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 Friday, April 20, 2018
Anhui China, Apr 20, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce 4 new and unique lenses.
  • Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
  • Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
  • Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
  • Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 FE Zoom
This lens is currently the widest zoom lens available for Sony full frame E-mount cameras. Designed primarily for travel photography, Venus optics have managed to compress the size to smallest in its class, less than 10 inch (<10cm) and only 1.1 pounds (<500g). The 102° (18mm) to 130° (10mm) angle of view provides flexibility for photographers to compose landscape or architecture photos with ease. The lens houses with 14 elements in 10 groups with 2 aspherical elements & 1 extra-low dispersion element to deliver exceptional performance. It can focus as close as 15cm for some mini-macro shooting. A rear filter slot is included to fit with 37mm filter. Click/clickless aperture can be toggled by the switch on the lens barrel.
Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO
Followed by the success of the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro is the 2nd member of Laowa 2:1 macro line-up. This new 100mm lens can cover full frame sensor size and focus from 2:1 magnification to infinity. The wide magnification range allows macro photographers to capture subject at any sizes. This 100mm portrait lens also features an apochromatic (APO) characteristic that no chromatic aberration can be found.
The 12 elements in 10 groups optics design delivers a crystal sharpness image in both macro and tele distances. Canon EF / Nikon AI / Pentax K / Sony FE mounts are available.
Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX Zero-D
This is currently the widest available native lens option for Fujifilm G-mount cameras. The new Laowa 17mm f/4 GFX has a field of view equivalent to 13mm in 35mm format (113°).
Featuring a close-to-zero distortion and 86mm filter thread, this lens is ideally suited for landscape, architecture & interior photography. The 21 elements in 14 groups design with 2pcs of aspherical & 3pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements successfully help to control the distortion & chromatic aberrations to the minimal.
Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye MFT
Featuring a 210° angle of view, this lens delivers unique circular fisheye field of view on Micro four thirds cameras. The ultra-wide angle view allows photographers to create 360° panorama with ease. Despite the unique & ultra-wide perspective, the lens only weighs 0.3 pounds (135g).
Specifications can be found here.
All four lenses will be available for trial at Venus Optics’ booth (T225) in Beijing P&E Imaging fair during 3rd-6th May 2019. They are expected to be shipped in mid/late 2018. Exact shipping date and pricing are to be confirmed.
Post Date: 4/20/2018 7:37:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Think Tank Photo StreetWalker V1 Backpack available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $169.95.
Note: The Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro V1 is also nicely discounted.
Product Highlights
  • Holds DSLR with 70-200, 4 Lenses, Flash
  • Padded, Touch-Fastened Interior Dividers
  • Dual Side Pockets
  • Exterior Front Pockets & Organizer
  • Waist Belt, Shoulder Straps & Connector
  • ID Card Holder
  • 1680D Ballistic Nylon Construction
  • Tripod Strap Included
  • Included Rain Cover
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 4/20/2018 5:43:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 19, 2018
B&H has the recently announced Gitzo Adventury Backpacks available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
From Gitzo:
Discover new premium outdoor backpacks from Gitzo, dedicated to outdoor activities. Adventury Backpacks are specially designed for bird, wildlife, nature, and landscape photographers.
  • Holds pro-sized gear like 1D X with up to 400mm or 600mm f/4 tele attached
  • Gitzo G-Cushion removable insert for superior protection
  • Expandable roll top for personal items
  • Water repellent materials for extreme situations
The new GITZO Adventury Backpacks are available in two versions: the 45L and 30L. These two new premium carrying solutions are designed to provide long-lasting comfort and safeguard all the equipment. They are both made of premium weather-resistant materials and are designed to carry cameras with long lenses.
