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 Thursday, May 25, 2017
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 5/25/2017 12:18:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 64mm f/2.9 Art Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.9 to f/16
  • Based on Chevalier's Achromat from 1835
  • Simple Doublet Optical Design
  • Waterhouse Aperture System
  • Lumiere and Aquarelle Aperture Plates
  • Manual Focus Helicoid
  • Brass Lens Housing
Post Date: 5/25/2017 7:59:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the newly announced Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3" Tablets available for preorder with free expedited shipping. The tablets are expected to start shipping June 15.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/25/2017 7:58:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon USA has published a series of educational videos narrated by Rudy Winston featuring the EOS 77D. The introductory video can be seen above while links to the other videos can be found below.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 77D DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/25/2017 7:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom.
 
Today, we also released versions of Lr for iOS and Android that provide updated camera support. Check them out here.
 
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1
 
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70 (DC-TZ90,DC-TZ91, DC-TZ92, DC-T93)
  • Sony A9 (ILCE-9)
New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1 / 6.10.1
 
MountLens
Sony FEZeiss Batis 2.8/135

Customer reported issues resolved
 
  • Edit in Photoshop Erroneous Message Fixed
  • Fixed issue causing color cast on images from some Fujifilm X series cameras shot in CH/CL modes.
  • Fixed issue where images taken on the Fujifilm GFX 50s with top 3 extended ISOs appear over exposed.
  • Fixed issue where some images converted to DNG from the Hasselblad H6 contained a color cast.
  • Fixed issue with Hasselblad X1D images losing highlight details at high ISOs.
Known Issues
 
  • We have an issue where customers are unable to use the Develop module with GPU enabled. This only occurs when using an AMD graphics card using driver Version 17.4.4 (released 4/23/2017) on Windows. Please see this note for more details and workarounds.
Installation Instructions
 
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
 
Give us feedback
 
Once you’ve updated to the latest version of Lightroom, don’t forget to leave us feedback about your experiences. Lightroom wouldn’t be what it is today without our passionate and loyal customers around the world. Giving us regular feedback helps us to find and fix issues that we may otherwise not know about. We are listening.
 
Here are a few ways that you can send us feedback:
 
Report bugs and suggest features
 
Discuss workflow and get help with how-to questions or basic troubleshooting
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/24/2017 4:41:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Profoto:
 
Unfortunately, we have discovered a potential safety issue with our new Li-Ion Battery MkII for B1 and B1X (product number 100399). We have therefore decided to execute a product recall for product number 100399 with manufacturing dates 2017-09 and 2017-16 (YYYY-WW).
 
Note that the recall only concerns the battery, but it affects all B1X kits and B1X batteries that you might have purchased. Please do not use your new B1X or your B1 with the new B1X batteries (product number 100399).
 
You can, however, use your B1X unit with the B1 battery (product number 100323).
 
If you have a battery affected by the recall, your local dealer will supply you with a B1 battery so that you can use your B1X in the meantime. Please contact your local dealer for information on how to replace your battery with a B1 battery.
 
Keep the battery still. Do not move or handle the battery. More information regarding how the handover of the recalled B1X batteries will be handled will be available soon.
 
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact our local offices
 
We are very sorry about the inconvenience this may cause.
 
Sincerely,
 
Profoto AB
 
This is how you identify a B1X battery
 
The serial number label on the Li-Ion battery MkII for B1 and B1X (100399) is marked with "Date of manufacture”.
 
All batteries with Date of manufacture 2017-09 and 2017-16 are recalled. See example below.
 
Profoto B1X Battery Label

This is how you identify a B1 battery
 
The Li-Ion battery for B1 (100323) does not have any “Date of manufacture” marked on the serial number label. These batteries are not recalled, and they can be used with both B1 and B1X. See example below.
 
Profoto B1 Battery Label

Post Date: 5/24/2017 2:37:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
Meet Spark, DJI’s first ever mini drone. Signature technologies, new gesture control, and unbelievable portability make your aerials more fun and intuitive than ever before. With five different colors, there’s a Spark for everyone.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera
  • 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video
  • 3D Obstacle-Detection System
  • GPS and Indoor Navigation
  • 2.4 / 5.8 GHz Radio Maximizes Reception
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Control Range
  • Top Speed of 31 mph in Sport Mode
  • Up to 16 Minutes Flying Time
B&H has the DJI Spark available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/24/2017 12:29:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From TH Swiss:
 
TH Swiss company, listening to the requests and inqueries from their customers, officially announces the availability of the updated correction profiles for Irix 11mm and 15mm lenses to use with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software.
 
