of weight on this hike.
 
See the distant thunderhead cloud looming over Brittany's head in the image? That was another reason to go down quickly. That storm brought us near white-out snow conditions for a short period of time during our descent, adding to the day's story.
 
While photography is great for storytelling, going on photo adventures is a great option for creating stories.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/200s
ISO 100
8256 x 5504px
Post Date: 7/20/2019 7:29:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 19, 2019

 
From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
 
Today we show you how to change a subject's pose with the Puppet Warp Tool in Photoshop! Whether you're trying to get the perfect composition or trying to nail a particular effect, the Puppet Warp Tool can help you reshape and reposition any body part–for the perfect pose, every time.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/19/2019 5:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Shooting on location gives you an instant backdrop which will immediately tell a story about what you're shooting. However having a great location is only the start of the process however, so in this video photographer Gavin Hoey has some simple tips for maximizing the character in your location portraits shoots.
 
It's all about forward planning. Gavin starts by hiring the right model and outfit for the look he's after. In this case he combines a grimy urbex location with a beautiful red dress. Then he works on adding controlled flash to the existing ambient light to create some drama in his images. Finally he adds some simple props which when used on their own or combined together, create a variety of different looks within the same location.
Post Date: 7/19/2019 5:24:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sachtler Lite Case (Large) available for $179.60 with free shipping. Regularly $330.60.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits 4 Heads, Stands, & Accessories
  • Padded Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Zippered, Interior, Clear-Mesh Pocket
  • Zippered Closure for Easy Access
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 7/19/2019 5:00:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the 3D FLEX FLASH The WYNG Bounce Reflector available for $17.95 with free shipping. Regularly $29.95.
 
The link above will take you to the Large model, appropriate or flashes like the Canon 600EX and Nikon SB-900 series flashes (a full list of compatible flashes appears at the bottom of the product page). A smaller version of the light modifier is also available and accessible via the page above.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Unique Curved Design
  • Eliminates Harsh Shadows
  • Bounces Light Up and Forward
Post Date: 7/19/2019 4:39:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 18, 2019
The just-announced Sony a7R IV becomes available for preorder at 10:00 ET today. I like what I see. Many of the feature updates of the a7R IV show that Sony is listening and this model promises to be quite impressive.
 
Here is the Sony a7R IV compared to the Sony a7R III from a specifications perspective.
 
Highlight Sony a7R IV Features
 
  • 61MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 567-Point Phase-Detection AF System
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 5.76m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF
  • 3.0" 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Up to 10 fps Shooting, ISO 100-32000
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 240MP Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi, Dual UHS-II SD Slots
Here is Sony a7R IV visual comparison to the Sony a7R III. Notice the changed controls?
 
Be sure to support this site by using our links to place your preorder.
 
Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip: B&H | Adorama | WEX
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 7/18/2019 9:00:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We are pleased to announce that a new firmware update for SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Sony E-mount is now available.
 
Applicable Products
 
  • SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
  • SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has improved the AF speed.
  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the Face Detection setting is turned on, while using AF.
  • With the Sony a9 or Sony a6400, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby the AF stopping position occasionally had a variation when shutter was half pressed repeatedly during auto focusing on the same subject.
* For customers who have Sony a9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 105mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has improved the AF accuracy when the Face Detection setting is turned on, while using AF.
  • With the Sony a9 or Sony a6400, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby the AF stopping position occasionally had a variation when shutter was half pressed repeatedly during auto focusing on the same subject.
* For customers who have Sony a9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for Sony E-mount
Benefits of the update
 
  • With cameras which incorporate DMF mode, when using the AF while the MF assist function is turned on, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it automatically displays a magnified view as it gets in focus.
* For customers who have Sony a9, please update the camera’s firmware to Ver.5.00 or later.
 
To update the firmware, please refer to this link.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/18/2019 5:44:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Condition: 8) available for $289.95 with free shipping. Compare at $489.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.7"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he walks you through the process of creating natural looking flash photography by working and balancing the strobe with the natural available window light coming into the location. When people claim flash photography does not look natural, often times they are not mixing it well with the environment. By working with the natural light in the space, your flash photography will be elevated to the next level.
 
Related Product - Profoto B10 Plus
Post Date: 7/18/2019 5:10:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 17, 2019
From DJI:
 
Capture Smooth Footage With The New Compact, Lightweight Ronin-SC, A Single-Handed Stabilizer For Mirrorless Cameras
 
Updated design offers excellent portability and the latest intelligent features including subject tracking
 
July 17, 2019 - DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today announced the latest addition to the renowned Ronin series, the Ronin-S Compact (SC), a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed for popular mirrorless cameras. Using over a decade of experience creating aerial and handheld gimbals, the Ronin-SC offers a highly compact design, high-grade materials and advanced technology to open the world of creative possibilities for users capturing videos and photographs.
 
“The Ronin-SC took the powerful technology from the Ronin-S and put it in a lighter and smaller form factor,” said Paul Pan, Senior Product Manager. “Now users can pair their mirrorless system with a stabilizer that is easier to transport, easier to set up, easier to use yet still equipped with high-performance features and technology.”
 
Compact, lightweight for ease of use
 
The Ronin-SC was created to be portable and travel friendly, weighing only 2.4 lbs., 41% lighter than the Ronin-S and can be taken apart to easily fit into backpacks and cases. The reduced weight makes the Ronin-SC not only easily transportable but aids in reducing fatigue when using it on extended photo and video shoots.
 
