Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Mar 2020 (Page 2)

 Thursday, March 26, 2020
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF/Nikon F available for $999.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/26/2020 4:44:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Awesome lens. Create some comparisons.
 
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Save up to over $2,000: check out the used EF 500mm lenses in stock at B&H.
 
Rent the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2020 10:31:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Apple Shopping Event at B&H features substantial savings on a huge list of Apple products.
 
Now is a great to time upgrade your system and accessories.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 10:55:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Samsung S20 and S20+ on sale for $200.00 off and $158.00 worth of free accessories are included.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 11:02:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Future Firmware: EOS-1D X Mark III
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
We have confirmed that the following phenomenon may occur during use of the EOS-1D X Mark III digital SLR camera. A new firmware release is planned for early April; once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our website.
 
We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users of these products who may have been inconvenienced by this issue
 
Phenomenon
 
When the camera is used with the electronic level set to “Show” in the viewfinder display, in rare cases, the camera may not perform normally when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.
 
Affected Product
 
EOS-1D X Mark III (Firmware version 1.0.0)
 
Workaround
 
Use the “Hide” setting for the “Electronic level” in the “Viewfinder display”.
 
Setting procedure:
 
Menu / Set-up 2 tab / Viewfinder display / Electronic level* [Hide]
 
*Default setting: [Hide]
 
Support
 
In early-April 2020, we plan to release a firmware update to address the phenomenon listed above. Once the new firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on the Canon U.S.A website.
 
In the interim, please follow the steps provided in the workaround.
 
If you have not already done so, please register the EOS-1D X Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
 
Check out our full Canon EOS-1D X Mark III review and order yours now.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2020 8:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Notice to our Customers regarding closure of California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii Service Facilities
 
Due to the “stay at home” directives from authorities in California, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii, as well as local “Shelter in Place” orders, our Canon service facilities in those states are temporarily closed until further notice. Products needing repair can be directed to our Factory Service Center in Newport News, Virginia. Please note that walk-in service is not available at this location. We apologize for any inconvenience and delays that may occur during this time. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.
 
We encourage you to use our online system to set up the service of your product at: https://www.usa.canon.com/repair.
 
The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation that is of great concern to everyone. Canon’s commitment is to take proactive and proportional steps in accordance with all recommended procedures and protocols as advised by the CDC, the United States Government, and state, regional and local public health agencies.
 
Again, we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state authorities. The health and well-being of our customers, clients, and employees remain our top priority during this difficult time. As conditions change, we will take recommended and appropriate steps to restore and continue the excellent service that you have come to expect from Canon USA, Inc. For updates and other information regarding COVID-19 measures, please visit our web site: https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/to-our-customers
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/25/2020 8:16:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Meredith Stotzner shows you how to get rid of tools that don’t spark joy. Do some spring-cleaning in your Photoshop Toolbar to make it simple and more efficient.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 5:25:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Arco Video Dr. Bag 20 available for $69.00 with free shipping. Regularly $119.00.
 
While this bag may have been designed to carry a camcorder, the section dividers provided make it a good bag for general photography gear as well.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Video Cameras up to 16.5" Long
  • Wide Opening for Easy Access to Gear
  • Water-Resistant Hard Exterior Shell
  • Removable Interior Bucket Design
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 5:08:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Steadicam AIR 25 Monopod available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Instant Push-Pedal Height Adjustment
  • Quickly Adjust Between High & Low Angles
  • Ideal for Fast-Paced Scenes, Like Dances
  • 25 lb Payload / 28 - 62.5" Height
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 4:51:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filter for $49.95 – $69.95 with free shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate (price varies with the size of the filter – 72, 77 & 82mm).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Provides 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Rotating Ring to Choose Degree of ND
  • Eliminates Buying Many ND Filters
  • Use to Create Blurs/Special Effects
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/25/2020 4:44:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Ending soon: The Canon Friends & Family Sale has all refurbished gear (excluding EOS-1D series) reduced by an extra 10%. Get free shipping on orders over $100.
 
