Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Mar 2020 (Page 3)

 Friday, March 20, 2020
Through April 3rd, get Topaz Labs Sharpen AI for $20.00 off.
 
Not sure about this deal? Check out the samples and then check out the free trial.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 3:58:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the LensRentals Blog:
By Roger Cicala
 
I’m qualified to talk about this subject to some degree; I take care of a ton of camera equipment, and I was a physician in my past life. And I’ve had so many requests for information about this that it seems logical to put something out, so everyone has access to it.
 
Disinfecting Equipment and People – What you can and can’t accomplish.
 
If you are going out amongst people, you’re taking some risk. You can reduce it, but you can’t eliminate it. Masks protect others from you a bit; they don’t protect you from others. Beards increase your risk of both giving and receiving a bit and negate any benefit of a mask. Gloves keep stuff from getting on your fingers, but otherwise, virus transfers from gloves-to-face and gloves-to-anything else just fine.
 
This virus transmits by aerosol, so if you breathe an infected person’s air, bad things happen. That’s what the 6-foot rule is about, although 6 feet probably isn’t quite enough. The virus also settles on surfaces, and if you touch the surface and then your face, bad things happen. How long the virus can live on surfaces isn’t clear and depends a lot on the surface and ambient conditions. At least 8 hours is a reasonable rule for encapsulated virions (virus particles), but under ideal (for the virus) conditions 24 hours seems likely. There have been some reports of 72 hours in lab conditions, but that seems unlikely in real-life conditions.
 
So there’s one thought for you; if the gear hasn’t been touched or breathed on in 24 hours, it’s almost certainly safe; at 72 hours, you can take off the almost.
Read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
Read that.
 
Then go rent something.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 1:48:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out eBay's Tech savings on the way sale:
 
Apply coupon code PUSHPLAY (no min, max $100 off, 1x use, ends 3/24, full terms and conditions available at eBay) at checkout to save 15% on a wide range of tech gear.
 
The Cameras & Photo category will be of high interest to most of us.
 
Dig deep — there are some great deals such as the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD A036 Lens for Sony in a bundle from an authorized dealer starting at $769.00 (regular price is $879.00).
Post Date: 3/20/2020 9:34:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon USA Store's Friends and Family Sale has the refurbished Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens priced at only $602.09.
 
Your house (including the kitchen cabinets) and yard are full of subjects that this lens can make look great.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/20/2020 8:03:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag Review.
 
This is a quick review of an excellent tripod accessory.
 
Available in a range of sizes, the Really Right Stuff Tripod Bag is in stock at B&H.
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:56:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
A university administration building had caught my eye. It seemed a perfect subject for the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens I was reviewing and photographing it was on this evening's to-do list. During the blue hour is a great time to photograph architecture and starting with a shooting direction away from the sunset provides the earliest brightness balance between the building lights and the sky. As the sky darkened, the light balance on the other side of the building, looking toward the sunset (brighter sky), improved and that was the direction the camera was facing for this image capture.
 
To get a level camera for this perspective required fully extending the Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod legs and positioning the feet as close together as possible without risking stability. The camera was well above head height but the tilt LCD enabled proper leveling and composition. The low geometric distortion of this lens makes it a great option for photographing subjects with straight lines along the edges of the frame.
 
This was a single RAW image (not an HDR) captured with the brightest areas of the image somewhat too bright. In post, utilizing the Sony a7R IV's excellent dynamic range, the highlights were pulled back and the shadows were boosted for a balanced appearance.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 7:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the TamronVids YouTube Channel:
 
Mountain Biker Mitchell Bryan. Shot with Tamron's SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 on Canon mirrorless R camera.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS R and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:24:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, NY, March 18, 2020 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Mr. Eliott Peck, the company’s executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, will retire effective March 31, 2020. Canon U.S.A. credits Mr. Peck’s 45 years of strong leadership, dedication and achievements shaping the success of Canon’s consumer and professional imaging products, which include camera, lens, video, inkjet printer, projector, display, broadcast lenses and new business innovation.
 
“Over the past 45 years, I have been fortunate to assume different roles at Canon and to have been part of the growth that saw the company become one of the premier brands in the world, said Mr. Peck. “It has been a true honor for me to have worked with some amazingly bright and supportive people that have helped define and revitalize our industry through the years and created a brand that has emerged, adapted and grown to be the digital imaging solutions leader it is today.”
 
Mr. Peck is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, a non-profit association dedicated to advancing the art and practice of filmmaking. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Industry Leaders for the Consumer Technology Association. He is also on the Executive Steering Committee of the Canon Americas Board of Group Management.
 
“Eliott is a respected leader within our organization as well as within the imaging and consumer technology industry, said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “On behalf of Canon U.S.A., we share our immense gratitude for his service as well as his innovative contributions to our company.”
Post Date: 3/20/2020 5:02:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Saturday, B&H has the RucPac Professional Tech Headlamp available for $24.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
If shooting the nighttime sky, a good headlamp is a great investment. It doesn't take much room in the gear bag but can really help in finding your way to/back from your destination and for gear setup.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 300-Lumen Max Output
  • Cree XP-G2 White LED
  • Red COB LED
  • Rear-Mounted Battery Pack
  • Rubberized Push-Button Switch
  • White High/Low, Red On/Flash Modes
  • Maximum Runtime 24 Hours
  • Weather & Impact Resistant
  • Overhead Strap
  • Runs on Three AAA Batteries
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/20/2020 4:48:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rotolight Anova Pro 2 Bi-Color Standard LED Light available for $799.99 with free shipping. Regularly $1,679.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50-Degree Beam Angle
  • 70% Brighter than Anova Pro 1
  • Bi-Color: 3150 - 6300K, CRI: 96
  • Constant Light Plus HSS Flash Function
 Thursday, March 19, 2020
The "Which software should I use for image editing?" question hit the inbox so I thought I'd share the software I am using with you.
 