Robust and intuitive design
 
Using high quality materials including magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic, the Ronin-SC’s durable construction is built to last and endure everyday use. Its powerful high-grade motors are capable of supporting up to 4.4 lbs and its dedicated battery offers users up to 11 hours of operation. Taking feedback from the Ronin-S, the Ronin-SC offers new design features including 3 axis locks on the pan, tilt and roll axis which makes balancing the camera simplified as well as helping during transportation. Additionally, the Ronin-SC features a new position lock system. Once the gimbal is balanced, the time it takes to remount the camera and start working is mere seconds, saving precious time during shoots. Similar to the Ronin-S, users can control the gimbal movement with the responsive joystick and easily access different modes and gimbal settings with the use of the Mode (M) button and the front trigger button.
 
Intelligent modes for endless creative possibilities
 
A staple in the Ronin series, the Ronin-SC features a host of intelligent modes to inspire all levels of content creators. Using the redesigned Ronin app, users can set up to 3 different custom profiles, adjust various settings such as motor output and even run balance tests to ensure that the camera system is properly setup. The popular 360-degree roll movement can be saved in one of the custom profiles by simply selecting it in the app and for fast paced scenes, Sport mode, which increases the response speed of the gimbal, is easily accessed by holding the Mode (M) button. The Ronin-SC offers the same modes as Ronin-S but with several exciting new additions, including Force Mobile and ActiveTrack 3.0:
 
  • New Force Mobile: The new Force Mobile, similar to Force Pro, conveniently synchronizes the movement of your connected mobile device* with the Ronin-SC gimbal, offering an immersive filming experience. Users can now operate gimbal movements at a max distance of 82 feet** using the new Bluetooth 5.0 connection.
  • New ActiveTrack 3.0: Using a mobile device, Ronin-SC users can select a subject for the gimbal to accurately follow. The new algorithms include deep learning and optimized calculations for human figures. Similar to the technology found in some DJI drones and the Osmo Series, ActiveTrack 3.0 uses the mobile phone’s camera view and sends this information to the Ronin-SC. Users can mount the mobile phone to the top of the camera’s hotshoe with the included phone holder mount, open the Ronin app and select the subject to follow automatically.
  • Virtual Joystick: Control gimbal movement remotely using the virtual joystick, ideal for when Ronin-SC is on a tripod or monopod.
  • TimeLapse: Create compelling TimeLapse content, adjusting settings including interval, clips and frames per second.
  • Motionlapse: Add the element of motion to your TimeLapse.
  • Motion Control: Set unique movement paths with Motion Control by selecting up to 10 different points.
  • Panorama: Automatically capture panoramas in multiple rows or columns.
Wide array of camera compatibility and accessories
 
Ronin-SC was created to work seamlessly with popular mirrorless camera systems on the market. A full list of compatibility can be found https://www.dji.com/ronin-sc. Additionally, the Ronin-SC is compatible with a variety of DJI accessories including a new, lighter external focus motor, Command Unit, DJI Force Pro, DJI Master Wheels, and some third-party accessories. Detailed information on compatible accessories can be found at https://store.dji.com/category/ronin-sc-and-accessories.
 
Pricing and availability
 
The Ronin-SC will be available for purchase at www.dji.com, flagship stores and retail partners today. Customers can choose between Ronin-SC Standard, which includes the essentials to get you up and running for $439 USD or the Ronin-SC Pro Combo, which adds the focus wheel along with the external focus motor and the Remote Start Stop (RSS) Splitter for $539 USD.
 
DJI Care Refresh
 
DJI Care Refresh is now available for Ronin-SC. For an additional $49 USD, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.
 
* Currently Force Mobile functionality will only work with iOS devices.
** Distance is tested in an open unobstructed environment.
 
B&H has the new DJI Ronin SC Gimbal Stabilizer in stock. Adorama is accepting preorders.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 7/17/2019 8:52:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Kyle T. Webster shares one of his favorite brush tricks in Photoshop. Watch to learn how he achieves this realistic, painted look.
 
Other videos by Kyle T. Webster:
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/17/2019 6:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head available for $109.95 with free shipping. Regularly $159.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
  • 65mm Ball Diameter
  • 2-Stage Leg Design
  • Height Adjustment Range - 27.6" to 59"
  • Middle Spreader
  • Fixed Counter Balance
  • Fixed Pan / Tilt Drag
  • +20/-25mm Slide Range
  • With Quick Release Plate
  • Tilt Angle - +90° / -60°
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 7/17/2019 6:48:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SLR Magic Cine II 50mm f/1.1 Lens (Sony E-Mount) available for $269.00 with free shipping. Regularly $329.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Covers Full-Frame Sensors
  • Aperture Range: f/1.1 to f/16
  • Cine Geared Focus and Iris Rings
  • 7 Elements in 6 Groups
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 7/17/2019 6:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED1000 Plus Series Bi-Color LED Light available for $413.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,299.00.
 
