Canon and Sony News for Jul 2021 (Page 3)

 Sunday, July 11, 2021

Breaking them out: here are the B&H Optic Conference memory card deals.

Some Optic Conference deals require coupon code BHOPTIC2021.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/11/2021 11:18:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The popular Oben CTT-1000 Carbon Fiber Tabletop Tripod is on sale at B&H for $79.96, regularly $99.95.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/11/2021 11:08:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Robus products feature very high quality with a reasonable everyday price.

During the Optic Conference, save 20% or more on most Robus tripods, monopods, heads, and accessories at B&H.

Some Optic Conference deals require coupon code BHOPTIC2021.

Reviews

Robus RC-5570 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod
Robus RC-8860 Vantage Carbon Fiber Tripod
Robus RCM-439 Carbon Fiber Monopod

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/11/2021 10:49:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

This is a great time to add another year to your plan (or get a new plan): Get a free $20 B&H e-gift card with the purchase of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan (20GB Cloud Storage, 12 Month Subscription, Download Card) at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/11/2021 10:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Worth browsing: the B&H Optic Conference and show specials are now live.

Note that some specials require coupon code BHOPTIC2021.

Also, see today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for more savings opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/11/2021 7:22:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 10, 2021

If you've wanted one of Canon's awesome big white lenses, now is a great time to browse the used Canon EF lenses at B&H (opening tonight at 9:45pm ET).

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/10/2021 8:47:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

You don't leave when the sun sets, do you? Usually, the best show is yet to come when the fiery ball goes below the horizon.

With primarily flat ground outside of Badlands National Park, the sun is not blocked by tall nearby mountains when the sun is at a low angle. This scenario bodes extremely well for sunrise and sunset sky color, creating an above-average percentage of great opportunities, especially during the storm season.

Sunrises and sunsets can be seen nearly anywhere, and they are often beautiful — highly photogenic. But, having a great foreground can give sunrise and sunset images an additional positive element, and when you are somewhere special, make your images show that place.

My least favorite foreground element is a power line. My most favorite foreground element is a glassy reflective lake or pond. However, a mountain with character ranks just behind that favorite. So when it became apparent that the skies would light up after sundown this evening, I headed for such a mountain.

Upon arrival on the scene, the first task was to set up a Canon EOS R5 with an RF 15-35 mounted with an also interesting close foreground. With exposure duration bracketing established for later HDR compositing, getting the time of day bracketed was the remaining key for this camera's capture. Pressing the shutter release frequently (using the 2-second self-timer) took care of the latter goal.

As this scene's primary intrigue seemed to be the incredible sunset color fronted by the gnarly character of the Badlands mountain, a panorama capture was calling me. The Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens mounted on another R5 was the perfect option.

The first task was to establish a manual exposure. The scene brightness varied significantly throughout the proposed pano, promising a range of auto exposures that would increase the stitching challenge later. This manual exposure was established by pushing the red channel, much brighter than the green or blue, against the right side of the histogram.

After autofocusing on the mountains (I depend on the R5's excellent AF accuracy), the AF/MF switch was moved into the MF position. Having all images focused at the exact same distance eliminates any focus breathing issues for panorama stitching.

The image captures ensued. The camera was rotated from left to right, capturing vertically orientated images with at least 1/3 scene overlap between frames (more like 50% overlap, which was overkill). The frames were captured in quick succession to reduce cloud movement and sky brightness change between the frames. The viewfinder grid was used to keep the images vertically aligned. Upon pressing the shutter release, the height of the horizontal grid line was noted against the background and maintained as the camera was panned.

When quickly capturing frames handheld, it is easy to rush the shots and end up with blurry images. Ensure that the camera is still for each gentle press of the shutter release (with a slight lag to the release of the press — a follow-through of sorts) to ensure sharp images. A tripod works best for this task, but that support was under the RF 15-35 mentioned above, and there was not enough capacity to bring two tripods on this trip (my preference). The RF 100-500 and R5 coordinated IS were not stressed by the 1/100 second shutter speed and delivered a 100% sharp image rate.

