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 Monday, June 28, 2021

Highly recommended is browsing the Mega Deal Zone at B&H.

For 3 days only (or while supply lasts), B&H significantly discounts a huge number of items, with many (most?) getting their lowest price of the year.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/28/2021 7:13:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 27, 2021

With air-to-ground lightning strikes averaging under 10-seconds apart, this thunderstorm was awesome.

After dark, lightning becomes easy to photograph. Mount the camera to a tripod, frame a composition that includes the location with the most frequent lightning, focus to a long distance, set the aperture and ISO to control the lightning and overall image brightness, and then open the shutter long enough to catch at least one strike. Easy is to use 30-second exposures controlled by the camera (the strategy implemented for this example), but the Bulb setting controlled with a remote release enables the exposure timing to be adjusted as desired. For example, lock the remote release button down until there is a strike or the time duration exceeds the tolerance for long exposure noise.

Make safety a priority. Photographing lightning from a safe distance (far away) is advised. Locations with long distance visibility are advantaged in this regard, and the flat midwest prairie gets impressive thunderstorms.

Along with this storm came wind, wind strong enough create significant camera vibrations with even a sturdy tripod and strong enough to put a significant amount of dirt in the air. The solution to this issue was to drop down into the canyon a bit. The difference in wind speed 25 yards (25 m) down from rim was substantial and a solution to the problem.

Right, the title says four minutes, but a 30-second shutter speed was in use. This image is a four-minute exposure created by blending eight 30 second exposures using the "Lighten" layer blending option in Photoshop. This blending option is simple to use, allowing the lightning strikes from the layers below to show through.

As usual, the Canon EOS R5 and RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS Lens performed impressively on this shoot.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 6/27/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • Delkin Devices 1TB CFexpress POWER Memory Card – only $549.99 after $240.00 instant savings (very low $/TB ratio)
  • Think Tank Photo Vision 10 Shoulder Bag (Dark Olive) – only $49.75 after $60.00 instant savings
  • Hoya NXT Plus Circular Polarizer Filters (40.5mm or 49mm) – only $24.99 - $26.99 after $23.00 instant savings
  • & more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/27/2021 7:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 26, 2021

In short: Disconnect your WD My Book Live and WD My Book Live Duo from an internet-connected computer or network immediately!

From WD:

Recommended Security Measures for WD My Book Live and WD My Book Live Duo

Western Digital has determined that some My Book Live and My Book Live Duo devices are being compromised through exploitation of a remote command execution vulnerability. In some cases, the attackers have triggered a factory reset that appears to erase all data on the device.

We are reviewing log files which we have received from affected customers to further characterize the attack and the mechanism of access. The log files we have reviewed show that the attackers directly connected to the affected My Book Live devices from a variety of IP addresses in different countries. This indicates that the affected devices were directly accessible from the Internet, either through direct connection or through port forwarding that was enabled either manually or automatically via UPnP.

Additionally, the log files show that on some devices, the attackers installed a trojan with a file named “.nttpd,1-ppc-be-t1-z”, which is a Linux ELF binary compiled for the PowerPC architecture used by the My Book Live and Live Duo. A sample of this trojan has been captured for further analysis and it has been uploaded to VirusTotal.

Our investigation of this incident has not uncovered any evidence that Western Digital cloud services, firmware update servers, or customer credentials were compromised. As the My Book Live devices can be directly exposed to the internet through port forwarding, the attackers may be able to discover vulnerable devices through port scanning.

We understand that our customers’ data is very important. We do not yet understand why the attacker triggered the factory reset; however, we have obtained a sample of an affected device and are investigating further. Additionally, some customers have reported that data recovery tools may be able to recover data from affected devices, and we are currently investigating the effectiveness of these tools.

The My Book Live series was introduced to the market in 2010 and these devices received their final firmware update in 2015.

Advisory Summary

At this time, we recommend you disconnect your My Book Live and My Book Live Duo from the Internet to protect your data on the device.

We have heard customer concerns that the current My Cloud OS 5 and My Cloud Home series of devices may be affected. These devices use a newer security architecture and are not affected by the vulnerabilities used in this attack. We recommend that eligible My Cloud OS 3 users upgrade to OS 5 to continue to receive security updates for your device.

Back to TDP ...

This is a good time to evaluate your backup strategy. A relevant piece of knowledge is that any device connected to the internet or connected to a network with access to the internet is vulnerable to attack. I primarily utilize external hard drives for image and data backup, including WD models. However, these drives are connected no longer than necessary to transfer the new files. At least annually, a full backup is archived.

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Post Date: 6/26/2021 7:55:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 24, 2021

Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight Elite 45L Review

A first-choice full-size backpack for nearly any adventure.

The MindShift Gear BackLight Elite 45L is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Please share!

Post Date: 6/24/2021 11:34:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Today's B&H Deal Zone Deals feature the MindShift Gear Exposure 13 Shoulder Bag (Black) for only $79.95 – save $80.00. Many other deals are available.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/24/2021 8:24:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Use coupon code AIBUNDLE20 to save 20% on the Topaz Labs Image Quality Bundle (includes Gigapixel AI, DeNoise AI, and Sharpen AI). This promotion brings the final bundle price down to only $159.99 (regularly $259.97).

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Post Date: 6/24/2021 8:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The huge 2-day sales at B&H, Adorama, and Amazon (sign up for free Prime trial) end today.

Don't miss out on the substantial savings available.

Reminder: Look for the hot Crucial x6 SSD deals (4TB – $289.99, 2TB – $149.99, 1TB – $79.99, 500GB – $45.99). Our review.

Here are some of the Amazon Prime Day deals:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/22/2021 8:12:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Here are a few used deals to highlight today:

Look for a Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens in the B&H used EF lens category (MANY other options)

Due to high demand and short supply, the used RF category has a limited selection, but the Canon Extender RF 2x is available as I write this post.

CFexpress memory cards have become much more popular, but not much more affordable. Check out the used CFexpress Type A and B cards and readers currently available at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/22/2021 8:00:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 21, 2021

Substantial savings available: spend some time browsing the 48-hour sales at B&H and Adorama

The massive list of great deals include a wide range of gear — something you need is certainly included.

Look for the hot Crucial x6 SSD deals (4TB – $289.99, 2TB – $149.99, 1TB – $79.99, 500GB – $45.99). Our review.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/21/2021 10:50:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code CHILL15 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save 15% on orders placed by July 4th, 2021.

Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time. If you have not already done so, give the Canon EOS R5 and Sony Alpha 1 a test drive.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/21/2021 9:59:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 6/21/2021 7:29:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 20, 2021

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • Great deal on a great pack: MindShift Gear rotation180° Professional Backpack Deluxe Kit – only $299.99 after $200.00 instant savings
  • Vanguard VEO 2 GO Tripod with Ball Head – only $59.99 after $60.00 instant savings
  • Gitzo Century Leather Neck Strap for Mirrorless Cameras – only $39.88 after $55.00 instant savings
  • Optoma Technology HD DLP Home Theater Projectors – up to $80.00 instant savings
  • & more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/20/2021 7:20:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 18, 2021

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on Hoya NXT Circular Polarizer Filters (save up to $31.00), Google Pixel 3 / XL 64GB Smartphones (Unlocked) (save up to $720.00), and more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/18/2021 7:32:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 17, 2021

Use coupon code AIBUNDLE20 to save 20% on the Topaz Labs Image Quality Bundle (includes Gigapixel AI, DeNoise AI, and Sharpen AI). This promotion brings the bundle price down to only $159.99.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/17/2021 11:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Lexar Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 Memory Cards (128GB, 256GB or 512GB) – only $139.99 - $499.99 after up to $160.00 instant savings. Add an Xcellon Card Reader for just $29.25 additional.

Many more deals are available.

Lowest price ever: Until June 26th at 11:59 PM (EDT), save $1,000.00 on the money-making Matterport MC250 Pro2 Professional 3D Camera.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/17/2021 7:31:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 15, 2021

B&H has the new RRS Ascend-14 Long and Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripods with Integrated Ball Heads in their used stock. The prices are substantially reduced vs. new.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/15/2021 7:57:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 14, 2021

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day for big savings on the:

  • Pelican 1610 Watertight Hard Case with Dividers & Wheels - Charcoal Black – only $249.95 after $79.00 instant savings
  • HP ProDesk 600 G3 Micro Tower Desktop Computer, Intel Core i5-7500 3.40GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Pro – only $429.00 after $370 instant savings

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/14/2021 10:41:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on:

  • Tokina AT-X 14-20mm f/2 PRO DX Lenses (for Canon, Nikon) – only $319.00 after $180.00 instant savings
  • ASUS Designo 27" 16:9 IPS Monitor – only $239.95 after $160.00 instant savings
  • MeFOTO RoadTrip S Travel Tripod (Aluminum, Black) – only $69.95 after $70.00 instant savings
  • & more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/14/2021 8:15:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 13, 2021

Check out today's Adorama Deal of the Day for big savings on the IRIX Cine 11mm T4.3 Lens (in various mounts), Feet – Only $925.00 (Save $270.00).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/13/2021 1:09:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on Hoya 72mm NXT Plus Circular Polarizer Filters in 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm sizes.

Numerous additional items are available in the Deal Zone today.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/13/2021 7:13:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 10, 2021

Following is a look at the Sigma and Tamron Father's Day instant savings promotions in place.

ModelRebate Amount 
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS C Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM C Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG DN OS C Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens Buy$190.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy$400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

ModelRebate Amount 
Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 20mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 24mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Post Date: 6/10/2021 1:02:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Take a few minmutes to browse the entire list of Father's Day Deals (including tons of great gift ideas) at B&H.

Deals include:

  • SanDisk, Lexar, and Sony Memory Cards (many options)
  • Sigma and Tamron Lenses
  • Apple MacBooks
  • Samsung and WD SSDs and HDs
  • Much More!

A huge range of items are available, and most deals include free shipping.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/10/2021 12:21:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sony Electronics

Sony Electronics Announces New Airpeak S1 Professional Drone

Sony’s First Professional Drone is World’s Smallest that can be Equipped with Alpha Mirrorless Camera, Boasts High Speed and Stable Flight Performance

SAN DIEGO, CA – June 9, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced their first-ever professional drone, the "Airpeak S1"[i]. An introductory model in the new Airpeak line, the S1 is the world's smallest[ii] drone that can be equipped with a full-size mirrorless interchangeable-lens Alpha camera, opening up a new world of creative possibilities.

The new drone utilizes a proprietary motor, propeller, control system and sensing technology, allowing it to fly at extremely high speeds with very stable wind resistance. Additionally, the Airpeak S1 features an advanced remote controller that can support the production of high-quality aerial images and freely control the aircraft. It also includes obstacle detection, automatic flight control via sensing and increased safety via cloud management of the aircraft and flight information.

“Sony is excited to launch our new drone business with the Airpeak S1,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “Combining an extremely compact size with some of Sony’s most advanced imaging, sensing, AI and robotics technologies, the S1 will allow content creators, storytellers and commercial professionals to capture that which they’ve never been able to capture before.”

Aircraft with Advanced Flight Performance

The new Airpeak S1 offers dynamic flying capabilities, including a maximum speed of 55mph (90km/h)[iii], a maximum angular velocity of 180°/s[iv], and a maximum tilt angle of 55°[v].

Propulsion technology using a combination of Sony developed key devices provides wind resistance in strong wind speeds up to 44.7mph[vi] (20m/s). An example can be viewed below.

Independently developed propulsion device and flight control system

In addition to the lightweight, highly efficient, sturdy and responsive proprietary 17" propeller and brushless motor, the Airpeak S1 is equipped with an ESC (Electric Speed Controller) for optimal control of these components. A unique, high-performance flight control system integrates the propulsion device and all sensor information to ensure stable flight and high maneuverability.

Stable Flight by Sensing

Stereo cameras equipped with Sony’s image sensors are installed in 5 locations (front, back, left, right, bottom) of the aircraft. Sony's Vision Sensing Processor, which processes camera data at high speed and with low power consumption, and proprietary algorithms are used to accurately estimate the aircraft's spatial position and orientation in real time, enabling stable flight even in environments where GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) reception may be hindered, such as indoors or under bridges. The Airpeak S1 is also equipped with a unique high-performance flight control system that integrates all sensor information such as IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), direction, barometric pressure and infrared ranging to optimize the propulsion device.

The Airpeak S1 uses Multi-directional sensors to enable its obstacle braking function. The front, rear, left and right stereo cameras and the infrared range-finding sensor mounted on the top recognize obstacles in the vicinity of the aircraft, allowing the aircraft to automatically decelerate and stop according to the behavior of the aircraft and the surrounding conditions.

Multiple Camera and Lens Variations

Users have the flexibility to choose the right Alpha system for their desired application to expand their filmmaking horizons. The Airpeak S1 is compatible with a wide range of camera bodies including: the Alpha 7S series and FX3 for high descriptive capability with suppressed noise, the Alpha 7R series for ultra-high definition, and the Alpha 9 series and others for distortion-free images. The Alpha 1, which can shoot footage in 8K, is also compatible.

