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 Wednesday, August 23, 2017
From Think Tank Photo:
 
With our new Spectral shoulder bags, you can remain inconspicuous while shooting, knowing your valuable cameras and lenses are safer from theft and the elements. A magnetic Fidlock clasp enables quiet, one-handed access to gear — and then locks automatically when closing the flap. An additional zippered closure gives peace of mind while traveling and can be tucked away when actively shooting. Constructed with durable yet stylish materials, the Spectral Shoulder Bag offers Think Tank quality and ingenuity at a reasonable price.
 
The Spectral 8 fits one standard size DSLR body with a wide or short zoom, a 24–70mm f/2.8 detached, plus one to two small extra lens, and an eight-inch tablet. Or, it fits a Mirrorless kit with three to four lenses, including the 50–140mm. The Spectral 10 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, one to three extra lenses, and a 10” tablet. The Spectral 15 fits one standard size DSLR body with 24–70mm attached, a 70–200mm detached, two to four extra lenses, flash, a 10” tablet, and a 15” laptop.
 
KEY ADDITIONAL FEATURES
 
  • 15” Laptop compartment (Spectral 15 only)
  • Tablet pocket (Spectral 8: 8”, Spectral 10 & 15: 10”)
  • Phone pocket sized for today’s large phones
  • Tripod attachment points and straps
  • Highest quality materials (metal hardware, YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon) and the highest quality construction
  • Luggage handle pass-through
  • Comfortably padded non-slip shoulder strap for all day comfort
  • Customizable divider layout with dividers for stacking short lenses
  • Internal pockets to hold batteries, card wallets and other accessories
  • Water bottle pocket
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance. The bag also has YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, double PU coated P600D, heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin, UltraMesh pockets, antique plated metal hardware, Fidlock® mangetic buckle, 350G 3D air mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
Interior: PE board reinforced removable closed cell foam dividers, 200D liner, PU backed nylex liner, 2x PU coated nylon 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Spectral 8
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 10.2” W x 7.5” H x 4.9” D (26 x 19 x 12.5 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 11” W x 8.3” H x 6.1” D (28 x 21.2 x 15.5 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 8.3” W x 5.5” H x 0.6” D (21 x 14 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Spectral 10
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 9.1” H x 4.9” D (33 x 23 x 12.5 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 10” H x 6.1” D (35 x 25.5 x 15.5 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.4” W x 7.6” H x 0.6” D (26.5 x 19.2 x 1.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs (1.1 kg)
Spectral 15
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 15.3” W x 9.8” H x 5.1” D (39 x 25 x 13 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 16.1” W x 12.6” H x 6.3” D (41 x 32 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 12.6” W x 7.6” H x 0.8” D (32 x 19.2 x 2 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 14.1” W x 9.6” H x 1” D (36 x 24.5 x 2.5 cm)
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.2 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the Spectral series bags in stock.
 Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Through 8/27, use coupon code PXWALLWD20 at AdoramaPix to get 20% off wood prints. Alternately, you can use coupon code PXWALLMT20 to save 20% on metal prints during the same period of time.
 
Do you have a cool solar eclipse shot you want featured on your wall? A metal print may be the perfect way to display your best image(s) from the event. Otherwise, a landscape or portrait image may look very interesting if immortalized in a wood print.
Post Date: 8/22/2017 2:11:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, the Canon Store has extended its 10% Off sale on refurbished lenses, while several refurbished cameras are also marked down. See below for details.
 