Categories: Preorders, Gitzo News
Post Date: 4/19/2018 1:40:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Phase One:
Update Provides New Resource Hub, Expanded Camera Support and Improved Workflow
COPENHAGEN, Apr. 19, 2018 – Phase One, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end digital camera systems, today released Capture One 11.1, a feature release to the industry’s premier RAW conversion and image editing software. The release enhances the Capture One user experience, through a new support platform and functionality updates to ensure a faster, smoother workflow. Improved Styles and presets workflow, support for 11 new cameras, including Sony A7 Mk III and Fuji X-H1 and 10 new lenses, including Tamron lenses for both Nikon and Canon, and an all-new Resource Hub are among the latest updates.
“Capture One remains dedicated to the needs of ambitious photographers. These latest updates introduce an extension to camera and lens support, as well as an all-new Resource Hub. The Resource Hub is an in-app portal that allows users to easily access news, tutorials, updates and much more – all designed to inspire photographers and ensure the best workflow and user experience in Capture One,” said Jan Hyldebrandt-Larsen, VP Software Business at Phase One.
Improved Styles And Presets
A new workflow adds a much faster way to apply both Styles and Presets to a Layer on one or multiple images, offering a direct control of opacity, imperative to wedding and portrait photographers.
Furthermore, a new Spring Styles Pack is included, offering bright pastel color grading to images, particularly helpful to wedding, portrait and landscape photography.
Resource Hub
The Resource Hub has been introduced to offer quick access to free learning resources via a dynamic on-screen portal. Tutorials, news, webinars, blog posts and much more are offered in one convenient location to improve the user experience and learning curve with Capture One.
Normalization Tool
The normalization tool provides a reference point for exposure and white balance for batch adjustments, now allowing any color to be used when previously the only option was a neutral grey.
New Camera And Lens Support
The Capture One R&D team, alongside our color scientists, analyze hundreds of images from each camera to provide photographers access to the best out of box experience with natural profiles. Below outlines the new camera and lens additions that Capture One 11.1 supports. A full list of supported cameras can be found here:
New camera support includes:
  • Fujifilm X-H1
  • Leica M262
  • Leica CL
  • Leica X-U
  • Leica V-Lux Typ 114
  • Leica TL2
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk III
  • Olympus E-PL9
  • Panasonic G9
  • Panasonic GH5S
  • Sony A7 Mk III
New lens support includes:
  • Canon lens:
    • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
  • Leica lenses:
    • Leica Elmarit M 2.8/90
    • Leica Summicron M 2/90
  • Sony lenses:
    • Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS (SEL18135)
    • Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G)
  • Tamron lenses:
    • Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025
    • Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F012
    • Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010
    • Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD F017
    • Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO B016
Capture Pilot 2.0 adds camera control support for Sony, allowing users to change camera settings of the tethered camera directly from your iOS device.
Capture One 11.1 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems online at authorized partners worldwide.
B&H carries Phase One Capture One Pro 11.
Post Date: 4/19/2018 12:43:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

Profoto has posted several videos for users of its A1 AirTTL-C Studio Light.
B&H carries the Profoto A1 AirTTL-C Studio Light.
Post Date: 4/19/2018 11:58:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

In this video, photographyer Miguel Quiles demonstrates techniques that can help you create soft light in a small studio environment. How does he do it? Pretty simple – he bounces his soft box off of a large V-flat resulting in very soft light on his subject. Keep in mind that the dynamics of a small space work well for creating soft light because there are so many nearby surfaces for light to bounce off of, assuming that the walls are light colored (and hopefully neutral colored so as not to impart a color cast).
However, if your goal is to create a portrait with lots of contrast, shooting in a small studio space can be very problematic. Because of the nearby surfaces, limiting the amount of spill light that lands on your subject can be difficult. In those cases, gridded modifiers, black flags and black-out fabric may be needed to achieve the desired high contrast resuls. [Sean]
Post Date: 4/19/2018 9:45:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Our first copy of the Sigma 14-24 Art Lens suffered from an improperly-aligned element or group of elements and warranted a replacement. Image quality test results from the replacement lens have been added to the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens page. I opted to remove the first set of results as they were not indicative of what should be expected from this lens.