Free Operability

The new professional drone includes “Airpeak Flight,” an iOS® and iPadOS® compatible application[vii] that integrates the aircraft, transmitter, camera, and gimbal, allowing the operator to monitor status information such as flight distance and remaining battery power, and change various operations and settings on the screen.

Airpeak S1 also includes a dual operation mode so that one user can operate the drone, while another user can operate the gimbal and camera simultaneously, all while checking the same image, even in complicated scenes. The FPV (First Person View) camera, which can be tilt-operated from the remote controller, is mounted on the nose of the aircraft and is useful for the operator to check the direction of the aircraft and the direction of travel.

Highly Efficient Workflow with Automatic Flight

The new drone includes "Airpeak Base," a web application that allows the operator to manage equipment, create flight plans, and manage flight logs. In the equipment management, information on the equipment used is automatically listed and managed based on the flight log. This allows the operator to check the condition of the aircraft before going to the field, minimizing on-set issues.

With Airpeak Base, the operator can create advanced flight plans and automatically fly the aircraft along the same course repeatedly, as if the drone were on rails installed in the air. It is able to set the position (latitude, longitude and altitude) and speed of the aircraft along the timeline, and specify the orientation of the gimbal and the timing of video or still image shooting. It can also draw smooth curves on the map. Reproduction flight is an automatic flight function that reproduces the flight route, gimbal, and camera movements based on the flight logs that have flown in the past.

All aircraft information, including logs, can be uploaded to the cloud via the mobile app Airpeak Flight. Airpeak Base allows users to check the status of the aircraft and can provide notifications if necessary. Users can manage the status of all managed aircraft in one place before flight. Past flight logs can be viewed on the logbook screen, and details such as in-flight errors can also be reviewed.

Related Services

“Airpeak Plus," a cloud service that allows users to use the rich features of Airpeak Base, and "Airpeak Protect Plan," a service plan to cover accidental damage to the product, will be available to customers. Further details regarding both services will be available on the Airpeak website before the related products and services go on sale

Pricing and Availability

The new Airpeak S1 suggested retail price is approximately $9,000.00 and will ship with two (2) pairs of propellers, a remote controller, two (2) batteries and a battery charger. A third-party gimbal made specifically for the Airpeak S1 will be sold separately. The Airpeak S1 will be available for pre-order and ship to customers in the fall of 2021. Airpeak S1 is made in Japan.

Orders

Order your Sony Airpeak S1 Professional Drone at B&H.

Notes:

[i] Operating a drone in the USA is regulated by federal law and regulations. State and local ordinances may also apply to certain operations. When operating a drone, it is the remote pilot’s responsibility to always comply with applicable laws and regulations.

[ii] Based on Sony research and testing.

[iii] No payload, and obstacle brake disabled.

[iv] Vision positioning disabled.

[v] Obstacle brake disabled.

[vi] No payload.

[vii] All apps require network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.

[viii] Those who use drones to provide products and services to customers. If you register as a professional supporter, you will receive emails about events sponsored by Sony, opportunities to experience aircraft flight, and the latest product information.

Post Date: 6/10/2021 11:28:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Sony 64GB CFast 2.0 G Series Memory Card (2-Pack) with USB 3.0 Card Reader and much more!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/10/2021 9:32:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Last chance: 5DayDeal's Complete Video Creators Bundle 2021 is only available until June 8th at 12:00 PM (noon) PDT. Get $2,000+ worth of video resources for just $89.00, a huge savings.

A great part of this event is the positive impact on those in need, with ten percent of the bundle revenue ($8.90 per sale) going directly to charities.

5DayDeal's resource bundles have been extremely popular, so be sure to check this one out.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/8/2021 4:42:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 6, 2021

Check out today's Adorama Deals of the Day for big savings on the Glow EZ Lock Wing-Like Parabolic Fiberglass Umbrella (60"). Only $39.95 after $46.00 (54%) instant savings.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/6/2021 2:28:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Reminder: 5DayDeal's Complete Video Creators Bundle 2021 is available now and will not be available for long.

Until June 8th at 12:00 PM (noon) PDT, get $2,000+ worth of video resources for just $89.00, a huge 95% savings.

Get educated and make a positive impact. Ten percent of the bundle revenue ($8.90 per sale) goes directly to charities.

5DayDeal's resource bundles have been extremely popular, so be sure to check this one out.

Don't forget to share our link with those in your network, for their benefit and for the benefit of the charities.

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Post Date: 6/6/2021 1:44:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 5, 2021

Until 11:59 EST on 6/7/21, use coupon code MEMORIES2021 to save 20% at Printique.

Start thinking about gifts for the rest of this year – including for Father's Day.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/5/2021 9:53:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Act fast — this will be gone in a flash when B&H opens tonight: B&H has a used Sony Alpha a1 camera in stock! Save $975.05 over the $5,522.95 new price.

B&H has a used Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R in stock for only $68.95.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/5/2021 9:31:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 4, 2021

B&H has a used Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lens in stock for $878.95.

Adorama has a pair of Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM Lenses available, starting at $878.00.

B&H has a used Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens in stock.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/4/2021 10:21:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 3, 2021

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Hoodman Steel CFexpress Type B Card Reader and many other items.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/3/2021 11:36:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Don't miss this: 5DayDeal's Complete Video Creators Bundle 2021 is available now and will not be available for long.

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The team at 5DayDeal has been busy putting together a deep set of resources certain to educate and enhance production quality. Check out the long inclusion list!

A great part of this event is the positive impact on those in need, with ten percent of the bundle revenue ($8.90 per sale) going directly to charities.

5DayDeal's resource bundles have been extremely popular, so be sure to check this one out.

Also, please share our link with those in your network, for their benefit and for the benefit of the charities.

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Post Date: 6/3/2021 9:42:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Amazon Prime members should check out the early Prime Day deals at Amazon.

The $10.00 off $40.00 gift card deal is a no-brainer. Use coupon code GIFTFORPD21 after reviewing the details on this page.

"Amazon gift cards can now be spent toward the purchase of a Prime membership."

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/2/2021 11:30:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Lexar 512GB Professional CFexpress Type-B Memory Card – only $469.99 (save $130.00)

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/2/2021 6:29:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, May 22, 2021

A large bull moose is a good animal to run out of the path of.

This image is brought to your by the R5's incredible AF system paired with the versatile RF 100-500's outstanding image quality. This camera and lens combination is perfect for the quick catch-the-shot and get-out-of-the-way moments.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/5.0  1/500s
ISO 200
8192 x 5464px
Post Date: 5/22/2021 10:46:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, May 6, 2021

Just posted: Crucial X6 Portable SSD Review.