In Stock Reduced Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale PriceDiscount
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20260.202,699.009%
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body2,239.20140.002,099.206%
Canon EOS 7D II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,959.19380.191,579.0019%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20220.001,499.2013%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-135 IS USM1,439.20290.201,149.0020%
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20140.001,299.2010%
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20160.201,199.0012%
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20389.21849.9931%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19319.20879.9927%
Canon EOS 80D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20230.20849.0021%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98299.99659.9931%
Canon EOS 70D Body959.20210.21748.9922%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20160.00799.2017%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM879.98319.99559.9936%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM879.20150.00729.2017%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99171.00628.9921%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99141.00578.9920%
Canon EOS Rebel T6s Body679.9931.00648.995%
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9961.00578.9910%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99161.00478.9925%
Canon EOS Rebel T6i Body599.9921.00578.994%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98219.99379.9937%
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9971.00448.9914%
Canon EOS M10 + EF-M 15-45 IS STM479.9931.00448.996%
Canon EOS Rebel T6 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99101.00338.9923%
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9980.00439.9915%
Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM639.9964.00575.9910%
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM1,279.20127.921,151.2810%
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.99100.00539.9916%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM439.99140.00299.9932%
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS399.99120.00279.9930%
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.9938%
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM1,519.20151.921,367.2810%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99100.00699.9913%
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM479.9950.00429.9910%
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.9938.40345.5910%
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM279.9950.00229.9918%
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM 1,679.20167.921,511.2810%
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM1,119.20111.921,007.2810%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99200.00319.9938%
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM439.9944.00395.9910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.9918.80169.1910%
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM1,679.20167.921,511.2810%
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM431.9943.20388.7910%
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM119.9920.0099.9917%
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM407.9940.80367.1910%
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM439.9944.00395.9910%
Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM239.9924.00215.9910%
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM479.9948.00431.9910%
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM159.9916.00143.9910%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM1,159.20115.921,043.2810%
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7921.0079.7921%
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM375.9976.00299.9920%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM1,599.20159.921,439.2810%
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9976.00259.9923%
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.81,119.20111.921,007.2810%
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM719.9972.00647.9910%
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM599.9960.00539.9910%
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM1,079.20107.92971.2810%
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM5,175.20517.524,657.6810%
Canon EF 2x III Extender343.9934.40309.5910%
Canon Speedlite 320EX199.9921.00178.9911%
Canon Speedlite 270EX II135.9927.00108.9920%

Factory refurbished items from the Canon Store come with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
Post Date: 8/22/2017 12:00:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
With about 1300 miles under his belt (and counting), Bryan has still not arrived home from his eclipse adventure. Thankfully, the distance I traveled to see the total eclipse – as well as the traffic I faced – was significantly less.
 
With a forecast of partly cloudy with a 15% chance of rain at 2:00pm ET, I decided to brave the slightly concerning weather conditions and head to Santee, SC around 9:30am from Savannah, GA. The trip typically takes about 1 hr 45 min, but... it took significantly longer because of traffic.
 
Not surprisingly, Santee – with a population of less than a thousand people and relatively close to the "dead center" zone – was a bit stretched as far as resources were concerned, but the crowd of people I joined in the Civic Center parking lot were all amiable and generous with conversation and supplies (several were giving away extra pairs of solar eclipse glasses to anyone that needed them).
 
Thankfully, the clouds dissapated as the eclipse started and never proved to be an issue. I got to see the total eclise in all its glory, and its something I won't likely forget.
 
With the longest lens I had topping out at 300mm, I didn't necessarily focus all of my attention photographing the event (especially totality). Instead, I sat and enjoyed the company of other totality-seekers and simply snapped a photo every now and then of the progress of the partial eclipse. As totality began, I removed the solar filter and set my camera – a tripod mounted Canon 7D Mark II – to capture bracketed exposures in burst mode so that I could enjoy the eclipse while the camera took care of the rest. In post processing, I combined a few partial eclipse images with a total eclipse exposure bracket to get what you see above.
 
So how was your eclipse experience? And what was your favorite image from the event? Did you do anything unique? Share your stories and images in the comments.
Post Date: 8/22/2017 8:56:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Easetern Time, B&H has the CyberLink PowerDirector 15 Ultra (DVD) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $74.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced & Intuitive Prosumer NLE
  • Sophisticated & Express Editing Tools
  • New Action Camera Center
  • New 360° Video Toolkit
  • Motion Tracking, Color Correction & More
  • New Vertical Mobile Video Workflow
  • Video Blending Modes
  • Includes 5 Different Effects Packages
  • 25GB CyberLink Cloud Service for 1 Year
  • Windows Compatible
Post Date: 8/22/2017 5:11:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 21, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Senal SCS-98 DSLR/Video Stereo Microphone available for $84.95 with free shipping. Regularly $184.95.
 
B&H also has the same microphone with a Custom Windbuster for $109.95 (reg. $214.95).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for Video & DSLR Cameras
  • XY Stereo Capsules for Accurate Imaging
  • Integrated Shock Mount with Shoe Mount
  • Dual Shock Mount Design
  • Adjustable Gain (-10 dB, 0 dB, +10 dB)
  • High-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
  • Durable Coiled Cable
  • 3.5mm Stereo Output Connector
  • Runs on Single AAA Battery
  • Power LED
Post Date: 8/21/2017 5:29:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Davis & Sanford ProVista Tripod with FM18 Fluid Head available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $164.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 31-78" Height Adjustment
  • 18 lb Payload
  • 3-Section Legs, Geared Center Column
  • Extra Stable Dual-Strut Top Leg Section
  • Two Adjustable Pan Handles
  • Center Brace with Lock
  • Pivoting Rubber Feet for Any Surface
  • Self-Aligning Metal Snap Leg Locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Padded Carry Case Included
 Saturday, August 19, 2017
Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a target-rich environment and this location became a daytrip destination for giving the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens a workout.
 
