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 Thursday, August 29, 2019

From Sony:

Sony Electronics Announces Two New APS-C Zoom Lenses for Versatile E-mount System

New APS-C E 16-55mm F2.8 G Standard Zoom Lens and APS-C E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens Bring E-mount Lens Total to 54

SAN DIEGO — August 28, 2019 — Sony Electronics today has announced two new APS-C zoom lenses in the G Lens™ series for their E-mount line-up, including the E 16-55mm F2.8 G standard zoom lens and the E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom lens. With this announcement, Sony’s versatile E-mount system now features a total of 54 lenses.

In addition to the new lenses, Sony has also introduced two new APS-C Mirrorless Cameras, the Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 models, further strengthening the company’s APS-C lineup.

“Sony’s ‘One Mount’ solution for both APS-C and full-frame cameras provides creators a unified system for all of their photography and video needs, said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging Products and Solutions at Sony Electronics. “With a total of 54 different lenses and a growing range of camera bodies, E-mount offers more versatility than any other mirrorless system. We will continue to drive innovation in all aspects of imaging, empowering all creators to capture and create like they’ve never been able to before.”

Ultra-Sharp APS-C E 16-55mm F2.8 G Standard Zoom Lens (model SEL1655G)

The 16-55mm (24-82.5mm in 35mm equivalent focal length) APS-C standard zoom with a constant F2.8 aperture offers excellent G Lens image quality with outstanding all-around performance. This lens is ideal for both professionals and enthusiasts to capture landscapes, portraits, and everyday snapshots.

Key Features

  1. Two AA (advanced aspherical) and two aspherical elements suppress aberration for outstanding corner-to-corner G Lens resolution, while three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements reduce chromatic aberration and color bleeding to a minimum
  2. Clear and high image quality by suppressing flare and ghosting by adoption of Nano AR coating
  3. 9-blade circular aperture mechanism and precisely controlled spherical aberration ensure beautiful bokeh
  4. Bright constant F2.8 optics in a compact, lightweight lens at 494 grams (15.88 oz.)
  5. XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motor – as equipped in G Master™ series lenses – utilized for fast, precise, quiet AF and tracking
  6. Professional control and reliability
  7. Customizable focus hold button for instantaneous operation
  8. Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control
  9. Dust and moisture resistant design in order to deal with difficult outdoor conditions
  10. Fluorine coated front element to resist dirt and fingerprints

Compact and Lightweight APS-C E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS Super-telephoto Zoom Lens (model SEL70350G)

The new E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom lens with optimized optical and mechanical design provides excellent G Lens image quality throughout the image area, right out to the maximum 350mm (105-525mm in 35mm equivalent) focal length. High optical performance is combined with the convenience and mobility of a compact, lightweight design, even with 5x zoom. It also includes built-in optical image stabilization, which adds even further stability and convenience to this versatile super-telephoto zoom that is ideal for landscape and wildlife photographers.

Key Features

  1. Excellent corner-to-corner G Lens image quality all the way to 350mm
  2. One aspherical lens suppresses optical aberration and provide outstanding resolution from corner-to-corner
  3. Three ED glass elements effectively arranged suppress chromatic aberration and control color blur even at corners
  4. Circular aperture contributes to soft, beautiful bokeh
  5. Compact, lightweight design at 625 grams (20.09 oz.) makes this 5x super-telephoto zoom remarkably mobile
  6. Sony’s advanced XD Linear Motor technology in an APS-C format lens, for fast, precise AF and tracking
  7. Excellent control and reliability
  8. Built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization makes it easier to capture images with greatly reduced blur, particularly when shooting at super-telephoto focal lengths
  9. A conveniently placed focus hold button can be assigned to a variety of functions via camera body
  10. An AF/MF focus mode switch on the lens makes it easy to quickly switch between auto and manual focus to respond to changing shooting needs
  11. Engage the zoom lock switch to prevent the lens from extending under its own weight during transportation
  12. Dust and moisture resistant design

Pricing and Availability

The new E 16-55mm F2.8 G APS-C Standard Zoom Lens will be available in October 2019 and will be sold for approximately $1,400 US and $1,450 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

The E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS APS-C Super-telephoto Zoom Lens will be available in November 2019 and will be sold for approximately $1,000 US and $1,000 CA. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

Preorders

Preorder the new Sony gear at B&H.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 8/29/2019 8:45:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony UK:

Sony today announced two new additions to its a(Alpha) APS-C series of mirrorless cameras with the launch of the Alpha 6600 (model ILCE-6600) and Alpha 6100 (model ILCE-6100). These new additions to the range integrate Sony’s advanced technologies into compact and lightweight bodies including leading-edge autofocus performance, superb image quality and the very latest video technologies. The new Alpha 6600 has been designedtoaddress the needs of the most demanding photographers and videographers with its versatility making it suitable for multiple types of shooting scenarios and users. The Alpha 6100 is targeted at users who are looking to make the step-up to shooting with interchangeable lens cameras and wish to shoot high-quality photos and videos in a variety of different situations.

The Sony APS-C range has been further strengthened by the launch of two new lenses, the E 16-55mm F2.8 G standard zoom lens and the E 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS super-telephoto zoom lens. With this announcement, Sony’s versatile E-mount system now features a total of 54 lenses.

“Our ‘One Mount’ strategy to continually expand the E-mount system, cameras and lenses with complete inter-compatibility between full-frame and APS-C, means that we want to offer the widest range of exciting products that customers can select from when choosing the right tool for their needs,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “The APS-C market is extremely important to Sony and the Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 are both cameras that pack-in the very latest technology breakthroughs and whether you shoot stills, video or a combination of the two, we are confident that users will be very happy with the results.”

At the heart of both the new Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 sit a24.2MP[i] Exmor CMOS image sensor, the latest BIONZ X image processor and a front-end LSI implemented in Sony’s full-frame cameras. This powerful trio combine to deliver all-round enhancements in image quality and performance across all areas of photo and video capture.

The Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 offer a lightning fast autofocus acquisition time of 0.02 seconds[ii]. With 425 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approximately 84% of the image area and 425 contrast-detection AF points, the high density and wide coverage of the AF system ensure reliable AF, even in the most challenging light conditions. Both new models benefit from Sony’s ‘Real-time Tracking’ which utilises Sony’s latest algorithm including AI[iii]-based object recognition to ensure that subjects can be captured with excellent accuracy, even via the touch panel on the rear screen. In addition, the new models offer ‘Real-time Eye AF’, the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology, which employs AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF for both humans and animals[iv], and allows the photographer to concentrate exclusively on composition[v].

An Eye for Detail

Based upon feedback from users of existing Sony APS-C camera users, further features have been added to the Alpha 6600 and Alpha 6100 to fine tune the user experience. These include:

  • Improved colour reproduction; Algorithms inherited from full-frame models deliver natural colour reproduction, particularly in skin tones
  • Hi-resolution internal 4K[vi] movie recording with full-pixel readout without pixel binning in Super 35mm format with easy smartphone transfers via the Imaging Edge Mobile application[vii]
  • Interval shooting[viii] for stunning time-lapse videos
  • 180-degree tiltable, 3.0-type 921k-dot (approx.) LCD touch screen
  • Integrated Microphone input for clear and crisp audio on video recordings

Alpha 6600

Across an ISO range of 100-32000 (expandable to ISO 50 – 102400[ix]), the new Alpha 6600 offers superb low-noise performance and delivers extremely high-quality images, even in low-light conditions. By applying noise reduction and sharpness processing optimally in each area, Area-specific Noise Reduction and Detail Reproduction Technology greatly reduce noise while preserving high resolution contributing to fine reproduction of subject textures and shadow details.