If processing Canon RAW images, I use Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP). While this software is not as feature-filled as other options, it is easy to use and more important is that it produces very good image quality, including very good color. That this software is free is a strong positive feature.
 
The huge industry favorite is feature-packed Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop is included in the Adobe CC Photography Plan required to acquire this software. I process Nikon images with Lightroom and finish most web-bound images with Photoshop.
 
I use Capture One for editing Sony RAW images. This is well-designed software and when I last compared results, Capture One produced noticeably-better-looking noise patterns in Sony images than Lightroom. The Sony Express version is free.
 
Another app growing rapidly in popularity is Skylum Luminar.
 
Nikon and Sony both offer free image processing software but I find both challenging to use.
Post Date: 3/19/2020 1:31:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As home computing has just become more popular, B&H suggested we check out their home computing necessities.
 
This is also a good time to take care of backing up your images and other work. Check out the drives currently on sale at B&H.
Post Date: 3/19/2020 10:33:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Skylum has just released Luminar 4.2 featuring AI Augmented Sky and improved portrait tools.
 
Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to get an additional $10.00 discount!
Post Date: 3/19/2020 9:31:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Friends & Family Sale is still on with price of all refurbished gear (excluding EOS-1D series) reduced by an extra 10%. Get free shipping on orders over $100.
 
Expect Canon refurbished gear to be in like-new condition with a same-as-new warranty. This gear is a great deal anytime but it is an awesome deal at 10% off. The hottest models will sell out fast – shop now:
 
Cameras | Lenses | Flashes
 
No, post-processing was not used to create that perfectly-placed shadow. Outdoor photography is often about being at the right place at the right time. On this day, my timing was about perfect for the shadow of a large university field house to fall across the lanes of the outdoor track next to it, shading all but the first lane.
 
Also aiding in emphasizing the "1" was the perspective. With the 20mm lens positioned closer to the "1" than the other numbers, the "1" becomes the largest in the frame and therefore the most prominent. Everyone loves number "1" and there are far more uses for an emphasized "1" than any other number.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is very fun to walk around with, letting your creativity take over. The results from this lens are quite impressive.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
20mm  f/11.0  1/80s
ISO 100
9504 x 6336px
Post Date: 3/19/2020 8:13:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff Ground-Level Tripod (Condition: 8+) available for $259.95 with free shipping. Compare at $395.00 new for the next generation model.
 
This tripod looks vaguely familiar...
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Maximum Height: 17.7"
  • Minimum Height: 1.9"
  • Folded Length: 12.4"
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of #PHOMO, you’ll learn how to match the color, brightness, and tone of your photo composites using Photoshop. Follow along with Paul Trani to see how.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 3/19/2020 5:13:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the GOAL ZERO Venture 30 Power Pack and Nomad 7 Plus Solar Kit available for $129.99 with free shipping. Regularly $179.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Solar Panel Charges Power Pack
  • Charge Two USB Devices at Once
  • IPX6 Splashproof
  • 7W Output Solar Panel
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Zoom H4n Pro 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder available for $169.99 with free shipping. Regularly $219.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Music Production & Location Recording
  • Onboard Stereo Mic & Built-In Speaker
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • Overdubbing and 4-Channel Recording
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Check out the just-announced Apple iPad Pro and MacBook Air at B&H.
 
Here is B&H's coverage of these items.
Post Date: 3/18/2020 2:26:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in stock. A free CFexpress card and reader are included.
 
Act fast — I doubt these will last very long.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/18/2020 9:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results have been added to the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens page.
 
You are going to like these results. The full review for this lens should be available soon.
 
The Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens is in stock (or available for order) at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Henry's | WEX
 
Rent the Sony FE 20mm f/1.8 G Lens from Lensrentals.
 
Please share!
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:49:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod Review.
 
This tripod is very impressive, outperforming many significantly larger, heavier models.
 
The Really Right Stuff TQC-14/TFC-14 Mk2 Tripod is in stock at B&H
 
Please share!
Post Date: 3/18/2020 7:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
What is focus stacking, and how does it work? In this product photography tutorial, Jake and Bobby show you how taking and processing multiple images at different focus distances can produce a greater depth of field than a single image is capable of. The final effect being the full image in sharp focus.
 
Note from Sean: I often use focus stacking when photographing flowers and highly recommend giving the technique a try when photographing small [motionless] objects.
 
Dalmatian Orchid
Post Date: 3/18/2020 5:18:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Elvid 5" RigVision HDR On-Camera Touchscreen Monitor available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 5" 1920 x 1080 LCD Display
  • HDMI I/O Supports 4K, HD
  • 1500 cd/m² Max. Brightness
  • 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
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