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 Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Shooting in RAW has many benefits, but... the downside of RAW files is that they take up a lot of hard drive space. If you're currently using one of Canon's high resolution DSRLs like the 5Ds / 5Ds R, the following deal should be especially relevant for your needs.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the HGST 8TB Deskstar 7200 rpm SATA III 3.5" Internal NAS Drive Kit available for $239.95 with free shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • 3.5" Form Factor
  • SATA III 6 Gb/s Interface
  • 128MB Cache
  • 7200 rpm
  • 1 Million Hours MTBF
 Tuesday, July 4, 2017
The B&H used department always has a huge inventory, but they currently have a nice selection of high quality Gitzo and Really Right Stuff gear.
 
Here are some items that caught my eye:
 
Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) in "10" condition – $770.00 (new: $869.88)
 
Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "10" condition – $689.95 (new: $804.88)
 
Gitzo GT2542S Systematic Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Short) in "10" condition – $629.95 (new: $929.88)
 
Really Right Stuff TVC-34 Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "Open Box" condition – $899.95 (new: $1,045.00)
 
Really Right Stuff TVC-33 Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod in "9+" condition – $749.95 (new: $975.00)
 
Really Right Stuff BH-30 Ball Head with Compact Lever-Release Clamp in "9+" condition – $230.00 (new: $295.00)
 
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp in "9+" condition – $375.00 (new: $489)
 
Put your preferred brand in the used department search box for a much greater selection.
Post Date: 7/4/2017 2:00:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Back in October of 2016, Adam Savage used a band saw to remove a stuck on filter from Norm's Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM. Now Norm's done it again and instead of simply hearing about the band saw solution, we get to see the whole procedure in action.
 
For less severe stuck on filter problems, we suggest keeping some of these in all your camera gear bags.
Post Date: 7/4/2017 6:42:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rode iXY Stereo Microphone (Lightning Connector) available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Dual Condenser Elements in XY Pattern
  • 24-Bit 96 kHz Resolution
  • Integrated iClamp for Securing to Device
  • Works with RØDE Rec App
  • Software 72 Hz High Pass Filter
  • Metal Construction Reduces EMF
  • Includes Foam Windshield
  • Includes Zippered Carrying Case
  • For Music, Field Recording, and More
 Monday, July 3, 2017
For a limited time, B&H has a wide assortment of BlackRapid Straps and accessories on sale, including my favorite, the BlackRapid Sport.
 
If you use Arca-Swiss style clamps and plates in your tripod setup, you'll likely want to adapt your BlackRapid strap for compatibility. If so, check out our post, BlackRapid Stap / Arca-Swiss Style Plate Compatibility on a Budget. [Sean]
Post Date: 7/3/2017 1:08:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks William)
Post Date: 7/3/2017 12:05:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Nikon 28mm f/1.4E ED NIKKOR Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 7/3/2017 10:27:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the F.J. Westcott YouTube Channel:
 
In this detailed tutorial, renowned commercial photographer Joel Grimes uses a single light source and a beauty dish in his studio to capture dramatic male portraits without a ton of gear. In later shots, Joel adds edge lighting for even more dramatic portriature.
 
B&H carries the Collapsible Beauty Dish.
Post Date: 7/3/2017 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $339.00 with free expedited shipping after $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $439.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 19.8 lb
  • Max Height: 66.9"
  • Min Height: 3.5"
  • Folded Length: 21.3"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.6 lb
  • Quick Power Leg Locks
  • 90° Center Column
  • Easy Link Attachment
  • Rotating Bubble Level
Post Date: 7/3/2017 6:48:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, use coupon code PXUSA10 at AdoramaPix to save 10% on photo prints, photo books, wall decor, Hudson albums, greeting cards & custom calendars.
Post Date: 7/3/2017 5:49:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $369.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.95.
 
Free Included Items (Total Value: $327.63)
 
  • Dracast Barndoors for LED500
  • Dracast DLS-805 Air-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast Softbox for LED500
  • Dracast 360-Degree Swivel Mount
  • Dracast 60-Degree Honeycomb Grid for LED500 Panel
Product Highlights
 
  • 3,200-5,600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with V-Mount Batteries
  • 12 x 6 x 2" Panel, Weighs 4 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Sunday, July 2, 2017
For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks. With so many fireworks displays occurring this week (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.
 
Fireworks Photography Tips
 
Post Date: 7/2/2017 3:00:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 30, 2017
From LEE Filters:
 
Two years in the making, the ProGlass IRND range from LEE Filters sets a new standard in neutral-density filters. ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers, and have already been hailed as the best neutral-density filters on the market. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the LEE Filters Seven5, 100mm and SW150 systems.
 