Faster, smaller, lighter, more robust, increased reliability, higher capacity, and lower price. That sounds like a winning scenario, right?

Even if the SSD does not interest you, be sure to read the data backup warning.

The 1TB and 4TB models are on sale now. Save up to $75.00 at Crucial X6 Portable SSD is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA

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Post Date: 5/6/2021 11:10:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Check out the new Rotation Backpack Series, featuring the 22L, 34L, and 50L+, at Think Tank Photo.
 
Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free shipping when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

Post Date: 5/4/2021 9:40:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 23, 2021

Even when 50 MP resolution exceeds the final resolution required for an image, the ultra-high resolution is often unexpectantly valuable. In this example, the selected camera position was optimized for capturing vertically oriented images of the runners jumping from a hurdle (going high in the air) while attempting to clear a water pit.

Crashes always draw attention, and the fall was the eye-catcher of this pass. However, the compressed body position and splashing water no longer worked well in the vertically oriented frame. The horizontal orientation crop seemed favorable, and the optimal framing required a tight crop, including pulling in from the sides. Despite the heavy cropping, the a1 image provided an often sufficient nearly 20 MP of final resolution.

While the Sony Alpha a1's 30 fps drive rate seems extreme, I am finding it addicting. In this case, the 30 fps results provided the ideal moment of touch down and splash combination.

Regarding splashing water, bright water droplets in front of a subject are notorious for stealing a camera AF system's attention. While a sustained high volume of water drops covering the subject sometimes eventually stole the a1's focus, the default AF settings held on the subject's eye behind the splashing very well.

The 400mm and f/2.8 combination is often perfect for photographing track and field events. In this example, the Sony FE 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens renders the foreground and background diffusely blurred, making the subject and water drops stand out. Despite the cloudy day and 1/2000 sec. shutter speed, the ISO setting remained relatively low.

We can enjoy the spectacle of this water crash without feeling too sorry for the runner. Being cold is apparently motivating for running because she went on to win this event with a top 10 list time for the university.


 
Camera and Lens Settings
400mm  f/2.8  1/2000s
ISO 1600
5440 x 3627px
Post Date: 4/23/2021 9:05:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 22, 2021

The Think Tank Photo Manager Series Rolling Cases just received the version 2 treatment, featuring:

  • Added shock-absorbing wheels to Logistics Manager 30 and Production Manager 40
  • Added customizable identification panel
  • Reduced weight 2-4 lbs.
  • Upgraded Logistics Manager 30 front and side panel to Production Manager 40 style
  • Replaced stretch material on side pockets to ballistics fabric with ladder-lock tightener
  • Upgraded foot style on Logistics Manager 30

See the new Think Tank Photo Manager Series V2 Rolling Cases
 
Don't forget that you'll get a free gift and free shipping when using our links for your purchase ($50.00 minimum purchase required).

Post Date: 4/22/2021 4:53:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Godox TL30 RGB LED Tube Light and an abundance of accessories have been announced. Get the details at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Godox News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 3:59:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

What Zeiss has been up to: 10 new lenses and 4 lens sets added to the Supreme Prime Lens family.

See the Zeiss Supreme Prime Lens line-up (including the kit that costs more than a big house in the country) at B&H.

Learn more about the new additions at B&H Explora.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:47:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Tokina SZX 400mm f/8 Reflex MF lens announcement was an interesting one. This lens is already available in many camera mounts, but adding the Canon RF and Nikon Z options to the mix is welcomed.

From Tokina:

Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens for Nikon Z and Canon RF camera mounts worldwide sales date announcement

Apr 22, 2021

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the sales release of Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens for Nikon Z and Canon RF camera mounts.

Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF adopts a T-mount standard (pitch 0.75mm, thread 42mm), that allows this lens to be attached to various cameras by using different mount adapters. To provide photographers a chance to use Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF lens with popular Nikon and Canon mirrorless cameras we release Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF for Nikon Z and Tokina SZX SUPER TELE 400mm F8 Reflex MF for Canon RF mounts. New mount adapters for Nikon Z and Canon RF mirrorless cameras can be purchased separately as well.

B&H carries Tokina lenses.

Sales will commence on May 7, 2021.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 4/22/2021 8:34:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 19, 2021

Some reviews go on indefinitely, and this review is one of those. So, I'll call it finished, but will continue to tweak it: Sony Alpha a1 Review.

This is an outstanding camera.

The a1 is in high demand and will be so for a long time, so get in line ASAP. Order the Sony Alpha a1 at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Need it immediately? Rent the Sony Alpha a1 from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 4/19/2021 9:08:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Gitzo GIGH4383LR Series 4 Center Ball Head with Arca-Type Lever Release QR Receiver was just announced. Get the details and preorder at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 4/19/2021 8:59:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 15, 2021

From DJI:

DJI Air 2S Melds Incredible Image Quality With Unmatched Flight Performance

Added Obstacle Sensors Improve Autonomous Flying, While The 1” Sensor Offers 20-Megapixel Photos and 5.4K Video

April 15, 2021 – DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, today sets a new benchmark for high-grade flight performance and incredible imagery with the new DJI Air 2S. This portable camera drone is an all-in-one solution, offering robust flight performance, state-of-the-art camera upgrades and high-grade preprogrammed content creation tools.

“Every creator remembers what it felt like to fly a drone for the first time, and they’ll feel the same sense of wonder and possibility when they first experience DJI Air 2S’s unparalleled mix of astonishing flight capability and gripping image quality,” said Ferdinand Wolf, Creative Director, DJI Europe. “DJI Air 2S is a wish list come to life for everyone who demands more from a drone, showcasing upgrades that truly elevate the system into a highly versatile drone. From content creators, to drone enthusiasts and travelers, we are confident that a lot of people will be excited about this drone.”

The DJI Air 2S is the first drone of its size to capture 20-megapixel still images or video in 5.4K with a new one-inch sensor that was previously available only on larger, less agile drones. DJI continues to enable the effortless creation of imaginative content with the new MasterShots feature. This advanced feature uses automatic flight path planning to set the drone’s course while recording video. Upon completion of the flight, DJI Air 2S automatically merges the footage under one theme to create an eye-catching video.

DJI Air 2S’s 31 minutes of maximum flight time and four-way directional obstacle sensors let the pilot focus on the shot while the drone’s safety systems warn when obstacles are getting close. APAS 4.0 is the most advanced autopilot system on any DJI drone and when turned on, seamlessly maneuvers around objects autonomously. O3, DJI’s third iteration of OcuSync, brings the most reliable transmission technology in the drone market to this portable, foldable drone so users know their connection is stable. The upgraded FocusTrack mode includes a suite of programmed modes like Spotlight 2.0, ActiveTrack 4.0 and Point of Interest 3.0 that easily mimic the focus, control and movement of a professional video operator.