The wide end results are remarkable.
There are, as usual, many comparisons that can be made. I'll get you started:
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 vs. Sigma 12-24mm f/4 Art Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L III Lens
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 Art vs. Canon EF 11-24 f/4L Lens
We'll have Sigma test results from the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III and 7D Mark II soon, enabling more direct comparisons.
The Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at Amazon, eBay and WEX. Preorders are being taken by B&H and Adorama.
Post Date: 4/19/2018 7:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
April 19, 2018 – The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce it has won two TIPA World Awards 2018 for its wide-aperture ultra-wide-angle 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art zoom lens and its large-diameter 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art zoom lens suitable for any shoot.
TIPA's Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens Award for Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art:
A Perfect Match for Today’s High-Resolution Cameras
Mountable on Canon, Nikon and Sigma cameras, and compatible with the Sigma MC-11 Sony E-mount converter, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM Art lens delivers a high level of sharpness with near zero distortion, along with high-speed and high-accuracy AF that matches up perfectly with today’s high-resolution cameras. The lens contains three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, three SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements, and three aspherical lens elements, including an 80mm high precision molded glass aspherical element. It has special sealing at numerous points for dust- and splash-proof protection. Thoroughly modern, the Nikon mount features a brand new electromagnetic diaphragm; the Canon mount is compatible with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.
TIPA's Best DSLR Standard Zoom Lens Award for Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art:
A Premium “All-Round” Zoom
For many photographers, the 24-70mm focal length range is considered the standard as an everyday lens for a wide variety of subjects and scenarios, including street and photojournalism work, candids, travel and even nature and landscape photography. The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art offers many advantages, including a constant aperture throughout its range, an optical stabilization system, and outstanding bokeh effects due to its 9-blade, rounded-diaphragm, 37cm (15'') close-focusing capability. The lens is dust- and splash-proof and incorporates a newly designed hypersonic motor (HSM) for fast and smooth AF operation. The lens also incorporates the latest electromagnetic aperture control for specific Nikon cameras; the Canon mount is compatible with the Canon Lens Aberration Correction function.
B&H carries the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art and 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lenses.
B&H has the 3 Legged Thing AirHed Neo Ball Head in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 40 lb
  • Maximum Height: 3.2"
  • Weight: 0.7 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • Single-Locking Knob for Ball and Base
  • Two Bubble Levels
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mount
  • Includes QR4 Quick Release Plate
Post Date: 4/19/2018 5:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 18, 2018
From BenQ:
Costa Mesa, CA — BenQ is offering one lucky winner the chance to explore and capture some of America’s most spectacular sites—a prize worth $5,000. The Capture the Photogenic Landscapes of competition will run until November 30, 2018.
One winner will be awarded one of three trip options. They include a trip to the historic creole capital, New Orleans; to a tropical paradise with a storied past, Old Havana; or to the home of the Granite Giants, Yosemite.
“They could be roaming through swamplands and beautiful French architecture, discovering seascapes and urban wonderlands, or exploring over 800 miles of unprecedented trails, meadows and waterfalls,” the company announced.
The contest adventures are designed to guide users through the most photogenic locations as well as to teach them to visualize scenes before capturing decisive moments. The photo adventures were created with Photo Workshop Adventures. Details on each of the trip options follow.
New Orleans Landscapes
Scheduled March 17–22, 2019, this trip will focus on travel, landscape cityscape, architecture and also people photography. It will provide a professional photographer guide as well as photo walks and discussions. The six-day trip will include accommodations in a four or five star hotel, breakfasts and two dinners.
Havana Landscapes
Held March 2–6, 2019, this photo journey will center on travel, landscape, seascape, architecture, urban and people photography. In addition, the winner will meet with Cuban photographers, students, musicians, artists and also entrepreneurs. A professional photographer guide as well as a Cuban guide and driver will be provided.
