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 Monday, June 19, 2017
From Macphun:
 
The Accent AI Filter is part of new Luminar Neptune – a major update to Macphun’s best-selling photo software.
 
San Diego, CA – June 15, 2017Macphun, the California-based developer known for making complex photo editing simple and user-friendly, today launched the update to its award-winning photo editor Luminar.
 
The most significant innovation in Luminar Neptune is a new photo filter powered by the artificial intelligence technology developed in-house by Macphun’s Research and Development Lab. The new Accent AI Filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider instead of using dozens of adjustments and controls. It takes just a second and one swoosh of a slider to remarkably improve a photo.
 
The Accent AI Filter in Luminar uses artificial intelligence to analyze different areas of an image based on its structure, objects, dark and light zones, colors and other parameters. As a user moves the slider, the filter intelligently and automatically “understands” what each area on the photo is lacking and improves it. Moving the slider can also adjust the intensity of changes, making the picture look more natural or revealing a more dramatic look, depending on the desired effect.
 
To put it simply: the Accent AI Filter in Luminar is a substitute for dozens of traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation, exposure, details and many others. It eliminates tedious manual editing for hobbyists who want superb quick results and creates a fantastic foundation for further advanced image manipulation for pro photographers.
 
“Our mission to make complex photo editing tasks simple and fun led the team at our R&D Lab to explore Artificial Intelligence technology for image enhancement,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice-President at Macphun. “The Accent AI Filter emerged as a ground-breaking way to make perfect images instantly, incorporating the power of dozens of filters into one convenient tool.
 
This is something other photo software is missing; and what’s more important, it’s something that all photographers will greatly benefit from,” concluded La Rue.
 
Luminar Neptune also introduces a new workspace called Quick & Awesome?. As the name implies, the workspace consists of 3 essential filters which quickly create fantastic results: the aforementioned Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity. Using the Accent AI Filter gives users amazing instant results, however if there is still fine-tuning to be done, the other two filters can quickly help improve the photo without any extra effort.
 
Luminar Neptune includes many other updates: plug-in integration with Aurora HDR 2017 and Creative Kit allows users to seamlessly access their favorite features from Macphun’s other products. Faster masking/brushing?, an improved Vignette filter and better memory management? are among other notable changes.
 
The latest update of Luminar is available for Mac only. In July however, Macphun will be launching a “public beta” of Luminar for PC to give Windows users the first taste of the powerful all-in-one photo editor for creating bold images in minutes.
 
To stay current with the latest news, and to sign up for access to beta test versions when available, visit https://macphun.com/pc.
 
New feature highlights in Luminar Neptune:
 
  • Accent AI filter – Uses artificial intelligence to create stunning images with a single slider movement, tapping into the power of dozens of filters.
  • Quick & Awesome workspace – A workspace consisting of the Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity filters. Perfect for achieving great results in a fun and easy way within seconds.
  • Plug-in integration with Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – Seamlessly access favorite features from Macphun’s other photo editing tools.
  • Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools – Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
  • Vignette filter – Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes delivers even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
  • Memory management – Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
  • User Interface changes – Extensive improvements to in-app animation and mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
  • Crop tool update – Ability to specify custom crop sizes bring the ultimate usefulness to cropping.
  • Local history – Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.
Pricing (with coupon code "THEDIGITALPICTURE")
 
$49 / 49€ / £46 / AU$69 for anyone who already owns Macphun photo software
$59 / 59€ / £55 / AU$84 for all new users
 
Free trials are available at macphun.com/luminar.
Category: Macphun News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 10:36:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From 4:00 - 6:00pm Eastern Time this evening, B&H is hosting "Understanding Solar Photography with Christopher Witt and Todd Vorenkamp," a live panel discussion aimed at helping you get the most out of the upcoming total solar eclipse (August 21).
 
