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 Thursday, February 15, 2024

Highlighting some just-arriving gear in the B&H Used Department:

A used R8 cameras is newly available in the Canon EOS mirrorless camera inventory.

Used 15-35mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm F4, 70-200mm F2.8 & F4, 100-500mm, and 50mm F1.8 lenses were just added to the Canon RF lens inventory.

Used 70-200mm II, 100-400mm, and 200-600mm lenses were just added to the Sony FE lens inventory.

Remember: use the B&H Payboo payment card to save the tax.

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Post Date: 2/15/2024 9:43:36 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Sony Alpha 9 III is here, and it is time to set up this camera. This powerhouse of a camera may seem daunting to set up, but the process is not burdensome and not unlike other recent high-end Sony Alpha cameras. The following steps prepare a factory-initialized a9 III for use.

  1. Charge the battery
  2. Record the serial number, and add the camera to your insurance policy
  3. Download and install the latest version of Sony Imaging Edge or your favorite RAW image processing software.
  4. Insert the charged battery and a memory card(s) (we'll format it later), and power on the camera
  5. Answer the power-on prompts, including setting the time zone and date
  6. Select M mode, press "Menu", and configure the camera as follows:
  7. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Image Quality: Image Quality Settings: File Format: RAW; RAW File Type: Lossless Compressed L (full image quality reduced file size)
  8. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Long Exposure NR: Off (I enable this option for very long exposures)
  9. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: High ISO NR: Low
  10. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Lens Compensation: Shading Chromatic Aberration and Distortion Comp: All Off (I use the RAW processing software to enable any lens compensation with CA correction frequently selected)
  11. Shooting > 2 Media: Format (ensure there are no important files on the card(s) prior to formatting)
  12. Shooting > 3 File: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On Set Photographer: [your name]; Set Copyright: [as desired]; Write Serial Number: On (entering this information on the touchscreen may be a painful process)
  13. Shooting > 5 Drive Mode > Self-timer Type: Self-timer(Single): 2 sec
  14. Shooting > 5 Drive Mode > Bracket Settings: Self-timer during Bracket: 2 Sec, Bracket order: ->0>+ (optimizes image order for HDR processing)
  15. Shooting > 7 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Lens: Disable
  16. Shooting > 7 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Card: Disable (should be the default)
  17. Shooting > 10 Shooting Display: Grid Line Display: On (Rule of Thirds selected)
  18. Exposure/Color > 3 Metering: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  19. Exposure/Color > 6 Color/Tone: D-Range Optimizer: Off
  20. Exposure/Color > 6 Color/Tone: Creative Look: NT (Neutral) Sharpness = 1 (this setting provides a low contrast histogram that better shows exposure latitude. I usually process with the default creative style in Capture One or profile in Lightroom)
  21. Focus > 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-S: AF (in focus is my priority)
  22. Focus > 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-C: AF (in focus is my priority)
  23. Focus > 2 Focus Area: Focus Area: Spot: S (this setting is often changed)
  24. Focus > 2 Focus Area: Switch V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  25. Focus > 4 Initial Focus Mag.:c x2.9
  26. Focus > 5 Peaking Display: On
  27. Focus > 5 Peaking Level: Low
  28. Playback > 4 Delete: "Delete" first
  29. Playback > 7 Playback Option: Display Rotation: Off (image always fills LCD)
  30. Network > 7 Network Option: Airplane Mode: On
  31. Setup > 3 Operation Customize: Custom Key/Dial Set.: Dial/Wheel: Front Dial: Av/Tv (Tv in M mode) (I adjust the shutter speed more frequently and urgently than the aperture and the front dial is easier to access quickly); Rear Dial: Av/Tv (Av in M mode); Rear Control Wheel: Av/Tv (Av in M mode)
  32. Setup > 3 Operation Customize: DISP (Screen Disp) Set: Monitor: Uncheck For viewfinder press [enter]
  33. Setup > 5 Touch Operations: Touch Panel/Pad: Both Valid
  34. Setup > 5 Touch Operations: Touch Pad Settings: Shooting Screen: Touch Position Mode: Relative Position
  35. Setup > 10 Sound Option: Audio Signal(Shooting): Off (how to turn off the AF beep sound)
  36. Setup > 13 Setup Option: Anti-dust Function: Curtain when Pwr OFF: On (closes a mechanical shutter on power off to avoid dust on the sensor)
  37. My Menu: Format, Anti-flicker Set., Steady Shot, Flash Comp., Recognition Target
  38. View the menu (it is always sharp) through the viewfinder while adjusting the diopter

I make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration means you intend to shoot as I do, including in RAW-only format. While this setup works optimally for me, you should adjust the camera to your needs.

