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 Thursday, December 27, 2018
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Condition: 10) available for $400.00 with free shipping. Compare at $489.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.7"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.9", Ball Diameter 2.2"
  • Weight: 1.96 lb
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
Did you fail to take advantage of one of B&H's Deal Zone Deals this year, or otherwise missed a deal when it was live, only to regret it later? Well, here's your chance to grab the same (or similar) deal as well as save on an additional selection of products.
 
For a limited time, B&H has hundreds of discounted items available in its Mega Deal Zone event. Most of these deals will expire tonight at midnight, so act fast!
 
Discounted Items Include
 
  • Camera Accessories (Straps, Filters, Remote Timers, Color Calibration Devices, etc.)
  • Dry Cabinets
  • Tripods
  • Camera Bags
  • Gimbal Stabilizers
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Reflectors
  • Camera Lenses
  • Audio Recorders
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
It's definitely worth scrolling though the deals and hitting the "Load More" button a few times when you hit the bottom of the page, or otherwise filtering the products by category or brand to find the most relevant deals. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/27/2018 6:48:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Want to explore studio portraiture, yet limited funds are holding you back? This deal for you.
 
B&H has the Photoflex StarFlash 650Ws Monolight (120V) available for $138.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $503.00.
 
These monolights feature built-in optical slaves, so you can use a shoe-mount flash (set to low power and pointed at the ceiling) to trigger them if you don't already have radio triggers. These monolights also feature an ultra-common Bowens mount, making a wide assortment of budget modifiers available for use.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Built-In Optical Slave
  • 650Ws, 5-Stop Power Range
  • Flash Duration: 1/1700 sec @ Full Power
  • 4-5 sec Recyling @ Full Power
  • Tilt / Swivel Mount
  • Bowens Front Accessory Mount
Post Date: 12/26/2018 9:43:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Camera Creatures Captivating Crab Posing Prop available for $9.99 with free shipping. Regularly $19.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Keeps Kids Focused On Lens
  • Built-In Squeaker
  • Fits Most Camera Lenses
  • Prop Conceals Camera
A fresh snowfall leaving a blanket of white was calling me outdoors this morning. The snow has just subsided and the wind was arriving, promising to clear the snow from the tree branches, so time was of the essence. With the M50 and EF-M 18-150 mounted, I had an ideal combination in my hands.
 
The snow was beautiful and covering everything, but a good composition was not obvious. Finding order within chaos is frequently what landscape photography is about and that was the challenge I faced. Finding the order within chaos often means isolating a portion of the scene. The huge focal length range made available by the EF-M 18-150 was ideal for this task.
 
Exploring the scene through the viewfinder, this section of a pair of hickory trees caught my attention. The contrast between the trunks and branches and the snow and background fog was strong. As much as possible, I avoided having the larger branches leave the frame, hoping to use the large trunks as leading lines, but without branch lines leading viewers' eyes out of the picture. The distant trees visible at the bottom of the frame provide a small hint to what lies beyond otherwise hindered by fog visibility. The overall balance in the frame is always important and this composition seemed to check that box.
 
Good composition is often easiest to determine while reviewing images and this one was my favorite from this short session.
 
Check out our Winter Photography Tips page for more ideas on how to spend you winter.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
57mm  f/8.0  1/80s
ISO 100
6000 x 4000px
Post Date: 12/26/2018 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As part of its Mega Deal Zone Event, B&H has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,069.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/5 to f/40
  • Three Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Ultrasonic Silent Drive Autofocus Motor
  • Full-Time Manual Focus Mechanism
  • Nine-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Removable Tripod Mount
Post Date: 12/26/2018 6:52:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Did you fail to take advantage of one of B&H's Deal Zone Deals this year, or otherwise missed a deal when it was live, only to regret it later? Well, here's your chance to grab the same (or similar) deal as well as save on an additional selection of products.
 
For a limited time, B&H has hundreds of discounted items available in its Mega Deal Zone event. Most of these deals will expire tomorrow at midnight, so act fast!
 
Discounted Items Include
 
  • Camera Accessories (Straps, Filters, Remote Timers, Color Calibration Devices, etc.)
  • Dry Cabinets
  • Tripods
  • Camera Bags
  • Gimbal Stabilizers
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Reflectors
  • Rokinon Lenses
  • Audio Recorders
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
It's definitely worth scrolling though the deals and hitting the "Load More" button a few times when you hit the bottom of the page, or otherwise filtering the products by category or brand to find the most relevant deals. [Sean]
Post Date: 12/26/2018 6:28:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Putting up the Christmas tree is a highly-anticipated annual event at our house. We visit a local tree farm, driving up into the hills to select the perfect tree. The off-road 4x4 driving with the family might be my favorite part of the entire process. That, and causing the girls to complain about the trees I suggest. They think we need the tallest tree available, although I'm not fond of driving home with an enormous tree across the back of the SUV (on a Hitch Haul), usually with the trunk barely clearing the guard rail while the top is hovering above the road's center line on the other side.
 
