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

 Thursday, June 11, 2020
The B&H Optic Sales Event is going on right now and the deals are significant.
For example, the Robus RCM-439 4-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod, 65" is only $94.95 (reg. $139.95).
Note that some deals require coupon code BHOPTIC20.
With the coupon, the DJI Ronin-S is $549.00 (reg $749.00).
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Post Date: 6/11/2020 7:57:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:
Tamron Announces Launch of the World's First[1] All-In-One Zoom Lens Starting at F2.8 for Sony E-mount Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras
June 10, 2020, Commack, NY - Tamron announces the launch of the 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD (Model A071), an all-in-one zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens is scheduled to be available on June 25 at $729. Due to the spread of COVID-19, the release date or the product supply schedule could be delayed.
In 1992, Tamron demonstrated breakthrough innovation with the release of the AF 28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D), a compact and lightweight all-in-one zoom lens. The amazingly compact size, light weight and reasonable price made the lens immediately wildly popular with photographers around the world. In the years since, Tamron has continued to be a pioneer in the category, releasing epoch-making all-in-one zooms tailored to each era, including the recent 18-400mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD (Model B028) that boasts the world's[2] highest magnification of 22.2x and which currently enjoys robust sales. The new 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 is a distillation of all Tamron's accumulated all-in-one zoom expertise and has been specifically developed as an all-in-one zoom for daily use on a full-frame mirrorless camera. Tamron chose Model A071 as the model name in a nod to "71" representing the world's original compact all-in-one zoom.
[1]Maximum aperture in zoom range among currently available all-in-one interchangeable zoom lenses with a zoom ratio of 7x or higher (As of May 2020: Tamron)
[2] Among interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (As of May 2017: Tamron)
The 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 is the first all-in-one-zoom in the world to achieve a maximum aperture of F2.8 at the 28mm wide-angle end. To assure superb optical performance, it features a precise arrangement of special lens elements that accommodate the increasingly high resolutions of today's digital cameras. Enabling high quality image rendering throughout the zoom range, the lens responds to users' photographic expressions in powerful style. Moreover, with its 4.6" length, 20.3 oz. weight, and filter diameter of a mere 67mm, the 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 offers excellent portability. When combined with a compact, lightweight full-frame mirrorless camera, it allows photographers to capture virtually every scene they encounter in daily use, travel, sports and nature.
The 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 takes the convenience of an all-in-one zoom (which incorporates various angles of view from wide to telephoto in a single lens) and adds a fast-maximum aperture of F2.8 and superb image quality to enhance the potential for photographic applications. Breaking conventional limitations and broadening the horizons of photographic possibilities, this zoom lens writes a new chapter in the history of the all-in-one zoom lens.
1. The world's first F2.8 all-in-one zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras
A remarkable first for an all-in-one zoom lens: the 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 achieves a fast F2.8 aperture at the 28mm wide-angle end. Additionally, maximum apertures at intermediate zoom ranges are F3.5 at 50mm, F4.5 at 100mm, and F5.6 at 150mm through 200mm. As an unprecedented all-in-one zoom that combines fast aperture with compact size, the 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 delivers greater versatility and usefulness than ever before available.
2. Lightweight and compact size for superior mobility
Tamron's series of full-frame mirrorless camera lenses, starting with the 28-75mm F2.8 (Model A036), has been developed with the overall goal of balancing high performance with convenience. In addition to the series-standard 67mm filter diameter, and leveraging the camera integrated image stabilization, engineers concentrated on achieving compact size and light weight. Length is just 4.6", maximum diameter is 74mm, and the weight is a mere 20.3 oz. With a size that offers excellent portability, the lens lightens your load, allowing you to travel comfortably and shoot unencumbered.
3. Uncompromising image quality that lets you focus on creativity
This new zoom lens contains 18 elements in 14 groups. A generous assortment of special lens elements that includes GM (Glass Molded Aspherical), hybrid aspherical, XLD (eXtra Low Dispersion) and LD (Low Dispersion) lens elements is precisely arranged to effectively control chromatic and other aberrations, enabling high resolving power. Meanwhile, the BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating provides powerful anti-reflection properties to effectively reduce ghosting and flare, resulting in clear and crisp images. In-camera correction features are utilized to mitigate distortion and shading to achieve uniformly high image quality from edge-to-edge at all zoom settings. Tamron has concentrated all its all-in-one zoom technologies into achieving optical performance that sets a new standard among existing all-in-one zoom lenses. From casual snaps to serious photos, this single lens lets you enjoy a wide range of shooting situations with complete freedom of composition.
