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 Thursday, August 24, 2017
From Nikon USA:
 
New Nikon DSLR Offers Incredible Combination of Performance, Image Quality and Thoughtful Features
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon announced the new Nikon D850, a powerful full-frame DSLR camera that provides professional photographers and multimedia creators with an impressive combination of resolution and high-speed performance. The 45.7-megapixel D850 is Nikon’s first DSLR with an FX-format, back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for image quality that is nothing short of majestic, allowing professionals to create stunning, high resolution still images and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite its monumental resolution, the D850 is capable of an astoundingly fast capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) or 9-fps with the optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery, while offering a range of new user-friendly features requested by Nikon shooters around the world.
 
The Nikon D850 is a serious tool that expertly enables every kind of photographer. Whether capturing for client work or personal projects, the camera delivers intense clarity and accurate skin tones for portraits, with the added benefit of low-light ability for weddings and events. It is versatile enough to be used for landscapes and fine art where broad dynamic range is critical, for sports that require a high frame rate and decisive AF, or for video creators who want 4K UHD flexibility. Whether in the studio or on-location, from the catwalk or the scenic overlook, to a wedding ceremony or night sky, the Nikon D850 is the tool that can capture it all, with astounding resolution and speed.
 
“The Nikon D850 is much more than a camera, rather it’s a statement that Nikon is continuing to listen to customer needs, to innovate for the next 100 years, and bring to market a full-frame DSLR that exceeds the expectations of the professionals that rely on this caliber of camera to make a living,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
 
“I have had the pleasure of putting this camera through its paces, and there is nothing like it. The Nikon D850 introduces a whole new generation of photographers to medium format quality; the resolution is out of this world, and the tonality and range are at a level I never thought possible from a DSLR,” said Nikon Ambassador and award-winning wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis.
 
The Ultimate Combination of Resolution and Speed
 
The Nikon D850 is the new benchmark in DSLR image quality, with an unprecedented combination of resolution, dynamic range, ISO and processing power. The 45.7-megapixel CMOS sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter (OLPF) to harness the maximum sharpness of NIKKOR lenses, with fantastic fidelity, tonality and clarity. This is also Nikon’s first DSLR to incorporate a BSI CMOS sensor, which captures light more efficiently, resulting in a wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture. Beyond the immense resolution, the Nikon D850 offers photographers superior performance:
 
  • High-Speed Capture: The D850 is capable of shooting up to 7 fps at full resolution, with full AF/AE or 9 fps at full resolution with the addition of an optional battery grip (MB-D18) and EN-EL18a/b battery (Buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).
  • Wide ISO Range: The D850 offers a wide ISO range from 64-25,600 (Expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).
  • Flagship Focus System: The D850 uses the Nikon D5’s 153-point, Multi-Cam 20K AF system, which features 99 cross type sensors, 15 of which are sensitive to f/8.
  • EXPEED 5: Behind every great sensor is a great image-processing engine. EXPEED 5 is Nikon’s most powerful engine yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing, improved low light performance, high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and greater power efficiency for longer battery life.
Innovation Built for the Needs of Professional Creators
 
In addition to its phenomenal performance, the Nikon D850 hosts a range of innovative and thoughtful new features that enhance workflow, and will leave every photographer or content creator wondering how they ever lived without them:
 
  • Tilting LCD Touchscreen: The 3.2-in., high resolution (2359k-dot) LCD monitor offers Nikon’s most extensive touch functionality ever.
  • Silent Shooter: The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, which is ideal for weddings, ceremonies and events where the shutter sound is discouraged. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked) at full resolution, while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel capture in DX image area mode at up to 30 fps.
  • Radio Flash Control: Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also supports Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting with the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10 accessories.
  • RAW Processing Power: Users can choose from 3 sizes of RAW files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.4-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process RAW files in camera, saving time in post-production.
  • Phenomenal Battery Performance: Shoot all day and well into the night with up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge. Users who opt for the additional control and handling benefits of the optional battery grip can expect up to 5140 shots (CIPA standard).
  • Focus Stacking: Ideal for macro, product and landscape photographers, the Focus Shift Photography feature of the D850 is high resolution meets high magnification. This feature lets the user automatically shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity which can be easily assembled into a focus-stacked image using third party software.
  • Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-NIKKOR lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives
  • Durable Construction: Ready for any field assignment or production environment, the rugged and weather-sealed magnesium alloy body lets users work with confidence in a wide range of tough environments.
  • Square shooter: Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading for easy composition.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Connectivity: Users can seamlessly send images to their compatible smart devices through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection or through Wi-Fi. Nikon SnapBridge also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.
  • Nikon’s Widest and Brightest Optical viewfinder: The 0.75x viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon DSLR, and offers a wide and bright view of the frame to easily track and compose subjects.
  • Dual Card Slots: The D850 features dual memory card slots -- XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as readily available SD media.
  • Illuminated Buttons: Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility and allow easy shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.
Multimedia Production Ready
 