I mentioned that the exposure was established to protect the red channel. That exposure provided a dark foreground. While the foreground needed to stay dark for a natural balance, making foreground details slightly visible seemed a good idea. Taking advantage of the R5's dynamic range, the original frames were processed brighter. Note that the brighter foreground is much easier to see in a larger version and with a darker background.

Photoshop's Photomerge feature with "Reposition" selected created the pano from 16 source images. Unfortunately, that PS feature created a slightly different resulting image from the brighter-processed source files than from the darker ones. Creating 16 HDR images to use for the stitching source seemed too much work (and likely prone to additional differences), so the foreground pano was manually position-adjusted where it did not properly align. A small area of the sky was processed slightly darker and blended into position. The final images measure over 300 megapixels. For improved display on devices, the image was cropped on the right side, with a sense of balance used to establish where the right side should be.


A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/5.6  1/100s
ISO 100
24449 x 9050px
Post Date: 7/10/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 9, 2021

From Sigma:

Firmware update for SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount

We would like to announce that a new firmware update is now available for SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount.

[Applicable product]

SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount

[Benefits of the update]

It has improved the AF speed when used in combination with Canon mount adapter EF-EOS R series attached on Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

[How to update]

Connect the lens to a computer via the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01 (sold separately), then open SIGMA Optimization Pro*. If the lens firmware isn't the latest version, the following message will appear: "The latest lens firmware is available". Click "Yes" to update.

* Before updating lens firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK UD-01, please ensure you update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version.

SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/software/sigma-optimization-pro/

Post Date: 7/9/2021 2:46:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Sigma:

Firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

We are pleased to announce that a firmware update for the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 is now available.

[Applicable product]

SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E

[Benefits of the update]

It makes the converter compatible with the SIGMA 500mm F4 DG OS HSM | Sports in Canon EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver. 2.03.

[How to update]

Connect the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to a computer with the included USB cable, then open SIGMA Optimization Pro. If there is a newer firmware version available than the one currently installed on your converter, you will see the message "There is the latest firmware for the converter". Click "Yes" to update.

* Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera then reinsert.

* Please be sure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to the latest version when updating the MC-11 firmware.

SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page: https://www.sigma-global.com/en/software/sigma-optimization-pro/

Post Date: 7/9/2021 2:45:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon has released new versions of Digital Photo Professional and EOS Utility. (thanks Scott)

Changes for Digital Photo Professional 4.15.0:

  • Supports Firmware Version 1.5.0 or later for the EOS-1D X Mark III.
  • Supports Firmware Version 1.4.0 or later for the EOS R6.

Download: DPP 4.15.0 and EOS Utility 3.13.30

Post Date: 7/9/2021 8:08:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has a 10-rated Really Right Stuff Ascend-14 Long Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod in stock. Save $250.00 over the new price.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/9/2021 8:00:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Act fast — these will sell right away: B&H has 9 and 10-rated ("looks good as new; no signs of wear") used Sony Alpha a1 cameras in stock! Save $975.05 and $650.05 over the $6,498.00 new price.

A large assortment of other used Sony mirrorless camera models are also available.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/9/2021 7:49:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 8, 2021

Canon has made EOS R6 firmware update version 1.4.0 available for download. (thanks Goran)

Firmware Version 1.4.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings].
  2. Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added.
  3. Improves operation stability when using the RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF600mm F4 L IS USM.
  4. Fixes an issue in which, during HDMI connection, if the camera's screen turns off, a zebra pattern is displayed via the HDMI output.
  5. Fixes an issue in which sufficient image stabilization effects may not be attained immediately after the start of shooting.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 7/8/2021 10:58:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon has made EOS-1D X Mark III firmware update version 1.5.0 available for download.