4. Superior up-close shooting performance
The 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 delivers superior close-up shooting performance for an all-in-one zoom. At the 28mm wide-angle end the MOD (Minimum Object Distance) is 7.5", achieving a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.1. This performance, combined with the fast F2.8 aperture, allows users to move in close so that the subject is large while simultaneously showcasing a beautifully blurred background. Close-up shooting is remarkable at the telephoto end as well, with an MOD of 31.5" and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.8. Users can capture impressive images with highly blurred backgrounds and create exceptional compositions.
5. The RXD stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet
The AF drive incorporates a sensor that accurately detects the position of the lens while the RXD motor unit delivers optimized AF control. This achieves very fast and accurate autofocus operation, allowing users to maintain tack-sharp focus on continuously moving subjects or when filming video. The exceedingly quiet operation is an important advantage because it virtually eliminates extraneous sounds during video recording. In addition, the compact configuration of the RXD AF drive system contributes to the unprecedented size and weight reduction.
6. A full family of superb, compact lenses made especially for mirrorless cameras
The 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 zoom is based on Tamron's stratagem of creating a series* of lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras that leverage the characteristics of compact camera bodies. Consequently, photographers can more easily enjoy various combinations of interchangeable lenses. For example, when the Model A071 is combined with the 17-28mm F2.8 (Model A046), the combined weight of the two lenses is less than 35.1 oz. This lightweight, portable zoom set covers everything from wide-angle to telephoto with a zoom range of 17-200mm. Additionally, when combined with a lens from Tamron's series of fixed focal lenses such as the 20mm F2.8 (Model F050) or 24mm F2.8 (Model F051), the weight is less than 28.2 oz., expanding the possibilities of shooting at the wide-angle end without adding excessive weight or bulk.
All lenses in the series share the common filter diameter of 67mm, thereby eliminating the hassle associated with using different size filters and lens caps. Costly filters (e.g., PL, ND, etc.) can be shared instead of buying separate units for each lens. In this way, Tamron has expanded its series of lenses to make it truly practical to carry multiple lenses at the same time.
* Tamron lineup of lenses with 67mm filter diameter for full-frame mirrorless cameras: 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046), 20mm/24mm/35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD (Model F050/F051/F053), 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056)
7. Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, and Zoom Lock switch
Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to deter infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions. Also, the front surface of the lens element is coated with a protective fluorine compound that has excellent water- and oil-repellant qualities. The lens surface is easier to wipe clean and is less vulnerable to the damaging effects of dirt, moisture or oily fingerprints, allowing for much easier maintenance. Additionally, the handy Zoom Lock switch prevents unwanted barrel extension during transportation.
8. Compatible with main camera-specific features* and functions
Tamron's new 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. These include the following:
- Fast Hybrid AF
- Eye AF
- Direct Manual Focus (DMF)
- In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)
- Camera-based lens unit firmware updates
* Features vary by camera. Please consult your camera's owner's manual for details. (As of May 2020.)
Model: A071
Focal Length: 28-200mm
Maximum Aperture: F/2.8-5.6
Angle of View (diagonal): 75°23'-12°21' (for full-frame mirrorless format)
Optical Construction: 18 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Object Distance: 0.19m /7.5 in (WIDE), 0.8m /31.5 in (TELE)
Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:3.1 (WIDE) / 1:3.8 (TELE)
Filter Size: Ø67mm
Maximum Diameter: Ø74mm
Length*: 4.6 in
Weight: 20.3 oz.
Aperture Blades: 7 (circular diaphragm)**
Minimum Aperture: F/16-32
Standard Accessories: Flower-shaped hood, Lens caps
Compatible Mounts: Sony E mount
* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.
** The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.
Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
This product is developed, manufactured and sold based on the specifications of E-mount which was disclosed by Sony Corporation under the license agreement with Sony Corporation.