This LED light is very well reviewed.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1024 LEDs with CRI of >95
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K
  • Beam Angle: 45°
  • Dimming from 0-100%
  • DC or AC Operation
  • 12 x 12 x 2" Panel; Weighs 5.5 lb
  • DMX Input and Output
  • Digital Display & Aluminum Chassis
  • Gold Mount and V-Mount Battery Plates
Post Date: 7/17/2019 6:42:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Last call for some great deals: B&H has a huge number of deals available right now. Take a quick browse through the list to see if there is anything you have been wanting/needing.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 1:25:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The wildy-successful (nearly $10 million raised) KickStarter for the Peak Design ultra-compactable travel tripod ends tomorrow, Thu, July 18 2019 8:00 PM EDT. This is your last chance to get this tripod at the reduced KickStarter price.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 12:28:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Until 7/18 at 11:59 PM ET, B&H has 47 Pelican Cases on sale (including organizers). Most cases are very nicely reduced in price and some prices are drastically reduced
 
I love these cases — we use them constantly, especially the 1510-series.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 12:10:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sony:
 
Sony Electronics Introduces High-resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61.0 MP Back-illuminated, Full-frame Image Sensor
 
Unprecedented Highest Resolution and Widest Dynamic Range for a - Alpha System, Combined with High-speed Performance and a Lightweight, Compact Body
 
Sony Electronics Introduces High-resolution Alpha 7R IV Camera with World’s First 61.0 MP Back-illuminated, Full-frame Image Sensor
 
  • Unprecedented Highest Resolution and Widest Dynamic Range for a - Alpha System, Combined with High-speed Performance and a Lightweight, Compact Body
  • World’s first[i] 35mm full-frame 61.0 MP[ii] back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with latest-generation BIONZ X™ image processor
  • 15-stop[iii] dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth, natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights
  • High-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps[iv] with full AF / AE tracking for approximately seven seconds [v] in full-frame mode with an increased buffer memory, and approximately three times as long in APS-C mode
  • 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering 74% of image area and 425 contrast AF points
  • Debut of Real-time Eye AF for movie recording[vi] and advanced Real-time Tracking[vii] plus Real-time Eye AF for still image recording
  • Features an APS-C crop mode delivering stunning high resolution images of 26.2MP[ii]
  • 5.76 million dot UXGA (Ultra-XGA) OLED Tru-Finder™ electronic viewfinder with outstanding detail, brightness and contrast
  • Upgraded connectivity and operability including high-speed Wi-Fi support, wireless PC remote connectivity[viii], FTP wireless transfer, faster data transfer via USB and more
  • Professional 4K movie recording functionality including full pixel readout with no pixel binning in Super 35mm mode[ix], S-Log3, HDR workflow support
  • Multi Interface Shoe™ with digital audio interface delivers the high-quality sound recording with Sony’s new microphone and XLR microphone adaptor
  • Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip and button layout for improved control with compact, lightweight body
NEW YORK — July 16, 2019 — Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the latest addition to its acclaimed Alpha 7R series full-frame mirrorless camera line-up: the extremely versatile, powerful Alpha 7R IV (model ILCE-7RM4).
 
Sony’s highest resolution full-frame camera ever, the new Alpha 7R IV delivers stunning image quality with high resolution and wide dynamic range while maintaining outstanding focusing performance, high-speed continuous shooting and much, much more.
 
“We are continuing to drive innovation, break boundaries and redefine the expectations of digital camera performance,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Product and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “The new Alpha 7R IV combines medium format-level image quality with high-speed shooting, extremely fast focusing and an extensive list of upgrades to design, connectivity and usability. This will allow professional photographers, videographers and all other types of creators to capture content in ways that were simply not possible before.”
 
A New Level of Image Quality
 
The new Alpha 7R IV features a newly developed 35mm full-frame, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a resolution of 61.0 MP[ii], the world’s first[i] of its kind. The new sensor’s back-illuminated structure and effective noise reduction techniques combine to deliver extremely low-noise and high-sensitivity performance, ensuring the absolute maximum image quality. The camera also boasts an impressive 15-stopiii dynamic range at low sensitivities, resulting in smooth natural gradations ranging from deep shadows to highlights, and utilizes algorithms from many of the latest Alpha cameras to maintain outstanding color reproduction.
 
This new full-frame model is equipped with an innovative 5-axis, optical in-body image stabilization system that has been fine-tuned to support its high-resolution shooting capacity, resulting in a shutter speed advantage of 5.5-steps[x]. Additionally, the shutter unit assembly has been carefully redesigned to reduce even the slightest movement that may cause blur.
 
The Alpha 7R IV also includes Sony’s highest resolution viewfinder ever, a 5.76 million dot UXGA OLED Tru-finder EVF. About 1.6x the resolution of the EVF in the Alpha 7R III, this new viewfinder provides an extremely accurate, true-to-life depiction of the scene being framed. The display quality can be set to ‘Standard’ or ‘High’ mode, and to either 60 fps or 120 fps refresh rate to best match the subject and shooting conditions.
 
Additionally, the new camera features an evolved Pixel Shift Multi Shooting[xi] mode that composites up to 16 full-resolution images. In this mode, the camera precisely shifts the sensor in one pixel or half-pixel increments to capture 16 separate pixel-shifted images containing a total of 963.2 million pixels of data, which are then composited into a 240.8 million pixel (19008 x 12672 pixels) image using Sony’s “Imaging Edge™” desktop application[xii]. Ideal for photographing architecture, art or any other still life subject, this enhanced mode produces photographs with a level of detail and color accuracy that is simply stunning.
 
Shooting and Focusing Speed
 
The innovative new Alpha 7R IV full-frame mirrorless camera can shoot full resolution images at up to 10 fps[iv] with continuous, accurate AF/AE tracking for up to approximately seven seconds[v] in full-frame, full-resolution mode (JPEG / RAW), and approx. three times as long in APS-C crop mode delivering 26.2MP[ii] images. These high-speed options ensure that fast moving subjects can be captured with extreme accuracy and incredible image detail.
 