Register Now
 
From B&H:
The world of solar photography is beautiful yet complicated. As humans we’ve had a natural inclination to look skyward and wondered what we could learn from the mysterious points of light. Those stellar stars, have driven the engine of curiosity that has led humans to build civilizations, plant our crops and guide sea wary sailors back to port. Because of this, we have a better idea of how the universe works. At B&H we want to inspire our customers to again look skyward and record your findings for future generation to learn from and enjoy. The B&H Event Space is happy to host Christopher Witt and Todd Vorenkamp who will not only inspire but really break down the world of astrophotography, whether you have questions about which filters one would use for certain shooting conditions, or which mount will work for your camera. They’ll make sure you are out shooting the stars in no time.
B&H also carries solar photography and eye protection equipment.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 6/19/2017 6:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 16, 2017

 
B&H has posted a number of its Optic 2017 presentations to YouTube including:
 
  • Ruddy Roye - The Photographer's Journey
  • Art Wolfe - The Creative Process of Art Wolfe
  • Jonathan Irish - On Assignment in the U.S. National Parks
  • Cristina Mittermeier - Sacred Ecology
  • Roman Kurywczak - For the Love of Landscapes
  • Roman Kurywczak - Create Tack Sharp Macro Images
  • Vivienne Gucwa - How I Traveled to the Arctic with Only One Camera and Lens
  • Kara Mercer - A Suitcase, FUJIFILM and the Open Road
  • Charles Glatzer: Yellowstone in Winter
  • Mike Corrado - Photographing Birds In Your Own Backyard
  • Lucas Gilman Presents: Capturing The Action
  • Jill Mann & Kyla Trethewey Presents - Our Wild Abandon
  • Sam Abell Presents: The Life of a Photograph
  • Brooks Jensen Presents: Those Who Inspire Me (and Why)
  • Alison Wright Presents: Photographing People with Passion and Purpose
  • Ralph Lee Hopkins: On Thin Ice
B&H has been releasing videos periodically, and it looks like there are still several to come (6, I believe).
Post Date: 6/16/2017 11:52:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following fixes
 
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which shooting may not be completed while using HDR (High Dynamic Range) Mode, when certain combinations of settings are selected.
  • Corrects the phenomenon of Err70 which occurs with certain combinations of settings.
  • Corrects the level display when the camera is held in the vertical orientation with the hand grip pointing downward.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which, when using certain CF cards, it may take approximately five seconds for the camera to power on depending on when the camera's power switch was turned ON.
Download:
Canon EOS EOS 5Ds Firmware v.1.1.1
Canon EOS EOS 5Ds R Firmware v.1.1.1
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R DSLR cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/16/2017 6:29:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Commemorative Products Now Available for Order
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Corporation announced the release of commemorative products and special collection items celebrating the company’s 100th Anniversary, which takes place on July 25, 2017. Authorized Nikon retailers will be accepting orders for these commemorative products and special collection items starting today, June 15 through August 31, 2017.
 
The commemorative editions of these Nikon models were developed specifically to show the company’s appreciation to all the photographers, creators and customers around the world. These special edition products reflect the tradition, innovation and advanced technologies that Nikon has cultivated over the past 100 years. In addition to these commemorative models, a special collection of unique items will also be released.
 
Nikon D5 and Nikon D500 100th Anniversary Editions:
The Nikon D5, Nikon's flagship FX-format digital SLR camera, is available in a dark metallic gray finish and displays an engraving on the bottom noting Nikon’s contribution to the study and exploration of space. An anniversary booklet detailing Nikon’s contributions to space exploration is also included. The 100th Anniversary Edition Nikon D500 comes with an exclusive metal case, where the commemorative logo and serial number are engraved. The case also contains a commemorative body cap and embossed leather strap. The Special Edition D5 and D500 will be sold for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $7,999.95* and $2,799.95*, respectively.
 
NIKKOR and Binocular 100th Anniversary Editions:
The NIKKOR Triple f/2.8 Zoom Lens Set features three f/2.8 maximum aperture zoom lenses that truly embody the NIKKOR brand name. The set is comprised of the “three big dragons”, best known as the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the medium AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and the telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lenses. The NIKKOR Special Edition lens set will be sold for a SRP of $7,999.95*.
 