I found the art sculpture in front of the Maryland Science Center entertaining and made it my focus as the sun set. I wanted the art sculpture to be framed against the sky, providing a colorful, clean background. I also wanted the city skyline framed above the brick walkway below and the bricks would provide a solid base for the overall image.
 
Those wants meant a position between the science center and the art sculpture was required. That I wanted the art sculpture rendered large relative to the other subjects in the composition meant that a close perspective was required and that meant it was a perfect subject for the 14mm lens I was evaluating. With the wide 14mm focal length on a full frame body, I was able to set up on the science center side of the art sculpture, keeping the science center's roofline just outside of the frame.
 
The time-of-day took care of giving me the right light and colors for this single-exposure capture. With some layers adjustments applied, I didn't need to incorporate the additional exposure-bracketed images I captured.
 
The image quality delivered by the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is very impressive, even when mounted on an ultra-high resolution Canon EOS 5Ds R camera.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 8/19/2017 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, August 18, 2017
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello FlexFrame Softbox for Portable Flash (8 x 12") available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Most On-Camera Flash Units
  • Reduces Harshness and Softens Shadows
  • Durable Fiberglass Frame for Fast Setup
  • Removable Front Diffuser
  • Reflective Silver Interior
  • Mounting Tabs for Quick Attachment
  • Touch Fastener Cinch Strap
  • Drawstring Carrying Case
Post Date: 8/18/2017 5:24:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA and CANON, as well as a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E and EF-E is now available.
 
This firmware update corrects the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. For those who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable.
 
Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh from the following download page.
 
Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA / CANON
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the OS mechanism does not operate properly when attached to the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E.
Applicable Product
 
  • SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA / CANON (ver. 1.01).
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
Post Date: 8/18/2017 5:19:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 17, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learnin Center:
By Rudy Winston
 
Bringing full-frame imagery to event photography — whether you’re a serious photo enthusiast, a budding professional, or even a full-fledged pro wedding shooter — is a great way to raise the quality of your images. And while the original EOS 6D certainly acquitted itself well in terms of its picture quality, the new focus and performance features in the new EOS 6D Mark II make it a very appealing step-up for these fast-paced situations. We’ll look at the Mark II’s new-found features, and see how they might apply to users who shoot events regularly.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learnin Center.
 
Suggested Retailers: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Canon USA Store | Wex Photographic
Post Date: 8/17/2017 6:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.3 to 1.4
 
  • Improved pairing and connectivity between the camera and Android OS devices running the SnapBridge 360/170 app.
Download: Nikon KeyMission 360 Firmware v.1.4
 
B&H carries the Nikon KeyMission action cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/17/2017 5:54:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 9.7" iPad (2017, 128GB, Wi-Fi Only, Space Gray) available for $379.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $429.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9.7" Multi-Touch Retina Display
  • 2048 x 1536 Screen Resolution (264 ppi)
  • Apple A9 64-bit SoC with M9 Coprocessor
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Front 1.2MP FaceTime HD Camera
  • Rear 8MP Camera
  • Built-In Stereo Speakers
  • Night Shift | Touch ID Sensor
  • Lightning Connector
  • iOS 10
Post Date: 8/17/2017 5:49:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray) available for $1,899.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,399.00.
 
Note: The silver version is also the same price.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 256GB PCIe SSD
  • 15.4" 2880 x 1800 Retina Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 450 GPU (2GB GDDR5)
  • 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
  • Larger Force Touch Trackpad
  • macOS Sierra
Until midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack available for $114.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • Fast Recycle Time of 1 Sec
  • Up to 1400 Full-Power Flashes
  • For 2 On-Camera Flash Units
  • Lightweight (1.2 lb)
  • Locking Feature for Secure Connection
  • Includes PP-400BP Removable Battery Pack
  • Microcontroller Prevents Overheating
  • Includes 100-240 VAC Charger
  • Neoprene Shoulder Strap Supplied
Note: You'll need the appropriate cable to connect your flashes.
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