Advances in coating technology mean that the filters, which are manufactured from 2mm-thick, optically flat glass, are available not only in strengths of two (0.6ND), three (0.9ND), four (1.2ND) and six (1.8ND) stops, but also in ultra-long 10 (3ND) and 15-stop (4.5ND) versions. Not only this, but all filters in the range – whatever their strength – are designed to be free of color casts, with extremely accurate stop values, ensuring consistency in all shooting conditions and allowing for absolute precision when exposing images. Their neutrality also means less time spent tweaking color balances in postproduction.
 
In addition, filters in the ProGlass IRND range are designed to block both infrared and ultraviolet pollution. As a result, blacks are rendered truly black, whites are clean, and results reveal a crispness that is second to none. The 6, 10 and 15-stop versions of the ProGlass IRND filters come with a foam seal to prevent light leaks during long exposures, and should be placed into the filter slot closest to the lens. While the 2, 3, 4 and 6-stop versions do not feature a foam seal, it is still recommended also to place them into the slot closest to the lens.
 
All filters in the ProGlass IRND range can be used in conjunction with other filters, including neutral-density grads and the polarizer.
 
MAP Pricing
ProGlass IRND Filter (Seven5 System) – $200.00
ProGlass IRND Filter (100mm System) – $230.00
ProGlass IRND Filter (SW150 System) – $450.00
 
B&H will carry the LEE Filters ProGlass IRND Filters.
Post Date: 6/30/2017 3:37:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.
 
The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.
 
“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design: protection and comfort. An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.
 
ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND BENEFITS
 
  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits a tablet or a laptop (10 = 10” tablet, 13 = some 13” laptops)
  • Easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories
  • 3-point harness for stabilization with tuck-away waist belt
  • Secure your bag by linking the zipper pulls together
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pocket for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry handles
  • Fully customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK weather resistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
PhotoCross 10
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.5” H x 4.8” D (18 x 31.8 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 15.9” H x 6.3” D (28 x 40.5 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet compartment: 8.2” x 11” x 0.6” (20.8 x 27.9 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 61” (155 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 7.5 liters
PhotoCross 13
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 14.2” H x 5.5” D (24 x 36 x 14 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 12.6” W x 17.7” H x 7.1” D (32 x 45 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop compartment: 9.1” x 13” x 1” (23 x 33 x 2.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 63.8” (162 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 11 liters
MindShiftGear has the PhotoCross sling bags in stock.
Post Date: 6/30/2017 7:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron USA:
 
June 30, 2017, Commack, New York- Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new high-speed zoom lens, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a fast F/2.8 zoom that achieves top-level image quality. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class (CIPA level of 5 stops). The use of specialized, high quality glass materials (offering greater optical transmittance) for the lens elements assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness, while the application of Tamron's exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall. optical performance of the lens. Additionally, model A032 provides the added conveniences of protective Fluorine Coating,Moisture-Resistant Construction and a locking lens hood. Photographers can use this new high-speed zoom lens for wide-ranging purposes, including landscape, portrait, news, travel and many others. The Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 in Nikon mount will be available in August and the Canon mount in September at $1199.
 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
1. Sophisticated design delivers superb performance and ultra-high image quality
The use of specialized, high quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today's high-pixel-density cameras. The optical construction (17 elements in 12 groups) uses 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Together they minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.
 
2. eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties and reduces ghosting and flare
The new A032 features Tamron's original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology combining a nano-structured layer that has an extremely low refractive index with conventional multiple-layer coatings to provide superior anti-reflection performance. The optimal application of this eBAND Coating in combination with Tamron's BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating successfully and substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that can occur when photographing backlit subjects.
 
3. New Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system provides faster and more precise autofocus and improved Vibration Compensation
This innovative control system uses a Dual MPU design with enhanced computing capacity. The MPUs have powerful, built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that achieve quicker and more precise AF performance, and more consistently powerful Vibration Compensation. The features combine to provide outstanding performance at night and in low light. High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed The A032 is equipped with its own MPU (micro-processor unit), with embedded DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that enable high-speed digital signal processing, achieving both excellent responsiveness to signals from the camera and high-precision AF performance.
 
Dedicated MPU delivers the highest vibration compensation ability in class (CIPA level of 5 stops).
 
The new A032 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system. Adding an MPU dedicated to VC processing unleashes a new-generation algorithm, ensuring the highest vibration compensation abilityin the class (CIPA level of 5 stops). Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.
 
4. Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction
The Fluorine Coating applied on the front element surface is water-and oil-repellant and allows safe and easy removal of fingerprints, dirt and smudges. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years. In addition, seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
 
5. Lens hood equipped with a new, convenient locking mechanism
The lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents detachment due to unintentional contact during use.
 
6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new A032 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
 
7. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.
 
8. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series
Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product's robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. For this model, Tamron has introduced a unique MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) tester, which was developed exclusively for Model A032, and reviewed the management method. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.
 
Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 6/30/2017 5:28:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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