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 Wednesday, January 29, 2020
The knobs are gone. Check out the innovative Ergo and Elite tripod heads just introduced by Platypod.
Category: Platypod News
Post Date: 1/29/2020 1:33:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has a 10-rated (like new) used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (awesome head) available for only $404.95. Compare at $489.00 new. Act fast – this head is not likely to last long.
 
Check out the B&H used department for many other great deals.
B&H has the Angler 5x7' Collapsible Background Kit available for $139.89 with free shipping. Regularly $223.89.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1x Black/White 5x7' Background
  • 1x Chroma Blue/Green 5x7' Background
  • 1x Multiboom Stand
  • Two-Color, Crease-Resistant Fabric
Post Date: 1/29/2020 6:05:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Head & Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Kit (100/75mm, Ground Spreader) available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
 
The Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Head alone in used condition (E-) is going for $339.00 at Adorama.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 17.64-Pound Load Capacity
  • Carbon Fiber Legs
  • 19.29 to 68.9" Height Range
  • Continually Variable Counterbalance
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Fish out of water. A female pink salmon races away from a massive brown bear. Just a normal day in Katmai National Park.
 
This could be an image you captured. Contact me ASAP to sign up for the Brown Bear Chasing Salmon, Remote Katmai National Park, Alaska instructional photo tour!
 
Dates: Thu, September 17 to Fri, September 24, 2020
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 1/28/2020 10:31:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Phottix Raja Parabolic Softbox (41") available for $109.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Reflective Silver Interior
  • Removable Inner Baffle & Front Diffuser
  • Light Loss with Both Baffles: 1.3 Stops
  • Quick to Assemble, Opens Like Umbrella
Post Date: 1/28/2020 5:10:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the GVM 50RS2L RGB 2-Light Kit available for $349.99 with free shipping. Regularly $479.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 x 50RS RGB LED Panels
  • 2 x Sets of Barndoors
  • 2 x A-Frame Diffusers
  • 2 x Power Adapters with Cables
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/28/2020 4:56:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Impact Circular Collapsible Reflector with Handles (52", Silver/White) available for $23.97. Regularly $39.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Two Handles (Hand Grips)
  • Two Threaded 3/8" Sockets
  • Reversible
  • Collapses to Approx. 1/3 Its Open Size
 Monday, January 27, 2020
Use coupon code HELLO2020 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save 20% on orders arriving by 1/31/2020.
 
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
Post Date: 1/27/2020 10:35:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Anton Bauer Digital 190 V-Mount Battery (14.4V, 190 Wh) available for $299.50 with free shipping. Regularly $655.50.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Enlarged, Spacious Honeycomb Interior
  • Individually Wrapped, Isolated Cells
  • Increased Airflow & Heat Dissipation
  • 1000 Charge / Discharge Cycles
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Last week, Pye taught us the first 5 couples poses every photographer should know. In Part II of his Couples Crash Course, you'll see how you can achieve 20+ couples poses using the Foundation Posing Framework.
Post Date: 1/27/2020 5:13:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
LensRentals' latest podcast – How to Break a Camera with Aaron Closz, Joey Miller & Roger Cicala – is an entertaining and informative discussion on camera life expectancy.
 
From LensRentals:
Impact damage, sensor scratches, and shutter failure, oh my! Roger, Aaron, and Joey are back and this time they’re talking about all the ways you can break a camera, what can be fixed and what is always a kiss of death. From discussing the most common damage they see on returned gear, to repairs you might be able to tackle at home, Roger, Joey, and Aaron discuss how to take care of your camera bodies, and what do expect when something breaks.
Listen to the podcast on the LensRentals Blog, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or YouTube.
 