The Alpha6600 packs in many of the technology breakthroughs that are attracting praise on Sony’s high-end full-frame cameras. These include:

  • Sony’s innovative 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system that results in a 5.0-step[x] shutter speed advantage
  • Implementation of the industry-leading[xi] long battery life with Sony Z Battery for the first time on an APS-C camera, enabling extended power performance; approx. 720 still images using viewfinder, approx. 810 images using LCD monitor[xii]
  • A tough magnesium alloy design that is dust and moisture resistant[xiii]
  • Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting[xiv]. When activated, the eye of a subject is automatically tracked with high precision and reliability, allowing the shooter to focus on the content itself as opposed to what is in focus or not in focus. Touch Tracking functionality will also automatically initiate Eye AF when a human subject is selected
  • Integrated headphone jack which allows the user to connect high-quality headphones for accurate monitoring of recorded sound

4K Recording [vi]

The Alpha 6600 boasts internal 4K movie recording in Super 35mm format with full pixel readout without pixel binning, to capture approximately 2.4x[xv] the amount of information required for 4K movies (Also available in Alpha 6100). This oversampling results in stunning footage, delivered in the XAVC S format with unparalleled resolution. The Alpha 6600 equips an HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)[xvi]picture profile that supports an instant HDR workflow. Recorded movies played back on an HDR (HLG)compatible TV will appear true-to-life, with no blocked shadows or blown highlights, without the need for colour grading. For users who want to colour grade their footage in post-production, S-Log3 and S-Log2 Gamma profiles are provided.

Pricing and Availability

The Alpha 6600 will ship in Europe in October 2019 priced at approximately €1600 body only or as a kit with the SEL18135 lens for €2000.

The Alpha 6100 will ship in Europe in October 2019 priced at approximately €900 body only, as a kit with the SEL1650 lens for €1000 or as a kit with the SEL1650 and SEL55210 priced at approximately €1250.

Preorders Begin at 10:00am Eastern Time Today:

Sony Alpha 6600 - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US
Sony Alpha 6100 - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US

[i]Approximate effective megapixels
[ii]Based on Sony research, CIPA-guideline-compliant internal measurement with an E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens mounted, Pre-AF off and viewfinder in use
[iii] AI (artificial intelligence) including machine learning technology is used
[iv]Real-time Eye AF for Animals supports still images only and cannot be used in combination with tracking. Does not work with some types of animal. Focusing may not perform well depending on scene and subject conditions
[v]Both right eye and left eye are selectable, either via the menu or by the touchscreen panel
[vi]3840×2160 pixels. A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps
[vii] Imaging Edge Mobile Ver. 7.2 or later is required
[viii] Wi-Fi does not work during interval shooting
[ix]Only on still images
[x]Based on CIPA standard. Pitch/yaw shake only. With Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA lens mounted. Long-exposure Noise Reduction off
[xi]Among mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital cameras equipped with an APS-C image sensor. As of August 2019, based on Sony research
[xii]CIPA standard compliant
[xiii]Not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof
[xiv] This function does not track animal eyes
[xv]24p recording. Approx. 1.6x at 30p
[xvi] Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable when displaying HDR (HLG) movies

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 8/29/2019 6:15:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 26, 2019

If you are not familiar with B&H's Payboo card, take a few minutes and get acquainted. This card provides an immediate credit in the amount of your sales tax during checkout (here is our announcement post).

Most (all?) states that collect sales tax (most do) require you to pay the tax yourself (use tax) when the retailer does not collect sales tax and (most) businesses honor this requirement. Today, most retailers (including B&H) are required to collect the sales tax due. With Payboo, B&H collects the tax and then provides an immediate credit for the same amount as the tax.

It's a big deal.

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: B&H News
Post Date: 8/26/2019 8:45:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Mark Wallace explains his solutions for mounting lights, viewfinder, and microphones to his mirrorless camera. He also goes into detail on how you can customize your own rig so it's perfect just for you. Mark also explains how he uses the Tether Tools Case Relay Power System to make sure his camera, lights, and EVF never run out of power.

Gear Discussed

Post Date: 8/26/2019 6:19:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 23, 2019

In this video, photographer Karl Taylor enumerates the vital accessories he relies on every day for product photography.

Items Covered

Post Date: 8/23/2019 5:19:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 22, 2019

Tamron has released a teaser campaign alerting consumers of its plan to release four new mirrorless lenses. Considering the optical performance of its latest lens releases, there's good reason for mirrorless shooters to get excited about these impending announcements.

Post Date: 8/22/2019 5:22:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 20, 2019
 Monday, August 19, 2019

Just posted: Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens Review.

I expect to see this lens ending up on many short lists.

The Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 8/19/2019 7:53:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce that SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports have won EISA Awards 2019-2020.

SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports

Name of Award: EISA TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2019-2020

The SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports is a unique 10x zoom lens with a super-telephoto reach of up to 600mm. Its optical design delivers sharp images across the zoom range while ensuring maximum correction of chromatic aberration. It features an Intelligent OS system that delivers a reliable image stabilization effect of 4 stops, allowing sharp images to be obtained handheld. In addition, the Hyper Sonic Motor provides fast, accurate autofocus. The weather-resistant construction incorporates magnesium alloy, which ensures durability and enhances portability. Should you require even greater reach, the lens can be combined with one of SIGMA’s teleconverters.

SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

Name of Award: EISA PROFESSIONAL TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS 2019-2020

Part of SIGMA’s Sports line of telephoto lenses, the 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports is the new flagship that meets the needs of professional photographers. The optical design provides excellent resolution from center to corners, while eliminating chromatic aberration. The large aperture ensures smooth bokeh – ideal for portrait photography. Dust- and splash-proof construction means you can use the lens in challenging conditions. SIGMA’s Hyper Sonic Motor makes autofocus fast and quiet, while the Intelligent OS system provides sharp images when using longer shutter speeds. As with all recent SIGMA lenses, many settings can be customized via the SIGMA USB DOCK.

B&H carries the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports lenses, both of which currently feature enticing instant rebates.

Post Date: 8/19/2019 5:24:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

B&H has the Gitzo 3-Way Fluid Head available or preorder with free expedited shipping.

Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 28.6 lb
  • Height: 4.5"
  • Weight: 2.1 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible

Also available for preorder - the Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod with GHF3W 3-Way Fluid Head Kit.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/19/2019 5:04:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 16, 2019

It was just another typical rainy weekday in Ricketts Glen State Park. It was the perfect time to take my favorite ultra-wide-angle zoom lens and landscape camera body, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens and Canon EOS 5Ds R, for a hike.

I am not aware of this cascade having a name, but I always find it photo-worthy. It is hard to go wrong with a series of lines leading into the bottom of the frame and the leading lines in the rock are the big draw to this location.

Camera height is something a photographer usually has some control over, at least within their physical reach ability or the height of their tripod if such is being used. When photographing flat water (pond, lake, ocean, slow-moving river, etc.), a higher camera position will often provide a higher percentage of the frame being filled with water than a lower camera position IF a similar overall scene framing is used. For example, photographing an ocean from a standing position with a level camera will result in far more water percentage in the frame than doing the same while lying down at the edge of the water due to the angle of view across a flat surface. Often, supporting that big IF requires that the camera angle be changed and camera angle also plays a role in determining how much of the frame is filled with water. A downward-tilted camera can include more water than a level camera.

The key is to find the right balance for the scene you are photographing and there may be multiple right answers. Work with a scene until you can find no more camera positions that work well. Then move on.

The small waterfalls seen here do not qualify as flat water, but there is still a lot of near-flat water in this scene. The right balance for this image was using an ultra-wide-angle focal length positioned with enough downward angle to show a significant amount of water and low enough to gain the right perspective to emphasize the foreground rock lines.

I don't always take the time to photograph this cascade, but especially with the wet rock bringing out strong color (saturation aided by a circular polarizer filter), I couldn't resist stopping on this day.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 8/16/2019 9:02:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From X-Rite:

Grand Rapids, MI USA, August 15, 2019 – X-Rite Incorporated, global leader in color science and technology, is now shipping the new i1Photo Pro 3 Plus, a spectral color measurement solution specifically designed for professional photographers who print on challenging textured and glossy photo media looking for the most accurate color in their RGB print workflows. i1Photo Pro 3 Plus combines the new i1Pro 3 Plus spectrophotometer and i1Profiler software to deliver the ultimate professional level color management for displays, projectors, scanners RGB printers and cameras.

Current profiling solutions are limited in their ability to measure textured, rough, or uneven surfaces and cannot accommodate various material thicknesses. Many devices do not have the resolution required to ensure the highest color quality when printing detailed patterns, metallic effects, or photography images. This leads to costly color errors and re-work which impacts a photographer’s bottom line.