A commemorative edition of the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will also be available, and comes with a display of individual glass elements that make up the internal workings of the lens, as well as a special stand and case. This lens will be sold for an SRP of $3,999.95*.
 
The WX 7×50 IF and WX 10×50 IF binoculars are commemorative models which offer incredibly wide fields of view that are clear and sharp all the way to its edges. A special logo is printed on the bottom of the binocular's central shaft, and an exclusive serial number is stamped on the top. In addition to the standard strap supplied with the binoculars, the models will come with a WX leather strap pressed with the commemorative logo. These special editions of the WX 7x50 IF and WX 10x50 IF binoculars, will be sold for $5,999.95* SRP and $6,399.95* SRP, respectively.
 
The classically designed Nikon 8×30E II, is considered to be one of Nikon’s most popular binocular models. Its 63.2° apparent field of view is realistic, and the application of a multilayer film coating to all lens and prism surfaces ensures that the field of view is bright and clear. The commemorative edition has an exclusive metallic gray finish and a printed logo on the strap and case. These limited edition binoculars will be sold for a SRP of $799.95*.
 
100th Anniversary Special Collection Items:
In addition to Nikon 100th Anniversary products, Nikon has also announced the availability of several special collectible items. Nikon partnered with Swarovski***, the world's leading crystal manufacturer, to create an elegant crystal reproduction of the Nikon Model I, specifically designed by the team at Swarovski for a $1,499.95* SRP, available exclusively through the Nikon Store.
 
Nikon will also offer a collection of lapel pins that represent the company’s most historic and popular products, as well as the corporate logo for $269.95* SRP. Additionally, Nikon will be offering premium camera straps made of Italian leather for a SRP of $99.95*. Additionally, Nikon will have 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera available for a SRP of $139.95*.
 
U.S. Market Specific Nikon 100th Anniversary Commemorative Products and Special Collection Items:
To further celebrate Nikon’s history, Nikon Inc. has produced premium vintage t-shirts showcasing one of Nikon’s most iconic past logos (NIPPON KOGAKU). These shirts will be available for purchase beginning on July 25, 2017 for a SRP of $24.95* on nikonusa.com.
 
Additionally, Nikon Inc. has produced a series of 10 limited edition camera posters showcasing some of the iconic cameras created throughout Nikon’s history. These posters, measuring 19.5” x 19.5” inches, are matted and framed to a size of 23.5” x 23.5” and will be hand-numbered and available as a limited edition; only 100 numbered posters will be produced for each design. Pricing will be $150 SRP* per framed poster, and will be available sometime in July, 2017 through nikonusa.com in partnership with Level Frames.
 
Lastly, Nikon Inc. will be producing a 100th Anniversary premium leather camera bag in partnership with the ONA brand. These premium bags are made with genuine leather and will have the 100th anniversary and Nikon logos embossed. These bags will go on sale on July 25, 2017 and will be available for an SRP of $399.95*.
 
For more information including pricing and further details about Nikon’s 100th Anniversary commemorative products and special collection items, please visit www.nikonusa.com/100th.
 
B&H has many of the Nikon 100th Anniversary Commemorative Products available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/16/2017 5:36:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 15, 2017
B&H is stating that its Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art preorders will go live June 22 at 1am ET.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/15/2017 1:41:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Watch the process of Tamron’s industry-leading 3-business day repair service. Tamron USA took dramatic steps to increase the number of repair technicians that work on photographic lenses as well as customer service staff. Internal systems were changed to accommodate the inspection of lenses received by noon of each day and route the lenses to the proper technician for expert repair. Repaired lenses are then given top priority in the distribution center to ensure the product is on its way back to the customer within the established guidelines.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/15/2017 12:07:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
 
Since the earliest days of photography, scientists worked at making a successful image of the corona during a total solar eclipse. The first correctly exposed photograph of the corona during a total solar eclipse was made on July 28, 1851 by daguerreotypist Johann Berkowski at the Royal Prussian Observatory at Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, in Russia). The exposure was 84 seconds during maximum eclipse. Numerous attempts were made earlier, but Berkowski’s image was the first correctly exposed image.
 