I "get" to put the finally-agreed-upon tree in the stand (twice this year – it ran out of water and needed to have the stump cut off again to eliminate the sap seal) and try to keep it upright for the season (we understand firsthand that a fully decorated tree falling over is traumatic, at least to young kids). Oh, and I also "get" to string the lights, regardless of the height. Photographing the Christmas tree is the last job and one of my favorites. Who can resist capturing all of those sparkling lights?
 
While I photograph the result of a lot of work every year, I don't remember if I've ever used the same lens more than once for this task. There always seems to be a new one on hand that would work great for the task. This year, the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens on a Canon EOS R seemed like a perfect option.
 
Deciding on a composition is always an early decision for this task and this year I opted for a straight-on view from a level camera position. I wanted the windows to remain vertically straight and any camera tilt would create converging or angled lines. I determined that the timing for this photo should be during the blue hour so that a touch of color would show through the windows. With windows in the frame, reflections had to be controlled and in this case that meant that I needed a dark house. So, an afternoon when the girls were going Christmas shopping seemed ideal. That way, the have the house would be empty with no one's interests being hindered (i.e. a relaxed shoot). The exposure would not have to be timed for when no one was walking on the floor, creating vibrations for both the camera and the hanging ornaments. And, no one would care that the lights were off.
 
After sitting at my desk all day, I needed to get some exercise, ideally in the form of a trail run, before it was dark. A late start on that task meant that an increased pace was necessary. Despite a blown out sock along the way (requiring a stop and reversal to prevent a hot spot from becoming a blister), I still managed to complete my tough 3k course in near record (for me) pace. Phew. there was just enough time to cleanse the scene and set up the camera prior to the ideal shooting time.
 
Experience taught that when the outdoor ambient light was ideally balanced with the indoor light, an ISO 100 exposure of 30 seconds at f/16 would be ideal. Why f/16? Do you see the stars on the candles sitting on the windows? Every light on the tree also has a similar-but-smaller star. You need a narrow aperture to make those happen. Also note that a wide max aperture lens often creates the biggest stars and the RF 28-70's stars are awesome.
 
While f/22 will create even larger stars, the strong softness caused by diffraction at this setting is hard to accept. While some diffraction effects are visible at f/16, this seems to be an optimal choice for balance between star size and sharpness. Using a +1 sharpness setting is a good compromise for using f/16 over the sharper f/11 setting. Nice is that the deep f/16 depth of field makes it easy to keep everything in the image sharp.
 
Scene prep involved moving a couple of items (couch, ottoman, ...) out of the way and smoothing the carpet. As I began setting up the camera, my oldest daughter called (from the shopping excursion) to ask questions about a Christmas gift she was putting together for her husband. I of course wanted to help her, but ... the light was fading (so much for the relaxed shoot). Her questions were answered just in time to finalize the setup and begin shooting. It is difficult to visualize when the perfect blue hour light balance is achieved, so I usually opt to shoot through the period of time that contains the ideal balance. Then, during post processing, there is again a struggle to decide which time was best because subsequent images appear quite similar.
 
When there was no more blue left in the windows, I knew that additional images were not going to look any different than those already captured (without choosing a new perspective) and I went to find warmer clothes (there had been no time to change out of my running clothes prior to the shoot).
 
Amazingly, the girls opted for a tree that I selected this year! They did a great job decorating the tree (as always) and they like the results of my final job, the formal tree picture. That is ... my final job until I get to clean up the results of the Christmas morning package destruction (and later take the tree out).
 
That is probably more than you wanted to know about this Christmas tree, but ... from my family to yours, we wish you a very warm Merry Christmas! And, I wish you many memory cards full of memories from the day!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Note that you are going to be hearing more about this tripod. I'm impressed.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/16.0  30s
ISO 100
4480 x 6720px
Post Date: 12/25/2018 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Dust- and Moisture-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/25/2018 8:10:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 24, 2018
Those wanting an entry-level, yet feature rich DSLR will likely be considering the Canon EOS 77D and Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D. And while the two bodies appear (and, in fact, are) very similar, there are a few differences that may tip the decision-making scales in one direction or the other. So, let's take a closer look at these DSLRs to see how they stack up against one another, beginning with their similarities.
 