New in the i1Pro3 Plus spectrophotometer:

  • Larger 8mm aperture supports new materials and substrates used in digital printing.
  • Polarization Filter (measurement condition M3) that reduces specular highlights and shadows to provide “better blacks” and richer colors on rough surfaces and glossy medias, like canvas prints and fine art photo papers.
  • High Brightness Measurement up to 5K NITs for ultra-bright displays.
  • Simultaneously measure M0, M1 and M2 in a single pass to account for optical brighteners so photographers can quickly predict how colors printed on optically brightened substrates will look under different lighting conditions.
  • New LED illuminant that improves device reliability. The i1Pro3 Plus allows for four measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0; M1: D50; M2: UV Excluded, M3Polarized).
  • Transmission scanning support for backlit materials.
  • Longer scanning ruler to support wider charts.

New X-Rite iO Table

In addition, X-Rite announces a new i1iO Automated Scanning Table that supports the i1Pro 3 Plus hardware. This hands-free test chart reader offers automated color profiling on a variety of substrates with reduced risk of color measurement errors. It is ideal for color perfectionists who want to speed up and automate the measurement process and eliminate manual strip reading. The new i1iO table can be used with a variety of materials including canvas, textiles, ceramics, corrugated, etc. and supports materials up to 33mm thick, with the optional z-axis spacer. It also supports transparencies and backlit materials.

Additional i1Pro 3 Plus Solutions:

In addition to i1Photo Pro 3 Plus, X-Rite is now shipping these new i1Pro 3 Plus solutions:

  • i1Basic Pro 3 Plus - includes monitor calibration and quality control for monitors and printers
  • i1Publish Pro 3 Plus - includes CMYK+ printer module and all features of i1Photo Pro 3 Plus

No other company brings the level of color science and commitment to color accuracy than X-Rite. The i1Photo Pro 3 Plus is just the latest in a series of unparalleled solutions developed by Color Perfectionists for Color Perfectionists who print.

B&H carries the X-Rite products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 8/16/2019 5:57:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Nikon:

From beach vacations and pool-side getaways, to hiking trips and camping expeditions, the family-friendly COOLPIX W150 was made to capture one-of-a-kind moments on every adventure

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the U.S. retail availability of the COOLPIX W150, the latest rugged yet family-friendly compact digital camera. Thanks to being both waterproof and shockproof, the COOLPIX W150 allows users to easily capture and share unforgettable moments on every adventure, vacation or get-together. The W150 boasts an extremely easy-to-use design, sharp image quality and variety of unique scene modes, making it a great travel camera for the whole family.

With a 13.2-megapixel image sensor, 3x optical zoom and full HD video recording, the COOLPIX W150 offers the flexibility to easily capture both stunning still images and Full HD videos, wherever life takes a person. Even those who have never used a camera will immediately be comfortable snapping shots due to the simple menu system, 2.7-inch 230-k dot LCD screen and Target Finding autofocus, which allows for easy detection and focus on the primary subject.

Built to capture memories, the COOLPIX W150 is waterproof up to 10m (33 feet), shockproof from 1.8m (6 feet) and freezeproof up to -10°C (14°F). Additionally, the COOLPIX W150 is equipped with a variety of scene modes and editing functions, allowing users to explore their creativity and create fantastic photos, even underwater. Users can also seamlessly upload to their phone wirelessly for sharing, all with the Nikon SnapBridge app.

Price and Availability

The COOLPIX W150 in white will be available in the U.S. in early September 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $169.95.

B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX W150 available for preorder.

Post Date: 8/16/2019 5:45:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Tamron:

August 15, 2019, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Shiro Ajisaka), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the presentation by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) of its EISA Awards to two Tamron lenses; 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) for "EISA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS 2019-2020" and 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) for "EISA BEST BUY ZOOM LENS 2019-2020". Tamron has been honored with EISA Awards for 14th consecutive years and has been recognized with two awards each year for the past three years.

Excerpt from the Award Citation of the EISA Jury

EISA WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046)

The Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD is an affordable large-aperture wide-angle zoom for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras. Designed to complement the firm’s 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD, it features a similarly compact, lightweight design and weather-resistant construction. It’s a really strong performer in terms of image quality: resolution and contrast are excellent for its class, while the optical system assures outstanding colour accuracy with minimal chromatic aberration. The lens employs a silent and fast stepping motor for autofocus, making it very suitable for both stills and video recording.

EISA BEST BUY ZOOM LENS 2019-2020
35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043)

The Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD is a standard zoom lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs. Its somewhat unusual zoom range, combined with a minimum focus distance of 45cm, makes it particularly well suited for portraits, ranging from environmental studies to close-ups. Thanks to its compact size and light weight it is also a perfect travel companion. It offers an unusually fast aperture for such a range, from f/2.8 at wide-angle through to f/4 at the telephoto end. The lens incorporates Tamron’s Dual Micro-Processing Unit system, which assures optimal autofocus performance and effective vibration compensation, allowing for sharp handheld shots.

B&H carries the Tamron 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD and Tamron 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD lenses.

Post Date: 8/16/2019 5:22:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 15, 2019

Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens page.

Expensive? Absolutely.

Weight? Incredibly light for the focal length and aperture.

Image quality? You get what you pay for.

Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS compared to Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III Lens

Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS compared to Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II Lens

Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS compared to Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens

Please share these results with your friends!

Act fast: I expected this lens to be very difficult to get for a long time, but Amazon USA has two in stock (Samy's Camera is reputable)! WEX also has this lens in stock.

The Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Adorama

Rent the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 8/15/2019 7:30:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Think Tank Photo:

SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Easy to pack and even easier to access, the Urban Access Backpack from Think Tank Photo enables you to get to your gear quickly – whether on the run or in the studio. Access panels on both sides allow you to sling the backpack left or right to access your camera gear without taking off the backpack. The rear-panel provides complete access to your gear when working directly out of the bag, so you can see all your gear at one time.

Available in two sizes, the Urban Access 13 fits one ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless body with lens attached up to a 24–70mm f/2.8, 2–4 additional lenses including a 70–200mm f/2.8 detached, a 13” laptop, plus personal gear. The Urban Access 15 fits one ungripped DSLR or Mirrorless body with lens attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8, 3–5 additional lenses, a strobe, a 15” laptop, plus personal gear.

A center tripod mounting system balances even large tripods securely while still allowing access to your gear. The plush harness is shaped for all day comfort and fit, and includes load lifters, a removable waist belt and sternum strap. The harness system also features a luggage handle pass-through for efficient travel. Plus, premium-quality materials coated in DWR, magnetic buckles and YKK RC Fuse zippers provide durability and ensure longevity. A seam-sealed rain cover is also included.

Inside, a unique divider system can be configured for access on either side based on the photographer’s preference. The back panel features an internal, dedicated laptop sleeve for ultimate security and protection. A top compartment and internal organizer pockets give you quick access to filters, batteries, memory cards, etc.

Collapsible water bottle pockets on both sides and tuck-away tripods straps make for a clean, streamlined look.

“The Urban Access Backpack delivers unprecedented gear access in a stylish, modern design,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The combination of dual-side and back-panel access means that your gear is readily accessible when you see your shot.”