The upgraded focusing system of the Alpha 7R IV is comprised of 567 focal-plane phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 74 percent of the image area. There are also 425 contrast AF points that add extra precision and reliability for low light and other situations that are best served by contrast AF. The higher AF sensor density and refined tracking algorithms of the new camera produce a notable improvement in tracking performance, allowing complex subject motion and sudden subject movements to be reliably tracked with greater precision than ever.
 
The Alpha 7R IV also supports Real-time Eye AF, which employs artificial intelligence to detect and process eye location data in real-time, locking and maintaining focus on the subject’s eye with extreme precision. This is available for both animal and human subjects, with either animal or human Eye AF mode selectable depending on the shooting situation. Real-time Tracking[vii] is available as well, which utilizes a newly developed subject recognition algorithm to ensure the ultimate subject tracking and persistence of the focusing system. There is also an anti-flicker shooting[xiii] mode, which automatically detects the presence of fluorescent or artificial lighting in a shooting environment to minimize any impact on the final image.
 
Enhanced Connectivity for Professional Workflow
 
Sony’s new Alpha 7R IV full-frame camera is equipped with a variety of advanced connectivity features designed to enhance professional workflow. The new model includes wireless LAN functionality to support the conventional 2.4 GHz band, as well as a high-speed 5 GHz[xiv] band for faster, more stable data transfer. Wireless PC remote connectivity (wireless tethering shooting)[viii] is also available on the new Alpha 7R IV, a first for Sony cameras. Requested by many working professionals, this allows for much more freedom in studio and location shoots, letting the photographer move around freely and without restriction.
 
In addition to high-speed Wi-Fi® and wireless PC connectivity[viii], the new full-frame camera is equipped with a SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.2 Gen 1) USB Type-C™ connector that supports extremely fast wired data transmission, with almost doubled data transfer speed achieved in combination with Sony’s Imaging Edge software (compared to the Alpha 7R III). It also supports FTP data transfer with background transfer capability, allowing photographers to send images to a specified FTP remote server while they are still shooting or reviewing images.
 
To support an efficient, high-speed, connected professional workflow, Sony has announced version 2.0 of its “Imaging Edge” desktop applications (‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’)[xiii]. The ’Remote’ application allows users to control cameras and monitor live shooting on their PC screen; the ‘Viewer‘ application is used to quickly preview, rate and select photos from large libraries; and the ’Edit‘ application can develop RAW data into high-quality photos for delivery.
 
To maximize convenience in image transfer, when utilizing the latest version of Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile™ application[xv], the camera can now transfer images to a connected smartphone even if the camera’s power is set to OFF[xvi].
 
High-resolution 4K and Professional Filmmaking Features
 
In addition to its impressive still image capabilities, the new Alpha 7R IV performs exceptionally well as a serious filmmaking tool, offering 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video recording across the full width of the image sensor, and full pixel readout without pixel binning in Super 35mm mode[ix]. This ensures high-quality 4K footage with exceptional detail and depth. S-Log 2 and S-Log 3 are also available to maximize color grading flexibility, with S-Log 3 offering a total of 14-stops of dynamic range. Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)[xvii] is also available on the Alpha 7R IV to support an Instant HDR workflow.
 
For video autofocus, the versatile new full-frame camera utilizes a refined Fast Hybrid AF system that achieves faster, smoother, more stable autofocus during video shooting – even if an object temporarily moves in front of the intended subject. The camera also includes Touch Tracking functionality during movie shooting, allowing the user to simply touch the screen on their intended subject for instant acquisition.
 
The new Alpha 7R IV debuts Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting, a first in any of Sony’s cameras. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not. The aforementioned Touch Tracking functionality will also automatically initiate Eye AF when a human subject is selected.
 
Another notable video feature is the addition of a digital audio interface to the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe), allowing a direct, digital connection from the new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone or XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit for clear, low-noise and high-quality audio recording. Interval shooting for creating time-lapse videos is available, as well as full HD recording at up to 120 fps, Slow and Quick Motion[xviii] functions and much more.
 
Enhanced Build, Design and Customizability
 
The new Alpha 7R IV has several upgrades to its design and usability, with many adjustments being implemented directly from the voice of Sony’s professional community.
 
To maximize durability, the new Alpha 7R IV features upgraded dust and moisture resistance[xix], with additional sealing provided at all body seams, battery compartment cover and media slots. The camera is built with an extremely lightweight and durable magnesium alloy and also has an upgraded six screw, extra-firm lens mount.
 
Additional enhancements to the body design include an improved grip for greater comfort and a more sure hold within the hand; an increase in the diameter and feedback for the ‘AF-ON’ button; a new multi-selector joystick design for improvised control; an exposure compensation dial lock button; and a redesigned shape and new position for the rear dial. A strong request from many professional users, the new camera also includes two UHS-II compatible media slots, allowing for higher overall capacity and faster read/write speeds.
 
For added convenience, camera setting registration is expanded. Now, almost all camera settings can be saved to, and read from, an inserted memory card. Up to 10 combinations can be saved to any individual card and loaded into any camera body of the same model.
 
Despite its increased pixel count compared to the Alpha 7R III, the battery life has been improved with a CIPA measurement of up to 670 still images per change using LCD monitor, or 530 images with EVF. For even more uninterrupted operating time, the new optional VG-C4EM Vertical Grip holds two NP-FZ100 batteries, and the optional Multi Battery Adaptor (NPA-MQZ1K) can hold up to four Z batteries. The body can also be powered via the USB connector[xx].
 