A cropped and enhanced version of the original Berkowski daguerreotype of 1851 clearly shows that not only did Johann Berkowski correctly expose his 84 second daguerreotype, he was the first to document the solar flares, known as prominences, emanating from the sun's surface. This daguerreotype became the benchmark for later photographic attempts.
 
Throughout the remainder of the nineteenth century and on to today, photography has played a significant role in science. Correct exposure though, makes the photograph useful.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center. Click here for more CDLC articles with tips on photographing the upcoming eclipse.
 
B&H carries a wide range of solar eclipse related gear.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 6/15/2017 6:35:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 14, 2017
B&H has the DJI Spark Quadcopter (Alpine White) in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera
  • 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 Video
  • Gesture and TapFly Control
  • FlightAutonomy with Obstacle Detection
  • Subject Tracking from Various Angles
  • GPS- & Vision Position-Based Navigation
  • Top Speed of 31 mph in Sport Mode
  • Up to 16 Minutes Flying Time
  • Up to 1.2 Mile Control Range
  • Control, Edit, Share with DJI GO Ap
Post Date: 6/14/2017 7:45:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens Review.
 
This one should get some traction.
 
The Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. A free Sigma UV Filter ($69.95 value) is currently included.
Post Date: 6/14/2017 9:38:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 13, 2017
B&H is stating that the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens will be available for preorder at 1:00am (ET) Thursday, June 22.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 6/13/2017 6:17:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Several years ago when I was first exploring the wonderful world of off-camera flash, radio triggering options were very limited with rudimentary capabilities. It's amazing how much the radio triggering market has changed since then.
 
Now, in addition to the basic triggers of ye olden days, we have radio triggers that can remotely adjust the power levels of compatible flashes or even adjust power levels automatically via TTL technology. In other words, there has never been a better time to explore what radio-triggered off-camera flashes can do for your photography.
 
If your current flashes support radio triggering – like the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT – then you don't need anything else. However, if your flashes or studio strobes don't feature radio triggering, or if you need to incorporate non-radio enabled flashes into your radio flash setup, then radio flash triggers will be worth looking into. And on that note, there are a few things to consider when arriving at your preferred choice of radio trigger.
 
Type of Connection
 
First, it's important to understand how these radio triggers connect to our shoe mount flashes (and possibly studio strobes). Radio triggers primarily connect to compatible flashes in one of two ways, either by a cable connection or via a hot shoe (and most of those triggers featuring a hot shoe can also trigger via a cable connection).
 
The most common type of sync port found on shoe-mount flashes is a PC terminal. These sync ports have been an industry standard for decades, but... they are not my personal favorite type of connection. First of all, PC cables are not very robust (easily damaged) and they sometimes disconnect from the socket when a flash is handled with the cord attached (though locking PC compatible ports mitigate this issue).
 
Impact Sync Cord Male Mini 3.5mm to Male PC 1ft


A select few flashes feature a 3.5mm (1/8") miniphone sync port, which is very convenient as it's the same sync port that's featured on almost every radio trigger with inexpensive 3.5mm male to 3.5mm male cables being easy to find.
 
A far simpler solution, however, for triggering a shoe-mount flash is to use the flash's mounting foot. Many newer radio triggers feature a built-in hot shoe that your off-camera shoe-mount flash simply slides into. In my opinion, this is the best triggering solution as it eliminates the need for cables which can easily be lost, damaged or simply not long enough (or inconveniently too long) for a specific application.
 
Transmitter/Receiver or Transceiver
 
In addition to the type of connection a radio trigger features, it's important to understand whether a specific triggering system is built on separate transmitters and receivers or if a single device can act as both, i.e. is a transceiver. In regards to the separate transmitter/receiver systems (such as Vello FreeWave LR, Radiopopper Nano), a significant pitfall is that is that a single transmitter failure (without a spare transmitter to fall back on) will render all of your receivers completely useless. Alternately, a single device failure in a transceiver setup (such as the PocketWizard Plus/FlexTT* or Cactus V6) means that you only lose the ability to trigger one flash, not the entire group, as any of the devices can act as a transmitter.
 