The team at LensRentals is great; we highly recommend utilizing them for all your rental needs.
Post Date: 1/27/2020 5:02:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Though midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lenovo 14" IdeaPad Flex Pro Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Laptop (Platinum) available for $799.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,679.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-8550U Quad-Core
  • 16GB DDR4 | 512GB PCIe SSD
  • 360° Hinge | 4 Different Modes
  • 14" 3840 x 2160 Multi-Touch IPS Display
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Sunday, January 26, 2020
Today only: B&H has the Kingston 256GB Canvas Focus UDMA 7 CompactFlash Memory Card (max read/write speed: 150/130 MB/s) on sale for only $74.95. This card is regularly priced at $109.95.
 
Also, get a Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader (UDMA 7) at the same time for only $17.99 additional, a $12.00 savings from this reader's regular price of $34.99.
Today only: B&H has the Pelican 1654 Waterproof 1650 Case with Yellow and Black Divider Set (Desert Tan) on sale for only $228.95. This is a $160.00 savings over the regular $388.95 price.
 
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/26/2020 7:20:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 24, 2020

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this lighting tutorial, David Flores shows you indoor and outdoor studio lighting setups for portrait photography. You'll also learn strobist photography techniques, such as camera settings to balance studio strobe light with ambient light.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 1/24/2020 5:52:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of #PHOMO, Paul Trani explores the new Capture from Image functionality in Photoshop. Watch how Photoshop automatically creates patterns, shapes, color themes and gradients from your images using the Capture functionality. Watch this video for helpful tips and tricks to end those feelings of #PHOMO when it comes to design.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 1/24/2020 5:10:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
SIGMA announces the shipment schedule for SIGMA CINE LENS /i Technology-compatible PL mount lens in the FF High Speed Prime Line.
 
  • Shipment schedule:February, 2020
Optimized for large-format camera systems and 8K shooting, the FF High Speed Prime Line lenses deliver stunning image quality in compact construction. A new addition to this prime lens lineup comes with electronic contacts that supports Cooke’s /i Technology communication protocol for Art Prime PL mount lenses. By using an /i Technology-compatible cine lens with a cine camera that supports the same protocol, users can see and record lens metadata such as focus distance, focal length, and aperture. This helps streamline compositing in the post production process. This is particularly suitable for the latest forms of filmmaking, such as VFX, that call for detailed shooting data. Prototypes of this /i Technology-compatible FF High Speed Prime lens were used for shooting “Top Gun: Maverick”, scheduled to be released in 2020, showing that the new lens is already in commercial applications.
 
For SIGMA customers who has already purchased a SIGMA PL mount lens, Mount Conversion Service is available to convert the lenses to /i Technology-compatible PL mount. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.
 
B&H has the SIGMA CINE LENS /i Technology-compatible PL mount Lenses available for special order.
Category: SIGMA News
Post Date: 1/24/2020 4:51:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 23, 2020
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens page.
 
We were told that this lens could be slightly sharper than the excellent Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens and it is that.
 
Check out the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens vs. Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens comparison to see that impressive performance.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA (1 in stock!) | WEX
 
Rent the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2020 8:10:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From SIGMA:
 
Firmware update for SIGMA 45mm F2.8 DG DN | Contemporary for Sony E-mount (v02)
 
Benefit of the update:
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby the image rarely blurs when using the in-body image stabilization.
To update the firmware, please refer to this link.
 
* After the update, please remove the battery pack from the camera and put it back in again.
 


Firmware update for SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for CANON EF mount (v1.04)
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
Benefits of the update:
 
  • It has optimized the operation of Mode 2 in Optical Stabilizer when used in combination with the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-21 EF-L.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 


Firmware update for SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E (v1.29)
 