New Accessories
 
Sony has also released a variety of new accessories to compliment the new Alpha 7R IV camera, including:
 
  • VG-C4EM Vertical Grip – Provides same operation, handling and design as the Alpha 7R IV camera, including upgraded dust and moisture resistance[xx]; doubles battery life and allows USB battery-charging via the camera body
  • ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone[xxi] – Eight high-performance mic capsules and advanced digital signal processing provide three selectable directivity patterns in one compact microphone of approximately 99.3mm (4 inches) in length with Super-directional pick up; when connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible quality is achieved without noise or degradation
  • XLR-K3M XLR Adaptor Kit[xxii] – Two XLR/TRS combo connectors and one 3.5mm stereo mini jack for microphone and line input, with extensive control that helps facilitate the post processing workflow; connected to the Alpha 7R IV via its Multi Interface Shoe with digital audio interface support, audio is directly transferred to the camera in digital form so that the highest possible audio quality is achieved without noise or degradation; supplied extension cable for Audio provides extra flexibility for camera attachment with rig, cage or bracket
  • SF-M series TOUGH – Ultra-Tough UHS-II SD card with ultra-fast speed up to 277MB/s (read) is ideal for shooting under severe circumstances, and streamlines the post-shooting workflow; supplied with file recovery software (supports both mac OS and Windows)
  • MRW-S3 – Fast USB for PC hub with UHS-II SD/microSD reader, supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 100W USB Power Delivery (USB PD), contributes to efficient workflow by ultra-fast, stable backup to PC or SSD
Pricing and Availability
 
The new Alpha 7R IV Full-frame Interchangeable Lens Camera will ship in September 2019 for approximately $3,500 US and $4,500 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.
 
The new VG-C4EM Vertical Grip will ship in September 2019 for approximately $400 US and $530 CA.
 
The new ECM-B1M Shotgun Microphone will ship in September 2019 for approximately $350 US and $470 CA.
 
The new XLR-K3M XLR Adapter Kit will ship in October 2019 for approximately $600 US and $800 CA.
 
Preorders
 
Be sure to support this site by using our links to place your preorder. Preorders for the Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera will begin at 10am ET, Thu Jul 18: B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
Sony VG-C4EM Vertical Grip: B&H | Adorama | WEX
 
 
[i] As of July 2019, based on Sony survey of digital cameras with a full-frame image sensor
[ii] Approximately, effective
[iii] Still images. Sony test conditions
[iv] Up to 10 fps in continuous “Hi+” mode, and up to 8 fps in continuous “Hi” mode Maximum fps will depend on camera settings
[v] In JPEG (Extra fine / Fine) or compressed RAW mode
[vi] This function does not track animal eyes
[vii] “Tracking” in the menu. This function does not track animal eyes
[viii] Image Edge desktop application Ver. 2.0 or later is required
[ix] Super 35mm 4K recording results in a slightly narrower angle of view
[x] CIPA standards. Pitch/yaw shake only. Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4 ZA lens. Long exposure NR off
[xi] The Imaging Edge (Remote/Viewer/Edit) desktop application Ver. 2.0 or later is required for compositing. Image compositing may not be successful if camera or subject movement causes blur. Some restrictions apply to flash and other device
[xii] ‘Remote’/’Viewer’/’Edit’ version.2.0 will be released in August 2019
[xiii] Only 100 Hz and 120 Hz flicker is detected. Continuous shooting speed may decrease. Flicker-free shooting is not available during silent shooting, BULB exposure, or movie recording.
[xiv] Models sold in some countries/regions support IEEE 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz) wireless LAN only. 5 GHz communication may be restricted in some countries and regions
[xv] Imaging Edge Mobile version 7.2 will be released in July 2019
[xvi] Imaging Edge Mobile Ver. 7.2 or later is required. “Cnct. during power off” setting in camera must be turned ON and the camera and smartphone must be paired using Bluetooth® technology via the Imaging Edge Mobile application
[xvii] Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) movies
[xviii] Sound not recorded. Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card required
[xix] Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof
[xx] A battery must be installed in the body when power is being supplied via the USB connector
[xxi] Refer to the Sony support page for details and camera compatibility information https://www.sony.net/dics/b1m/
[xxii] Refer to the Sony support page for details and camera compatibility informationhttps://www.sony.net/dics/k3m/
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/16/2019 10:20:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
70-200mm f/2.8 lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, and Tamron are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
The 70-200mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens is a staple to many kits. Start comparing! Then share the results with your friends.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 8:20:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H just added a significant number of items, many in "10" condition, to their used Really Right Stuff inventory.
 
RRS gear is extremely well made but not inexpensive. The 9+ rated gear should barely appear used and the 10-rated gear is like new. The discounts are significant.
 
Used Really Right Stuff gear currently available includes:
 
  • Many tripods (TVC-34L Mk2, TVC 24L Mk2, TQC-14 Mk2, and more)
  • Ball heads (BH-55, PG-01)
  • Gimbal heads (PG-02, PG-01)
  • Monopod head
  • Ultra Pocket Pod
  • L-brackets for some of the latest cameras (Canon 5D IV, Sony a7III & a7R III, Nikon D850 & D5)
  • Leveling bases
  • Clamps, rails, feet, and more
Post Date: 7/16/2019 7:30:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel: In this fifth video in the Audio for Video series, AB discusses tips and techniques for how to best capture audio with lavalier and boom mics. From ways to conceal lavs on talent to proper operation of a boompole, you’ll see real-world examples of the types of methods that are used to enable great audio capture, regardless of environment or application. Check it out.
 
