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 Monday, August 14, 2017
LensRentals has added a few DJI drones to its rental fleet, including the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 Pro. For a primer on renting drones from LensRentals, check out their recent blog post.
Post Date: 8/14/2017 10:51:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Digital Learning Center has posted what seems to be its final solar eclipse article installments, one entitled "The Big Day" and the other featuring a pocket field guide designed to be a handy reference for the aforementioned "big day."
 
Latest Solar Eclipse Articles
 
For a full list of CDLC solar eclipse articles, see here.
 
With free expedited shipping at B&H, you can still likely get a new telephoto lens in time to capture the event! And if you can't find a solar filter to fit your lens, you may want to try the DIY approach.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sachtler Ace L Freddie Wong Edition Tripod System available for $649.00 with free shipping. Regularly $849.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports 13.2 lb
  • 75mm Bowl Diameter
  • 3-Stage Leg Design
  • 30.7-66.5" Height Adjustment Range
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • 7-Step Counterbalance
  • 3-Step +0 Pan/Tilt Drag
  • 4.1" Sliding Plate Range
  • +90°/-75° Tilt Range
 Saturday, August 12, 2017
 Friday, August 11, 2017
Sigma has discounted their telephoto zooms, but... with many solar filters now out of stock, a telephoto zoom without a solar filter (or some type of solar protection) will do you no good for the upcoming eclipse.
 
However, all is not lost. Amazon still has some Thousand Oaks Solar Filter Sheets that you can use to fashion your own lens filter.
 
If you already own a square filter holder, you can sandwich a square piece of film between two piece of stiff cardboard with a holes cut out that match the size of the end of your lens. Otherwise, if you don't own a square filter holder, you can make a cardboard filter holder that slides onto the end of your lens that is held in place by gaffers tape or a rubber band.
 
If you go the DIY approach, safety first! Be sure to guard against light leaks and ensure that your filter will stay in place throughout the event.
Post Date: 8/11/2017 11:53:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ronkonkoma, NY – August 10, 2017 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced its “Total Solar Eclipse” promotion that features instant rebates for the following sought-after Sigma Global Vision telephoto lenses and mount converter: the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary and Sports lens models, the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens, and the Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter for Sony E-mount camera systems. The new Sigma instant rebate program, which pays homage to the rare total solar eclipse phenomenon taking place on August 21st, 2017, provides photo professionals and enthusiasts outstanding deals on three fantastic Sigma Global Vision telephoto lens models and Sony E-mount converter.
 
Sigma customers will receive a $200 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens (normally $1,999 USD) and a $100 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens (normally $1,089 USD). Sigma customers will also receive a $50 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens (normally $799 USD). The promotion features an additional $100 instant rebate off the purchase of a Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter for Sony E-mount, full-frame and APS-C sensor cameras (normally $249 USD) when purchased with either of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 or the 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens models.
 
The “Total Solar Eclipse” promotion ends on August 21st, 2017. Instant rebates are offered off the manufacturer suggested retail price.
 
B&H carries the following lenses:
 
Category: Sigma Deals
Post Date: 8/11/2017 10:06:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 8/11/2017 9:12:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Flex Lens Shade available for $19.99 with free shipping. Regularly $39.99.
 
Note: The Flex Lens Shade for Large Lenses and Flex Lens Shade for Mirrorless Cameras also reduced.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Lens Shade Attaches to Lens or Hood
  • Bends to Block Unwanted Light or Rain
  • Strap with Hook-and-Loop Fasteners
  • Holds Shape in Any Situation
  • Waterproof & Lightweight
  • Ballistic Nylon Construction
  • Stores Flat
Post Date: 8/11/2017 5:11:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 10, 2017
B&H has the Azden SGM-1X - Professional Shotgun Microphone available for $119.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • 12.3" Long
  • XLR Output
  • Powered by 1 AAA Battery for 1,000 Hours
  • Includes Shockmount
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the HP 15.6" ZBook 15u G4 B&H Custom Mobile Workstation available for $699.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,769.00.
 
Note: The Windows 10 Pro version is only $50.00 more.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for the Creative Professional
  • 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-7200U Dual-Core
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM | 1TB 5400 rpm 2.5" HDD
  • 15.6" 1920 x 1080 SVA Anti-Glare Display
  • AMD FirePro W4190M Graphics Card (2GB)
  • SDXC UHS-II Card Reader
  • USB 3.0 | DisplayPort 1.2 | VGA
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • Includes Windows 10 Home (64-bit) DVD
  • Includes B&H Installation Services
Post Date: 8/10/2017 8:51:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of 'FLOW' by Fergus Kennedy. Take a look at how Canon Log simplifies the post production process. Whether filmed using Canon Log on a drone mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, or a C300 Mark II on land, all footage is seamlessly matched and graded to achieve a perfect finish.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with Canon Log.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/10/2017 8:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has two Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Heads with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamps available for purchase in their Used Department. The RRS BH-55 is a favorite of many photographers, and "Right"ly so.
 
The RRS BH-55 with Full Size Lever Release Clamp sells new for $489.00.
 
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head w/ Full-Size Clamp (Condition: 10) - $399.95
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head w/ Full-Size Clamp (Condition: +8) - $349.95
Post Date: 8/10/2017 7:58:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review.
 
The 6D Mark II is not positioned as a top-of-the-line model, but it delivers beautiful images and it has a nice price.
 
