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 Tuesday, November 6, 2018
B&H has the IRIX 150mm f/2.8 Macro Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Neutrino Coating
  • 1:1 Magnification, 1.1' Minimum Focus
  • Manual Focus Design with Focus Lock
  • Depth of Field and Focus Distance Scales
  • Dragonfly Weather-Sealed Constructio
Categories: Preorders, IRIX News
Post Date: 11/6/2018 1:57:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photographing in the fog brings both positive and negative factors into play.
 
Starting out with the positive: Fog can reduce contrast, making it easy to layer near and far subjects. When fog reduces contrast enough, it completely eliminates the view of objects beyond some distance. That can make a close subject stand out strongly, as illustrated with this image. Fog also provides a very even light on a subject.
 
Perhaps the biggest fog downside I regularly encounter is the difficulty of locating subjects. If they are not able to be seen, they are not able to be photographed. Also, fog blocks a lot of light, often making the scene very dark.
 
The black bear cub in this image was coming around stalks of corn, following its mother. The glance upward toward the mother bear was nicely timed with a paw in the air. You know that bonus points are awarded for each paw/hoof/foot captured in the air, right? All four off the ground is usually the ultimate capture.
 
Depending on the distance to the subject, the density of the fog and your desired look for the final image, contrast, clarity and/or dehaze post processing adjustments will likely be found welcomed for your in-the-fog captures. Also note that circular polarizer filters act as fog erasers and can be a huge advantage for cutting the effects of fog during capture.
 
Fog or not, it is hard to go wrong with the cuteness of a little black bear cub in the frame.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 2800
5014 x 7545px
Post Date: 11/6/2018 11:33:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Amazon is featuring Logictech PC Acessories as a Gold Box Deal of the Day. Accessories discounted included mice, keyboards, speaker systems and a webcam.
Post Date: 11/6/2018 7:07:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017, Space Gray) available for $2,149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560 Graphics (4GB GGDR5)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Touch Bar | Touch ID Sensor
  • 4 x Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) Ports
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack | Stereo Speakers
  • Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS High Sierra
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with BV10H Head (100mm) available for $499.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • C474T Video Tripod
  • Three Single-Tube 3-Section/2-Stage Legs
  • Twist-Lock Leg Locks, Bubble Level
  • BV10H 100mm Video Head
  • QR13 Quick Release Plate
  • Five-Step Counterbalance
  • Stepped Pan and Tilt Controls
  • 3/8"-16 Accessory Mount
  • Padded Carrying Case
  • Includes SuperUser Group Membership
Note: The Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with BV8H Head (75mm) is also on sale today.
 
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Monday, November 5, 2018
The Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is available for preorder at B&H and Adorama.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
Categories: Preorders, Sigma News
Post Date: 11/5/2018 2:47:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC Lens marked down $70.00 - $199.05 depending on the mount version. For instance, the Rokinon 20mm f/1.8 ED AS UMC Lens for Canon EF is on sale for $150.00 off while the Sony E-mount version is $100.00 off.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical and Three ED Elements
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm
Post Date: 11/5/2018 2:21:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For rental gear arriving on or before 11/9, use coupon code NOTADRILL at LensRentals to save 10% on orders up to $499.99 or coupon code LETSDOTHIS to save 20% on orders totaling $500.00 or more.
Post Date: 11/5/2018 1:14:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In Ep 140 David Bergman shows you how to use an 18% gray card to get perfect exposures every single time.
 
Related Products at Adorama:
 
Want more information on how a gray card can be used for white balancing? Check out our Gray Card Review.
Post Date: 11/5/2018 11:10:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob Clamp (Condition: 9) available for $399.95 with free shipping. Compare at $445.00 new.
 
B&H also has a Used Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head with Full-Size Screw-Knob Clamp (Condition:10) in stock.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.8"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.9", Ball Diameter 2.2"
  • Weight: 1.9 lb
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Canon EF with AE Chip available for $349.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 14mm Lens
  • Compatible w/ Full Frame & APS-C Cameras
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses -- Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
  • Chip Allows Focus Confirm, Auto Modes
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Sunday, November 4, 2018
Upon locating these intriguingly-curved aspen trees in the San Juan Mountains near Ophir, CO (south of Telluride), I had hours of entertainment before me. Aspen tree trunks are beautiful and their fall leaf color is amazing. With the numerous curving trunk shapes (likely caused by an avalanche when the trees were younger), there were seemingly endless angles and perspectives to use for images here. Helping was that the lighting/weather was constantly changing, ranging from snowing to sun shining bright enough to create shadows with subsequent images appearing different without even moving the camera. It was perfect.
 
I have many hundreds of images to choose from (I'll likely share more). Many of them were captured with a wide angle zoom lens, but this particular perspective seemed ideal for 50mm and I happened to have the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens in the MindShift Gear FirstLight 30L backpack I was carrying. I originally thought this image was captured with that lens, but ... this happened to be the last image taken with the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens prior to mounting the RF 50.
 
Using a "standard" or "normal" focal length makes keeping both very close and very distant subjects in sharp focus a challenge, even at f/16. For this image, I focused on the foreground trees for one frame and on the background trees for a second frame. For a simple focus stacking technique, I loaded the two images as layers in Photoshop and used a layer mask to determine which image the foreground trees were showing from.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 11/4/2018 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 3, 2018
From Sigma:
 
Firmware update for the SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon & SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a new firmware update for the SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon and SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon is now available.
 
This firmware allows compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function to enable correction matching the optical characteristics of each lens. It also corrects the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when the function is enabled.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro*.
 
* Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and Ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.
 
For customers who do not own the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA performs lens firmware updates free of charge. For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary/distributor.
 
Applicable product
 
  • SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon
  • SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary for Canon
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has ensured compatibility with Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function, which enables correction matching the optical characteristics of the attached lens. **
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that abnormal images appear or operation errors occur when Canon’s in-camera Lens Aberration Correction function is enabled.
** EOS-1DX mark II, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5DsR, EOS 5D mark IV, EOS 6D mark II, EOS 80D, EOS 8000D (EOS Rebel T6s, EOS 760D), EOS 9000D (EOS 77D), EOS Kiss X8i (EOS Rebel T6i, EOS 750D), EOS Kiss X9i (EOS Rebel T7i, EOS 800D), EOS Kiss X9 (EOS Rebel SL2, EOS 200D)
 
B&H carries the following:
 
Post Date: 11/3/2018 9:27:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 2, 2018
Adorama has the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System available for $499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • TTL Monolight 600ws
  • An option to trigger the flash through a synchro socket of 3.5mm type and photocell.
  • Extremely fast shutter speeds of up to 1/10000 s (t0.1, at 1/256 power).
  • Integrated Flashpoint R2 receiver and the connection for the Navigator receiver.
  • LED light modelling at 10W power.
  • Maximum flash output of up to 600 WS.
  • Power supply ensured by 8700mAh battery allowing for up to 500 full-power flashes.
  • Stable flash color temperature (5600K 200K).
  • Stroboscopic flash function and synchro with short exposure times.
It took quite some time, but B&H finally has the Nikon D850 DSLR Camera in stock with free next day delivery.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 45.7MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 2.36m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO: 64-25600,Extended: 32-102400
  • 7 fps Shooting for 51 Frames with AE/AF
  • 8K Time-Lapse, Negative Digitizer Mode
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor, Focus Shift Mode
  • SnapBridge Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/2/2018 1:02:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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