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 Monday, April 22, 2019

 
In this video, photographer Vanessa Joy demonstrates her techniques for editing bright and colorful photos.
Post Date: 4/22/2019 8:03:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 21, 2019
It was an early morning in Crested Butte, Colorado and the sky was dark, heavily overcast and quite uninspiring. Then the clouds rolled away and suddenly there was bright light bringing life to the fall-colored aspens.
 
I was primarily shooting with the Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens this morning. As there was adequate light, shooting this combination handheld permitted rapid and significant location and composition changes as dictated by the rapidly changing light.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
58mm  f/8.0  1/100s
ISO 100
6720 x 4480px
Post Date: 4/21/2019 6:05:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 19, 2019
B&H has the new Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF in stock.
 
We have this lens in the lab – test results coming soon.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32
  • Three FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • TSC Material, Dust- and Moisture-Sealed
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/19/2019 10:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
If you have used Canon's Map Utility lately, you've likely seen the following warning message (thanks Henri):
"Map displaying service of Map Utility will be terminated by the end of Oct. 2019."
We reached out to Canon Technical Advisor Rudy Winston to ask what prompted the change. While the reason behind the change remains unclear, Rudy did let us know that Canon's Map Utility is reaching the end of its product life cycle and another Canon-developed program has taken its place, albeit without some of Map Utility's functionality (specifically, the mapping feature utilizing Google Earth imagery).
 
From Rudy Winston:
"Basically, the current Canon Map Utility software is in the process of being discontinued. We don’t know the reasons, so there’s little point in my speculating about possible causes of this. However, the good news is that there is a replacement Canon software available, to work with GPS Log files – it’s called Canon GPS [Log File] Utility, and it was posted on the Canon USA web site as a free download in February.
 
It's not literally the same as the previous Canon Map Utility – it’s basically a *retrieval* and conversion software, and does NOT have “mapping” functionality itself. What it does do is convert Canon GPS Log files into Google Earth-compatible .KMZ files – which can then be used and read by numerous third-party mapping software programs. So it loses the display portion of the previous Map Utility, but again, that should pose little problem for most users, since various 3rd-party solutions to display the Canon-generated .KMZ files on a map are readily available.
 
There’s reportedly no change in GPS tagging capability either (that is, creation of specific spots where a given image was taken) ... again, you just need a compatible 3rd-party mapping software to display them."
Is the Google Maps API price increase the root cause of this change? I know that one of my favorite dark sky map websites has gone ... dark, popping a "This page can't load Google Maps correctly." message.
 
Download: GPS Log File Utility
 
B&H carries the GPS Receiver GP-E2.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:10:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tokina:
 
Apr 19, 2019 – Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce the worldwide sales date for the new Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO (SONY E-mount) for digital mirrorless cameras.
 
Sales will commence on April 26th, 2019.
 
Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO is the second lens in FíRIN series designed to help shooting artistic photos of people, landscape or things at a very close distance, allowing to see the details that human eyes would hardly see.
 
It is a moderate tele macro lens with incorporated optics designed for Sony full frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens is capable of life-sized (1:1) reproduction at 30cm. Due to its macro specifications the lens has extremely high resolution, low distortion and low falloff. Fast aperture f/2.8 provides excellent performance in low light conditions. Beautiful soft bokeh makes this lens an extremely attractive tool for macro, portraits, landscapes, art reproduction, commercial and general purpose shooting.
 
B&H will have the Tokina FíRIN 100mm F2.8 FE MACRO for Sony E available for preorder.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/19/2019 7:14:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Wedding photographer JB Salle gives tips on off-camera lighting and how to use strobes effectively. He discusses lighting techniques that mimic the sun when there isn’t enough natural light, as well as how to use a reflector to separate the subject from the backdrop. There are a lot of useful nuggets of information in this video, so check it out!
Post Date: 4/19/2019 6:07:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the GVB Gear 162 Bicolor On-Camera LED Light with LCD Display and Shoe Mount Adapter available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Variable Color Light from 3300 to 5600K
  • Dimming from 100 to 20% Brightness
  • LCD Info Screen
  • Magnetically Attached Diffusion Included
  • Stack Multiple Lights Side by Side
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Mounting Holes
  • Tiltable Cold Shoe Mount Included
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through this weekend, B&H has the Tamron SP 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di Lens available for $369.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • XR and LD Elements
  • Internal AF Motor, Manual Override
  • 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13"
  • Maximum Magnification 1:3.9
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 4/19/2019 5:17:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 18, 2019
(New York, New York) April 17, 2019 – Rokinon has announced the new AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for for Nikon F mount which is the 10th lens of its autofocus series of lenses for Sony, Canon and Nikon cameras.
 