Expect Canon refurbished gear to be in like-new condition with a same-as-new warranty. This gear is a great deal anytime but it is an awesome deal at 10% off. The hottest models will sell out fast – shop now:
 
Cameras | Lenses | Flashes
 
Life has become crazy for a vast number of people as I create this post and the fragility of life has become more real. Know that the time we are in is a temporary one. As always, hold onto Faith and make the most of the situation.

If temporarily unemployed, you suddenly find yourself with a huge amount of time available. Even if still working but from home, you no longer have commute time in your schedule. While relaxation has some value (I keep telling myself that), I challenge you to stay motivated and make good use of your extra time.

Kid Portrait

Shoot the Kids

If you have kids, they are extremely important to you but finding time in overlapping schedules is often a major obstacle for photographing them. Your schedule and their schedule have likely been cleared, green-lighting this project. I promise that you will not regret having the images and your kids might find it of value to share the pics on their social media (market that usage to get their buy-in).

Shoot formal portraits ranging from full-body (slightly wide-angle to normal focal lengths) to tight headshots (telephoto lens), find brightly-colored clothing and props, go wild with lighting, photograph them doing something they are passionate about, make them go out and get some exercise while you work a run and gun approach to catch them in action, etc.

When the kids lose patience, move to the pets — or consider including the pets to extend the kids' patience.

Bryan Carnathan

Shoot yourself

Perhaps your Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media profile pictures are lacking in quality? No need to hire someone for this — go into full selfie mode. Consider photographing yourself doing something you frequently do such as exercise (which should always be part of your routine) and consider using an exposure long enough to create some motion blur as motion is a minimum requirement for exercise.

Canvasback Duck

Shoot Something Different

If birds and wildlife are your thing, try shooting architecture. If you are a portrait photographer, try wildlife. Browse Instagram, Flickr, etc. for ideas. Now is a great time to learn to shoot video. Perhaps the portfolio you build from this experience will open new doors.

Love Is Patient

Shoot with Something Different

A lot of the fun of photography is using new gear and that is a valid reason to try another brand camera. This is a great time to try a mirrorless camera model. Tilt-shift lenses are very educational (and useful).

A new season is coming and now is a great time to research the gear you need to capture it. If unsure about your future with that gear or you can't afford to buy it, go big for a small cost by renting something. It is super easy to order a camera, a lens, lighting gear, etc. from Lensrentals and have it show up on your doorstep.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Number 1 Sample Picture

Shoot from New Heights and Angles

Shoot from positions that require you, your tripod, and/or minimally your camera to go into positions they are not normally used in. This may be from up high, down low, very close, very far, etc. Go for a walk with your camera with a self-imposed limitation such as "All images must be captured within 6" (150mm) of the ground.

I know, that electronic viewfinder level not showing all green makes us perfectionists hesitate to press the shutter release but sometimes it is OK to take a not-gravity-level photo. Consider imposing a limitation on the angle of the camera such as angled 45° downward, tilted 45° sideways, or both.

Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Architecture Sample Picture

Shoot Your House

Think like a real estate photographer and photograph your house. Shoot the exterior during the blue hour. Stage and photograph the interior with an ultra-wide-angle lens, timing the shooting with exterior light levels if relevant for your space. Then market yourself to the local real estate companies.

Moth

Shoot Something Small

Especially for a macro lens, there are unending subjects available.

Rose

Bring a flower in from your garden. If your garden is bare, perhaps a neighbor would trade one of their flowers for a much-longer-lasting print. Or, perhaps you can buy a subject.

Candy

Go through your cabinets and drawers looking for interesting subjects that could include noodles, candy, utensils, etc. Find colorful art supplies such as crayons and pencils.

Hint: if it comes in a box or bag and is in your cupboards, it might make a great pattern subject. Consider photographing one unique small subject among a significant amount of similar subjects.

Hint 2: Avoid eating too much of your subject until the project is finished.

Hint 3: This is a great time to learn lighting including with flash.

Hint 4: Try focus stacking.

Condensation

Hint 5: Try strong white balance adjustments.

Blurred Pansies

Shoot Blur

Everyone loves a lens blur and an easy way to get artistic is to intentionally blur a scene by making it out of focus. I often shoot intentional focus blurs when testing lenses and sometimes I like the results enough to keep them. Shooting these blurs will teach you how to approach a scene differently with the structure created by color and contrast taking over the frame.