Benefits of the update:
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.01.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.04.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.03.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA SA mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.1.02.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
Post Date: 1/23/2020 5:11:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the WD 1TB My Passport Ultra USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (White/Gold) available for $39.99. Regularly $69.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Bus Powered
  • 256-Bit AES Hardware Encryption
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/23/2020 4:47:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Angler 865BLED Sparta Bicolor LED Light available for $99.00 with free shipping. Regularly $199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Color: 3200-5600K, CRI/TLCI: 94.6/96.5
  • Dimming: 10-99%, Measures 8 x 7 x 1.5"
  • 60° Beam Spread, 2 x NP-F Battery Plates
  • AC Adapter, Optional Battery Power
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/23/2020 4:42:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Pelican iM2975 Storm Trak Case with Padded Dividers (Black) available for $268.95 with free shipping. Regularly $468.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • HPX High Performance Resin Case
  • Movable Padded Dividers
  • Dent-resistant and Shatter-resistant
  • Tough, Rugged and Lightweight
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rotolight NEO 2 Explorer Kit available for $799.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Portable 3-Light Kit for Photo and Video
  • Includes Light Stands and Filter Packs
  • Continuous Light and Flash Modes
  • 3150-6300K Color Temperature; Dimming
  • 96 CRI / 91 TLCI
  • 2000 Lux at 3'
  • AccuColour Color Rendering
  • F-Stop Display at Given Distances
  • Built-In Skyport Receiver (up to 656')
  • CineSFX Mode Lighting Effects
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/22/2020 4:43:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Make carrying your cameras easier — check out this DealZone Flash Sale at B&H. The Tamrac Pro Strap is on sale for 50% off, only $49.95 with free shipping
Post Date: 1/21/2020 11:40:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is having a Big Game Gear Sale. Save up to $2,000.00!
 
Is it time to upgrade your entertainment system, perhaps with a 4k TV?
 
Don't forget to use the Payboo card at checkout.
Post Date: 1/21/2020 10:12:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff MC-34 Monopod Review.
 
The leg locks are awesome and contribute heavily to making this the best monopod I've used.
 
The Really Right Stuff MC-34 Monopod is available for order (in stock soon) at B&H.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 1/21/2020 7:58:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the ProMediaGear TR344L 34mm Series 71" Pro-Stix Carbon-Fiber Tripod available for $917.96 with free expedited shipping via the Clip Coupon feature. Regularly $1,079.95.
 
Note: Many ProMediaGear products currently qualify for a "Clip Coupon" discount.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 60 lb
  • Max Height: 71", Min Height: 3.8"
  • Folded Length: 23.8"
  • Leg Sections: 4, Weight: 4.3 lb
B&H has the IRIX 15mm f/2.4 Firefly Lens available for $395.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $475.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.4 to f/22
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Two ED and Three HR Elements
Post Date: 1/21/2020 5:07:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tamrac Arc Long Zoom Lens Case for 150-600mm Zooms available for $14.95 with free shipping. Regularly $52.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds Tamron/Sigma 150-600mm Zoom Lens
  • Zipper and Metal Buckle Closure
  • M.A.S. Quick-Attachment Accessory Slots
  • Foam Padded
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/21/2020 4:56:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 20, 2020
Use coupon code SHIP35 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save up to $35 on shipping. This deal expires on 1/31/2020.
 
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
Post Date: 1/20/2020 10:13:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Review.
 
This is a great little backpack for a mirrorless or a small DSLR kit.
 
The MindShift Gear BackLight 18L is in stock at B&H | Think Tank Photo / MindShit Gear | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
Please share!
Post Date: 1/20/2020 7:41:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For a limited time, B&H has their Robus Tripods and Monopods on sale for 15% off.
 
Want to know more about Robus tripods? Check out our Robus RC-5570 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
Post Date: 1/20/2020 5:29:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ready to be impressed?
 
Roger Cicala of LensRentals has shared a teardown of the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens. Below is from the conclusion section:
As you can probably tell from our struggles doing this disassembly, the Nikon Z lenses are very different than their legacy lenses. They’re also different than what we’ve seen from other manufacturers. That suggests Nikon Z lenses, like Canon R lenses, are a completely new optomechanical design, probably done entirely in-house.
 