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

  1. Adds [Canon Log 3] to [Canon Log settings].
    • Support for RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and RAW (Light) will be available in a future version of Cinema RAW Development and in Digital Photo Professional software.
    • Support for the processing of RAW movies shot with Canon Log 3 and the application of Viewing LUT will be available in a future version of Digital Photo Professional software.
  2. Simultaneous movie recording on card 1 and card 2 has been added, however RAW movies and RAW(Light) movies cannot be recorded simultaneously on card 1 and card 2.
  3. Support for the VPG 400(Video Performance Guarantee Profile), a standard based on the CFexpress 2.0 specification, has been added.
  4. Fixes an issue in which there are rare instances where the shooting settings for Still Photo mode are retained when a user switches to Movie mode.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 7/8/2021 10:53:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 7/8/2021 10:37:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Lexar 256GB Professional 3500x CFast 2.0 Memory Card with CR2 Thunderbolt 2 Reader.

Also featured in the Deal Zone today are the TP-Link Deco W2400 AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band 100/10 Mb/s Mesh Wi-Fi System (2-Pack, Refurbished) and the Syrp Genie One Motion Control Pan Head/Linear Drive, both significantly discounted.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/8/2021 8:16:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Act fast: the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens is in stock at Canon USA.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 7/8/2021 7:55:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The best support gear available at nicely-lowered prices. The used Really Right Stuff inventory at B&H has been significantly updated.

Included in the current inventory are the:

  • TFC-14 MK2 Series1 Ultralight Carbon Fiber Tripod (47.2")
  • BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Black)
  • MC-34 Series 3 Carbon Fiber Monopod (3/8"-16)
  • Ground Tripod
  • BH-30 Ball Head with Compact Lever-Release Clamp
  • TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod with BPC-16 Microball Package
  • PC-LR Round Panning Clamp with Lever-Release Release
  • BGE20-L Set L-Plate for Canon 5D Mark IV with BG-E20 Battery Grip
  • TFA-01 Ultra Pocket Pod and BC-18 Microball Package
  • Pro Monopod Head with Standard Screw-Knob
  • Really Right Stuff MPR-192 & FAS Clamp Package
  • LCF-54 Foot for Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
  • More!

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/8/2021 7:34:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 7, 2021

From Canon JP (translated):

Apology and guidance regarding product supply status

We have received more orders than expected for each of the following products, and it will take some time before delivery.

We thank you for your many orders and apologize for any inconvenience caused to our customers. Thank you kindly look forward for your understanding.

[Applicable products]

  • RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 IS USM
  • RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM
  • RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM
  • RF600mm F4 L IS USM
  • Ring type tripod mount E (B)
  • RF14-35mm F4 L IS USM

 
On a related note, the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens is now shpping in the USA (officially, July 8th).

The Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 7/7/2021 8:26:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has a 9+ rated used Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM lens in stock. The $593.95 price is $105.00 lower than the $699.00 new price.

Review: Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM Lens

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/7/2021 8:12:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Posted to: Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/6/2021 7:33:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out the just-launched Deals of the Week at B&H.

Some standout deals include:

  • Sea and Sea MDX Underwater Housings – $1,000.00 instant savings
  • BlackRapid Straps – Save 15%
  • Angelbird 256GB AV Pro CFexpress 2.0 Type B Memory Card – $199.99, save $50.00 instantly
  • PNY Technologies SD Cards – as low as $4.99, save up to $50.00
  • Seagate Hard Drives & SSD – save up to $300.00
  • Much More!

A huge range of additional items are available, and most deals include free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/6/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.8 FE Lens for Sony E – only $299.00 after $100.00 instant savings.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/6/2021 7:20:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 5, 2021

What Sony gear were you waiting for funds to buy?

Until July 25th, get 24 month no interest special financing(*) on Sony gear at B&H.

(*) Read the fine print for the details.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/5/2021 2:43:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Use coupon code SUMMER50 (one use per customer) at Lensrentals to save $50 off orders $200.00 or more arriving by 7/30/2021.

As I've said many times before, renting is a great option for trying new gear or for getting otherwise unaffordable gear to use for short periods of time.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/5/2021 9:48:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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