An All-In-One Tool for All Your Content Capturing Needs

Expand your creative vision and capture high-grade footage using a new one-inch sensor capable of recording 20-megapixel still images, 5.4K video at 30fps or 4K at 60fps and 150Mbps. The one-inch sensor is larger than the sensor on the original Mavic Air 2 and offers a larger pixel size of 2.4µm, capturing more information and detail for better photos and videos. Get closer to the subject without moving the drone using a new digital zoom that supports 4X zoom at 4K 30fps, 6X at 2.7K 30fps, 4X at 2.7K 60fps, 6X at 1080P 60fps and 8X at 1080P 30fps. DJI’s renowned three-axis mechanical gimbal smooths out footage for professional-level quality and 8 GB of internal storage have been added. Users can choose to record in H264 or H265, depending on their preferences for image detail and storage capacity and can also choose from three video color profiles, Normal (8 bit), D-Log (10 bit) or HLG (10 bit) to match their video needs.

In addition to standard photo options like Timed Photo, AEB and Panoramas, DJI Air 2S’s SmartPhoto mode records 20-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose the best of three options that will create the most visually appealing image for you, including HDR, Hyperlight and Scene Recognition. HDR modes merge several images together for a vibrant scene while Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios and Scene Recognition can identify several common settings and apply camera adjustments to capture photos that pop.

Pre-Programmed Modes for Pro-Level Footage

The DJI Air 2S has the most programmed flight modes and image capture modes of any DJI drone of its size. These creative options include:

  • MasterShots: Professional-level aerial footage has never been easier. After activating MasterShots, the drone will autonomously plan a flight path, choose from three different image capture modes, including Proximity, Portrait or Landscape, and start recording classic aerial footage. Pilots can choose different themes and the DJI Fly app will generate a unique video that’s ready to be shared with the world.
  • FocusTrack: Focus on the scene and let DJI Air 2S do the hard work for you. Select your subject by drawing a square around it on your mobile device, then choose from Point of Interest 3.0, an autonomous flight path around the subject; ActiveTrack 4.0, a tool that seamlessly tracks the subject and keeps it in the frame; or Spotlight 2.0, where the drone movement is controlled by the pilot while it locks the subject into the frame.
  • QuickShots: A staple DJI feature, QuickShot modes include Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang and Asteroid.
  • Hyperlapse: See the world sped up from the air and in motion with the Hyperlapse option in resolution up to 4K. Content captured in 4K resolution and lower can apply digital stabilization for an added layer of smoothness.

Safe and Intuitive Flight Operation in an Ultra-Portable Drone

DJI Air 2S uses four high-grade antennas and the latest version of DJI’s proprietary OcuSync transmission tech, O3, to deliver a stable feed at a maximum distance of 12km1, even in areas with a high number of signals. A maximum 31 minutes in the air gives pilots more time to capture visually appealing footage while four-way sensors help reduce the risk of collision. The newly upgraded front, rear, bottom and top obstacle sensors incorporate binocular zooming technology to recognize incoming objects from further away at faster speeds.

DJI Air 2S uses the latest and most advanced version of Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 4.0, which allows the drone to autonomously and seamlessly maneuver around, under and over obstacles. While flying at normal speeds, the newly improved APAS 4.0 offers a wider field-of-view to detect obstacles compared to previous versions. If pilots are flying at higher speeds, as the angle of the drone pitches forward more and the newly added upward obstacle sensor plays a critical part in assisting obstacle detection. As with DJI’s latest drone models, the DJI Air 2S’s AirSense system warns drone pilots of nearby airplanes and helicopters transmitting ADS-B signals, so the drone can be quickly moved to a safer location. Other standard DJI safety features of DJI Air 2S include an improved Return-To-Home (RTH) feature, which can bring a drone back to its launch point if it loses contact with the controller or reaches a critically low battery level, and the GEO 2.0 geofencing system to advise pilots of sensitive locations and help them automatically keep away from high-risk areas such as airports. DJI Air 2S uses the latest version of the DJI Fly app, which features a wealth of educational information and tutorials to get new pilots up in the air quickly.

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for DJI Air 2S, covering various accidents, such as water damage, collisions, flyaway, etc. For an additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers up to two replacement units within one year, including coverage for one flyaway incident. The two-year plan provides three replacement units in two years, including coverage for up to two flyaway incidents and an extension of the original warranty period by one year (extension durations vary by region). Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes exclusive after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details, please visit https://www.dji.com/service/djicare-refresh.

Price and Availability

DJI Air 2S is available for purchase today from store.dji.com and from authorized retail partners in several configurations. The standard combo retails for $999 USD and includes the drone, remote controller, one battery and all the cables and parts needed to get into the air. The Fly More Combo retails for $1299 USD includes everything from the standard combo with the addition of 2 batteries for a total of 3, ND filters, a charging hub and a shoulder bag.

In Stock Now!

The DJI Air 2S is in stock at B&H and Adorama.

Learn more about the Air 2S at B&H Explora.

1 DJI Air 2S transmission system has a maximum range of 12 km when unobstructed, free of interference and FCC compliant. Maximum flight range specification is a proxy for radio link strength and resilience. Always fly your drone within visual line of sight unless otherwise permitted and check local laws and regulations in the region being operated.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/15/2021 8:56:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 10, 2021

Canon EOS R5 and RF 100-500 Lens Create Giant Bull Moose Environmental Portrait, Alaska When the subject is in a great environment, incorporating that environment into the portrait is usually the priority. While I love tightly-framed wildlife portraits, capturing a great environmental portrait is a more significant challenge.

Of course, with that set of antlers in the frame it is difficult to take a bad picture.

As is so often the case, the Canon EOS R5 and Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens were a perfect handheld combination for this run-and-gun pursuit.

Right, the 1/200 shutter speed is a relatively long exposure for photographing close wildlife. The beast paused (he was watching a cow) long enough for me to roll the shutter speed down to this setting. With auto ISO selected in manual exposure mode, the camera then chose a very low noise ISO setting despite the dark light levels.