Order the Tamron 28-200mm F/2.8-5.6 Di III RXD Lens from B&H.
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Post Date: 6/11/2020 7:47:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Today Only: Save $190.00 on the classy-looking MeFOTO RoadTrip Classic Leather Edition Tripod (Carbon Fiber, Black with Black Leather) at B&H. This tripod regularly sells for $389.95, now on sale for only $199.95.
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
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Post Date: 6/10/2020 9:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E on sale for just $249 after $150 instant savings.
B&H has the Rokinon AF 85mm f/1.4 FE Lens for Sony E on sale for just $549 after $150 instant savings.
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/10/2020 8:56:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 6/10/2020 8:45:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Use coupon code JUNE15 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save 15% on orders arriving by 6/15/2020.
Renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.
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Post Date: 6/10/2020 8:43:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Delkin:
Delkin First to Market with 2TB CFexpress Memory Card
POWAY, CA, JUNE 10, 2020 - Delkin Devices, a manufacturer of flash storage solutions and camera accessories, announced today the newest addition to their ever-growing line of memory-based products: CFexpress™ Type-B memory cards. The latest high-speed memory card format, Delkin CFexpress™ cards deliver unrivaled performance at speeds suitable for professional photographers and videographers, while meeting the extensive demands of today's broadcast, cinema and photography industries. Delkin now boasts a complete line of memory card choices for nearly every type of camera/camcorder in the market.
Utilizing a 3rd generation PCI Express interface (as well as supporting NVM Express), Delkin's CFexpress™ memory cards boast recording speeds surpassing 1430MB/s for flawless cinema-quality video capture, including 8K, 6K & 4K at high frame rates and bitrates. They also support RAW continuous-burst shooting without delay, never missing those precious split-second moments! This is especially valuable during special events like weddings, sporting events, concerts and other situations that can't be redone.
"4K is standard today, 6K is on the rise, and now we're making our way to 8K" says Jenn Sherry, Delkin's Retail Sales & Marketing Manager, "Technology is constantly evolving and as cameras become more advanced, so will the storage solutions associated with them. The possibilities of what CFexpress™ can offer are exciting, and we're looking forward to see what our cards will enable both photographers and videographers to capture.
Each CFexpress™ card has undergone extensive testing to ensure full functionality and performance in today's high-end cinematic hosts, including ones from Canon (C500 Mark II & 1D X Mark III), Nikon (Z6 & Z7), and Panasonic (Lumix DC-S1 & S1R). Testing is currently ongoing in the Canon C300 Mark III & R5, as well as the Nikon D6. Data-intensive capture modes, such as Raw video, would require memory cards like CFexpress™ in order to guarantee continuous recording and safe storage. It is important to note though that CFexpress™ cards are not backwards compatible with either CompactFlash or CFast 2.0 hosts.
As a bonus, every CFexpress™ card is serialized, like your camera, and backed by Delkin's "48-Hour Replacement Guarantee" policy for the ultimate coverage. Not offered anywhere else in the world, Delkin will replace any non-working CFexpress™ card within 48 hours or less (not including weekends), prior to receiving the non-working card. Cards can also be replaced over-the-counter at any authorized Delkin CFexpress™ reseller.
Delkin CFexpress™ Type-B memory cards have the most extensive capacity coverage, ranging from 64GB to 2TB, and are sold through authorized camera stores worldwide. For more information on Delkin CFexpress™ or other memory products, please visit
B&H carries Delkin CFexpress Memory Cards.
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Post Date: 6/10/2020 8:27:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sean's recent Filming an ISS Transit of the Moon article reminded me to check for an upcoming locally-viewable International Space Station transit. Amazingly, there were two ISS solar transits scheduled for the next week, with my back yard being the perfect location for the alignment I wanted for both transits.
International Space Station Solar Transit Schedule
Sean's How to Photograph an International Space Station Lunar Transit article was directly applicable, with a solar filter being an additional requisite.
Only the sun was going to be illuminated in the frame, and the space station is especially small. I combined the longest focal length lens combination I have, the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens and Sony FE 2x Teleconverter, with the highest resolution ILC camera available, the Sony a7R IV. This combination was then mounted to the most solid tripod and head in my kit, the Wimberley WH-200-S Sidemount Head on a Robus RC-8860 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod.