B&H has all you need to capture audio.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 5:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a very limited time, Amazon has the Datacolor SpyderLensCal SLC100 available for $47.36. Compare at $64.00.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 5:08:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Godox AD600B Witstro TTL All-In-One Outdoor Flash available for $559.20 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 600Ws Monolight, Li-Ion Battery Powered
  • Up to 500 Full-Power Flashes per Charge
  • Compatible w/ Most Major TTL Systems
  • Built-In 2.4 GHz Wireless X System
If you don't already have one, don't forget to pick up a Godox XPro TTL Wireless Flash Trigger.
B&H has select Pelican Hard Cases on sale with significant savings.
 
If you want the best protection available when transporting your gear, look no further than an unbreakable, watertight Pelican hard case. Many popular models have been reduced.
Post Date: 7/16/2019 4:53:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the SanDisk 128GB Extreme UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter available for $19.99. Regularly $30.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • A2 / UHS-I / V30 / U3 / Class 10
  • Max Read Speed: 160 MB/s
  • Max Write Speed: 90 MB/s
Need more stoage space? The SanDisk 400GB Ultra UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter is only $44.99.
 Monday, July 15, 2019
B&H has a huge number of deals available right now. Take a quick browse through the list to see if there is anything you have been wanting/needing.
Post Date: 7/15/2019 5:20:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I like how they celebrate! For their 13th birthday, Lensrentals is offering 20% off of your next order.
 
Use coupon code COOLTEEN (one use per customer) at LensRentals.com to save 20% on orders arriving by 7/26/2019.
Post Date: 7/15/2019 2:26:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens Review.
 
Along with much other information, learn why this lens' f/2.8 is equal T 5.6.
 
The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/15/2019 8:17:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
While the photography-specific deals aren't typically great or plentiful during these events, it's definitely worth perusing Amazon's Prime Day Celebration over the next 48 hours to see if there's an intriguing deal on an item (or items) that you've had your eye on or otherwise pique your interest.
Post Date: 7/15/2019 5:05:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sony Alpha a7R III + 32GB Memory Card, Lowepro Shoulder Bag & Extra Battery available for $2,498.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,998.00 without bundled accessories.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • Watson NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 2000mAh, 16.4Wh)
  • Lowepro Adventura SH 160 II Shoulder Bag (Black)
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SmallHD 702 Bright 7" Full HD On-Camera Monitor available for $699.00 with free shipping. Regularly $989.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 7" Daylight Viewable 1080p Display
  • 1000 cd/m² Brightness
  • 1000:1 Contrast; 179° Viewing Angle
  • Bonded Glass; Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Waveform, Custom LUTs, De-Squeeze & More
  • HD-SDI and HDMI Inputs and Outputs
  • Dual L-Series and LP-E6 Battery Support
  • Headphone Jack
  • 12 Switchable Pages of Favorite Features
  • Aircraft Grade Aluminum Unibody
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 7/15/2019 4:43:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, July 14, 2019
I spotted this lone bristlecone pine tree on my first drive up Mount Evans. The uniquely shaped tree alone on the side of the mountain begged to be in an image and on the last day of this trip, I made that pine my sunrise subject.
 
A clear sky does not hold promise for an amazing sunrise or sunset, but what can be counted on is the opportunity to incorporate a great sunstar into the image.
 
To create a sunstar from a point light source requires a narrow aperture. The narrower the aperture, the bigger the sunstar is the rule. I often select f/16 for these types of images as the effects of diffraction are usually tolerable at this aperture, even on the highest resolution cameras. A downside to using a narrow aperture with the sun in the frame is that flare effects are increased, especially from lenses with high element counts. Whether or not the flare shapes are attractive and desired may be a personal preference. Also note that, in general, wide aperture lenses create the largest sunstars.
 
Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Lens' f/4 aperture isn't terribly wide and in this case, I opted for f/22 to get a larger and more attractive (including stronger points) star. I don't like the softness that diffraction creates at f/22 so the portion of the frame without the sunstar in it was merged from an f/11-captured frame. I captured a 5-shot bracket (varying by 1 stop) at each aperture setting and opted to use a brighter f/11 image for the foreground.
 
The other property a clear sky can promise is a very warm light immediately after the sun rises or immediately before the sun sets and the warm first or last light of the day raking over a scene is often welcomed from a landscape photography perspective.
 
The small crescent moon included in the frame just above the left side of the pine tree was a bonus for this image.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 7/14/2019 3:12:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 12, 2019
Just posted: ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket Review.
 
I've wanted a universal L-bracket for a long time and this is the one I picked.
 
The ProMediaGear PLX3x Universal L-Bracket is in stock at Adorama
Post Date: 7/12/2019 8:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Produces Creative Reflections and Flare
  • Holds Objects in Front of Lens
  • Includes Three Effect Wands
  • Carrying Case and Wand Arms
Post Date: 7/12/2019 5:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch as Adobe's Julieanne Kost explains five feature of the crop tool, some of which you may not have known.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 7/12/2019 5:22:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 7artisans Photoelectric 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens for Canon RF, Nikon Z, and Sony E is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • RF-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
  • 96mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/16
  • 1:1 Magnification, 10.2" Min. Focus
  • Floating Elements System
  • Manual Focus Design, De-Clicked Aperture
  • 10-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 7/12/2019 5:07:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Anhui China, Jul 8, 2019 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, are proud to introduce the the Nikon Z & Canon RF mount to the world’s widest rectilinear f/2 lens (Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D) and the world’s widest zoom lens (Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6).
 