The Canon EOS R5 is in stock at B&H.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/4.5  1/200s
ISO 500
8192 x 5464px
Post Date: 4/10/2021 9:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 9, 2021

From Rokinon:

Rokinon

New AF 24mm F1.8 Compact for Sony E

With Focus Hold Button and Custom Switch Full Frame · Fast · Weather Sealed

(New York, New York) April 9, 2021 – ROKINON has announced its new AF 24mm F1.8 Full Frame Compact Wide Angle Lens for Sony E mount. It is its eleventh auto focus lens specifically engineered for Sony mirrorless cameras. Weighing only 8.1 ounces and measuring just 2.8 inches in length, this new 24mm combines a compact and light form factor, a fast 1.8 aperture and a host of additional features that are unmatched by any other 24mm E mount lens in the market.

New and special features include:

  • Customizable Focus-Hold Button
    Pressing and holding this button will keep the lens locked at the auto-focused distance. The user can also assign to the focus hold button other desired functions through the Custom Key Settings menu of the camera.
  • Astrophotography Mode
    Astrophotography Mode automatically sets the lens focusing mode to MF, moves and locks the lens to infinity focus, and the Infinity Focus Confirmation LED will light in green. If the focus control ring is moved, the LED will turn to red.

  • Custom Switch
    The Custom Switch enables the focusing ring to function either as a manual focus control (Mode 1) or as an aperture control (Mode 2). Additional Custom Switch functions are being developed and will be made available via firmware updates. Fine tuning focusing parameters, new functions, and firmware updates may be obtained by using a ROKINON Lens Station.

The latest optical technology allows this speedy wide angle to achieve stunning corner-to-corner resolution, even at F1.8 maximum aperture. A total of 11 elements in 8 groups, with 7 special lenses (2 Aspherical + 3 High Refractive Index + 2 Extra Low Dispersion) and Ultra Multi-Coating deliver outstanding images. With this lens, spherical aberration and coma are highly controlled for the benefit of astrophotographers.

The Rokinon AF 24mm F1.8 excels not only at available light photography. It also allows great selective focus control with beautifully blurred backgrounds. Smooth-creamy bokeh with natural, circular, out-of-focus highlights is a result of this wide angle’s 9-blade circular aperture. This lens will also perform beautifully at an equivalent focal length of 36mm wih Sony E mount APS-C cameras.

A new STM (Stepping Motor) design controls superb auto-focus capability by moving only a single focusing group for extremely fast, precise and silent operation - whether shooting stills or videos. This design also prevents front element rotation and changes in length for easy use with 58mm polarizers and other filters that require precise positioning.

Other notable features include weather sealing in five areas to protect from dust, light rain and snow, a wide-angle view of 83.7° and a short minimum focusing distance of 7.48” (190mm). Coupled with its sophisticated optical design, you can capture stunning images in less than perfect environments - indoors and outdoors.

The ROKINON AF 24mm F1.8 Full Frame Lens for Sony E comes complete with a removable petal shaped lens hood, a custom fitted case and is expected to be available from authorized ROKINON dealers in June with a MSRP of $549.00.

SPECIFICATIONS

APERTURE RANGE: F1.8 - F22
OPTICAL CONSTRUCTION: Elements in 8 Groups (2 ASP + 3HR Index + 2 ED)
COATING: Ultra Multi-Coating (UMC)
MIN. FOCUSING DIST.: 7.48in (190mm) MAGNIFICATION RATIO: 0.21x
FILTER SIZE: 58mm
DIAPHRAGM BLADES: 9
MAX. DIAMETER: 2.56” (65.0mm)
WEATHER SEALED
AF MOTOR: Linear STM
CUSTOM SWITCH
INFINITY CONFIRMATION
FOCUS HOLD BUTTON
Angle of View: Full Frame 83.7° APS-C: 60.9°
Length: 2.81” (71.5mm)
Weight: 8.11oz (230g)
Mount: Sony E
Model: IO2418-E
Code: 0-84438-76721-6
MSRP: $549

Orders

B&H will be taking orders for the Rokinon 24mm f/1.8 AF Compact Lens for Sony E.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 4/9/2021 7:49:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 30, 2021

From Delkin:

Delkin’s New BLACK CFexpress™ Type B Cards Deliver Up to 1700 MB/s Sustained Speeds

POWAY, CA, MARCH 30, 2021 - Delkin Devices, a manufacturer of flash storage solutions and camera accessories, announced today the newest addition to their top-selling line of memory cards: BLACK CFexpress™ Type B memory cards. Specially designed to meet the ever-growing demands of today’s broadcast, cinema and photography industries, Delkin’s BLACK CFexpress™ cards leverage today’s latest technology in order to provide the fastest speeds on the market.

Other competing CFexpress™ Type B cards may state a maximum write speed, but BLACK takes things further with sustained sequential write speeds of at least 1400 MB/s (higher depending on capacity). This sustained speed versus potential write speeds is what guarantees flawless cinema-quality video capture, including DCI 8K RAW 12-Bit @ 30fps (2600 Mbps) in the Canon R5. This is especially valuable during events like weddings, sport meets, concerts and other situations you cannot redo. The cards are also capable of offloading data at speeds reaching up to 1730 MB/s, ensuring the quickest, most efficient data transfer from card to computer for immediate file access and sooner post-production.

Delkin BLACK CFexpress Type B Memory Card Performance

Maximum Write Speed – Defined as the Maximum Capable Write Speed – Potential Peaks & Valleys Sustained Sequential Write Speed – Defined as the Continuous Write Speed – No Peaks & Valleys

“With more camera manufacturers deciding to integrate support for CFexpress™ Type B memory cards into their new camera models, we felt the need to provide camera owners with a card that they could trust to protect and preserve their precious memories” says Jenn Sherry, Delkin's Retail Sales & Marketing Manager, “As cameras continue to advance and new data-heavy modes are introduced, it has become even more important for storage mediums to be able to keep up. We believe that BLACK CFexpress™ is the solution for complete video capture, just as the creator envisioned.”

Each BLACK CFexpress™ Type B memory card has undergone extensive testing to ensure full functionality and performance in today’s high-end cinematic hosts, including ones from Canon® (C300 Mark III, C500 Mark II, 1D X Mark III & R5) and Nikon® (D6, Z6 II & Z7 II). Select hosts originally designed with native support for XQD cards can also accept CFexpress™ Type B cards via firmware upgrade.

In addition to their “Lifetime Warranty” policy, Delkin continues to offer a unique built-in insurance policy for their BLACK memory cards, known as the “48-Hour Replacement Guarantee”. Delkin will replace any non-working BLACK card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends - in the US and UK), prior to receiving the non-working card. Cards can also be replaced over-the-counter at any authorized Delkin BLACK reseller.

Orders

Delkin BLACK memory cards are in stock at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Delkin News
Post Date: 3/30/2021 2:01:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 29, 2021

Last week's goal was to put a significantly challenging subject in front of the Sony Alpha a1's AF system.