Multimedia content creators and filmmakers alike will appreciate a wide range of considerate, industry-leading new features that can help to elevate any production:
 
  • Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps: The D850’s FX BSI CMOS sensor allows 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9, to increase lensing options and provide a true field of view.
  • Slow Motion: Creators can also capture Full HD 1080p at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for dramatic slow-motion video capture.
  • Focus Peaking: When shooting Full HD or in Live View for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.
  • 8K / 4K Time-lapse: Users can create 4K UHD time-lapse videos easily in-camera, or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse that can be assembled in post for those who want the ultimate in video quality.
  • Zebra stripes: The D850’s highlight display mode uses zebra patterns to quickly spot overblown highlights. What’s more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of the subjects.
  • HDMI output: Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed, broadcast quality 4:2:2 8-bit 4K UHD footage, directly to an external digital recorder while simultaneously recording to a card.
  • Audio Control: The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphone. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.
THE FX-Format advantage
 
The amazing performance and image quality of the Nikon D850 is best coupled with the wide variety of NIKKOR lenses, heralded for their unmatched image quality, color reproduction and optical characteristics. For maximum fidelity, Nikon’s Gold Ring Series of lenses provide the highest caliber of optical performance needed for such immense resolution applications.
 
Price and Availability
 
The Nikon D850 will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,299.95*, and will be available in September 2017. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack will have an SRP of $399.95*, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will have an SRP of $149.95*.
 
*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.
 
Preorders: B&H | Amazon | Adorama | Wex Photographic
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Post Date: 8/24/2017 12:32:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 23, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
Bryan has mentioned it several times, but it bears repeating. Getting your significant other flowers is not only a great way to foster goodwill in your relationship, but it also means you have an interesting subject (or subjects) for photographic purposes.
 
During a recent visit to the ophthalmologist for a checkup, I struck up a conversation with another visitor who worked at a local florist wholesaler, which immediately piqued my interest for the reasons listed above. Fast-forward a few days and there were a dozen Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) ready for admiring on a coffee table.
 
With such interesting looking flowers available for photographing, I decided to create a focus stack image highlighting one of the flower's anthers and anther caps.
 
Typically speaking, I would have used the Canon EOS 7D Mark II + W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter and DSLR Controller app to easily capture the incrementally focused images. Unfortunately, since updating the 7D II's firmware to version 1.1.2, DSLR Controller will no longer communicate with the W-E1.
 
Without a convenient programmable solution, I decided to use a tripod mounted 5D Mark III and EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM while adjusting focus manually for the 20 images used for the focus stack. For lighting, I used a 16 x 16" collapsible soft box with a 580EX Speedlite flash camera right and another 580EX flash camera left (low) with a full CTO gel fired through a snoot. The second 580EX flash opened up the shadows on the left side of the image and the gel provided a warm light that contrasted well with the cooler tones of the petals. The two flashes were triggered via third-party radio triggers.
 
Exposure settings were f/4.5, 1/160 sec, ISO 100. The focus stack was compiled in Helicon Focus 6 with finishing adjustments made in Photoshop CC.
 
Some may question why I would create a focus stacked image instead of using a very narrow aperture to gain the depth of field (DOF) required, but there were very good reasons to use focus stacking in this situation. The following are some benefits to focus stacking compared to using a very narrow aperture for this type of image.
 
  • The wider aperture provides a much sharper falloff in focus before and after the desired DOF is achieved (the benefit being more of a personal preference/artistic taste in this case).
  • The wider aperture, still being stopped down from the lens' widest aperture, allows for the sharpest result possible while avoiding the softening effects of surpassing the camera's diffraction limited aperture (DLA).
  • The wider aperture allowed for the use of lower power lights – in this case, Speedlites – and/or faster recycling times at ISO 100.
A larger version of the image can be found on my Flickr photostream.
Post Date: 8/23/2017 9:51:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Fisheye Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 8/23/2017 7:54:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI:
 
DJI will be releasing a new firmware update this week to further enhance flight safety and performance of the DJI Spark.
 
The new firmware update enhances Spark’s battery management system to optimize power supply during flight. In addition, the new firmware has added support to fully integrate Spark with the DJI Goggles, optimized the PalmLaunch function for better stability after takeoff, improved the accuracy of controls under the QuickShot Dronie mode and enhanced the compatibility of the remote controller when syncing up with new firmware updates.
 
When prompted on the DJI GO 4 App, users with internet connectivity will be able to download the new firmware to update their aircraft’s and battery's firmware. The aircraft and battery firmware updates can also be done via the DJI Assistant 2 desktop software. If the firmware of either the aircraft or the battery is not updated by September 1, Spark will not be able to take off. DJI decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximize flight safety and product reliability which we consider as top priorities.
 
The update comes after DJI released new features for its Spark in early August to deliver a more powerful combination of video and photo improvements including a new gesture to start and stop video recording and enhanced QuickShot video features for more cinematic control.
Post Date: 8/23/2017 5:42:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
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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.
 
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Post Date: 8/17/2017 6:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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