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D (Both Nikon Z & Canon RF mounts)
 
Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D (Both Nikon Z & Canon RF mounts)The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear native lens for full frame mirrorless cameras. The lens falls into the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ products line-up and the patented optical design successfully minimizes the optical distortion to the lowest. This compact and lightweight lens comprises of 12 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements. Photographers can also take advantage of the super close focusing distance (less than 6” from the sensor) and the f/2 aperture to create some wide angle close-up shots with pleasing bokeh.
 
Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics have successfully minimized the size of the lens to only 1.1 lbs and 3” long. The flat front surface design allows photographers to use 72mm circular filter with ease. Unlike the Sony E variant, the new Nikon Z / Canon RF variants feature a design of 5 straight aperture blades which produce a clean and sharp 10-point sunstar rendering.
 
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom (Nikon Z mount only)
 
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom lens is currently the widest full frame zoom lens in the market.
 
The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) FoV provides a great deal of flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The one-of-a-kind 130° FoV also helps photographers to realize many formerly impossible shots.
 
Similar to the Sony E-mount variant (released a few months ago), Venus Optics have managed to compress the size of this new Nikon Z variant to the smallest in its class, measuring approximately 3.5 inches (~9cm) long and weighing only 1.1 lbs (<500g) with a lens diameter of 70mm. It also incorporates a 5 straight blade aperture to deliver a sharp, clean, well-defined 10- point sunstars. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element. It comes with an excellent close up performance and is able to focus as close as 6” from the sensor. A rear 37mm filter thread is included to fit with 37mm UV/ND filter.
 
Venus Optics have NO plans to launch Canon R mount for Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6.
 
Availability
 
The new variants of Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D & Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 are currently available to order and from authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD 849 for each lens. Pricing may vary in different countries.
 
Adorama has the following available for preorder:
 
Post Date: 7/12/2019 4:59:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Fusion Wireless Flash Trigger & Remote Control for Canon/Nikon available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Note: The link above will take you to the Canon version. To get the Nikon version, click the "Nikon" button in the Compatibility section.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.4 GHz Reduced Interference Frequency
  • Range Up to 320' (100m)
  • Individual/Group Wireless Flash Trigger
  • Up to 3 Light Groups/7 Grp Combinations
  • Flash Sync Speed of Up to 1/320s
  • Dual-Function Shutter Release Button
  • LED Indicators
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Thursday, July 11, 2019
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art
 
Ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens optimized for full-frame mirrorless cameras -“The definitive lens for astrophotography” with astonishing resolution.
 
Many photographers like to use low sensitivity shooting to minimize noise as much as they can. Particularly in the photography of starry skies, bright wide-angle lenses are often selected because they can efficiently collect weak light. The 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art has been developed as the ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens by optimizing the standard specifications for photographing starry skies for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The uniform rendering performance and outstanding resolution to the edge of the frame make it the “definitive lens for astrophotography.” By utilizing the characteristics of the short flange focal length, this new-generation large-diameter zoom lens combines both compact body and unprecedented high-resolution image quality.
 
About Product Name: Product name includes “DG” when the lens is designed to deliver the ultimate in performance on cameras with full-frame sensors, and “DN” when the lens design is optimized for mirrorless cameras with the short flange focal length.
 
Key features
 
  1. Newly developed high-performance lens series for full-frame mirrorless cameras - With mirrorless cameras emerging at an accelerated pace, expectations towards lenses suited for high-performance full-frame mirrorless cameras are growing.Unfortunately, many photographers may feel that they have little choices for mirrorless lens systems in terms of performance, size, extensive lineup, and due to the burden of having to use multiple systems.SIGMA has thus developed and proposes this new full-frame mirrorless lens series as the optimal solution to this challenge. SIGMA will develop interchangeable lenses with unprecedented specifications and performance by designs that benefit from the short flange focal length feature of mirrorless cameras while retaining the concepts of “Contemporary,” “Art,” and “Sports.”We will announce three models as the first lenses from this series.
    • 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary - Compact size is realized while maintaining high image quality and is compatible with full-frame mirrorless cameras. This prime lens refines the concept of the Contemporary line.
    • 35mm F1.2 DG DN | Art - The world’s first 35mm F1.2 as L-Mount and Sony E-mount autofocus lens for full-frame mirrorless system. The high image quality of the Art line that pursues ultimate performance is realized by F1.2 maximum aperture.
    • 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art - Large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. While pursuing the ultimate image quality of the Art line, the size is reduced thanks to the exclusive design for mirrorless cameras.
  2. High-resolution image quality developed with exclusive low dispersion glass elements and NPC (Nano Porous Coating) - One FLD glass and five SLD glass elements are appropriately arranged to suppress chromatic aberration to the edge of the frame. Three aspherical lenses, including a large-diameter aspherical lens at the foremost surface, are used to effectively minimize coma flare, etc., thereby achieving mind-blowing resolution. The super multi-layer coating is combined with a newly developed NPC (Nano Porous Coating). The lens has been designed to be less susceptible to strong incident light such as backlight.
  3. Substantial functions enable user confidence, even in tough environments - Incorporating a stepping motor enables the high speed, quiet AF drive. Shooting is comfortable even in target AF such as Face/Eye Detection AF and during video shooting. The AFL button which can be assigned with various functions widens the range of operations available on the lens. Furthermore, the lens features a dust- and splash-proof structure, along with a water- and oil-repellent coating on the frontmost surface of the lens, which further supports shooting in various environments.
  4. Rear filter holder as a standard accessory - The lens comes with a rear filter holder equipped with a fall prevention lock for attaching sheet type rear filters for shooting starry skies.
Other features
 
  • Full-time manual mode
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” craftsmanship

Sigma 35mm f 1.2 DG DN Art Lens

SIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art
 
Bringing the “pursuit of ultimate image quality” to the next level with an F1.2 Art line lens for mirrorless cameras
 
First wide-angle AF lens with F1.2 maximum aperture for the full-frame Sony E-mount and L-Mount system. This lens enables a creation of artwork with astounding resolution and large bokeh effects, such as portraits that make use of a shallow depth of field. It brings the development concept of the Art line “pursuit of ultimate image quality” to the next level. While utilizing optical correction function inside the camera, aberrations that are difficult to post-process are thoroughly corrected thanks to the optical design and it thereby enhances resolution.
 