KEY FEATURES

  • Two quick side-access panels with full-access rear panel
  • Dedicated laptop pocket
  • Front tripod attachment secures a small or large tripod with deployable cup
  • Access a 70–200mm f/2.8 attached without taking off your bag (15 only)
  • Deep front pocket fits a light jacket
  • Robust shoulder harness with load-lifters help to adjust the weight of the pack
  • Removable sternum strap and waist belt
  • Luggage handle pass-through
  • Top compartment fits snacks and personal gear
  • Expandable water bottle pockets on both sides
  • Customizable divider system
  • Top compartment mesh pockets help keep small items organized
  • Internal organizer pockets give you quick access to filters, batteries, cards, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included

WHAT FITS

Urban Access 13 Backpack

  • Nikon D750 with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, flash, and a 13” laptop
  • Canon 5D with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8 macro, and a 13” laptop
  • Sony a7rIII with 24–70mm f/2.8 attached, 70–200mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 13” laptop and 90mm f/2.8 macro

Urban Access 15 Backpack

  • Nikon D750 with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm, f/2.8, 105mm f/2.8 macro, 35mm f/1.4, SB900 strobe, and a 15” laptop
  • Canon 5D with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8 macro, 1.4x teleconverter, 600EXIIRT strobe, and a 15” laptop
  • Sony a7rIII with 70–200mm f/2.8 attached, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 macro, HVL-F43M strobe and a 15” laptop

MATERIALS

Exterior:

  • Durable water-repellant (DWR) coating with polyurethane backed fabric for superior water-resistance
  • 500D 2-tone poly tech-weave • YKK RC fuse zippers
  • 420D high-density nylon
  • Nylon webbing
  • High-density nylon air-mesh • 3-ply bonded nylon thread

Interior:

  • Stiffened closed-cell foam dividers
  • Polyurethane backed liner and dividers
  • 210D nylon
  • Super-Grip velex
  • Hexa mesh
  • High-density nylon microfiber
  • 2x polyurethane coated nylon 190T seam-sealed rain cover
  • 3-ply bonded nylon thread

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Urban Access 13 Backpack
Interior Dimensions:
10.2” W x 13” H x 5.5” D (26 x 33 x 14 cm)
Exterior Dimensions:
12.2” W x 18.9” H x 9” D (31 x 48 x 23 cm)
Laptop Pocket:
9.2” W x 13” H x 0.8” D (23.5 x 33 x 2 cm)

Urban Access 15 Backpack Interior Dimensions:
11.4” W x 14.6” H x 5.5” D (29 x 37 x 14 cm)
Exterior Dimensions:
13.4” W x 20.4” H x 9” D (34 x 52 x 23 cm)
10” Tablet Pocket:
9.8” W x 14.1” H x 0.8” D (25 x 36 x 2 cm)

Think Tank Photo has the Urban Access Backpacks in stock and you'll get a free gift when you use our links for your purchase.

Post Date: 8/15/2019 5:55:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 8/15/2019 5:41:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Sony:

Aug 15, 2019 – Sony is proud to announce that it has received a record seven awards from the esteemed Expert Imaging and Sound Association, including its first win in the Photo Innovation category. Comprising 55 publications from 29 countries across the globe, EISA is internationally renowned for its expertise in consumer technology, and Sony is honoured to be recognised for its innovation and technical excellence in the electronics industry.

EISA PHOTO INNOVATION 2019-2020 - Sony Real-time Eye AF

Sony’s latest real-time autofocus algorithms are a game-changer. The enhanced Real-time Eye AF and Real-time Animal Eye AF focus precisely on a person or animal’s eyes for pin sharp portraits. Photographers can even select the preferred eye of their subject (left or right) as the focus point. The AI-driven improvements also provide accurate and reliable tracking for moving subjects: in continuous autofocus mode, Real-time Eye AF maintains focus on a moving subject even when part of their face is temporarily obscured or turned away from the camera. This remarkable technology has also been implemented for the first time in a smartphone on Sony’s Xperia

EISA WIDE-ANGLE PRIME LENS 2019-2020 - Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM

The Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM is an expertly engineered prime lens that provides incredibly sharp images, both in the centre and at the edges of the frame, even at the largest aperture of F1.4. The optical design incorporates 10 groups with 13 elements, featuring two XA (extreme aspherical) elements and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements, to ensure outstanding image quality. Meanwhile, the 11-bladed diaphragm produces a circular opening for beautifully blurred backgrounds. Meeting the strict standards for G Master status, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM combines the high resolution and beautiful bokeh that are the signature of the G Master series. The high-power DDSSM ensures fast, precise and silent focusing, while the 24cm minimum focus distance can be used to capture some spectacular close-up perspectives.Impressively, it’s also the most compact and lightweight lens in its class and is extremely effective in suppressing sagittal flare when used for shooting starscapes.

EISA PORTRAIT PRIME LENS 2019-2020 - Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM

The Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM is a truly remarkable lens. It’s extremely sharp from corner to corner, while at the same time its beautifully soft rendering of defocused backgrounds and bright highlights result in exceptional images, even at F1.8. This is achieved by an innovative optical design that places XA (extreme aspherical) and Super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements in the front group to effectively suppress all common telephoto lens aberrations. With a dust-proof and splash-proof construction, it’s built to perform under challenging weather conditions, while the traditional aperture ring provides easy and intuitive handling. The FE 135mm F1.8 GM has a minimum focus distance of 70cm providing a 0.25x magnification ratio meaning it is also great for close-ups, and the high-performance autofocus motor offers speedy, accurate and silent focusing on moving subjects.

EISA TELEPHOTO PRIME LENS 2019-2020 - Sony FE 400mm F2.8 GM OSS

Sony’s first large-aperture E-mount super-telephoto prime is one of the lightest in its class and is perfectly balanced. This exciting lens produces brilliant image quality while offering extraordinary focusing speed and precision. It is built with an innovative optical design with three fluorite elements and two high-speed XD Linear Motors for fast moving-subject tracking performance. The 11-blade circular aperture produces beautifully blurred backgrounds and it is compatible with Sony’s 1.4x and 2.0x E-mount tele-converters for even longer reach.

EISA PHOTO/VIDEO CAMERA 2019-2020 - Sony a6400

Perfect for content creators who shoot as many videos as they do stills, the a6400 packs an impressive array of Sony’s most advanced technologies from its acclaimed full-frame line-up into a compact, lightweight APS-C camera. The highlight is undoubtedly Sony’s innovative Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF, which keep your subject sharp and in-focus when moving around the frame. Other advanced video options include 4K HDR recording, S-Log profiles for pro-level colour grading, a 180-degree fully tiltable screen and a microphone jack for high-quality sound recording.

EISA COMPACT CAMERA 2019-2020 - Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

Sony’s Cyber-shot RX100 VI is packed full of state-of-the-art photo technology,yet doesn’t sacrifice the pocket-sized portability, fast responsiveness and high image quality that has become the hallmark of the RX100 line-up. The compact body houses an impressive ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm F2.8 – F4.5 retractable lens, electronic viewfinder and an integrated flash, offering all the flexibility you need to capture every moment, especially when travelling.

The 20.1-megapixel 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor combined with the fast and reliable eye autofocus delivers pin-sharp images and portraits. The camera also offers a burst mode of 24fps and an impressive array of video features, including 4K recording and super-slow motion. With wireless technology like Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi it partners seamlessly with your smartphone or tablet for on the go image sharing.

B&H carries the following:

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photo Industry Awards
Post Date: 8/15/2019 5:05:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Rarely does photographing wildlife subjects (and human ones also) at eye level not work well. Bull elk are very large animals, but when they bed down, a standing position may yield a downward camera angle. While I don't always mind a downward camera angle, it is frequently not my first choice. So, when they go down, consider taking the camera down with them. A lower position increases the likelihood of catchlights showing in the eyes.

It was raining lightly during much of the time I spent with this bull. There are a lot of benefits for photographing wildlife under cloudy skies, but such images typically have relatively low contrast and often respond nicely to a small contrast increase during post processing. A slight saturation increase is another adjustment that frequently helps images captured under heavy clouds.

There are now two openings remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour, one for each week. It's not too late for you to join a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals and the beauty of RMNP. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!

Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:

Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019

Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H Photo Video YouTube Channel:

Jake challenges James O'Connor, freelance Director of Photography (DP), to light an interview scene in an office conference room using only a budget lighting setup. Can he do it? Watch to find out!

Gear Used

Post Date: 8/14/2019 5:46:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Adobe:

Improvements to Lightroom Classic & ACR

Updates are available today for Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw, our two desktop-centric photography applications. These updates focus on performance and improving your workflow.

GPU Accelerated Editing

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw take advantage of the more powerful graphics cards (GPUs) while editing, providing a smoother and more responsive experience. GPU acceleration is more pronounced with larger resolution monitors (4k and above) as well as with more powerful GPUs.