The engineering itself is incredible in most ways. The neatly laid out and solidly adhered flexes reflect the careful design. The taping of every possible point that Loctite or anything else could get in the lens does, too. The design is logical and clean; the difficulties in the tear-down were ours. Now that we know our way around, disassembly won’t be bad at all.
Check out the full Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Lens Teardown.
Post Date: 1/20/2020 5:17:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron:
 
SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD Firmware v.4
 
  • This update improves the stability of control signal communication in continuous shooting.
Lens firmware can be updated using TAP-in Console.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/20/2020 5:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Head & Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Kit available for $549.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 26.45-Pound Load Capacity
  • Carbon Fiber Legs
  • 19.29 to 69.29" Height Range
  • Continually Variable Counterbalance
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Senal SC-550X Professional Cardioid Condenser Microphone available for $69.99 with free shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Condenser Element
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
  • Selectable Hi-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Sunday, January 19, 2020
It had been two years since I photographed this bull elk and he was #1 on my list of subjects to find on this trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. He didn't let us down.
 
This year, Mr. Incredibull was a 7x7 (referencing 7 points on each antler) with remarkably long G3s (the third point on each side) and long swords (G4s, the fourth point on each side). This morning found the huge elk in my favorite meadow, with short grass and a clean background ideal for photographing in.
 
While the Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS Lens is not the ultimate choice for blurring the background (compared to the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens for example), it's zoom range has very strong benefits. The 600mm prime does not do 500mm, the focal length needed for this image.
 
This bull was not moving fast and permitted a large number of images to be captured. I chose this one as a favorite in part due to the leg position, showing nice separation and a bent front leg conveying a sense of action.
 
I like as many tines as possible to show in antlered animal images. With this bull's head tilted up, the tail of the left antler is hidden by the body. However, I'd rather capture the desirable bugling pose and there is not much that can be done about partial missing antler in this situation. One tine is hidden on the right antler but the shadow brings that one to light. Antler shadows are great.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 1/19/2020 11:23:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In the DealZone: B&H has the LensCoat RainCoat Medium Sleeve (Black) on sale for $29.99 (reg. $59.99) and LensCoat RainCoat Small Sleeve (Black) on sale for $24.99 (reg. $49.99).
 
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/19/2020 8:34:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 17, 2020

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
A textured wall in your studio could well be the perfect background for your portrait photos. Even a slight texture can add the feeling of depth and interest to a portrait that a plain wall often can't. Of course not many photographers have the space of a permanently textured wall, so in this video Gavin Hoey walks you through a shoot in his small home studio, where he plans to replace a simple, smooth fabric background with some texture.
 
After the shoot, Gavin takes you into Photoshop where he passes on some simple tricks to add a gentle texture over the original portrait. He then goes on to blend everything togther by means of a quick color toning technique.
 
If you're looking to enhance a smooth background with a small amount of texture, this technique opens up a whole new world of background styles.
Post Date: 1/17/2020 5:19:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
The Only Company in the World to be Ranked in Top Five for 34 Years
 
MELVILLE, NY, January 15, 2020 – Aligning with its mission of empowering innovations, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce that its parent company, Canon Inc., was granted 3,548 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office and maintained its third place ranking for patents granted in 2019 according to IFI CLAIMS Patent Services, a leading producer of global patent databases. With this year’s ranking, Canon has become the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for number of patents granted for 34 consecutive years. Additionally, Canon has once again ranked first in patents among Japanese companies for the 15th consecutive year.
 
These patents continue to demonstrate Canon’s contribution to science and technology which are used to develop fundamental technologies designed to drive innovation and support customer and business needs.
 
“As technology continues to evolve, we too will continue exploring new areas and future innovation opportunities,” said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. Inc. “Canon is proud to be in the top three patent holders as it reflects our dedication and commitment to delivering innovative ideas and solutions to meet market and customer demands.”
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/17/2020 4:48:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 16, 2020
Through Feb 29th, students and teachers can save up to 20% on some of the hottest Sony cameras and lenses. All other Sony products are EDU discounted 10%.
 
Hint: If you are not a student or teacher, you probably know one.
 