This project started with 350+ images of whitetail deer captured with the outstanding Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens. At f/4, this lens produces a shallow depth of field that presents an AF challenge. Initially, the deer were milling about (erratic motion), but the game was quickly upped when a large group of deer came in fast, primarily single file, leaping toward the camera position. With animal eye detection and the entire AF area selected, the a1 easily and impressively tracked these subjects' eyes and produced an extremely high in-focus rate, including when the deer were leaping at close distances.

Despite the in-focus aspect of the image, none of these pics were worth keeping as the deer were shedding their winter coats and looking shaggy. I needed pictures that would look good in a review. From a wildlife perspective, birds, primarily ducks, were the acceptable subject I had access to.

After watching the weather forecast and the migration reports for some hotspot locations within driving distance, I made a final decision. On this day, the temperature was going well above freezing, and clear skies were forecasted. Bright sunlight brings out birds' iridescent colors, and the sky color reflects in the water, which, in this case, provided a surrounding blue color in the image (deep blue late in the day). The wind speed was supposed to be light for calmer water. The temperature was going to be comfortable — sitting in the water in the wind and sub-freezing temperatures complicates duck photography.

On this morning, I drove to the closest of the four selected locations, about 2.5 hours away. Unfortunately, the perfect subjects, the wood ducks reliably found there, were not there. While Canada geese were plentiful, I was looking for something different.

Plan B was immediately implemented. The Chesapeake Bay location was 2+ hours farther away, but this location is best in the afternoon, so there was still time to make it there for the ideal lighting.

Upon arrival, I discovered that the huge winter flock of ducks was down to a small fraction of the count. I expected a reduced count, but not this reduced. Fortunately, a selection of the ideal species was there, and with fewer birds, it was easier to isolate individual subjects, making the situation was ideal.

The scenario was ideal except for some wind that made the water choppy. Ideally, swimming duck photography is done at the water level, with the camera just above the water. This low camera position provides a side view of the duck, with a more-distant background, meaning the background has a stronger blur, making the subject pop.

When photographing floating ducks, getting the camera low involves sitting in the water, with chest waders and thick insulated pants required at this time of the year. With the high-frequency wind chop, splashing salt water was an issue, requiring a slightly higher camera position (a LensCoat rain cover protected most of the camera and lens). An unexpected wind complication was that bobbing with the ducks while looking into the viewfinder contributed to a strong sense of motion sickness.

Ducks floating on water may seem a low challenge to photograph (the proverbial sitting duck), but this scenario was the completel opposite. Many near-1' (0.3m) waves rocking the already-twitchy, constantly-erratically moving ducks and me (at different frequencies) made keeping a duck in the 600mm frame (I started at 840mm with a 1.4x teleconverter) extremely challenging (especially when the duck was obscured by a wave). I monitored image sharpness until becoming confident that a 1/3200 shutter speed eliminated motion blur in most pictures.

One of the biggest wildlife (and portrait) photography challenges is to keep the proper AF point selected. A motionless subject permits a focus and recompose strategy, but moving subjects require selecting a specific AF point that produces the optimal composition while remaining on the subject's eye. Fast AF point selection is an especially big challenge for unpredictable wildlife. Tracking a twitchy, bobbing duck with a specific focus point held on the eye would have been nearly impossible. However, the 600mm, f/4, close distance combination's shallow depth of field made focusing precisely on the eye a requirement.

Eye AF eliminates this challenge for a significant percentage of subjects. With the Sony Alpha a1's eye AF enabled, bird selected as the subject, and the entire AF area chosen (most of the frame), I was left to concentrate primarily on framing the scene and timing the shutter release press. Note that, when eye AF is locking on the subject, gloves are no longer an impediment to cold-weather wildlife pursuits.

When many changes are happening simultaneously, a fast frame rate has your back. I began shooting in the 30 fps drive mode but backed off to 20 fps when I saw how fast the image count was increasing.

Twenty fps is still an exceptionally fast frame rate. Most 20 fps shot sequences captured, minimally, a properly-framed duck image, and often, many well-framed shots, despite all of the motion (ducks would sometimes bob from one frame border to another during a short burst). With 20 fps capture, I didn't feel the need to repair closed necessitating membranes as the previous or next image still had the ideal pose. The foreground and background matter, and wave and reflection nuances vary constantly. These elements can be the deciding factor for selection, and the 20 and 30 fps capture rate provides considerable options in this regard.

That the a1's viewfinder responded fast enough to keep the birds in the frame was remarkable, and the lack of viewfinder blackout was also critical. Even more remarkable was the extremely-high in-focus rate the a1 delivered. In this 3:45 shoot, 8,985 images were captured, and in almost all of them, the eye was in sharp focus – even when the eye bounced into the periphery of the frame.

When packing, four batteries seemed a lot, but 4% of the fourth battery was consumed by the time I walked out of the water. That said, capturing nearly 3,000 images per relatively-small battery is great performance.

Similarly, taking a full terabyte of memory cards seemed overkill, but the last 256GB card was half-filled when shade reached the water. As much as I want to purchase CFexpress Type A memory cards for the a1, I can't get past the current price. Let's put a Type A number on this day. As I write this, adequate 160GB Type A memory cards to contain this under-4-hour shoot would have cost $2,394.00.

In comparison, four fast Lexar 256GB Professional 1667x V60 UHS-II SDXC Memory Cards currently cost $300.00.

With these Lexar cards, the a1 was writing the buffer to the card most of the time. This writing prevents some camera features from being accessible, though image playback functions during the writing process.

Ultra-high performance AF combined with an extreme frame rate results in a problem, albeit a great problem — too many excellent images yield a long selection process. You may have foreseen this issue: reviewing nearly 9k photos is a massive project, and the phenomenal in-focus rate makes that job far more difficult. It is hard to delete excellent pictures, but the quality bar must be raised (or considerable hard drive storage space acquired). Again, the a1's extreme performance create a problem you want to have.

I didn't mention the a1's 50MP resolution in this post, but the bouncing ducks were often not ideally framed. This camera's high resolution meant that significant resolution remained even after cropping deeply.

The Robus RC-8860 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod (great tripod, excellent value) provided the support for this shoot. With the tripod leveled, the two-way pan and tilt of the smooth-functioning Wimberley WH-200-S Sidemount Head ensured that every shot was level (though the wave action diminished this requirement).

The bottom line is that Sony Alpha a1, and especially its AF system, is an outstanding performer, as expected.


Last week's goal was to put a significantly challenging subject in front of the Sony Alpha a1's AF system.