In some cases, a company may even produce radio receivers that are completely compatible with camera brand master flashes or transmitters, thereby allowing the use of older (non radio enabled) flashes to be used in an otherwise radio-enabled setup.
 
Range
 
One of the primary advantages of radio triggering technology is that it eliminates the line-of-sight requirements for trigging off-camera flashes as well as boosting the range even if line-of-sight positioning of flashes is possible.
 
For instance, Canon Speedlite's optical flash triggering system has an advertised range of 32.8 ft (10m) outdoors and 49.2 ft (15m) indoors. And technically speaking, line-of-sight isn't always required indoors if surfaces are available for the master flash's transmission to bounce off of in order to communicate with slave flashes.
 
Now contrast the previously mentioned optical triggering range with that of typical radio triggers advertising anywhere from 300 ft (91.4m) to 1,600 ft (487.68m).
 
Suffice it to say, most photographers will never need to trigger an off-camera flash from 300+ ft away, but... it's nice to know that your flash will fire when you need to position it in a location that exceeds the capabilities of optical triggering.
 
Brand Longevity and Backward Compatibility
 
Another thing to consider when shopping for radio triggers is the likelihood of the brand remaining in the radio triggering market for the foreseeable future and whether or not they have displayed a commitment to backwards compatibility with previous generation devices. One example, PocketWizard, has been producing flash triggers for more than 15 years with newly released products always being backwards compatible in terms of radio frequency.
 
Basic / Advanced Triggers
 
In regards to radio flash triggers, there are basic triggers and advanced triggers. Basic triggers transmit/receive only one highly relevant piece of information – FIRE! Because they are relatively easy to design and manufacture, there are a wide range of companies that produce these very-easy-on-the-budget triggers. While most of the triggers will work as intended most of the time, you may experience or occasional misfires and you'll likely forego high build quality with flash triggers at the lowest tier pricing level. Examples of basic triggers include the PocketWizard PlusX, Radiopopper Nano, and Yongnuo RF-603C.
 
On the other end of the spectrum, advanced triggers provide a myriad of features that make them more versatile and/or more convenient for those working in a professional (or semi-professional) atmosphere. Some advanced triggers are capable of:
 
  • Flash power levels adjusted automatically via TTL communication
  • Remote manual flash power adjustments
  • Rear curtain sync
  • High speed sync
  • Seamless communication with camera branded flashes
  • Upgradeable firmware
  • Multiple channels to avoid interference
Not all advanced triggers feature all of the capabilities listed above, but most offer at least some of them. The extra features of advanced triggers compared to basic triggers come at a higher cost, of course, but the price differential translates to significantly increased convenience and versatility. Examples of advanced flash triggers include the PocketWizard FlexTT*, Phottix Laso, Cactus V6 and Yongnuo YNE3-RX .
 
Which radio trigger is right for you?
 
If you're just exploring off-camera flash for the first time, it's probably a good idea to invest in a set of basic triggers. Why? Because all of the extra features afforded by advanced triggers can complicate the off-camera flash learning process. Basic triggers require manual flash power adjustments and therefore simplify the "cause and effect" learning process. Once basic lighting principles have been conquered, the value of the advanced triggers' full feature set can be fully appreciated.
 
Then again, nearly all advanced radio triggers can replicate the functionality of basic triggers. So if you're ready to jump down the rabbit hole, but still inexperienced with off-camera flash, you can invest in an advanced flash trigger system and use them as basic triggers until you're ready to explore the augmented feature set.
 
Other Photography Lighting 101 Posts
 
Post Date: 6/13/2017 1:22:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Manfrotto:
 
Performance, Quality & Comfort, Redefined
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (June 13, 2017) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has launched the new Pro Light Bumblebee bags - perfect for professional and amateur photographers and videographers who work outdoors and want a reliable carrying solution. With this collection, users can stay comfortable in the harshest of conditions despite high temperatures, extreme cold or high humidity.
 