PNG export support

Lightroom Classic and Camera Raw

The PNG file format is a popular uncompressed file format often used on the web. Lightroom and Camera Raw have supported importing and opening PNG-based files for some time, and now you can export your photos as PNGs.

Library Module Improvements

Lightroom Classic

As part of our on-going effort to improve speed and performance in Lightroom Classic, significant improvements were made to the Library module while browsing folders.

Color Labels for Collections

Lightroom Classic

Color labels have long been used in Lightroom Classic as a way to quickly visualize different groups of photos and recently we made it possible to add color labels to folders. In this update, we added the ability to also add color labels to Collections. Find what you’re looking for faster by adding color labels to collections, collection sets, and smart collections.

Batch Merge for HDR, Panoramas, and HDR Panoramas

Lightroom Classic

Batch processing is a great way to speed up your workflow by helping you gang up processor-intensive efforts and letting your computer do the heavy lifting without having to wait for each task to be done. The August release of Lightroom Classic makes it possible to batch process HDR and panorama merges. To batch merge, first make a stack of each HDR or pano that you want to merge (make sure that you’re selecting like stacks, all HDR or all pano merges, without mixing up the two types). Then, select each stack you want to merge and select the appropriate option from the Photo > Photo Merge menu.

New Features Throughout the Lightroom Ecosystem

The August releases for Lightroom, our cloud-centric photography ecosystem, include the ability to recover deleted photos, improvements to the in-app educational tools released in May, as well as improvements to search.

Recover Deleted Photos

Lightroom for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, ChromeOS, and lightroom.adobe.com

Discover posts were introduced in the May 2019 release and allow you to see the edit process applied to a photo. Now you can turn those edits into a preset that you can apply to any of your photos. Tap to open a Discover post and then tap on the three-dot menu at the top-right and select Download as Preset. You’ll be able to find that new preset named after the Discover post within your preset library.

Improved Search Options

Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS

Three new auto-complete search tools were added to Lightroom for iOS, Android, and ChromeOS (these tools were already available in Lightroom for Windows and Mac) making it easier than ever to find the exact photo you’re looking for. You can now search for photos shot with a specific focal length, for raw, HDR, or pano photo types, and for images that include a depth map. To use, start typing “focal length:”, “type:”, or “depth map:” and the search auto-complete will let you pick from the available options in your catalog.

Batch Metadata

Lightroom for Android and ChromeOS

In addition to being able to copy and paste edits to a series of photos, you can now select a range of photos and adjust the metadata of all of the selected photos. You can change the title, caption, copyright, star rating, and flag status for all selected photos at once. This functionality is being worked on for iOS and will be made available as soon as possible.

Adobe Camera Raw 11.4

The August 2019 release of Adobe Camera Raw (version 11.4) rolls out new features - enhanced GPU support to accelerate editing of images and edge-aware editing in 360-degree panoramas. This release also adds support for new cameras and lenses and fixes several issues.

Latest cameras added in August 2019

  • Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II
  • Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III
  • Hasselblad X1D II 50C
  • Leica V-LUX 5
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-GX880
  • Sony A7R IV (ILCE-7RM4)*
  • Sony RX100 VII (DSC-RX100M7)*

*Denotes preliminary support

Latest lenses added in August 2019

ManufacturerLensLens mountMin ACR plug-in version requiredMin LR version requiredMin LR Classic version required
CanonCanon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 28-70mm F2 L USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 50mm F1.2 L USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
CanonCanon RF 85mm F1.2 L USMCanon RF11.42.48.4
NikonNikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AISNikon F11.42.48.4
SigmaSIGMA 35mm F1.2 DG DN A019Sony FE11.42.48.4
SigmaSIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN C019Sony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSSSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 1.4X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 G OSS + 2X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 600mm F4 GM OSSSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS + 1.4X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
SonySony FE 600mm F4 GM OSS + 2X TeleconverterSony FE11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD F045Canon EF11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD A043Canon EF11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON SP 35mm F1.4 Di USD F045NNikon F11.42.48.4
TamronTAMRON 35-150mm F2.8-4 Di VC OSD A043NNikon F11.42.48.4
TokinaTokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE AF MACROSony FE11.42.48.4
ZeissZeiss Otus 1.4/100 ZECanon EF11.42.48.4
ZeissZeiss Otus 1.4/100 ZF.2Nikon F11.42.48.4

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 8/14/2019 5:10:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results have been added to the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens page.

The results look good, especially for the price of this lens. Here are some comparisons to get you started (use your visualization skills in the comparisons showing different resolution test cameras):

Compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens

Compared to Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III Lens

Compared to Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L Lens

Compared to Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR Lens

Compared to Sigma 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Lens

Compared to Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens

Compared to Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens

Compared to Tamron SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di LD IF Lens

Compared to Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 Lens

Compared to Tokina 17-35mm f/4 Lens

As hinted to, this is a very affordable lens. The Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 17-35mm f/2.8-4 Di OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Share these results with your friends!

Post Date: 8/13/2019 9:32:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has the following available for preorder with free expedited shipping:

Z CAM E2-F6 Full-Frame 6K Cinema Camera

  • 6K @60fps & 4K @120fps max, 10-bit color
  • Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • 15 stops dynamic range
  • ZRAW supported
  • EF / PL lens mount
  • Gigabit Ethernet for data, control & live streaming

Z CAM E2-F8 Professional Full-Frame 8K Cinema Camera

  • 8K resolution
  • Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • Dual native ISO
  • ZRAW supported
  • EF / PL lens mount
  • Gigabit Ethernet for data, control & live streaming

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/13/2019 5:15:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 12, 2019

Just posted: Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens Review

Check out how this new lens featuring a unique focal length range performs! Share the review with your friends.

The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 8/12/2019 7:31:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From RODE:

Lavalier GO is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications. The 3.5mm TRS connector is designed to pair perfectly with the RØDE Wireless GO and most recording devices with a 3.5mm TRS microphone input.

Lavalier GO is designed to perform excellently in any broadcast application. Featuring a discreet 4.5mm omnidirectional microphone, it delivers crystal clear audio in all environments and is incredibly forgiving when it comes to placement on talent, allowing for greater flexibility in fast-paced situations.


A foam pop shield is supplied to minimise wind noise and vocal plosives (hard ‘b’, ‘t’ and ‘p’ sounds), as well as a durable mounting clip with in-built cable management for quick and easy rigging. It also features a hard-wearing Kevlar reinforced cable, designed to withstand the rigours of any shoot.

Key Features

  • Broadcast-grade lavalier microphone with 3.5mm TRS jack.
  • High-quality omnidirectional condenser capsule.
  • Durable, hard-wearing Kevlar reinforced cable.
  • Optimised for use with the RØDE Wireless GO.
  • Includes pop shield, mounting clip, and carry pouch.

B&H carries the Rode Lavalier GO Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone and Rode Wireless GO Compact Wireless Microphone System.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Rode News
Post Date: 8/12/2019 5:36:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the f64 YouTube Channel:

Have you ever returned from a shooting location to find you had what could have been a good composition if you would have moved about 4 feet to the left or right? I know I have. It has happened to me more than once. I have good news for you. Photoshop has this Content-Aware Fill tool that can work wonders on situations just like this! You may have already seen the content-aware fill tool and used it many times. The technology behind the tool is in many other assets within Photoshop like the Clone Stamp Tool, the Content-Aware Move Tool, and the Patch Tool (to name a few). While I am sure the technology is sophisticated, it is effortless to use.

In this example, I use Content-Aware Fill to patch an area of the composition that never existed. Yep, I moved the image to the right, and that empty white space was filled in with grass, clouds, and even a finished road path. But how? Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill uses data from around the image to replace the white space. It is similar to the healing brush or even the dust removal tool in Lightroom. It assesses the environment it is replacing and looks for pixel data that is similar to it.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it can be if you understand that you will also need a bit of help fixing the areas it replaces. In today’s tutorial, I will show you how I use this technique to fix poor compositions and show you how to use the Clone Stamp Tool to repair the wonky-bits.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/12/2019 5:08:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 9, 2019
Post Date: 8/9/2019 7:40:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we're joined by Aaron's mom as he teaches her how to edit childhood photos in Photoshop! Learn how to make some quick and easy photo fixes like cropping, removing distractions, removing red eye, and recreating film noise. You'll also learn a little bit about Aaron and his family along the way!