This project started with 350+ images of whitetail deer captured with the outstanding Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens. At f/4, this lens produces a shallow depth of field that presents an AF challenge. Initially, the deer were milling about (erratic motion), but the game was quickly upped when a large group of deer came in fast, primarily single file, leaping toward the camera position. With animal eye detection and the entire AF area selected, the a1 easily and impressively tracked these subjects' eyes and produced an extremely high in-focus rate, including when the deer were leaping at close distances.

Despite the in-focus aspect of the image, none of these pics were worth keeping as the deer were shedding their winter coats and looking shaggy. I needed pictures that would look good in a review. From a wildlife perspective, birds, primarily ducks, were the acceptable subject I had access to.

After watching the weather forecast and the migration reports for some hotspot locations within driving distance, I made a final decision. On this day, the temperature was going well above freezing, and clear skies were forecasted. Bright sunlight brings out birds' iridescent colors, and the sky color reflects in the water, which, in this case, provided a surrounding blue color in the image (deep blue late in the day). The wind speed was supposed to be light for calmer water. The temperature was going to be comfortable — sitting in the water in the wind and sub-freezing temperatures complicates duck photography.

On this morning, I drove to the closest of the four selected locations, about 2.5 hours away. Unfortunately, the perfect subjects, the wood ducks reliably found there, were not there. While Canada geese were plentiful, I was looking for something different.

Plan B was immediately implemented. The Chesapeake Bay location was 2+ hours farther away, but this location is best in the afternoon, so there was still time to make it there for the ideal lighting.

Upon arrival, I discovered that the huge winter flock of ducks was down to a small fraction of the count. I expected a reduced count, but not this reduced. Fortunately, a selection of the ideal species was there, and with fewer birds, it was easier to isolate individual subjects, making the situation was ideal.

The scenario was ideal except for some wind that made the water choppy. Ideally, swimming duck photography is done at the water level, with the camera just above the water. This low camera position provides a side view of the duck, with a more-distant background, meaning the background has a stronger blur, making the subject pop.

When photographing floating ducks, getting the camera low involves sitting in the water, with chest waders and thick insulated pants required at this time of the year. With the high-frequency wind chop, splashing salt water was an issue, requiring a slightly higher camera position (a LensCoat rain cover protected most of the camera and lens). An unexpected wind complication was that bobbing with the ducks while looking into the viewfinder contributed to a strong sense of motion sickness.

Ducks floating on water may seem a low challenge to photograph (the proverbial sitting duck), but this scenario was the complete opposite. Many near-1' (0.3m) waves rocking the already-twitchy, constantly-erratically moving ducks and me (at different frequencies) made keeping a duck in the 600mm frame (I started at 840mm with a 1.4x teleconverter) extremely challenging (especially when the duck was obscured by a wave). I monitored image sharpness until becoming confident that a 1/3200 shutter speed eliminated motion blur in most pictures.

One of the biggest wildlife (and portrait) photography challenges is to keep the proper AF point selected. A motionless subject permits a focus and recompose strategy, but moving subjects require selecting a specific AF point that produces the optimal composition while remaining on the subject's eye. Fast AF point selection is an especially big challenge for unpredictable wildlife. Tracking a twitchy, bobbing duck with a specific focus point held on the eye would have been nearly impossible. However, the 600mm, f/4, close distance combination's shallow depth of field made focusing precisely on the eye a requirement.

Eye AF eliminates this challenge for a significant percentage of subjects. With the Sony Alpha a1's eye AF enabled, bird selected as the subject, and the entire AF area chosen (most of the frame), I was left to concentrate primarily on framing the scene and timing the shutter release press. Note that, when eye AF is locking on the subject, gloves are no longer an impediment to cold-weather wildlife pursuits.

When many changes are happening simultaneously, a fast frame rate has your back. I began shooting in the 30 fps drive mode but backed off to 20 fps when I saw how fast the image count was increasing.

Twenty fps is still an exceptionally fast frame rate. Most 20 fps shot sequences captured, minimally, a properly-framed duck image, and often, many well-framed shots, despite all of the motion (ducks would sometimes bob from one frame border to another during a short burst). With 20 fps capture, I didn't feel the need to repair closed necessitating membranes as the previous or next image still had the ideal pose. The foreground and background matter, and wave and reflection nuances vary constantly. These elements can be the deciding factor for selection, and the 20 and 30 fps capture rate provides considerable options in this regard.

That the a1's viewfinder responded fast enough to keep the birds in the frame was remarkable, and the lack of viewfinder blackout was also critical. Even more remarkable was the extremely-high in-focus rate the a1 delivered. In this 3:45 shoot, 8,985 images were captured, and in almost all of them, the eye was in sharp focus – even when the eye bounced into the periphery of the frame.

When packing, four batteries seemed a lot, but 4% of the fourth battery was consumed by the time I walked out of the water. That said, capturing nearly 3,000 images per relatively-small battery is great performance.

Similarly, taking a full terabyte of memory cards seemed overkill, but the last 256GB card was half-filled when shade reached the water. As much as I want to purchase CFexpress Type A memory cards for the a1, I can't get past the current price. Let's put a Type A number on this day. As I write this, adequate 160GB Type A memory cards to contain this under-4-hour shoot would have cost $2,394.00.

In comparison, four fast Lexar 256GB Professional 1667x V60 UHS-II SDXC Memory Cards currently cost $300.00.

With these Lexar cards, the a1 was writing the buffer to the card most of the time. This writing prevents some camera features from being accessible, though image playback functions during the writing process.

Ultra-high performance AF combined with an extreme frame rate results in a problem, albeit a great problem — too many excellent images yield a long selection process. You may have foreseen this issue: reviewing nearly 9k photos is a massive project, and the phenomenal in-focus rate makes that job far more difficult. Most of us are not interested in a large volume of images, but we do care about quality. Still, it is hard to delete excellent pictures, and the minimum quality bar must be raised (or considerable hard drive storage space acquired). Again, the a1's extreme performance create a problem you want to have.

I didn't mention the a1's 50MP resolution in this post, but the bouncing ducks were often not ideally framed. This camera's high resolution meant that significant resolution remained even after cropping deeply.

The Robus RC-8860 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod (great tripod, excellent value) provided the support for this shoot. With the tripod leveled, the two-way pan and tilt of the smooth-functioning Wimberley WH-200-S Sidemount Head ensured that every shot was level (though the wave action diminished this requirement).

The bottom line is that Sony Alpha a1, and especially its AF system, is an outstanding performer, as expected.

Post Date: 3/29/2021 10:40:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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