The new Pro Light Bumblebee family is an exceptional assortment of high-performance camera backpacks and messenger bags which perfectly embody Manfrotto’s Italian heritage. This family introduces Manfrotto’s unique-to-the-market breathable harness system that greatly reduces photography gear fatigue, allowing image makers to cover more ground and locate the best spots for the perfect shots.
 
Inside, the bags’ innovative designs safeguard the latest professional equipment options. The renowned Camera Protection System (CPS) dividers take extra care of camera bodies and lenses. They are fully adjustable and built to distribute weight evenly and avoid tension to the body.
 
The new Manfrotto Bumblebee backpacks are designed to take stress and heat off the shoulders, neck and lower back and feature Manfrotto’s state-of-the-art AirSupport breathable harness and back panel, adjustable sternum support, shaped hip and waist support systems. A side handle helps users put the pack on or take it off, while elastic side pockets keep water bottles outside the critical gear zone.
 
The removable Manfrotto CPS insert safeguards equipment right at the heart of the pack and keeps it organized with the efficiency of a portable studio:
 
  • The Bumblebee-230 PL backpack protects a gripped DSLR with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and 10 additional lenses or an attached 400/2.8 with five additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects a disassembled modular camcorder like the Canon C100 with numerous lenses & accessories. It also fits a 17” laptop in its own padded compartment.
  • The Bumblebee-130 PL backpack keeps a high-end CSC or a DSLR safe with a 70-200/2.8 lens attached and eight additional lenses or an unattached 400/2.8 with three additional lenses. In video configuration, it protects disassembled modular camcorders like a SONY FS-5. It also fits a 15” laptop in its own padded compartment.
The entire internal space is padded to protect camera gear but can be also configured to accommodate accessories and personal gear as well. The main zipper comes with four pullers, which can be divided by a stopper into a top and lower compartment. Just open the top zipper for rapid access to frequently used contents from above.
 
A smart NeverLose tripod connection secures both longer and shorter tripods on the side of the pack. The connection straps are stitched in the side pocket and can be tucked away when not in use for a tidier appearance and to prevent straps getting lost.
 
The bigger Bumblebee-230 PL also features a lens pouch located in the waist belt. When not in use, the pouch can be flattened by tightening the webbing strap. (This feature is not available in Bumblebee-130 PL.)
 
Manfrotto’s new Bumblebee Messengers have significantly raised the bar for their category: a combination of flawless design and reliable performance, they meet all the needs of demanding professionals who travel light and fast. Like the backpacks, the messengers’ body-gripping fit and 3-point AirSupport harness system is breathable and perfect for prolonged outdoor use. The length of the strap can be rapidly adjusted using the EasyGrip buckle.
 
Despite their compact size, they hold a substantial amount of professional gear:
 
  • The Bumblebee M-30 PL Messenger protects a DSLR with a 70-200mm/2.8 lens attached and three additional lenses, a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 15” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories.
  • The Bumblebee M-10 PL Messenger keeps a CSC/DSLR safe with a 24-70/4 lens attached and two additional lenses (including 70-200/2.8) and a handheld gimbal (such as a DJI Osmo) and a 13” laptop in their own padded compartments, with all the necessary accessories. It can also carry a full set DJI Mavic plus the Osmo gimbal camera.
These bags introduce the XtraSecure handheld gimbal-carrying solution - a stretchable band that holds the gimbal’s moving parts so it can be taken out quickly. The area can also be used as a traditional lens compartment if there is no gimbal in the bag.
 
Manfrotto’s Bumblebee Messengers feature a secure silent quick-access flap. When shooting in quiet environments (e.g. during a ceremony), apply the NoiseFree Velcro silencer to keep a low profile. The broad front organizer keeps everything on hand. There are two bungee cord straps to hang a small tripod, monopod or selfie pole, which are also protected by the front flap. The Bumblebee Messengers can hold a gripped DSLR body when you take out the laptop from its compartment.
 