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/9/2019 5:49:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

Are you just getting started in the world of audio recording? Today we're going to help you translate some of the words and phrases you may come across when recording and editing. AB takes you through some of the most common lingo and gives you some tips for getting started in audio recording and editing. Are there other words or phrases you've come across that you need help with? Let us know in the comments.

Post Date: 8/9/2019 5:31:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 8, 2019

In this video, photographer Daniel Norton demonstrates how to use a ring light as a fill light for portraits. We covered the same concept a few years ago in this article.

B&H carries ring lights and ring light adapters.

Post Date: 8/8/2019 5:39:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 7, 2019

From Tamron:

Notice about Canon EOS R and EOS RP compatibility

Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.

Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.

We would like to announce that we have clarified compatibility of following Tamron Di & Di II lenses on Canon EOS R and EOS RP with Canon "Mount Adapter EF-EOS R".

Planned to be released (F/W release dates will be announced once they are decided.)

  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) for Canon (*)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) for Canon (*)
  • SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A005) for Canon (*)
  • SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A030) for Canon (*)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD MACRO (Model F004) for Canon (*)

Compatible as they are

  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) for Canon (*)

F/W readily available (Updating to the latest version confirms compatibilty.)

  • 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023) for Canon
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Canon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Canon
  • 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) for Canon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Canon
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Canon
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Canon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Canon
  • 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Canon
  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Canon
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Canon
  • 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) for Canon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Canon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) for Canon(*)

Operational only in MF (No plan for new F/W.)

  • SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR DiLD Aspherical [IF] MACRO(Model A09) for Canon(*)

(*) Not supported in TAP-in Console.

Note:

  1. All Canon-mount models released after in May, 2019 are compatible with EOS R and EOS RP.
  2. F/W updates can be performed using Tamrons TAP-in Console (sold seperately) or by visiting your local Tamron Service Center.


Notice about Nikon Z6 and Z7 compatibility

Dear users and potential purchasers of Tamron interchangeable lenses.

Thank you for using Tamron products and for your continuous support.

We would like to announce that we have clarified compatibility of following Tamron Di & Di II lenses on Nikon Z6 & Z7 with "Nikon mount adapter FTZ".

New F/W update coming soon

To be released on 7 August, 2019 (Click here for the updating process.)

  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) for Nikon

Planned to release in September, 2019 (Exact date will be announced once they are decided.)

  • 70-210mm F/4 Di VC USD (Model A034) for Nikon
  • SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016) for Nikon
  • 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A035) for Nikon

Planned to be released (Release dates will be announced once they are decided.)

  • 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023) for Nikon
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013) for Nikon
  • SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD (Model A030) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017) for Nikon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) for Nikon (*)

F/W readily available (Updating to the latest version confirms compatibilty.)

  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A041) for Nikon
  • 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di OSD (Model A037) for Nikon
  • 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) for Nikon
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032) for Nikon
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025) for Nikon
  • SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 (Model A022) for Nikon

Operational only in MF (No plan for new F/W.)

  • SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A09) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) for Nikon (*)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) for Nikon (*)
  • SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 (Model 272E) for Nikon (*)

(*) Not supported in TAP-in Console.

Note:

  1. All Nikon-mount models released after in May, 2019 are compatible with Nikon Z6 and Z7.
  2. F/W updates can be performed using Tamrons TAP-in Console (sold seperately) or by visiting your local Tamron Service Center.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/7/2019 6:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, the film crew at B&H gives us a quick overview - including the ineresting origins - of film set lingo.

Post Date: 8/7/2019 5:53:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 5, 2019

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we show you how to quickly outline any text in Photoshop! Learn how to use the Type Tool and Layer Styles to create your own custom graphics and advertisements.

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

Post Date: 8/5/2019 6:08:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 2, 2019

TTL (Through-the-Lens) makes shooting a breeze. Point the camera at your subject, set the exposure values in-camera and the amount of light hitting your subject is dynamically determined by a pre-flash emitted by your TTL-enabled light before each shot. Unfortunately, using TTL has notable drawbacks, as illustrated in the video above.

When shooting in a studio or under very controlled conditions, using manual flash settings will ensure consistent exposures throughout the session. Alternately, when shooting under circumstances with quickly changing ambient light and/or subject-to-flash distances, the benefits of TTL will be very much appreciated. [Sean]

Gear Used in the Video

Post Date: 8/2/2019 6:27:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Sigma:

The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to release the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art.

Many photographers like to use low sensitivity shooting to minimize noise as much as they can. Particularly in the photography of starry skies, bright wide-angle lenses are often selected because they can efficiently collect weak light. The 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN | Art has been developed as the ultimate large-diameter, wide-angle zoom lens by optimizing the standard specifications for photographing starry skies for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The uniform rendering performance and outstanding resolution to the edge of the frame make it the “definitive lens for astrophotography.” By utilizing the characteristics of the short flange focal length, this new-generation large-diameter zoom lens combines both compact body and unprecedented high-resolution image quality.

*About Product Name: Product name includes “DG” when the lens is designed to deliver the ultimate in performance on cameras with full-frame sensors, and “DN” when the lens design is optimized for mirrorless cameras with the short flange focal length.

Launch: August, 2019
Accessories: Case, Cover Lens Cap (LC850-01) supplied
Available AF mount: L-Mount, Sony E-mount

* The L-Mount Trademark is a registered Trademark of Leica Camera AG.
* The appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

B&H has the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art Lens available for preorder.

Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Sigma News, Sigma Announcements
Post Date: 8/2/2019 5:57:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 1, 2019

My favorite camera mode is manual mode. But, when lighting conditions are changing rapidly, it is often helpful to get the camera involved in the decision-making process via auto exposure. When using auto exposure, most often I'm still using manual mode, but with auto ISO being selected.

In auto exposure modes, the camera must be able to guess the proper exposure, or close enough that the result can be adjusted to perfection during post-processing without detriment to image quality (increased noise for example). When photographing deer, a subject rather neutral in relative brightness, in their natural environment, the camera often gets the auto exposure right. Wildlife photography is usually very challenging, involving unpredictable action and fast camera work, and having the camera take care of the exposure can make the difference between getting a great shot and getting nothing. With the exposure being determined by the camera, I can focus on getting the shot.

When the camera can guess the exposure with good accuracy and auto ISO in manual mode is being used, the shutter speed alone can be rapidly changed as needed to produce a sharp image. For example, if an animal that has been in fast motion (requiring a fast shutter speed) pauses and stares at something while motionless, a quick roll of the top dial can increase the exposure times to allow lower ISO settings be taken advantage of.

One thing I need to focus on is not getting too close to my wildlife subjects. While getting close enough to wildlife is a common challenge, being over-successful, getting too close, can sometimes be an issue. Wildlife subjects often need some space around them in the frame, some breathing room. Getting closer means a stronger background blur, but in this case, it meant not enough breathing room around the mule deer buck. Fortunately, Photoshop helped me increase the canvas size, adding some background to the perimeter of this image.

Another teaching point illustrated here is the catchlight in the buck's eye. In practically all images containing an eye, catchlights will add positively to the result, giving sparkle and life to the subject. Catchlights can be created with flash lighting, but when photographing wildlife, the sun, or at least the bright sky, is my favorite catchlight source as it usually provides the most natural appearance.

For catchlights to happen, something bright, often the sun/sky, must be able to reflect in the subject's eye. Think about the animal's rounded eye reflecting such and the camera angle needed for that to happen. The subject's head position can make a difference with a raised head increasing the chances for catchlight reflections. Your position can also make a difference. The lower your position relative to the subject, the more likely you are to get catchlights reflecting the light source. When the sun is the catchlight source, the lower the sun, the better the odds are that it will reflect in the eyes. The more exposed the sky is, the better the likelihood of a reflection.

In this example, I had a catchlight. However, with just a slight amount of the sky reflecting in the top of the deer's eye, it was a weak one. Using an exposure adjustment layer in Photoshop, I added a mask that was entirely black (not affecting the image) except for the little catchlight and then slid the exposure adjustment slider slightly to the right to increase the brightness, affecting only the catchlight. This tiny adjustment made a noticeable difference in the final result.