The update concerns the improvement of the correction data for distortion and vignetting. Moreover, the way of displaying the profiles inside of Adobe program has changed. Earlier versions of the profiles required finding Irix lenses in camera's manufacturer tab, while in current version you can find both models of Irix lenses listed in dedicated tab called 'Irix'”. The profiles package for both lenses is now ready to download from the website irixlens.com on subpage: Updates --> Downloads --> Others.
 
Especially for Irix lenses users, TH Swiss prepared two video tutorials to explain how to install and use Irix profiles on Windows and Mac Computers. These video tutorials can be found on Irix YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/irixlens
 
B&H carries the Irix lenses.
Category: Irix News
Post Date: 5/24/2017 8:27:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photokina:
 
photokina will take place annually as of 2018. It will in future thus optimally reflect the fast-paced nature and the ever briefer innovation cycles of an increasingly digitalised industry. As of 2019 the trade fair will also have a new date in May. In addition to innovations from the core areas of the imaging workflow, the entire range of products, applications and services of relevance for imaging shall in future be presented in Cologne. With these changes, the transformation process begun in 2016 shall be consistently continued: under the umbrella of "Imaging Unlimited", photokina last year inspired both exhibitors and visitors and accessed new target groups for the industry.
 
"The digital transformation of the imaging industry is advancing, and thus opening up new perspectives and value creation potential. The new date and the annual cycle should in future make photokina even more attractive to all providers of the imaging ecosystem. In this way, we show the specialised trade, the media and our users an even broader bandwidth of state-of-the-art products, applications and services in Cologne which especially suits the young imaging culture," Rainer Führes, chairman of the board of the photography industry association (PIV) is pleased to state.
 
The imaging ecosystem today also includes, in addition to the core areas from the imaging workflow, trend areas like virtual and augmented reality, cloud computing, as well as image recognition and holography. The growing flood of images and videos must be processed and administered, so that archiving and content management, social media and communities are coming increasingly into focus. Apps and software solutions have become indispensable both for professional use and for the end consumer. Smart home applications and computer-generated imaging are once again increasing in importance. photokina should in future serve as an important international innovation platform.
 
Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, has a positive perspective on the future of the trade fair: “photokina 2016 has shown us that this traditional brand in our portfolio has lost nothing of its attraction worldwide and in the region. The new concept has been a complete success. photokina has continued to develop further over time, as have the products, services and the market environment presented there. Now we are taking the next logical step by offering a digitally powered product environment an attractive annual platform for presenting the latest innovations and for entering into discussion with traders, specialist users and end customers."
 
For the 2018 event, only the series of days is changing: it will take place from Wednesday, 26.09. to Saturday, 29.09, and thus enables a more compact, more intensive trade fair experience.
Category: Photokina News
Post Date: 5/24/2017 5:25:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Adorama will be issuing a full refund to one lucky Sony a9 preorder customer who places their order before May 25 (when the Sony a9 is scheduled to being shipping).
 
Sony a9 Features
 
  • 24MP Full Frame Camera
  • 693-point focal-plane phase-detection AF
  • 20fps continuous shooting with AF/AE tracking
  • 30ms lag time shutter
  • Fast shutter release at 1/32000 sec., achieved silently
  • Blackout-free shooting
  • Body-integrated 5-axis image stabilization
  • Full-frame 4K Movies
  • FTP transfer via LAN terminal on the camera body / Dual slots for convenient data management
  • Silent shutter (on/off)
  • Up to 480 frames on a single charge
  • Built-In Viewfinder
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
Posted to: Sony News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/23/2017 8:33:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
 
You are going to want this one.
 
The Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
 
Be sure to share this review with your circle of friends!
Post Date: 5/23/2017 7:56:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 22, 2017
From DJI:
 
New Procedure Requires Login After Update; Password Reset Available
 
DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile. All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same.
 
Even if you have registered when activating your aircraft upon purchase, you will have to log in once when you update the new version of DJI GO or GO 4 App. If you have forgotten your password since your initial login, you can reset it using a function within the DJI GO and DJI GO 4 apps.
 
You will need a data connection to the Internet for your smartphone or tablet when you log in, in order to verify the account information and activate the updated software or firmware. If this activation process is not performed, the aircraft will not have access to the correct geospatial information and flight functions for that region, and its operations will be restricted if you update the upcoming firmware: Live camera streaming will be disabled, and flight will be limited to a 50-meter (164-foot) radius up to 30 meters (98 feet) high.
 