The ISS moves across the sky very rapidly, leading me to select a 1/2000 shutter speed to avoid motion blur. With the transit duration predicted to be a mere 0.52 seconds, timing the shot was crucial. From testing, I knew this camera with a V60 SDXC card loaded would capture an over-four-second burst before the buffer filled. At just under two seconds before the transit start time, I pressed and held the release button on the Vello ShutterBoss Remote Switch.
The a7R IV's high speed+ mode netted three images that included the ISS in front of the sun. That count seemed a little weak in the composite (the space stations were "spaced" too far apart), so some additional space stations were cloned into the final image.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 6/10/2020 7:17:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
5DayDeal's The Complete Video Creators Bundle 2020 Giveaway, featuring $10,000 in prizes (follow link for details) is still on. Getting in on this huge giveaway is easy: Sign up now!
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Post Date: 6/10/2020 7:03:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Tamron:
June 2, 2020
Tamron Co., Ltd.
Notice about 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) Operation
Dear Tamron product users and potential purchasers,
Thank you for choosing Tamron products.
We would like to announce that we found the performance of the floating system which corrects the field curvature may be insufficient (*) in a part of our 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) products for SONY mirrorless cameras.
For affected products, we will inspect them and either readjust or exchange them.
How to check affected products
To confirm if your product is one of those affected, please click the Check Serial Number button below and enter the serial number of your lens. If your lens is affected, please follow the instructions provided. If your lens is not affected, you may continue to use it without concern.
Check Serial Number
Location of your lens serial number
Location of your lens serial number (6-digit number):
Engraved, at backside of TAMRON logo
Printed at label on the top of packaging box
We sincerely apologize to all users and potential purchasers for any inconvenience this issue may cause. We appreciate your continued support for our products.
(*) Supplement of the issue
Model A056 achieves a high optical performance utilizing the aberration correction by the floating system. By optimizing the value for each lens, we can achieve the maximum effectiveness. We found that some lenses have already been shipped out without the value being optimized.
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/10/2020 6:43:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 9, 2020
The awesome Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens just arrived in stock at B&H.
Act fast — this lens has been out of stock and hard to get.
For more information on this lens, check out the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens Review.
Posted to: Sony News   Categories: Photography Deals, In Stock Notices
Post Date: 6/9/2020 7:59:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Post Date: 6/9/2020 4:40:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From ProGrade Digital:
CFexpress Cobalt Cards Provide Minimum Sustained Write Speeds of 1,400MB/s plus ability to monitor card health and refresh cards to factory-fresh condition
San Jose, CA June 09, 2020, 8:00 am —ProGrade Digital, Inc., founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade digital memory cards and workflow solutions, announces its new CFexpress™ Type B cards. First demonstrated by the company in April 2018 at the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) Las Vegas, CFexpress Type B offers next generation memory card performance by leveraging PCIe, Gen 3 interconnect with NVMe 1.3 host controller interface. ProGrade Digital CFexpress cards provide read speeds up-to 1,700MB/s, and burst write speeds up-to 1,500MB/s. Two performance levels are available: Cobalt label: delivers minimum sustained write speed of 1400MB/s for both 325GB and 650GB cards – specifically designed for high resolution video capture and long, sustained burst image capture applications; Gold label: delivers minimum sustained write speeds up to 400MB/s depending on card capacity – ideally suited for a broad range of still and moving image capture applications.
ProGrade Digital CFexpress Gold label cards are available now at, B&H Photo and Video, and Amazon in most countries around the world. Cobalt label cards will be shipping by late June.“Since demonstrating the capabilities of CFexpress in early 2018, ProGrade Digital has been evolving this technology from the first cards introduced at the end of 2019 to these new, fasterand lower power cards we are shipping today,” said Wes Brewer, founder and CEO of ProGrade Digital. “We are now able to offer the widest range of CFexpress card choices to meet both current and future needs of all leading-edge imaging applications. Coupled with our new CFexpress Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 high speed readers and our Refresh Pro performance restoration and health monitoring software application, our customers have a complete solution for capturing and downloading still and video images as well as enhancingtheir digital imaging workflow.”