I'm always looking for an entertaining or at least unusual behavior to capture in wildlife images. This buck's large rack added points to the entertainment factor, but its behavior was rather boring — it was mostly feeding. While smelling the small plant is not dramatic behavior, it does speak to this animal's keen sense of smell and its ability to communicate in this way. The huge rock behind the buck provided an out-of-the-norm background for the image and the position of the antlers allowed all of the points to be seen. Thus, this image was my pick from this session.

A reminder: there is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour in Rocky Mountain National Park. While elk are our primary subject, we'll be opportunistic, taking advantage of other wildlife that avails itself as illustrated here.

Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 8/1/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Tamron YouTube channel:

Tamron is a global manufacturer of optical equipment that offers premium-quality products, Interchangeable lenses for 35mm / Digital SLR camera, Interchangeable lenses for Non-Reflex type camera, Surveillance camera lenses, FA and Machine vision lenses, Camcorder lenses, and Drone lenses and others for many different industries.

B&H carries Tamron lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 8/1/2019 6:01:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens page.

Create comparisons – share with your friends.

The Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Tamron 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Lens from Lensrentals.

Post Date: 7/31/2019 7:36:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Nikon:

Nikon Z 7/Z 6 Firmware v.2.01

Changes from “C” Firmware Version 2.00 to 2.01:

Fixed the following issues:

  • If the camera detected faces during still photography or movie recording at the settings listed below, it would in very rare instances begin to respond more slowly, display an error, or stop responding altogether.
    • Stills - Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • Stills - Face and eye detection on or Face detection on selected for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU
    • Movie - Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU
    • Movie - Face and eye detection on or Face detection on selected for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU

  • In very rare instances, the bottoms of pictures taken with all the following settings in effect would not appear as expected:
    • Mode dial rotated to AUTO, P, or A
    • An NEF (RAW) option selected for Image quality in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • 14-bit selected for NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • Auto selected for Custom Setting d5 (Shutter type) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU
    • Continuous H (extended) release mode selected with the release mode/self-timer button

Download: Nikon Z 7 Firmware v.2.01 | Nikon Z 6 Firmware v.2.01

B&H carries the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6.

Post Date: 7/31/2019 5:24:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 30, 2019

If you photograph outdoors, now is the time to start thinking about fall photography opportunities and there are few better places to be in the fall than Acadia National Park. Consider joining a small group of enthusiastic photographers in this bucket-list-grade location from Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019. Sign up now – only two spots remain open.

Hare are the details: Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Contact me now to sign up!

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Post Date: 7/30/2019 7:53:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

In this 6th video in our audio-for-video series, AB gives us a simple introduction to audio post production, highlighting the different steps of treating your audio once you’re done shooting your video. From naming your files correctly to thinking about your final output levels, this video will give you a general sense of the common practices used to get your audio sounding just right. Check it out!

Post Date: 7/30/2019 5:21:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 29, 2019

From Pelican:

Torrance, CA - Users no longer have to choose between the versatility of the TrekPak divider system or the protection of Pick N Pluck foam with the new Pelican Hybrid Cases. Available as a new standard offering in either the Pelican 1510 or Pelican Air 1535 Carry On Case, the interior features both the TrekPak system and the classic Pick N Pluck manually customizable foam.

“This new, extremely versatile configuration offers users the best of both worlds and a host of new organizational options,” said John Luna, Director of Commercial/Government Product Management, Pelican Products, Inc.

TrekPak Divider System

Case owners simply need to lay out their gear the way they wish for it to appear in the case, measure and cut the divider sections, and lock them in place with the provided U-pins. Each divider section is manufactured from a waterproof, closed-cell foam that is laminated to a rigid corrugated plastic panel. They are light weight, strong and almost impossible to tear or shred. Additional divider panels are available separately to switch up the layout any time.

Pick N Pluck Foam

Classic and simple Pick N Pluck foam is pre-scored and cubed for easy manual customization and offered standard in almost all Pelican case models. Replacement foam is available separately when the interior layout changes.

The Pelican Air 1535 Carry On case is engineered with a next generation polymer construction that is up to 40% lighter than standard Pelican Protector Case brand cases, yet still stands up to the harshest conditions on earth. It also features a removable rugged ID card holder. Since its introduction in 2004, the Pelican 1510 Carry On case has been the industry standard for travelling with sensitive equipment that users don’t want to check in. Its extremely tough polymer construction protects mission critical equipment in worst case scenarios.

Both cases sport a sturdy pull handle coupled with smooth stainless steel ball bearing wheels for effortless transport, a polymer O-ring for a dust and water-resistant seal, and an integrated automatic pressure equalization valve that keeps moisture out and prevents vacuum lock, ensuring the case is easier to open at any altitude. Available in black only, both cases are backed by the Pelican Products Legendary Guarantee of Excellence. Pelican Air 1535 Carry On case with hybrid foam MSRP is $324.95 US and the Pelican 1510 Carry On Case with hybrid foam MSRP is $299.95 US.

B&H has the Pelican 1535AirTPF Wheeled Carry-On Case with TrekPak Dividers and Pick-n-Pluck Foam available for preorder.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Pelican News
Post Date: 7/29/2019 5:28:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, July 26, 2019

From Sony Europe:

Highlights:

  • Newly developed 1.0-type stacked 20.1 MP[i] Exmor RS CMOS image sensor with DRAM chip and latest generation BIONZ Ximage processor
  • Alpha 9-level speed performance with up to 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second[ii] and 20fps[iii] blackout-free shooting[iv] with AF/AE tracking
  • World leading[v] 357-point focal-plane phase-detection AF + 425-point contrast-detection AF with world’s fastestv 0.02 sec[vi] high AF speed
  • Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals[vii]
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mm[viii] F2.8 – F4.5 Large Aperture High Magnification Zoom Lens
  • New ‘Single Burst Shooting’[ix] Drive Mode at up to 90fps[x] speed
  • Pro-level movie functionality including 4K[xi] HDR (HLG)[xii] , Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for movie shooting, 4K Active SteadyShot,Vertical-position data recording for movies and integrated microphone jack

July 25, 2019 – Sony today announced a new addition to its award-winning series of RX cameras with the launch of the RX100 VII (model DSC-RX100M7). Utilising technologies developed for Sony’s full-frame mirrorless camera Alpha 9, the RX100 VII achieves new levels of performance in a compact camera, in both stills and movie shooting, inspiring the user to feel confident that they are armed with professional-level power in their pocket for spontaneous shooting in everyday life.

The RX100 VII is powered by a newly developed 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest generation BIONZ X image processor. This combination delivers new levels of autofocus performance and achieves speed breakthroughs that have previously only been seen on the Alpha 9. Flexibility of shooting is ensured by a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmviii F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens, making the RX100 VII a versatile choice for all types of shooting scenarios and users, from photo enthusiasts to professionals.

New Standard for AF Performance in a Compact Camera

The RX100 VII offers a world leadingv 357 focal-plane phase-detection AF points and 425 contrast-detection AF points. In addition, thanks to a newly optimised lens drive control, world’s fastestv 0.02 secviAF acquisition time is realised. A major leap in AF/AE tracking performance during continuous shooting[xiii] means the camera performs AF/AE calculations up to 60 times per secondii and captures fast moving action at 20fpsiii with AF/AE tracking, ensuring that each moment is shot with swift and accurate focus.

In addition, the image sensor realises blackout-free shootingiv for a completely live view, even when continuous shooting at 20fpsiii; the same experience as the Alpha 9.The RX100 VII also debuts a new drive mode, Single Burst Shootingix, for capturing the perfect high-speed shot at up to 90fpsx in JPEG/RAW format utilising the anti-distortion shutter. ‘Single Burst Shooting’ix allows the photographer to frame fast moving action and shoot as if taking a single shot but the camera will actually deliver 7 still images, taken at 90fps, 60fps or 30fps, so the user can select the perfect moment.

