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 Thursday, November 2, 2017
For a limited time, the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens qualifies for a $100.00 instant rebate making it the most affordable 100-400mm lens on the market today.
 
Note: B&H is offering a free USB Dock and Sigma 67mm WR UV Filter with purchase of the 100-400 C.
 
Authorized Retailers: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | BuyDig
Post Date: 11/2/2017 7:10:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Polsen CAM-2W - Camera-Mountable VHF Wireless System with Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic (G3 Band) available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Easy-to-Use Lavalier Wireless System
  • Compander-Free for High-Quality Audio
  • Two Switchable Frequency Bands
  • Available in 4 Different Frequency Bands
  • Camera & Belt Clip Mountable Receiver
  • Easily Concealed Lightweight Transmitter
  • Includes Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic
  • G3 Band (171.045 and 171.845 MHz)
  • 100' Range (300' in Optimal Conditions)
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Strip Softbox (12 x 36") available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $189.95.
 
Note: Don't forget to add a speed ring (via the Accessories tab) to ensure compatibility with your lights.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Strobe, LED, Fluorescent Lights
  • Also Compatible with Quartz Lights
  • Maximum Quartz Wattage: 750W
  • Heat-Resistant Textured Silver Interior
  • Removable Inner Baffle, Front Diffuser
  • Fits Speed Rings for Most Popular Brands
  • Optional Fabric Grids
Post Date: 11/2/2017 5:28:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added to the Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly Lens Review.
 
Important Note: You will see the mid and periphery sharpness of the test chart fluctuate unusually at certain apertures. For example, this lens shows as being peripherally sharper at f/4 than f/4.5. We tested the lens on the ISO 12233 chart a second time to be positive the results were repeatable and ... they were. To frame even a large test chart at 11mm requires a rather short focus distance and I am not seeing this issue in longer focus distance testing (I'll share these results in a full review soon). Overall, I'm really liking this lens.
 
Here are some comparisons that you might be interested in:
 
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Canon 11-24mm f/4L Lens
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
Irix 11mm f/4 vs. Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Lens
 
Note that the Firefly and Blackstone variants of the Irix 11mm f/4 share the same optics. I'll list the full set of differences in the review, but the Firefly is lighter and less expensive while Blackstone is better-built. Both are bargains.
 
These lenses are a great deal at regular price, but through today, there is a $50 instant savings on the Firefly and $100 instant savings on the Blackstone at B&H.
 
The Irix 11mm f/4 Firefly/Blackstone Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama
Post Date: 11/1/2017 8:38:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Macphun/Skylum:
 
Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.
 
Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.
 
Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.
 
Pre-Order Availability:
 
Luminar 2018 will be availabe for pre-order on November 1 and released on November 16.
 
Pre-Order Pricing:
 
  • Current users of Luminar may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $39 ($49 MSRP)*
  • New users can purchase Luminar 2018 at a special pre-order price of $59 ($69 MSRP)*
* A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
 
Pre-Order Bonuses:
 
  • A Pack of signature presets and textures fro pro photography Nicolesy
  • An Exclusive pack of LUTs
  • 1-year Power plan from SmugMug ($72 value). For new accounts only
Preorder: Luminar 2018
Post Date: 11/1/2017 7:55:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Limited Time Gold Box Deal: Amazon has the Samsung Electronics UN65MU7000 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2017 Model) available for $989.99. Compare at $1,397.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4K Color Drive Pro reveals a wider spectrum of realistic colors, creating a more authentic picture.
  • See a wider range of color and contrast than full HD with 4K HDR Pro.
  • One Remote automatically detects and controls all your connected devices and content with no manual programming required*.
  • Smooth action on fast-moving content with Motion Rate 120
Hot Deal: B&H has select Apple MacBooks with Touchbars available for up to $700.00 off. We don't expect inventory to last long, so get one while you can!
Post Date: 11/1/2017 5:36:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the G-Technology G-RAID USB G1 12TB Removable Dual-Drive Storage System (2 x 6TB) available for $449.95 with free shipping. Regularly $729.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 12TB Capacity
  • 2 x 6TB 3.5" SATA III Hard Drives
  • 7200 rpm
  • USB 3.0 Interface / USB 2.0 Compatible
  • Data Transfer Speeds up to 400 MB/s
  • RAID 0, 1, and JBOD
  • Enterprise-Class Hard Drives
  • Aluminum Enclosure
  • Pre-Formatted for Mac OS 10.7+
  • Windows Compatible via a Reformat
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SmallHD 2403 Full HD 24" Studio Production LCD Monitor available for $1,599.00 with free shipping. Regularly $3,499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra-Rugged Rapid-Deploy LUT Monitor
  • 1080p Display & Full Software Features
  • Milled from Billet Aluminum
  • Cold Shoe Accessory Rail System
  • Power: Dual 4-Pin XLR In / LEMO Out
  • Dual 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI Input/Output
  • 10-Bit Color Depth
  • 3000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 178° Viewing Angle
  • De-Squeeze, Waveform, and Much More
 Tuesday, October 31, 2017

 
In this video, Benjamin Warde provides tips for using the color picker in Lightroom Classic CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/31/2017 11:44:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS Lens available for $279.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Mounts Available: Canon EF-M, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 18mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2.0 to f/22
  • Three ED and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Coating System
Post Date: 10/31/2017 5:17:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 30, 2017
Ending Tonight B&H has a ton of photography gear specials in their PhotoPlus 2017 sale. Some items may require coupon code PPEBH17 for special pricing.
 