Consider going really crazy with zoom blurs. Use an exposure long enough to allow you to turn the zoom ring a noticeable amount while the exposure is being captured. A tripod will usually improve these results.

Attach your camera to something moving. Use an exposure duration that is long enough to make the scene blurred with, ideally, whatever the camera is attached to remaining sharp. If lacking a good mounting platorm, simply hold the camera in front of a colorful scene and, while using a long exposure, pan the camera left and right to create a sea of color. Note that a Neutral Density Filter may prove vital for achieving exposure durations necessary for optimal results.

Include something very close in the foreground that adds blur to an otherwise-common-appearing subject such as a person (please do not block their face).

Tilt-Shift Lens Blur

Consider using a tilt-shift lens to create interesting blurs.

Bear Cub Picture

Shoot Sharp

Focus calibrating cameras and lenses can be time-consuming but the adjustments can be worthwhile to make. Go through your kit, shooting a Datacolor SpyderLensCal or other focus calibration aid and fine-tune your combinations to perfection.

Loon Picture

Shoot for the Background

Find a background that works superbly with the focal length you are using and then find an attractive subject to place in the foreground for a sure win. Sometimes different lighting on the subject and background can create a look that stands out.

New York City Tribute Lights Sample Picture

Research Your Next Shoot

Determine what subject you want to photograph, determine where and when is optimal for that subject, and make plans to be there with the right gear. Utilize apps such as The Photographer's Ephemeris and Photo Pills to determine the alignment of the celestial attractions.

Milky Way, Rocky Mountain National Park

Sign up for a workshop going to a location that interests you. Enjoy the anticipation of capturing your planned image(s).

Kure Beach Fishing Pier

Improve an Image You Already Shot

Re-post-processing is a thing. Hopefully your photo editing skills are improving and likely you captured some great images in the past that could now be re-processed for better results. Perhaps some challenging images you didn't attempt processing are now within your capabilities.

Now is a great time to learn a new software application. Consider adding Photoshop & Lightroom, Capture One, and/or Luminar (use coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get a $10.00 discount) to your kit and skill set.

SmugMug

Share What You Shot

If you are not already maintaining a portfolio site, now is a great time to set one up. I use SmugMug and highly recommend their service which optionally includes selling. Plans start at only $48 per year and a 14-day trial is available.

Consider taking your marketing/professionalism to the next step by purchasing a personal domain name and hosting for it. Through experience, I can tell you that there are a lot of bad web hosts out there. There are also some very good ones and an inexpensive host I have grown to trust is InMotionHosting. SmugMug can also utilize your custom domain name with their hosting.

If you already maintain a portfolio site, this is a good time to remove the lower-grade images still there. Your skills are surely improving and some of those old images are no longer reflecting your abilities.

Printique

Print What You Shot

You now have time to create that family or trip photo book you have been putting off. Perhaps it is time to put some of your prints on your walls. Consider metal prints — they are awesome and you don't have to select or buy a frame. Also not requiring a frame and loved by most are canvas prints. Printique (formerly AdoramaPix) is one of my favorites.

Backup What You Shot

You have a backup plan that includes secure, remote off-site storage, right? If so, make sure that those backups are current. If not, fix that problem ASAP. WD My Passport external drives are a great option.

Scan What You Shot

Still have prints and slides hanging around? Don't wait any longer to digitize them. I used the predecessor to the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Film and Document Scanner to digitize my old prints and the kid's artwork and still use it to eliminate most of my paper receipts.

Ricketts Glen State Park

Learn to Shoot Better

Learning is worth intentionally interrupting work for and the decision to spend time learning during a forced interruption is a no-brainer. Our Photography Tips page is a good place to start. Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has made a huge set of free online classes available.

Laptop

Upgrade your Computer and Home Office

You have been tolerating that old, slow computer for long enough. It is time for a change and you have time to set up a new system, migrating your images and workflow. A faster system will save you valuable time later and a more reliable system will save more than time. I have been using Dell XPS computers for about 20 years.

While at it, if kids are involved, upgrade all of the systems. Education is extremely important and making learning easier will encourage that practice.