ProGrade Digital CFexpress portfolio:

  • CFexpress Cobalt
    • Maximum read speed 1700MB/s
    • Burst write speed 1500MB/s
    • Minimum sustained write speed 1400MB/s
    • Capacities: 325GB, 650GB
  • CFexpress Gold
    • Maximum read speed 1700MB/s
    • Burst write speeds up to 1500MB/s
    • Minimum sustained write speeds up to 400MB/s
    • Capacities: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB

CFexpress Type B Cobalt and Gold both deliver:

  • Fully compliant with CompactFlash™ Association 2.0 specification
  • NVMe host interface with PCIe Gen3 X2 interconnect
  • Extended battery life and low standby power through NVMe PS0 – PS4 support
  • Metal enclosure for improved durability and heat dissipation
  • Thermal throttling protects card from overheating
  • Unique serialized tracking of every card enabling identification of key components and manufacturing data for the highest quality control
  • Rigorous 100% full card testing down to individual memory chips for optimal quality
  • X-ray proof, shock-proof
  • Temperature ranges: operating 14 to 158°F/ -10 to 70°C; storage -4 to 185°F/ -20 to 85°C
  • 3-year warranty

The CFexpress Type B form factor is gaining broad industry adoption due to its backward compatibility with XQD, and its open industry standard support from major device manufacturers.
All ProGrade Digital memory cards have a laser-etched serial number on the back and readers have a printed serial number. A customer can register their serial number at to stay up to date on the latest technology developments.
*Refresh Pro functionality requires ProGrade Digital Refresh ProTM software application and a ProGrade Digital card reader.
B&H carries ProGrade Digital CFexpress memory cards.

Post Date: 6/9/2020 10:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today Only: B&H has the SmallHD 702 Lite 7" SDI and HDMI On-Camera Monitor on sale for only $399.99. The regular price is $799.99 for a 50% savings.
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
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Post Date: 6/9/2020 7:14:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 8, 2020
The B&H Optic Event is going on right now and the sales are significant.
For example, the DJI Ronin-S is $549.00 (reg $749.00).
The Robus RCM-439 4-Section Carbon Fiber Monopod, 65" is only $94.95 (reg. $139.95).
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Post Date: 6/8/2020 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Today only, B&H has the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens In Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and Sony mounts on sale for Only $649.00 (reg. $899.00).
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities, including on the Datacolor SpyderX Photo Kit, Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Hand Straps (Teal or Red), and Vello Wireless ShutterBoss III Remote Switches.
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Post Date: 6/8/2020 7:10:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, June 7, 2020
In the DealZone: B&H has the Datacolor SpyderX Elite Colorimeter on sale for only $169.99, a $100.00 savings off of the reg. $269.99 price.
The Datacolor SpyderX Elite is what I use.
See today's full list of B&H DealZone Deals for excellent savings opportunities, including great deals on a Tamrac backpack, the Spider Camera Holster SpiderPro Single Camera System, and the Zhiyun-Tech Weebill Lab Handheld Stabilizer for Mirrorless Cameras.
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Post Date: 6/7/2020 8:18:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 UMC Manual Focus Lens for Canon RF Mount on sale for only $249.00 (reg. $399.00).
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 6/7/2020 8:10:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out the current refurbished camera, lens, and flash inventory at the Canon USA Store. There are some hot deals right now, including the 80D in various configurations with the 2-lens kit priced at only $699.00.
Post Date: 6/7/2020 7:56:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
New Canon Instant Savings Program Announced — Save Up To $700.00 on the EOS 5D IV, 90D, 77D, RP, 50mm STM!
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Post Date: 6/7/2020 7:26:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, June 6, 2020
5DayDeal just released The Complete Video Creators Bundle 2020 Giveaway, featuring $10,000 in prizes (follow link for details). Sign up now!
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Post Date: 6/6/2020 3:33:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 5, 2020

by Sean Setters
Bruce, a site visitor, forwarded us a post by – ISS Crosses in Front of the Moon Captured in Rare Video. Coming across the post, Bruce had been reminded of an article we posted 2 years ago offering tips for photographing the International Space Station as it crosses the moon. And after seeing the video, I was eager for my own opportunity to film the ISS transiting the moon.
