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 Thursday, April 19, 2018
Our first copy of the Sigma 14-24 Art Lens suffered from an improperly-aligned element or group of elements and warranted a replacement. Image quality test results from the replacement lens have been added to the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens page. I opted to remove the first set of results as they were not indicative of what should be expected from this lens.
 
The wide end results are remarkable.
 
There are, as usual, many comparisons that can be made. I'll get you started:
 
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 vs. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 11-24 f/4L Lens
 
We'll have Sigma test results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and 7D Mark II soon, enabling more direct comparisons.
 
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at Amazon, eBay and WEX. Preorders are being taken by B&H and Adorama.
Post Date: 4/19/2018 7:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
April 19, 2018 – The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce it has won two TIPA World Awards 2018 for its wide-aperture ultra-wide-angle 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art zoom lens and its large-diameter 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art zoom lens suitable for any shoot.
 
TIPA's Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens Award for Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art:
 
A Perfect Match for Today’s High-Resolution Cameras
Mountable on Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras, and compatible with the Sigma MC-11 Sony E-mount converter, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens delivers a high level of sharpness with near zero distortion, along with high-speed and high-accuracy AF that matches up perfectly with today’s high-resolution cameras. The lens contains three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, three SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements, and three aspherical lens elements, including an 80mm high precision molded glass aspherical element. It has special sealing at numerous points for dust- and splash-proof protection. Thoroughly modern, the Nikon mount features a brand new electromagnetic diaphragm; the Canon mount is compatible with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.
 
TIPA's Best DSLR Standard Zoom Lens Award for Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art:
 
A Premium “All-Round” Zoom
For many photographers, the 24-70mm focal length range is considered the standard as an everyday lens for a wide variety of subjects and scenarios, including street and photojournalism work, candids, travel and even nature and landscape photography. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art offers many advantages, including a constant aperture throughout its range, an optical stabilization system, and outstanding bokeh effects due to its 9-blade, rounded-diaphragm, 37cm (15'') close-focusing capability. The lens is dust- and splash-proof and incorporates a newly designed hypersonic motor (HSM) for fast and smooth AF operation. The lens also incorporates the latest electromagnetic aperture control for specific Nikon cameras; the Canon mount is compatible with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art and 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lenses.
B&H has the 3 Legged Thing AirHed Neo Ball Head in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 40 lb
  • Maximum Height: 3.2"
  • Weight: 0.7 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • Single-Locking Knob for Ball and Base
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount
  • Includes QR4 Quick Release Plate
Post Date: 4/19/2018 5:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 18, 2018
From BenQ:
 
Costa Mesa, CA — BenQ is offering one lucky winner the chance to explore and capture some of America’s most spectacular sites—a prize worth $5,000. The Capture the Photogenic Landscapes of competition will run until November 30, 2018.
 
One winner will be awarded one of three trip options. They include a trip to the historic creole capital, New Orleans; to a tropical paradise with a storied past, Old Havana; or to the home of the Granite Giants, Yosemite.
 
“They could be roaming through swamplands and beautiful French architecture, discovering seascapes and urban wonderlands, or exploring over 800 miles of unprecedented trails, meadows and waterfalls,” the company announced.
 
The contest adventures are designed to guide users through the most photogenic locations as well as to teach them to visualize scenes before capturing decisive moments. The photo adventures were created with Photo Workshop Adventures. Details on each of the trip options follow.
 
New Orleans Landscapes
 
Scheduled March 17–22, 2019, this trip will focus on travel, landscape cityscape, architecture and also people photography. It will provide a professional photographer guide as well as photo walks and discussions. The six-day trip will include accommodations in a four or five star hotel, breakfasts and two dinners.
 
Havana Landscapes
 
Held March 2–6, 2019, this photo journey will center on travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, urban and people photography. In addition, the winner will meet with Cuban photographers, students, musicians, artists and also entrepreneurs. A professional photographer guide as well as a Cuban guide and driver will be provided.
 
It will also encompass photo walks and discussions. Moreover, included in the trip will be: a room in a five star hotel; breakfasts; two lunches/two dinners; local transportation; people-to-people activities; a Visa (U.S. citizens); as well as OFAC travel documents.
 
Yosemite Landscapes
 
Taking place April 21–26, 2019, this trip to Yosemite National Park will offer tutorials on travel, landscape, nature and wildlife photography. Moreover, there will be a focus on long-exposure photography by a professional photographer guide. The itinerary includes photo walks, hikes and also discussions.
 
Accommodations will be at a four or five star hotel (except in remote locations) and include breakfasts and two dinners. In addition, local transportation and National Park permits will be provided.
 
To enter the competition, fill in the form here.
Post Date: 4/18/2018 5:32:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI/Pond5:
 
Curates Collections Captured by FAA Licensed Pilots/Filmmaker
 
New York, NY — DJI, a leading manufacturer of civilian drones as well as aerial imaging technology, and Pond5 are collaborating to develop a premium collection of licensable aerial footage. Pond5 is a global content marketplace.
 
By applying to join this program, pilots operating with a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be eligible to have their footage included in a series of collections shot exclusively with DJI drones. The FAA certification is required for commercial use.
 
Pond5 will showcase these collections to its millions of users. When doing so, it will also denote video clips shot by licensed pilots in searches for customers who need to ensure their video assets comply with Part 107.
 
Moreover, pilots will be able to leverage Pond5’s industry knowledge to identify their most in-demand shots. They can also obtain assistance in preparing footage for licensing in the Pond5 marketplace.
 
DJI will work closely with the team of video experts and curators at Pond5. Together they will ensure that the most compelling and award-worthy aerial footage shot with DJI products is made accessible to customers searching for studio-quality shots to use in their productions.
 