For the first time in a compact camera, the RX100 VII introduces advanced ‘Real-time Tracking’ and ‘Real-time Eye AF’ capabilities. ‘Real-time Tracking’ utilises Sony’s latest algorithm including artificial intelligence-based object recognition to ensure that subjects can be captured with excellent accuracy, even via the touch panel on the rear screen. ‘Real-time Eye AF’, the latest version of Sony’s acclaimed Eye AF technology, employs AI-based object recognition to detect and process eye data in real time, resulting in improved accuracy, speed and tracking performance of Eye AF for both humans and animalsvii, and allows the photographer to concentrate exclusively on composition[xiv].

Movie-Making Marvel

The compact and lightweight characteristics of the RX100 VII (approx. 302g / 102mm x 58mm x 43mm[xv]) mean it can always be carried around and can be mounted in places that larger cameras cannot. But its small factor belies a multitude of pro-level movie-making capabilities perfect for on-the-go shooting such as vlogging:

  • 4K in-body movie recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in high bit rate XAVCSxi
  • Real-time Tracking and Real-time Eye AF for video
  • 4K Active SteadyShot that is 8x more effective than 4K Standard SteadyShot[xvi]
  • Integrated Microphone input[xvii]
  • Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3/S-Log3
  • Compatibility with ‘Movie Edit add-on’ from the ‘Imaging EdgeTM’ mobile application for movie stabilisation and editing
  • Vertical-position data recording for movies[xviii]
  • Interval Shooting[xix] for stunning time-lapse videos
  • Super Slow Motion[xx] recording at up to 1000fps
  • 180-degree flip screen for ease-of use whilst vlogging

“The RX100 VII sets new standards for both photography and videography in a compact camera and we are confident that its phenomenal speed and AF capabilities will be very well received by customers,” said Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging, Sony Europe. “Users will feel the reassurance that that they have the power of an Alpha 9 in their pocket, in compact form, so they can trust this camera in any given situation.”

New Jacket Case for the RX100 Series

Sony has also introduced a new black leather-look body case for the RX100 series(LCJ-RXK) which includes a lens jacket and shoulder strap to protect the camera from bumps and shocks. It provides easy access to the microphone jack and USB terminal which enables charging and image transfers without the need to remove the case.

Pricing and Availability

The RX100 VII and LCJ-RXK will ship in Europe in August 2019 priced at approximately €1300 and €85 respectively.

Preorders
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII Digital Camera - B&H | Adorama

[i] Approximate effective megapixels
[ii] When using the electronic shutter; effective when the shutter speed is 1/60 or above
[iii] When using the electronic shutter with "Continuous shooting mode: Hi". Effective when the shutter speed is 1/60 or above
[iv]Effective when using electronic shutter. The slower the shutter speed, the lower the refresh rate of the screen
[v] Among fixed-lens digital still cameras with 1.0-type sensor. As of July 2019, based on Sony research
[vi] CIPA standard, internal measurement, at f=9.0mm (wide-end), EV6.6, Program Auto, Focus mode: AF-A, Focus area: Centre
[vii] Real-time Eye AF for Animals supports still images only, and cannot be used in combination with tracking. Does not work with some types of animal. Focusing may not perform well depending on scene and subject conditions
[viii] Angle of view (35mm format equivalent)
[ix] Seven still images are shot per burst. Focus and exposure are fixed at the first shot
[x] When Drive Mode is set to “Single Burst Shooting: Hi”
[xi]3840×2160 pixels. A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps. When “Auto Power Off Temperature” is set to “Standard”, continuous shooting is possible for about 5 minutes
[xii] Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable to display HDR (HLG) movies
[xiii] Compared to RX100 VI
[xiv] Both right eye and left eye are selectable, either via the menu or by the touchscreen panel
[xv]Width x Height x Depth
[xvi] Image compensation angle at wide-end (Comparison with 4K standard mode)
[xvii] Attaching a mic without the Shooting Grip Kit requires an optional accessory
[xviii] In-camera movie playback is in the horizontal position. Whether or not movies are displayed in the vertical position depends on your device
[xix] Wi-Fi does not work during interval shooting
[xx] Audio recording is not available. A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required
[xxi]One included with RX100 VII body

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Post Date: 7/26/2019 5:53:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the B&H YouTube Channel:

At B&H’s OPTIC 2019, photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins discusses the importance of patience when searching for the right shot. Capturing powerful photos is possible when the perfect combination of variables occurs: anticipating action; being in the right place at the right time; and practicing patience. For great images and an education on the importance of respecting nature, you should check out this video.

Lindblad Expeditions Santa Fe-based photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins is founder and director of the Expedition Photography program for the Lindblad-National Geographic alliance. For more than 20 years, he has led expeditions from the Arctic to Antarctica and points in between. Images from Ralph’s travels are published widely. His work documenting conservation issues in Baja California was published in the National Geographic Traveler story, Is Baja on the Block? A selection of his polar images was featured in the companion book to the major motion picture Arctic Tale.

Ralph Lee Hopkins' Work

Post Date: 7/26/2019 5:29:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Topaz:

Welcome to Topaz Studio 2, the future of creative photo editing. Harness the power of Topaz Studio to create stylized and striking works of art from your digital images. Edit your images beautifully with powerful filters and frictionless masking in a fine-tuned non-destructive layer workflow.

Topaz Studio 2 has only one purpose: creative photo editing. This starts after you select your image and ends when you export your finished work. It's designed specifically around the artisanal post-processing workflow of carefully crafting a single image to your vision. Get it on sale now for $79.99 before August 9th! Don't Just Take Your Photo - Make It.

Don't Just Take Your Photo - Make It.

Topaz Studio 2 includes an extensive creative toolbox containing over 30 powerful filters to give you full creative control over your image. You'll find that these aren't your everyday image editing filters as soon as you give them a try. Check out some featured filters below.

  • AI CLEAR
  • TEXTURE
  • IMPRESSION
  • GLOW

Filters work really well individually, but they work even better combined together. Explore creative one-of-a-kind looks for your images with a single click. Give your image a unique look from earthy to grunge, bright to dramatic, and more.

For a limited time, when you purchase Topaz Studio 2, you will receive a curated Look collection by award-winning photographer Hazel Meredith for free! Don't miss out on this special promotional deal. You can get Topaz Studio during this special introductory sale for just $79.99 ($20 off the original price!). The sale ends August 9th, so don't miss out on this one-time offer!

Post Date: 7/26/2019 5:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 25, 2019

When a great animal is found, staying with it can lead to great images. Sometimes, it can lead to a lot of great images.

When photographing wildlife, the stay or go decision is often a tough one. The subject in front of us may not be entertaining for relatively long periods of time and the thought that a better opportunity may be nearby runs through our minds. On this day, staying was the right decision.

There is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour!

Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!

"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park

  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September 2020
Contact me to sign up!

Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:

Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour

Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019

"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park

Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019

Contact me to sign up!


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/25/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:

Today we show you how to get perfect perspective in Photoshop using Grids to help straighten buildings and architecture. Learn how to add custom Rulers, create custom Grids, and use Transform tools to adjust any horizontal and vertical edges in your photos!

B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.

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Post Date: 7/25/2019 7:57:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

The Peak Design Travel Tripods (both carbon fiber & aluminum models) are available for preorder at B&H.

Peak Design Travel Tripod

  • Load Capacity: 20 lb
  • Maximum Height: 60"
  • Minimum Height: 5.5"
  • Folded Length: 15.5"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 2.8 lb carbon fiber / 3.4 lb aluminum
  • Single Adjustment and Locking Ring
  • Peak Design Plate & Arca-Type Compatible
  • Aluminum Leg Locking Cams
  • Mobile Mount Stores Inside Center Column

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Post Date: 7/25/2019 7:55:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Canon, Nikon, and Sony 70-200mm f/4 lenses, along with the Canon 70-300 L lens, are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.

When the size and weight (and price) of the f/2.8 models are too much, the f/4 models are the easy alternative.

Go make some comparisons, then share them with your friends.

Post Date: 7/24/2019 7:17:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:

Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he makes some simple beautiful portraits with a less commonly used light shaper, the Lantern. The great thing about a lantern is it throws light everywhere creating a gentle and soft light that looks great on any subject that sits for your portrait session.

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Post Date: 7/24/2019 5:54:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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