Save 20% on the Following Cameras and Lenses
 
Log in to your B&H EDU account to see this special pricing:
 
Sony Alpha a6600 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
Sony Alpha a6600 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens
Sony Alpha a7R IV Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS Lens
Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS Lens
Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens
 
Again, save 10% on all other Sony products.
Post Date: 1/16/2020 2:26:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I know — we just posted the B&H deal for this Sigma lens earlier today but the price dropped another $50.00 since then and we want to make sure you see this hot deal.
 
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens available for $1,199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,599.00.
 
Discounted mounts include Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Four SLD Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
Post Date: 1/16/2020 12:04:33 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens available for $1,249.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,599.00.
 
Discounted mounts include Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Four SLD Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 1/16/2020 5:23:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Like most wildlife photographers, I'm opportunistic. Photographing moose wasn't the primary plan for this trip but when this bull showed up, our group didn't question what we were going to photograph next.
 
I most often encounter moose just before dark and the wide aperture of the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens was very welcomed this evening. The working distance this lens provides is another benefit for photographing moose. Moose are one of my least-trusted North American animals and this one had just locked focus on me.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 1/15/2020 10:01:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
One of my jobs is to make sure that this site, a free resource that hopefully you depend on, remains adequately funded. The costs, in both time and money, of maintaining and developing this site are substantial. You are likely aware that we receive no financial support from Canon, Sony, or any other manufacturer and it is no secret that camera and lens sales are down significantly. That last issue makes acquiring adequate funding significantly more challenging.
 
Basically, there are five ways you can help support us. The first is my favorite (and it costs you nothing additional), but hopefully you can use at least two or three of these options regularly:
 
  1. Use the Retailer Links on the Site for Your Purchase of Anything
  2. Direct Support 
  3. Link to the Site
  4. Disable Ad Blockers
  5. Tell Others
The support page clarifies the above options.
 
We thank you for your support and look forward to serving you long into the future!
Post Date: 1/15/2020 8:33:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Save $180 on the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA
 
B&H also has this flash available in 9-rated used condition for $326.95.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/15/2020 8:11:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon EOS M6 Body for only $299.00. Check out the with-lens deals also available.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/15/2020 8:05:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Schneider Kreuznach:
 
B+W Filter introduces new T-Pro filter range
 
The filters in the new T-Pro range from B+W are designed with a thinner profile in response to the trend towards ever-compacter camera equipment. The filters are suitable for all focal lengths, including wide-angle and telephoto. The titanium-colored finish gives the T-Pro filters a unique appearance. They are manufactured to the highest standards with minimal tolerances. Brass is used as the base material for the filter ring for high stability and a long service life.
 
T-Pro filters have a precision glass contact surface; the filter is bonded flat, without any tension, using state-of-the-art adhesive technology. The special functional coating has good sliding properties to make it easier to screw the filter on and off.
 
The T-Pro filter range starts with the high transmission protection filters 007 Clear and 010 UV Haze. Both are excellently suited to providing mechanical protection and helping prevent any damage to the expensive front lens. The filters also protect the lens against dust, sand, water, fingerprints and scratches. The UV Haze filter additionally reduces unwanted UV effects and tones down the associated blue haze.
 
T-Pro filters have an exclusive, premium MRC nano coating, B+W’s highest quality broadband coating. This is applied on both sides to enhance the optical imaging properties. As a result, the filters achieve uniform, increased transmission properties across the light spectrum with only a physical minimum of residual reflection (Ø 0.5%). With all-around nano protection on the glass, the filter has a long service life. T-Pro filters have high scratch resistance for good durability, and effective dirt-, water, and oil-repellant properties for simple and fast cleaning. The T-Pro Filter line will be available as of January 15th 2020. The list price starts at 64,90 Euro.
 