If you can't remember your menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Anytime the camera is set to the factory state, such as when serviced or when acquiring an additional camera, the list will ensure all settings are quickly re-established. Better still, save the camera settings to a memory card (Setup > 2: Reset/Save Settings menu: Save/Load Settings: Save) for an easy restore or replication. The setup file can be copied to a computer drive for long-term storage.

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 10:42:59 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sharing more deals at B&H:

Apple 13.6" MacBook Air – Up to $300 off.

Apple MacBook Air 15" – Up to $200 off.

Apple MacBook Pro – Up to $1,700 off.

SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card – Only $139.99 ($160.00 instant savings until 2/18).

Godox AD400Pro Witstro All-in-One Outdoor Flash – Only $499.00 ($150.00 instant savings until 2/29).

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 10:24:47 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sigma's next product announcement now has a date and time. Stop back here on February 20th, 8:00 PM EST (Feb 21st at 10:00 AM JST) to learn about the new products.

Expect B&H to accept preorders at announcement time.

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Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/14/2024 9:45:47 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sony's FY 2023 Q3 financial results are available on the Investor Relations page.

Presentation (track ET&S for the Entertainment, Technology & Services Segment (cameras), I&SS for the Imaging and Sensing Solutions segment)

Speech Transcript
Financial Statements
Supplementary Information
Webcast

A continued decrease in televisions sales has impacted the Entertainment, Technology & Services results. The words "camera" and "lens" do not appear in the report.

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 9:28:55 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Highlighting some just-arriving gear in the B&H Used Department:

A used R6 just arrived in the Canon EOS mirrorless camera inventory.

Used 24-50mm, 24-70mm, 85mm F1.2, 85mm F1.2 DS, and 800mm F11 lenses are in the Canon RF lens inventory.

Used a7C R and a7C II cameras are available in the Sony Alpha camera inventory.

Used 12-24mm F2.8 and F4, 16-35mm II, 100-400mm, 200-600mm, 50mm F1.2, 85mm F1.4, 600mm F4 lenses were just added to the Sony FE lens inventory.

Many used tripods, including several Ascend-14 models, BH-40 and BH-55 ball heads, an MC-34 Series 3 Monopod, and an L-Plate Set for Canon EOS R5 are available in the Really Right Stuff inventory.

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 8:34:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

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

  • Gitzo Legende Series 1 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit with Ball Head & Leather Strap – only $579.99 after $420.00 instant savings
  • Thule Covert 24L Camera Backpack (Dark Slate) – only $149.95 after $130.00 instant savings
  • Portkeys BM5 III WR 5.5" HDMI Touchscreen Monitor with Camera Control – only $389.00 after $260.00 instant savings
  • GVM 1000D RGB LED Light Panel (3-Light Kit) – only $379.00 after $120.00 instant savings
  • Deity V-Mic D4 Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone – only $69.00 after $30.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Worth browsing: Deals of the Week at B&H.

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 8:11:03 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 12, 2024

The Amazon Prime Card Bonus is back and most Canon mirrorless cameras and lenses are included in the 10% category.

This savings is on top of any Canon instant savings available.

Don't have an Amazon Prime Card? Get one here.

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Post Date: 2/12/2024 9:12:07 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, February 11, 2024

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

  • Silicon Power Memory Cards & Flash Drive – only $7.99 - $329.98 after up to $230.00 instant savings
  • RucPac Sentinel Camera Strap – only $29.99 after $30.00 instant savings
  • GVM RGB LED Bi-Color Video Light Wand – only $79.00 after $80.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

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Post Date: 2/11/2024 8:14:55 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 9, 2024

A sweet Swarovski 8x30 CL B Companion Wild Nature Binocular, more filters, and other items are newly available.

As usual, this gear is being sold to fund new gear to review. Check the list to see if anything fits into your kit. Most items are like new.

Bryan's Used Gear for Sale
 

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Post Date: 2/9/2024 3:00:56 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Hundreds of hours, thousands of manual changes, and hundreds of thousands of programmatic updates bring the site to the latest design iteration.

Updates include:

  • A "Table of Contents" positioned near the top of most reviews facilitates jumping directly to a review section, "Image Quality" for example.
  • A "Verdict", "Pros", and "Cons" are now the first review content in the most recently updated reviews (Canon RF and Sony FE lenses). Expect these features to be standard in future reviews, and I'll update older reviews if time permits.
  • Comparison images in reviews are now optionally loaded, omitting a sometimes-significant download when not needed.
  • Modest graphic design updates are in place.
  • A myriad of under the covers changes, including significant speed optimizations.