All the bags of the Bumblebee collection come with a DuoFace sun/rain cover to protect from rain, reflect sunlight and keep the gear cool and dry all day long.
 
Key features:
 
  • Breathable design - comfortable carrying solutions for professional and amateur outdoor photography
  • Super lightweight construction - carry more lenses and stay comfortable even with prolonged use
  • High-performance materials - rip-stop fabric and the Manfrotto Protection System safeguard equipment
The following models are now available nationwide (links below go to B&H):
 
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 6/13/2017 12:04:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results have been added to the Sony a9 page.
 
You will like recognize that these results are not from the standard Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM test lens we tested the Sony a7R II and most Canon cameras with. The plan was to test the a9 with the same lens, but unfortunately, our FotodioX Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Pro Fusion Smart AF mount adapter is apparently not compatible with the a9 (known adapter-compatible Canon lenses did not work on the a9). So, we went with plan b, testing the a9 with Sony's premier FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at a low-distortion focal length.
 
Keep in mind that the lenses used in these comparisons are different:
 
Sony a9 vs Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Sony a9 vs a7R II (vastly different resolutions)
 
The Sony a9 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 6/13/2017 8:46:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From HDRsoft:
 
Photomatix Pro Version 6 adds a new rendering style option, corrects perspective problems, and gives more control over color.
 
Brighton, United Kingdom – HDRsoft announces the release of Photomatix Pro version 6. The latest version of their software application that helps photography pros and enthusiasts create HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos in a large range of styles, from realistic to artistic.
 
Key benefits in the new release include:
 
  • More style choice for realistic results. A new HDR rendering method called Tone Balancer adds more options and presets for realistic looking results. It is well-suited to real estate and natural style landscapes.
  • Refining with more control over color. With the new interactive brush tool, users can make color changes to just parts of the image, by painting over those areas. They can also fine-tune the saturation, hue, and brightness of individual colors in a photo. This control is especially useful for removing color casts and enhancing skies and other image features. Images can also be cropped to easily remove distractions or to improve their composition.
  • Avoiding overdoing it. For a more realistic look, users can blend an original photo with the rendered image, either globally or by using a brush to select specific areas.
  • Removing distortion from your photos. A new distortion correction tool makes it easy to straighten photos that aren't level and fix perspective issues where lines don't look parallel when they should. These are particularly helpful features for architectural and landscape photographers.
  • A more intuitive workflow. Whether working with a single image, or a bracketed set of photos, a more intuitive workflow makes it easier to load and choose images and proceed through to editing.
Photomatix Pro merges photographs taken at different exposure levels into a single HDR image with options for automatically aligning hand-held photos and for removing ghosts or visual artifacts when moving objects are present in the scene. Merged images can then be adjusted with a range of precise controls and settings or with one-click presets. Photographers can quickly get the look they desire from natural-looking results to painterly images, from surreal and dreamy photos to ultra-realistic images with increased details.
 
Photomatix Pro can also be used to enhance a single photo to boost its shadows and enhance its highlights. The program includes a plugin for Adobe Lightroom for users who want to integrate Photomatix Pro into their Lightroom workflow.
 
"What's unique about Photomatix Pro is the full range of styles it offers to render HDR photos, and version 6 makes this even better," said Geraldine Joffre, HDRsoft Managing Director. "Unlike other apps which rely on one HDR rendering algorithm, Photomatix comes with several. Each algorithm can give an entirely different look with enhancing tones and details or fusing multiple exposures together. Photographers will find it useful to have several alternatives for processing HDR photos as things change with different subjects or lighting conditions."
 
AVAILABILITY
 
Photomatix Pro 6 is available now for $99 USD for a single-user license. Customers who purchased Photomatix Pro 5 will receive a free upgrade. Earlier versions of Photomatix Pro can be upgraded for $29 USD.
 
B&H carries HDRsoft Photomatix Pro 6.
Post Date: 6/13/2017 7:32:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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