“Drones have become powerful tools for storytellers, providing a cost-effective alternative for gathering aerial footage. They’re able to capture rapidly unfolding events and reach locations that would be otherwise inaccessible, costly or dangerous,” said Jason Teichman, CEO of Pond5. “As the world leader in their space, DJI is the ideal partner to bring the best in contemporary aerial footage to our marketplace.”
 
Select participants will also have access to Pond5’s premium clipping and tagging services. This will allow them to save time by just submitting raw footage. They will not have to do the work of editing, formatting, titling and keywording the footage themselves. Footage receiving these services will then be made available exclusively through Pond5 for a limited time.
 
“Drone imagery creates exciting new possibilities for video creators and producers around the world. And DJI’s collaboration with Pond5’s industry-leading content marketplace helps establish a new standard for professional video that is safe, legal, and also cleared for use,” said Michael Perry, managing director of DJI, North America. “We’re excited to elevate the presence of DJI-captured imagery in Pond5’s marketplace. And we can’t wait to see the projects that will incorporate this footage.”
 
Pilots with a Part 107 certificate who use DJI drones can apply to this program at pond5.com/dji. Select DJI aerial footage will be showcased on the Pond5 content marketplace in the coming months.
Categories: DJI News, Pond5 News
Post Date: 4/18/2018 5:20:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 17, 2018

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
In this Episode (Ep111) David Bergman tells you why you should probably shoot using the sRGB color space instead of AdobeRGB.
Post Date: 4/17/2018 8:03:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sold: B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 9) available for $779.95 with free shipping. Compare at $985.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 40 lb
  • Max Height: 66.1"
  • Min Height: 3.7"
  • Folded Length: 23"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
In celebration of Tax Day here in the USA, use coupon code TAXDAY20 at LensRentals to save 20% sitewide on orders placed today and arriving before 4/30.
Post Date: 4/17/2018 7:30:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 10) available for $695.00 with free shipping. Compare at $795.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 25 lb
  • Max Height: 47.6"
  • Min Height: 2.8"
  • Folded Length: 17.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.3 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
B&H has the Vanguard The Heralder 51T Rolling Backpack available for $199.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 1-2 DSLRs, 5-7 Lenses, 2 Flashes
  • Padded 15" Ultrabook Sleeve
  • Removable Insert for use as Luggage
  • Touch-Fastening Padded Dividers
  • Exterior Pockets & Tripod Holder
  • Stowaway Padded Shoulder Harness
  • Padded Top Handle
  • Four Built-In Wheels
  • Rain Cover & Included Items
  • 1000D and 150D Polyester Construction
Nikon COOLPIX W300 Firmware v.1.1
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
 
  • Improved the accuracy of location data in certain locations (specifically, those locations where location data are augmented by data from “Michibiki” QZSS satellites).
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The camera would sometimes freeze when turned on under water.
    • The location data display for active mode showed seconds in base 10.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX W300 Firmware v.1.1
 


Nikon COOLPIX P900 Firmware v.1.4
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.3 to 1.4
 
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • In certain locations, location data could sometimes be inaccurate, unavailable, or unreliable.
    • The display would sometimes fail to follow changes to camera orientation (portrait to landscape or vice versa).
    • Interval timer photography would end after 1800 shots.
    • The camera would sometimes stop responding to controls other than the power switch when movies were filmed in Moon mode.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX P900 Firmware v.1.4
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Post Date: 4/17/2018 5:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 16, 2018
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Datacolor Spyder5PRO Display Calibration System available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $189.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Calibrate Laptops, Desktop Monitors
  • Includes Color Probe
  • 16 Calibration Choices
  • 3 Ambient Light Settings
  • Before and After Evaluation
  • Basic Display Analysis
  • Comes in a Reusable Box / Case
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Saturday, April 14, 2018
What is the cutest animal on the face of this planet? Whitetail deer fawns are at the top of my list. These adorable fawns decided they were going where I was and I was thankful that I could zoom out wide enough to keep them in the frame while they were going.
 
In the field, scenarios can change fast and keeping photography strategies simple can mean the difference between getting a good photo and getting nothing. That said, selecting an exposure must always be part of the strategy.
 
Most North American deer are brown and brown is a friendly color for a camera's auto exposure algorithm (unlike the color of most black bears). Green is another friendly AE color and that is the most-common background color at Shenandoah National Park in late spring. Thus, I commonly use AE when pursuing this subject with little need to monitor changing light levels.
 
Though using AE, I am still using the camera's Manual mode with Auto ISO providing the brightness adjustment. The fawns are often in fast motion, so I want control of the shutter speed being selected with a fast speed being normal. When the subject pauses, I roll the top dial to select a longer exposure, resulting in a lower (less-noisy) ISO setting being automatically selected.
 
The aperture setting works similarly. If I have a single subject, I can roll the aperture value to a wider setting, again with the ISO setting being reduced and a stronger background blur created. If multiple subjects become part of the composition or I decide that the background should be more recognizable, I simply dial in a narrower aperture.
 
There are obviously many more factors that go into a wildlife image capture but having a solid exposure strategy that works in many scenarios helps keep the strategy simple. Currently, turning my mode dial to Custom Mode 3 instantly provides this setup.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
222mm  f/8.0  1/800s
ISO 2500
3168 x 4752px
Post Date: 4/14/2018 8:57:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine DS Lens available for $429.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $549.00.
Post Date: 4/14/2018 7:02:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: Through this weekend, Adorama has the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $789.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,089.00.
 
A free Sigma USB Dock is included ($59.00 Value).
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