As luck would have it, an ISS transit of the moon visible from a location near me (about 1/2 mile away) was scheduled to occur the very next evening at 10:44 PM Eastern Time. With a calendar entry set to remind me an hour before the event, I was ready to narrow down what gear to take.
As the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM is the longest telephoto lens I own, using it was an easy choice. But my previous experience photographing an ISS transit with a 300mm lens left me wanting for a longer focal length/closer view. Since then, I had picked up two key pieces of gear that would help me get a more magnified view of the moon in my video – a Canon EF 1.4x II Extender (predecessor to version III) and a Canon EOS R.
But how would an EOS R help me get a more magnified view? The 4K crop factor (1.75x), a bane to those who desire ultra-wide angles of view, is a big benefit when one is focal length deficient for a particular endeavor. The setup left me with a manageable 725mm equivalent focal length (300mm x 1.4 x 1.75).
Unfortunately, a limitation of utilizing 4K for capturing the event would be the 30 fps frame rate. I seriously considered setting the camera to high frame rate recording (120 fps), but the camera can only record at a max resolution of 720p in that mode and movie cropping (to provide a similar magnification) is unavailable. In other words, I was faced with a choice of either capturing high resolution video at a higher magnification or lower resolution video at a lower magnification but with a 4x faster frame rate (useful for creating a slow-motion effect). In the end, I opted for shooting in 4K to record the moon as large in the frame as possible with a resolution that would enable me to scale the video with decent quality.
Because it was so close to my home, I arrived at the shooting location only about 15 minutes before the event. I set up my Induro tripod, attached the EOS R to the tripod's Arca Swiss Z1 ball head, and proceeded with adjusting the camera settings accordingly. Up until that moment, I hadn't yet decided on what shutter speed strategy to use. Typically speaking, your shutter speed should be set to a reciprocal of double the frame rate (for 30 fps video, a 1/60 sec is optimal). However, I at that time I wasn't absolutely certain that I wouldn't want to slow down the 30 fps video a bit in post. Knowing that the transit would occur very quickly, I was concerned that if I did slow down the video, the ISS's fast motion would leave little of its detail remaining if using a 1/60 sec shutter speed. However, using a much faster than twice-the-reciprocal-framerate shutter speed can lead to an unnatural look. In a spur of the moment decision (and with transit time quickly approaching), I set my camera to the following settings to gain the desired exposure while maintaining a near multiple of my 30 fps frame rate: f/6.3, 1/250 sec, ISO 100.
About a minute before the transit was scheduled to take place, I hit the record button and anxiously awaited the ISS's crossing. Roughly a minute after the event time, I stopped the recording. Even though I had been watching the moon throughout the recording, I never saw the transit take place until I was processing the video in Premiere Pro a short time later.
And speaking of processing, I actually produced two versions of the video. The one below is the first option I produced. The ISS's fast motion and shape reminded me of an Imperial TIE Fighter from Star Wars, so I thought the dramatic music seemed appropriate:

However, knowing the cinematic-style music may not be for everyone, I created the second version (featured at the top of this post) with different music. I recommend watching the embedded videos full screen on the highest resolution setting using the largest display available to you. Otherwise, you may not be able to see the transit in the normal magnification portion of the video.
So which version do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 6/5/2020 6:02:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Need some support?
B&H has quite a few popular tripods very nicely discounted. For instance, the Gitzo GIGT2545T Traveler Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod currently qualifies for a $370.04 instant rebate.
Post Date: 6/5/2020 5:15:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through 10:00am Eastern Time, Adorama has the CAD Audio GLX2600USB Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser USB Microphone available for $59.95 with free shipping. Compare at $119.00.
Product Highlights
  • Shockmount, Desktop Stand, USB Cable
  • 1" Diaphragm
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
Post Date: 6/5/2020 5:04:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the IK Multimedia iKlip A/V Smartphone Grip with Integrated Mic Preamp available for $79.99 with free shipping. Regularly $179.99.

Product Highlights
  • Hand Grip & Mic Preamp for Smartphones
  • 48V Phantom Power & Gain Control
  • Headphone Out
  • Supports Wireless Receivers
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 6/5/2020 4:56:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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