The feature applies to all aircraft (except standalone A3 and N3) that have been upgraded to the latest firmware or when using future versions of the DJI GO and GO 4 apps.
 
DJI encourages pilots to always follow applicable laws and regulations in the countries where they operate, and provides information about these regulations on its FlySafe website at flysafe.dji.com.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 5/22/2017 2:49:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Off-camera flash and light modifier solutions for studio photography can range from relatively inexpensive to I-need-to-take-out-a-second-mortgage expensive. With more of us able to afford the lower end of that spectrum, it's nice to know that you can get very good studio results with economical gear.
 
A couple of weeks ago I posted an image demonstrating how inexpensive LED lights could be used for creative portraiture. Today we'll be looking at another example of this technique along with an in-depth look at the gear necessary to produce similar images.
 
Let's take a look at the gear I used for a portrait session this weekend aside from the 5D Mark III, 85L II & 580EX speedlite flash (you could easily substitute any camera body, wide aperture telephoto prime and shoe mount flash for similar results) along with some links to gear which will provide comparable results and/or functionality at a fraction of the cost.
 
Lighting & Background Gear Used & Budget Alternatives
 
ItemGear Utilized
Cost
Comparable
Budget Item Cost
Photoflex Umbrella with Adjustable Frame (45")$36.95$14.95
Flash Radio Trigger & Receiver$129.90$29.00
Umbrella Swivel$17.99$21.95
Impact Collapsible Background - 5 x 7' (Black/White)$69.99$69.99
(3) Light Stands$357.00$98.85
Impact 40" Extension Grip Arm$29.95$29.95
Impact Super Clamp with T-Handle$19.95$19.95
Lastolite Magnetic Background Support$82.88$82.88
LED String Lights$19.99$19.99
Total$764.60$387.51

Note that I didn't link to specific versions of some of the gear due to unavailability (some are discontinued or not available at B&H), and I didn't list the white foam core board I used as a reflector (very low cost). Also note that the "budget version" umbrella swivel is slightly more than I paid for my version several years ago and prices are always subject to change.
 
As for the setup, one light stand and the background holder were supporting the collapsible background while another light stand with an extension arm and super clamp were holding the LED string lights in place. As for the main lighting on the subject, the flash was placed camera left and reflected into the white umbrella. The subject's fiancée held a white foam core board camera right to provide a degree of fill light.
 
Hunter Portrait Front Bokeh 2

Now let's consider the equipment I used to support the background and LED lights. Technically speaking, they weren't really necessary (though they certainly did make shooting more convenient). If we were to prop up the collapsible background in another way (maybe lean it against a wall or prop it up by boxes?), we could eliminate one of the light stands and the magnetic background support. And if we simply held the LED lights in front of the lens (or otherwise supported them with a DIY solution), then we could eliminate another light stand, the extension arm and the super clamp from the equation. With the aforementioned gear excluded, the investment cost would drop to $188.83.
 
But how about that background? Is it strictly necessary? While extremely convenient (and highly recommended), you could use a large piece of black fabric, black paper or otherwise shoot in an indoor location with more distance between the subject and the background (leaving the background unlit and, therefore, black at the camera's max flash sync speed). Therefore, if you have a substitute for the background, you can shave off another $69.99, for a total of $118.84.
 
If your DSLR features a master pop-up flash and your off-camera flash features built-in wireless (optical) communication, you can deduct another $29.00 for a ridiculously low final cost of $89.84.
 
That's right; assuming you have a camera, wide aperture telephoto prime and shoe mount flash already in your kit, you could theoretically create shots very similar to the examples above for less than $100.00, or to put it another way, less than the MSRP of Canon's least expensive lens. Of course, more expensive gear typically equates to higher quality and/or added convenience, but... for those on a budget, high quality portraiture is likely well within reach.
Post Date: 5/22/2017 12:11:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens page.
 
I have been anxiously awaiting these results. While Canon already makes a phenomenal 100-400mm lens, the Sigma weighs less and costs FAR less.
 
Especially considering the price differential, I think you will find the Sigma 100-400mm vs. Canon 100-400mm image quality comparison very interesting. Be sure to compare the Sigma to the many other telephoto zoom lenses we've tested.
 
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Post Date: 5/22/2017 9:55:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, May 21, 2017

 
From the Anya Anti YouTube Channel:
 
Today I want to show how to make a creative bokeh background for your indoor photoshoots out of studio paper backdrop. Also a little making of My Universe photo. Let me know if you have any questions!
 
B&H carries black background paper.
Post Date: 5/21/2017 2:10:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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