It will also encompass photo walks and discussions. Moreover, included in the trip will be: a room in a five star hotel; breakfasts; two lunches/two dinners; local transportation; people-to-people activities; a Visa (U.S. citizens); as well as OFAC travel documents.
Yosemite Landscapes
Taking place April 21–26, 2019, this trip to Yosemite National Park will offer tutorials on travel, landscape, nature and wildlife photography. Moreover, there will be a focus on long-exposure photography by a professional photographer guide. The itinerary includes photo walks, hikes and also discussions.
Accommodations will be at a four or five star hotel (except in remote locations) and include breakfasts and two dinners. In addition, local transportation and National Park permits will be provided.
To enter the competition, fill in the form here.
Post Date: 4/18/2018 5:32:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DJI/Pond5:
Curates Collections Captured by FAA Licensed Pilots/Filmmaker
New York, NY — DJI, a leading manufacturer of civilian drones as well as aerial imaging technology, and Pond5 are collaborating to develop a premium collection of licensable aerial footage. Pond5 is a global content marketplace.
By applying to join this program, pilots operating with a Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be eligible to have their footage included in a series of collections shot exclusively with DJI drones. The FAA certification is required for commercial use.
Pond5 will showcase these collections to its millions of users. When doing so, it will also denote video clips shot by licensed pilots in searches for customers who need to ensure their video assets comply with Part 107.
Moreover, pilots will be able to leverage Pond5’s industry knowledge to identify their most in-demand shots. They can also obtain assistance in preparing footage for licensing in the Pond5 marketplace.
DJI will work closely with the team of video experts and curators at Pond5. Together they will ensure that the most compelling and award-worthy aerial footage shot with DJI products is made accessible to customers searching for studio-quality shots to use in their productions.
“Drones have become powerful tools for storytellers, providing a cost-effective alternative for gathering aerial footage. They’re able to capture rapidly unfolding events and reach locations that would be otherwise inaccessible, costly or dangerous,” said Jason Teichman, CEO of Pond5. “As the world leader in their space, DJI is the ideal partner to bring the best in contemporary aerial footage to our marketplace.”
Select participants will also have access to Pond5’s premium clipping and tagging services. This will allow them to save time by just submitting raw footage. They will not have to do the work of editing, formatting, titling and keywording the footage themselves. Footage receiving these services will then be made available exclusively through Pond5 for a limited time.
“Drone imagery creates exciting new possibilities for video creators and producers around the world. And DJI’s collaboration with Pond5’s industry-leading content marketplace helps establish a new standard for professional video that is safe, legal, and also cleared for use,” said Michael Perry, managing director of DJI, North America. “We’re excited to elevate the presence of DJI-captured imagery in Pond5’s marketplace. And we can’t wait to see the projects that will incorporate this footage.”
Pilots with a Part 107 certificate who use DJI drones can apply to this program at Select DJI aerial footage will be showcased on the Pond5 content marketplace in the coming months.
Categories: DJI News, Pond5 News
Post Date: 4/18/2018 5:20:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 17, 2018

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
In this Episode (Ep111) David Bergman tells you why you should probably shoot using the sRGB color space instead of AdobeRGB.
Post Date: 4/17/2018 8:03:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sold: B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 9) available for $779.95 with free shipping. Compare at $985.00 new.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 40 lb
  • Max Height: 66.1"
  • Min Height: 3.7"
  • Folded Length: 23"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Bubble Level
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
In celebration of Tax Day here in the USA, use coupon code TAXDAY20 at LensRentals to save 20% sitewide on orders placed today and arriving before 4/30.
Post Date: 4/17/2018 7:30:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff TFC-14 Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 10) available for $695.00 with free shipping. Compare at $795.00 new.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 25 lb
  • Max Height: 47.6"
  • Min Height: 2.8"
  • Folded Length: 17.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.3 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
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