Canon EOS 77D and EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Shared Primary Features
 
  • Sensor: 24.2 MP Dual Pixel CMOS AF 1.6x (crop) APS-C
  • Processor: DIGIC 7
  • Autofocus System: 45 cross-type AF points, 27 f/8 points
  • AF Working Range: EV -3 - 18
  • Metering Sensor: 7560-pixel RGB+IR, 63 segments
  • Metering Range: EV 1 – 20
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increment
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing: 2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments
  • ISO: Auto (100 - 25600), 100 - 25600 (H1: 51200)
  • Shutter Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
  • Continuous Shooting: max. 6 fps for 27 RAW
  • Video: up to FHD 1920 x 1080 at 60p
  • Identical White Balance Settings
  • Viewfinder: Pentamirror, 95% coverage, 0.82x magnification
  • LCD: Vari-angle touchscreen 7.7 cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040 K sRGB dots
  • Built-in Flash: 13.1m guide number, up to 17mm
  • X-Sync: 1/200 sec
  • Identical Shooting Modes
  • Identical Picture Styles
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Low-Energy Bluetooth
  • USB 2.0, HDMI micro, 3.5mm external microphone port
  • Single Secure Digital (SD, UHS-I) Memory Card Slot
  • Battery Life: 820 shots via an LP-E17 battery
  • Body Materials: aluminum alloy and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber
  • Size: 5.16 x 3.93 x 3.00" (131.0 x 99.9 x 76.2mm)
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS 77D
 
  • Top LCD Data Panel
  • Multi-function Lock Switch
  • Auto Display-Off Sensor by the viewfinder
  • AF On button
  • Rear Control Dial vs. Cross Keys
Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D
 
  • Lower cost
Who should opt for the Canon EOS 77D?
 
Few camera comparisons are as simple as this one. If the features listed in the Primary Advantages of the Canon EOS 77D section are worth its incremental cost over the Canon EOS Rebel T7i, then the decision is easy – get the 77D. The top LCD panel and AF On button (enabling back-button focus) specifically are features that many photographers will find especially beneficial, making the incremental investment over the Rebel T7i a worthwhile one.
 
Who should opt for the Canon EOS Rebel T7i?
 
If the EOS 77D's advantages listed above are of little value to you, or your budget is limited, then the Canon EOS Rebel T7i has gives you 95% of features of the 77D but at a lower cost. Like all top-end Rebels before it, you get a lot of value for your money.
 
Relevant Info
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/24/2018 1:11:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: The Canon USA Store has the Refurbished Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens available for $119.99 with free shipping. Compare at $249.00 new after $50.00 instant savings. [thanks Will]
 
Note: The lens has been going in and out of stock all day. If the lens is out of stock, check back later.
Are you a procrastinator? Was there someone on your gift list that you forgot to get a gift for? Thankfully, there's still time to rectify the situation.
 
Purchasing a gift card from B&H or Adorama can ensure your gift recipient gets exactly what they want while your e-gift gets delivered before the big day.
Post Date: 12/24/2018 10:25:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From PiXimperfect:
 
Control the Light with the Amazing "Horizontal Curve" Technique in Photoshop! Discover the most natural way to adjust the brightness of any area without disturbing the colors, using a simple straight Curve.
 
In this tutorial, we will use a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and combine with a Curves adjustment layer to create a "Light Map" that would allow us to control the amount of light all throughout the image.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/24/2018 8:23:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Still Live: B&H has the DJI Ronin-S available for $549.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $749.00.
 
The Ronin-S's $200.00 holiday instant savings was scheduled to end Dec. 22, but ...the discount is still available for [likely] a limited time. With a 15-week old baby's progress to document, I can think of a lot of uses for this motorized gimbal stabilizer.
 
Olivia Jane Mozart Magic Cube Dec 2018

I was researching this item not long ago and found this video review quite informative. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Three-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Holds DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras
  • Eight-Pound Payload Capacity
  • Trigger and Mode Buttons for Control
  • Offset Roll Motor for Screen Visibility
  • One-Handed Operation
  • Battery Grip Lasts up to 12 Hours
  • Camera Control via Included Cables
  • Includes Focus Wheel
  • Additional Functions via Android/iOS App
Post Date: 12/24/2018 7:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Ledgo Bi-Color Flood Shoot-Through LED Ring Light available for $129.00 with free shipping. Regularly $249.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 12" Shoot-Through Diameter
  • Flood 120° Beam Angle
  • Color Temperature Control: 3200-5600K
  • TLCI 95 and CRI 96
  • Built-In Dual Handles
  • 1/4"-20 Mount and Included 5/8" Adapter
  • Camera Mount Plate with 15mm Rails
  • Accepts 2 x Sony L-Series Batteries
  • 100-240 VAC or 15 VDC
  • Integrated USB Charging Port
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 12/24/2018 7:00:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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