Is your printer adequate? A wireless printer makes life much easier in our house.

If spending a significant amount of time sitting, the ergonomics of your chair become very important. Check out the full range of home computing necessities at B&H and Amazon.

Do you enjoy music while at your desk? A quality sound system can make a big difference.

During a time of change is a good time to drop bad habits and start new ones. Hopefully something just said has stirred your creativity and motivation. Move in positive new directions. This world is a better place with you in it — carpe diem.

Post Date: 3/24/2020 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
This just in: through the end of this month, use coupon code CANON-LENS-10-OFF (copy and paste that) to save 10% on all Canon lenses at Park Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2020 10:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SmallHD FOCUS OLED SDI Monitor Gimbal Kit available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $849.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 5.5" FOCUS OLED SDI Onboard Monitor
  • D-Tap to L-Series Battery Adapter
  • FOCUS Tilt Arm & Focus Sun Shade
  • L-Series Type Battery
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ZEISS Batis 40mm f/2 CF Lens for Sony E available for $949.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • Distagon Optical Design
  • Three Aspherical Elements
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/24/2020 5:15:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 23, 2020
Check out the Deals of the Week at B&H!
 
This is just a small selection of the available deals:

  • Save $130.00 on the Canon Pixma TS8220 Wireless All-In-One Inkjet Printer — Now Only $69.99
  • Save up to 40% on LensCoat products
  • Save $150.00 on the ProGrade Digital 325GB CFexpress 2.0 Cobalt Memory Card
  • Save $100.00 on the Miops Nero Trigger Kit for Canon, Nikon or Sony
  • Much More!

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

Post Date: 3/23/2020 12:04:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code STWRBKJ3Y4D9 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save 25% on orders arriving by 3/31/2020.
 
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
Post Date: 3/23/2020 9:39:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens Review.
 
You are going to want this lens.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock or available for preorder at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/23/2020 7:46:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Impact Panel Frame Reflector Kit - Zebra Gold / Zebra Silver (43 x 67") available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Reversible Two Sided Fabric
  • Collapsible Aluminum Alloy Frame
  • Tool-Free Assembly
  • Padded Shoulder Bag Included
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sony 64GB CFast 2.0 G Series Memory Card (2-Pack) with USB 3.0 Card Reader available for $199.99 with free shipping. Regularly $372.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 64GB Storage Capacity per Card
  • Max Read Speed: 530 MB/s
  • Max Write Speed: 510 MB/s
  • Min Write Speed: 130 MB/s
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Today only, B&H has Ruggard Electronic Dry Cabinets on sale for $60.00 - $500.00 off.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Electronically Controlled Dehumidifier
  • Reduces Humidity
  • Protects Stored Items from Dust and Dirt
Post Date: 3/23/2020 4:52:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 UMC Lens for Canon EF/Sony E available for $249.00 with free shipping. Regularly $349.00.
 
The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens For Nikon with AE Chip is also on sale for $80.00 off (now $269.00).
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 14mm Lens
  • Compatible w/ Full Frame & APS-C Cameras
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses -- Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/23/2020 4:44:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 21, 2020
It is so hard to get kids to smile nicely but apparently, even animal kids have this problem. What was this black bear cub thinking? What induced it to bend its nose sideways? I have no idea, but I love humor in wildlife images and am always looking for it.
 
A second cub is facing the opposite direction in the background and the side of the mother bear can be seen along the left edge of the frame.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/21/2020 1:42:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via Canon-authorized Milford Photo) has a new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in stock. A free CFexpress card and reader are included and shipping is "FAST 'N FREE".
From PPA:
 
Unlock all of PPA's Education
 
Make the most of your downtime; over the next few weeks we are unlocking all of our education.
 
Times are tough - we need to be at our best. More kindness. More patience. More giving. And we at PPA want to pitch in to make things a little easier. What better way to spend your time at home than preparing your business for when things kick back into high gear?
 
That’s why PPA is opening ALL of our online education to ALL photographers and small business owners worldwide for the next two weeks.
 
All you need to do is create a free account to access over 1,100+ online classes. If you already have a PPA account, login to access all of PPA's education.
Post Date: 3/21/2020 7:57:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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