Go to the Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens review for a look at what has changed.

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Post Date: 2/9/2024 9:59:07 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The sure-to-be epic solar eclipse of April 8, 2024 is now less than two months away. Are you ready?

A solar filter is required (except during totality), and B&H still has solar filters in stock.

The Alpine Astro Baader AstroSolar BDSF 3.8 Digital Solar Filter (review) is my first choice for this event. You can order this filter at B&H.

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Post Date: 2/9/2024 9:20:33 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

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

  • Lexar 320GB Professional CFexpress Type A Card GOLD Series with Card Reader – only $349.00 after $290.00 instant savings
  • Gitzo Legende Camera Backpack (14L, Dark Brown/Light Brown) – only $139.00 after $110.00 instant savings
  • Vallerret Photography Gloves – only $19.00 - $59.95 after up to $60.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Worth browsing: Deals of the Week at B&H.

The B&H Used Department has been busy. Here is some just-arriving gear:

Used R7 and R8 cameras are newly available in the Canon EOS mirrorless camera inventory.

Used 15-30mm, 14-35mm, 100-500mm, and 85mm F2 lenses were just added to the Canon RF lens inventory.

Used a7C R and a7C II cameras are available in the Sony Alpha camera inventory.

Used 24-70mm II, 70-200mm F2.8 II, 100-400mm, and 50mm F1.2 lenses were just added to the Sony FE lens inventory.

Numerous tripods and ball heads arrived in the Really Right Stuff inventory in the last couple of days.

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Post Date: 2/9/2024 9:01:54 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 8, 2024

Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens firmware update version 06 is available for download.

Firmware Version 06 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds support for continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking up to a maximum of 120 images/second when used with the ILCE-9M3 camera body
  2. Fixes an issue where, after updating to Ver. 04, the AF (autofocus) and MF (manual focus) do not work after setting the camera shooting mode to S&Q mode or 4K video mode

Get the Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens at B&H.

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Post Date: 2/8/2024 9:25:53 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Tamron's FY2023 Financial Results: "Achieved a new record of operating income".

"Our main photographic products business achieved high growth with a substantial improvement in profitability."

Tamron plans to introduce 6 new lens models in 2024, up from 5 in 2022 and 2023.

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Post Date: 2/8/2024 9:17:15 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

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

  • Lowepro Photosport Pro III 70L Backpack (M/L) – only $239.99 after $300.00 instant savings
  • Sachtler System Ace XL MS AL with Fluid Head, Ace 75/2 D Tripod, Mid-Level Spreader & Bag – only $897.00 after $300.00 instant savings
  • GVM SD80D Bi-Color LED Monolight – only $94.00 after $65.00 instant savings
  • Feelworld LUT7S 7" 3D LUT 4K HDMI and SDI Monitor – only $259.99 after $110.00 instant savings
  • Gator Framework Desktop Studio Monitor Clamp-On Stands – only $59.99 after $40.00 instant savings
  • Samsung Memory Cards – only $5.99 - $52.99 after up to $23.00 instant savings with coupon automatically applied in cart

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Worth browsing: Deals of the Week at B&H.

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Post Date: 2/8/2024 8:43:46 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The Sony a9 III is in stock at B&H, Adorama, Amazon, and WEX.

Rent the Sony Alpha 9 III from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 2/8/2024 8:34:40 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Updated: Canon RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens Review.

I promised to add sample images to this review. You will find them in the focal length range discussion.

Also, four 800mm f/9 100% crops showing distant bird feather detail are now available in the image quality discussion. Remember that browsers may auto enlarge images on high resolution displays, reducing the sharpness appearance.

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Order the Canon RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens from B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon (all available countries) | WEX | Camera Canada

Rent the Canon RF 200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Post Date: 2/7/2024 9:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

"Capture One Pro (16.3.5) is a service release that includes support for a new camera [Sony a9 III] and bug fixes."

Get the full details of this update in the release notes.

Get Capture One at B&H.

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Post Date: 2/7/2024 9:04:14 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

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

  • Saramonic Blink 500 Pro B1 Digital Camera-Mount Wireless Omni Lavalier Microphone System (2.4 GHz, Black) – only $89.00 after $140.00 instant savings
  • Angler 865BLED Sparta Bicolor LED Light – only $59.00 after $140.00 instant savings
  • SmallRig AAK2213D Multi-Tool with Screw Storage – only $14.99 after $10.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Worth browsing: Deals of the Week at B&H.

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Post Date: 2/7/2024 8:59:21 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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