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/10/2017 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Will you be witnessing/photographing the upcoming solar eclipse with your family? This might be a great way for the whole family to get a good view of the event.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Meade EclipseView 60mm f/13 AZ Achro Refractor Telescope with Solar Filter available for $74.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Removable White-Light Solar Filter
  • 60mm Achromatic Refractor OTA
  • 800mm Focal Length, f/13 Focal Ratio
  • Manual Alt-Az Mount with Control Rod
  • 1.25" Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • 9mm and 26mm Eyepieces
  • 90° Erect-Image Diagonal
  • 2x Barlow Lens
  • Nighttime and Solar Finderscopes
  • Adjustable-Height Aluminum Tripod
 Wednesday, August 9, 2017
If you are currently in the process of upgrading DSLRs, or otherwise looking to add a second camera to your kit, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS 80D could be prime candidates for consideration.
 
Many people may be surprised to know just how similar the full-frame 6D Mark II and APS-C sensor 80D really are. Here's a quick rundown of the features these cameras share:
 
EOS 6D Mark II and 80D Shared Primary Features
 
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF Sensor
  • Compatible with EF, TS-E and MP-E lenses
  • AF System: 45 cross-type AF points (27 f/8 points [9 cross-type], center point is f/2.8 and f/5.6 dual cross-type)
  • AF Working Range: EV -3 - 18 (at 23 °C & ISO 100)
  • Flicker detection and anti-flicker shutter timing
  • Autofocus microadjustment
  • Up to 1920 x 1080 60fps movie recording
  • Movie Servo AF tracking speed and sensitivity adjustment
  • Single SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) memory card slot
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
Now let's take a look at some of the EOS 6D Mark II's advantages in this comparison.
 
Advantages of the EOS 6D Mark II over the EOS 80D:
 
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Higher resolution: 26.2 MP vs. 24.2
  • DIGIC 7 processor vs. DIGIC 6
  • Spot AF
  • Less noise, especially at higher ISOs
  • Dual-axis electronic level vs. single-axis
  • 4K time-lapse video recording
  • Built-in GPS and Bluetooth
  • Better battery life: Approx. 1200 vs. 960
And below are the primary advantages the EOS 80D has over its full-frame counterpart.
 
Advantages of the EOS 80D over the 6D Mark II:
 
  • Compatible with EF-S lenses
  • Slightly higher dynamic range
  • Slightly faster burst rate / larger buffer: Approx. 7fps, up to 25 images RAW vs. 6.5fps, up to 21 images RAW
  • Pop-up flash featuring master functionality
  • Faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 sec. vs. 1/4000
  • Faster max flash sync speed (x-sync): 1/250 sec vs. 1/180
  • Headphone terminal
  • Slightly smaller size / weight: 5.47 x 4.14 x 3.09" (139.0 x 105.2 x 78.5mm), 25.75 oz (730g) vs. 5.67 x 4.35 x 2.94" (144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8mm), 26.98 oz (765g)
  • Lower cost
Who should opt for the EOS 6D Mark II?
 
If shooting in low light and using relatively high ISOs, the EOS 6D II will give you noticeably cleaner (less noisy) images at the same ISO setting. The full frame sensor will also create a stronger background blur with the same subject framing and aperture in use.
 
For those interested in movie shooting, the 6D II offers the benefit of in-camera 4K time-lapse recording, although it does not feature a true Tv/Av mode during video recording like most higher-end models (instead, the camera defaults to P mode where both the shutter and aperture are adjusted to maintain exposure) and a headphone socket for audio monitoring is unavailable.
 
If built-in GPS and Bluetooth are high on your priority list, the 6D II has those features while the 80D does not.
 
Who should opt for the EOS 80D?
 
If you are upgrading from an APS-C (crop) sensor camera and currently have several APS-C lenses in your kit, the EOS 80D offers a seamless transition without the need to upgrade your EF-S lenses to full-frame compatible EF lenses, a transition that could prove significantly more costly than a simple camera body upgrade. And the benefits of EF-S lenses include [typically] lower cost and smaller size/weight compared to their full-frame counterparts.
 
Those shooting fast action may not notice an appreciable difference in the burst rate between the two cameras; however, the larger buffer of the 80D could prove to be a differentiating factor in some situations. The 80D's higher pixel density offering more reach to those requiring longer focal lengths will be especially welcomed by photographers covering long field sports.
 
The AF point spread of the 80D covers a higher percentage of the viewfinder for optimal framing using traditional phase detect AF, although the use of Live View AF can mitigate the difference between the two bodies.
 
If you are interested in shooting using off-camera lighting, the 80D's pop-up flash with master functionality means that you may not need a costly accessory to control your off-camera flashes, with the reduced size and weight of your sans-accessory camera being another benefit.
 
If in-camera 4K time-lapse video is not important to you (you can always create 4K time-lapses in post), the 80D features the same video recording capabilities as the 6D II yet also features a headphone terminal for audio monitoring. Unless filming in low light using high ISOs is necessary for a bulk of your filmmaking, the 80D should work just as well for most with video production aspirations.
 
Summary
 
These cameras are actually more similar than they are different, with the sensor size probably being the most significant differentiating factor between the two cameras. If you're eager to enjoy the image quality benefits provided by a full-frame sensor, the 80D's benefits over the 6D Mark II won't likely tip the scales in the smaller sensor camera's direction.
 
However, if your budget is limited and/or you enjoy the benefits of EF-S lenses, or you otherwise want a body which offers a more versatile sports or video capture platform, the 80D's benefits may make it the logical choice for adding to your kit.
 
More Information
 
See our full list of Camera Gear Comparisons to aid in other purchasing decisions.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/9/2017 12:01:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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