Key features
 
  1. Large-diameter, ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. - While pursuing the ultimate image quality of the Art line, the size is reduced thanks to the exclusive design for mirrorless cameras.
  2. SIGMA’s First F1.2 maximum aperture, large-diameter prime lens - The "Art line in the age of mirrorless cameras" pursues ultimate performance as a large-diameter lens with a focal length of 35mm and also achieves a maximum aperture of F1.2. Three SLD glass elements and three aspherical lenses including a double-sided aspherical lens are optimally arranged in a lens construction of 17 elements in 12 groups. In addition to the optical design that makes use of the characteristic of the short flange focal length, it effectively takes advantage of the correction function inside the camera to correct distortion and peripheral illumination. Various aberrations that are difficult to correct by post-processing, such as sagittal coma flare, are thoroughly corrected by the compilation of the optical design technologies that SIGMA has cultivated, achieving an overwhelming resolution that can resolve over 50 million pixels.
  3. High operability that supports various shooting situations in both still and video - In autofocus photography, comfortable shooting for a F1.2 large-diameter lens is achieved by the large Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) that gets desired torque required to drive the focus lens group. In manual focus photography, the focus ring driven by the focus-by-wire system with the optimized torque setting responds to fine operations of the photographer. The aperture ring is also mounted with a de-click function for removing clicks, enabling seamless operations that are especially useful during video shooting.
  4. Substantial functions enable user confidence, even in tough environments - The AFL button which can be assigned with various functions widens the range of operations available on the lens. Furthermore, the lens features a dust- and splash-proof structure, along with a water- and oil-repellent coating on the frontmost surface of the lens, which further supports shooting in various environments.
Other features
 
  • Full-time manual mode
  • Hood with lock
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system: A1
  • 11-blade rounded diaphragm
  • High-precision, rugged brass bayonet mount
  • “Made in Japan” craftsmanship
B&H has the following available for preorder:
 
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens for Leica L
Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens for Sony E
Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens for Leica L
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 7/11/2019 5:21:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Hollyland COSMO 600 Wireless HDMI/SDI Transmission System (L-Series) available for $1,149.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • HDMI/SDI Input, SDI Loop, 3.5mm Audio
  • HDMI/Dual SDI Outputs
  • 600' 1080p60 Transmission, <1 ms Latency
  • 5.1-5.9 GHz Frequency Band
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Anton Bauer Dionic XT90 Gold Mount Battery available for $349.25 with free shipping. Regularly $489.25.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 99Wh Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Supports up to 12A Continuous Draw
  • 20A Peak Draw for 2 Seconds
  • >1000 Charge/Discharge Cycle Rating
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 7/11/2019 4:50:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 10, 2019
From B&H:
 
Apple has updated the MacBook Air and the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro. The MacBook Air gets a True Tone display, while the entry-level 13" MacBook Pro gets fully kitted out with an 8th-Gen Intel® Core™ quad-core processor, Touch Bar, True Tone, and more. The MacBook Air now has True Tone on its Retina Display. True Tone automatically adjusts the white balance to the color temperature of the light around you, providing a much more natural viewing experience. Learn more here.
 
Preorder the new Macs at B&H.
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 7/10/2019 7:18:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
 
If you're like me, after having purchased the 5DayDeal Complete Video Creators Bundle (especially over multiple years), you may have a ton of LUTs (Look Up Tables) that can be used to color grade your videos and images. For instance, the last time I counted, I had over 600 LUTs sitting in a folder on my hard drive. Unfortunately, sifting through my LUTs to find one that's appropiate for a specific video/photo project has has been a painfully slow and tedius process, requiring the of application of each LUT individually within the software editor for preview purposes.
 
Thankfully, there's a better way. A Swedish software designer has created an excellent (and free) program – Bulk LUTs Previewer – that allows for fast and easy previewing of your locally stored LUTs.
 
How Does Bulk LUTs Previewer Work?
 
It's really simple.
 
  1. Open the program and click "Import" to point Bulk LUTs Previewer to the image you'd like to use as the sample. I'd suggest using a small resolution image as a full-resolution image will make the previews load significantly slower.
  2. Click the "3D Luts" button and navigate to your folder containing the LUTs.
  3. Click "Generate" to generate the LUT previews.
Bulk LUTs Previewer Screenshot

How to Apply a LUT in Photoshop
 
Once you've found the LUT you'd like to use, here are the steps for applying the LUT to an image in Photoshop.
 
  • Open your image and add a Color Lookup Table adjustment layer.
  • In the Properties panel of the adjustment layer, click "Load 3D LUT..."
  • Click the "Load 3D LUT..." option and navigate to the appropriate LUT.
While the sofware is free, I highly suggest donating to the author (using the "About" menu option) to encourage the software's further development (I did).
 
Download: Bulk LUTs Previewer
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