B&H is taking preorders for the B+W T-PRO Filters.
Category: B+W News
Post Date: 1/15/2020 7:54:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Venus Optics:
 
Anhui China, Jan 9, 2020 – Venus Optics, the manufacturer who specializes in making wide angle and macro photo lenses under the brand name of Laowa, announce the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine lens. The new 12mm lens is currently the widest t/2.9 lens that can cover sensor up to both full frame & vista vision size (wider than full frame), making it one of the ideal wide angle option for both professional cinema cameras and mirrorless cameras.
 
Suitable for both Large format & Super35 cameras
 
While most cinema camera manufacturers are coming out with large format cameras, the industry is gradually transiting from the common super35 format into bigger format. Taking advantage of this, Venus Optics has re-engineered the optics of their 12mm photo lens and convert it into a filmmaking friendly version for cinematographers to experience a 122 degrees ultra-wide and distortion- free field of view. The 47mm image circle allows cinematographers to use not only on full frame sensors (Size = 43.14mm), but also able to fill the Vista Vision sensors on RED Monstro and the sensor on Arri Alexa LF (Size @ open-gate = 44.7mm) fully.
 
The lens is also ideal for Super35-sized camera owners with the ultra-wide 17mm equivalent field of view and its future-proof decision when cinematographers need to upgrade to large format cameras. It is also a good companion with the compact cinema cameras like Blackmagic Pocket6k, Z-Cam or Sony A7.
 
Close-to-zero distortion (Zero-D)
 
The optical distortion of ultra-wide angle lens is usually a nightmare for DoP. The distortion rate of good wide angle lenses in the market ranges from 2-4%. Venus Optics, however, are able to compress the distortion to a close-to-zero level. In fact, the ‘Zero-D’ claim had been validated by many existing Laowa lenses owners from all around the world. It is proven to be extremely useful for shooting with architecture, indoor, real estate and even vlogging.
 
Super compact & lightweight
 
This 12mm lens is extremely compact and lightweight despite of the extreme specifications.
 
It measures 3.4” (87mm) long and weighs less than 1.5 lb (675g). It can be easily fitted onto any sorts of stabilizations system including handheld gimbals.
 
The lens is composed of 16 elements in 10 groups with 2pcs of large aspherical glasses. The patented optical design provides an edge-to-edge sharpness and supports up to 8k resolution. Chromatic aberration is also controlled to the minimal.
 
Focus super close
 
Venus Optics have also managed to incorporate an extremely close focusing distance. The lens can focus anywhere from 7” away from sensor (<4” from front element) all the way to infinity.
 
No diopter will be needed in this case. Wide angle lenses usually create a ‘flat’ image with very deep DOF but with this close focusing ability and a fast t-stop, Laowa 12mm is able to create some unique wide & shallow DOF look with pleasing bokeh.
 
Robust and professional cinema housing
 
The lens is designed with standard 0.8 mod gears on both aperture and focusing rings for easy installation of follow-focus system. An extended 270° smooth focus throw is designed for accruate focus pulling. The entire enclosure of the lens is made up of aluminum alloy. A 114mm step-ring is included in the package to expand the front diameter to fit with industry sized matte box. Venus Optics have tested with a number of matte boxes in the market and it is still free of vignetting on VV sensor with the matte box installed.
 
Complete package and 3 different bayonets to choose
 
The lens comes with three different variants, PL, EF and E mount. The mount is not interchangeable.
 
Shims with different thickness is also included for users to do flange calibration. The complimentary watertight and crushproof Pelican hard case protects the the lenses from damage during travel.
 
Specifications
 
Format CompatibilityFull Frame / Vista Vision
Focal Length 12mm
Angle of view122°
t-stopt/2.9 - 22
Lens Structure16 elements in 10 group
Aperture Blades7
Min. Focusing Distance(from subject to sensor) 7.09” (18 cm)
Max. Magnification1:5
Outer Diameter102mm, Can step up to 114mm
Dimensions87mm×102mm
Weight1.5lb (675g)

B&H has the Laowa 12mm t/2.9 Zero-D Cine Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 1/15/2020 5:27:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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