B&H has the Canon PXIMA PRO-100 Professional Wireless Photo Printer available for $59.99 after $250.00 mail-in rebate.
 
PhotoPlus 2017 Specials
 
  • Save on select Sigma Lenses
  • Free Hard Drives with select DSLRs
  • Save 20% on Vello Shutterbosses
  • Save 20% on Elvid OptiView Viewfinders
  • Save 20% on Vello Softboxes & Light Modifiers
  • Save 10% on Magmod Flash Modifiers (requires code)
  • Save 10% on PocketWizard products
  • Save 10% on Watson batteries and Elvid monitors
  • Free Mola Opal Diffusion Glass with Mola Beauty Reflectors (value $77.95)
  • Save $75.00 on Capture One Pro 10 (download)
  • Datacolor & X-rite color calibration tool specials
  • Epson SureColor Inkjet Printer discounts
  • Canon imagePROGRAF Inkjet Printers with instant and mail-in rebates
  • Epson, Moab and Canson photo paper with reduced pricing
  • Glyph, Lacie & WD portable HD specials
  • & More
Post Date: 10/30/2017 1:58:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Albert Watson’s iconic photographs resonate. Perhaps none more so than this 2006 shot of Steve Jobs which has become a signature image of the late visionary and businessman.
 
B&H carries Profoto equipment.
Post Date: 10/30/2017 12:21:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I always enjoyed playing sports while growing up, and these days I thoroughly enjoy watching live sports action with a camera in-hand, a situation that perfectly combines my greatest interests.
 
This weekend I decided to take my EOS 7D Mark II (with battery grip), EF 300mm f/4L USM lens and a few business cards to a local park here in Savannah where youth football games are played. While walking around, I tried to photographed pivotal and/or exciting plays to see what I could get. Inevitably, many parents would ask me, "Did you get that last play? If so, where will the images be published and how can I get one?"
 
Getting noticed by players' parents was precisely my goal when setting out, and it started with my choice of gear.
 
Go to any sporting event and you'll likely see a parent (or several parents) taking photos using their mobile phones or otherwise sporting consumer-grade cameras and 18-55mm lenses. As such, simply using a DSLR isn't enough to get noticed by potential clients (and an 18-55mm lens won't likely allow for capturing impressive imagery at such long-field events). However, a gripped DSLR with a big white telephoto lens attached reminds people of the type of gear they see being used along the sidelines of every major pro sports event. Without having shown anyone a picture you've taken, you've already got street cred.
 
And for youth sports events which are often played at public venues (like parks), even a 70-200mm lens can work well in capturing the action (though I find a 300mm lens to be ideal). Of course, you'll have to make good use of your gear to bolster your credibility (practice, practice, practice!).
 
And when a parent asks about where they can find your images, you have a few options. You can either point them to a website gallery tagged with the date/time/team names (for individual sale through services like SmugMug) or you can simply hand them a card and say, "I'm a freelance photographer. If you'd like me to take photos of your child while he plays, my rate is $ ___.00/(hour or game) for a disc of all the images featuring him/her." Otherwise, you could work out a deal for a specific image they previewed on the back of your LCD using PayPal to settle the transaction fee. And speaking of previewing images on the LCD, you may want to carry a hood loupe around your neck so that parents can see glare-free images on your LCD.
 
Want to really grab potential clients' eyes at such events? Here's an idea I've been kicking around for quite some time. Get a custom designed T-shirt that says, "Want action photos of YOUR athlete? Call 555-555-5555!" This type of advertising will be easier than handing out a bunch of business cards and will likely lead to even more sales.
 
Keep in mind, I'm talking about photographing youth sports that have been organized under a public league program and are not tied to a specific school or academic conference. Note that some schools and organizations may have an exclusive contract with an official photographer or may otherwise prohibit freelance sales at such events. A quick check with the event’s organizer can quickly discern this matter.
 
If you love sports and already have a big white telephoto lens in your kit, then shooting youth sports events is a fun way to make extra income on the weekends while doing what you love.
Post Date: 10/30/2017 10:14:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Nikon Corporation (the “Company”) has announced at the Board of Directors’ Meeting held today the resolution that operations of consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. will be discontinued.
 
Reason for Discontinued Operations
 
Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. (NIC) was established in June, 2002 in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, China, and manufactured digital cameras and lens units for digital cameras. In recent years, however, due to the rise of smartphones, the compact digital camera market has been shrinking rapidly, leading to a significant decrease in operating rate at NIC and creating a difficult business environment.
 
In this context, the Company conducted rounds of thorough reviews and discussions on the global manufacturing structure optimization measures stated in the company-wide restructuring plan announced by the Company in November 2016. The Company has decided to discontinue operations of NIC. Thereafter, we will begin conducting relevant dissolution and liquidation procedures of NIC. Specific details will be notified separately according to the decision.
 
As part of restructuring the Imaging Products Business, the Company will focus more on high value-add products.
 
China’s position as one of the most important markets in the world will remain unchanged. Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. (NICS), the Company’s sales subsidiary in Shanghai, continues in full operation as normal, contributes to photo and imaging culture development, and strengthens the sales effort of imaging products and the after-sale services in China that meet customers’ satisfaction.
 
Moreover, besides NIC, the rest of the Company’s manufacturing and sales subsidiaries in China remain in full operation, and continue proactively developing business and services in China.
For more information, check out the full press release (.PDF).
 
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Post Date: 10/30/2017 7:02:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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