This ideal portrait-length prime is designed for optimal quality imaging with the most advanced Nikon Full Frame image sensor cameras. It also performs with Nikon APS-C sensor cameras as a high speed 127.5mm equivalent AF telephoto lens.
 
A variety of advanced lens technologies, including a Hybrid Aspherical element, allow for a more compact (< 3 inches long) and lightweight (17oz) design that also minimizes aberrations, controls distortion, and provides excellent resolution. Ultra Multi-Coating is applied to all optical surfaces to suppress flare and ghosting while increasing contrast and color accuracy. Autofocusing is fast, quiet and accomplished by two Linear Ultrasonic Motors (LSM’s) that only have to adjust a single inner lens group to achieve precise focus.
 
Additional notable features of the new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 include Weather Sealing, all metal construction, an ergonomically designed size, shape and grip for enhanced comfort, and a rounded 9 blade aperture that helps to achieve beautiful bokeh.
 
The new Rokinon AF 85mm F1.4 Full Frame Lens for Nikon F will be available in early May with a street price of only $799.00. It will include a reversible lens hood, lens caps, and a soft pouch case.
 
B&H carries Rokinon lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 11:22:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Samyang AF 85mm f/1.4 EF Lens for Canon available for $598.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One Hybrid Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Multi-Coating
  • Ultrasonic Dual Linear AF Motor
  • Round Nine-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 7:18:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 


SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF mount
 
Benefit of the update
 
  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.


SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount
 
Benefit of the update
 
  • When the lens is used in combination with the Canon “EOS R” and their “Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, or “Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R”, it has corrected the phenomenon whereby it may occasionally show overexposure when narrowing down the aperture from F3.5 while shooting.


B&H carries the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary and SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 6:40:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Nikon F mount
 
Benefit of the update (v.1.03)
 
  • It has improved the stability of the image in the viewfinder, making it easier to confirm composition, thanks to the updated control algorithm of the Optical Stabilizer.
B&H carries the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary Lens.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/18/2019 6:33:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zhiyun-Tech Crane-2 3-Axis Stabilizer with Follow Focus for Select Canon DSLRs available for $499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.00.
 
Included Free ($129.00 value)
 
  • Zhiyun-Tech Focus Motor for Crane 2
Product Highlights
 
  • For Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras up to 7 lb
  • Electronic Follow Focus Control
  • Pro-Grade Image Stabilization
  • OLED Display
  • Camera Control via Handgrip Buttons
  • 12-18 H Runtime with Included Batteries
  • Power Select Cameras via Gimbal
  • Quick Release Camera Plate
  • Gradual Power-Down Protects Camera
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 & 545GB Dual-Leg Tripod System with Half Ball Adapter & Bag available for $549.88 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Nitrotech N12 Fluid Head
  • 26.4-Pound Load Capacity
  • 8.8 to 26.4-Pound Counterbalance Range
  • 75mm Flat Base
  • Left Side Controls
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • 545GB Legs with 100mm Bowl
  • System Height Range: 29.3 to 66.9"
  • Half Ball Leveling Adapter, Padded Case
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Canon Canada has made Canon EOS R Firmware Version 1.2.0 available (Windows | Mac).
 
Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
 
  1. Eye-detection AF
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  2. Small AF Frame Size
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of "Movie Servo AF" setting.
  3. Under certain conditions the electronic level displayed in the electronic viewfinder did not display properly.
  4. Under certain conditions information displayed in the electronic viewfinder was not properly rotated.
  5. Under certain conditions updating the firmware for the wireless file transmitter WFT-E7 was not possible.
More Information: Canon EOS R Review
 
Canon EOS RB&H | Adorama | Amazon US
 
Thanks Marco!
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