Canon and Sony News for Feb 2024 (Page 3)

 Friday, February 16, 2024

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • Bright Tangerine ExoSkin Leather Armour Gloves (M, L, XXL) – only $13.66 after $20.00 instant savings
  • RucPac Solo Camera Strap – only $19.99 after $30.00 instant savings
  • Case Logic 13" MacBook Pro Laptop Sleeve – only $12.95 after $17.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Did you browse this week's Deals of the Week yet?

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Posted to: Canon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 2/16/2024 9:29:12 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Highlighting some just-arriving gear in the B&H Used Department:

CategoryJust Arrived
Canon EOS CamerasR6 II, R Kit
Canon RF Lenses24-70mm, 24-105mm F4-7.1, 24-240mm, 85mm F1.2 DS, 100mm Macro
Sony Alpha Camerasa7C II, a7R IV, a6700 Kit
Sony FE Lenses24-70mm II, 50mm F1.2

Remember to use the B&H Payboo payment card to save the tax.

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Post Date: 2/16/2024 9:10:30 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 15, 2024

Resolution test results from the Sony FE 135mm F1.8 GM Lens are now available on the Sony Alpha 9 III page.

While these results appear normal for a 24 MP imaging sensor (compared to the a9 II), normal is remarkable in light of the global shutter upgrade. Here are more comparisons:

Compared to the a1

Compared to the Canon R6 Mark II

Support this site by ordering the Sony Alpha 9 III from B&H | Adorama | Amazon (all available countries) | WEX | Camera Canada

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Posted to: Canon News, Sony News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 2/15/2024 9:53:47 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Highlighting some just-arriving gear in the B&H Used Department:

A used R8 cameras is newly available in the Canon EOS mirrorless camera inventory.

Used 15-35mm, 24-70mm, 24-105mm F4, 70-200mm F2.8 & F4, 100-500mm, and 50mm F1.8 lenses were just added to the Canon RF lens inventory.

Used 70-200mm II, 100-400mm, and 200-600mm lenses were just added to the Sony FE lens inventory.

Remember: use the B&H Payboo payment card to save the tax.

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Post Date: 2/15/2024 9:43:36 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, February 14, 2024

The Sony Alpha 9 III is here, and it is time to set up this camera. This powerhouse of a camera may seem daunting to set up, but the process is not burdensome and not unlike other recent high-end Sony Alpha cameras. The following steps prepare a factory-initialized a9 III for use.

  1. Charge the battery
  2. Record the serial number, and add the camera to your insurance policy
  3. Download and install the latest version of Sony Imaging Edge or your favorite RAW image processing software.
  4. Insert the charged battery and a memory card(s) (we'll format it later), and power on the camera
  5. Answer the power-on prompts, including setting the time zone and date
  6. Select M mode, press "Menu", and configure the camera as follows:
  7. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Image Quality: Image Quality Settings: File Format: RAW; RAW File Type: Lossless Compressed L (full image quality reduced file size)
  8. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Long Exposure NR: Off (I enable this option for very long exposures)
  9. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: High ISO NR: Low
  10. Shooting > 1 Image Quality/Rec: Lens Compensation: Shading Chromatic Aberration and Distortion Comp: All Off (I use the RAW processing software to enable any lens compensation with CA correction frequently selected)
  11. Shooting > 2 Media: Format (ensure there are no important files on the card(s) prior to formatting)
  12. Shooting > 3 File: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On Set Photographer: [your name]; Set Copyright: [as desired]; Write Serial Number: On (entering this information on the touchscreen may be a painful process)
  13. Shooting > 5 Drive Mode > Self-timer Type: Self-timer(Single): 2 sec
  14. Shooting > 5 Drive Mode > Bracket Settings: Self-timer during Bracket: 2 Sec, Bracket order: ->0>+ (optimizes image order for HDR processing)
  15. Shooting > 7 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Lens: Disable
  16. Shooting > 7 Shutter/Silent: Release w/o Card: Disable (should be the default)
  17. Shooting > 10 Shooting Display: Grid Line Display: On (Rule of Thirds selected)
  18. Exposure/Color > 3 Metering: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  19. Exposure/Color > 6 Color/Tone: D-Range Optimizer: Off
  20. Exposure/Color > 6 Color/Tone: Creative Look: NT (Neutral) Sharpness = 1 (this setting provides a low contrast histogram that better shows exposure latitude. I usually process with the default creative style in Capture One or profile in Lightroom)
  21. Focus > 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-S: AF (in focus is my priority)
  22. Focus > 1 AF/MF: Priority Set in AF-C: AF (in focus is my priority)
  23. Focus > 2 Focus Area: Focus Area: Spot: S (this setting is often changed)
  24. Focus > 2 Focus Area: Switch V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  25. Focus > 4 Initial Focus Mag.:c x2.9
  26. Focus > 5 Peaking Display: On
  27. Focus > 5 Peaking Level: Low
  28. Playback > 4 Delete: "Delete" first
  29. Playback > 7 Playback Option: Display Rotation: Off (image always fills LCD)
  30. Network > 7 Network Option: Airplane Mode: On
  31. Setup > 3 Operation Customize: Custom Key/Dial Set.: Dial/Wheel: Front Dial: Av/Tv (Tv in M mode) (I adjust the shutter speed more frequently and urgently than the aperture and the front dial is easier to access quickly); Rear Dial: Av/Tv (Av in M mode); Rear Control Wheel: Av/Tv (Av in M mode)
  32. Setup > 3 Operation Customize: DISP (Screen Disp) Set: Monitor: Uncheck For viewfinder press [enter]
  33. Setup > 5 Touch Operations: Touch Panel/Pad: Both Valid
  34. Setup > 5 Touch Operations: Touch Pad Settings: Shooting Screen: Touch Position Mode: Relative Position
  35. Setup > 10 Sound Option: Audio Signal(Shooting): Off (how to turn off the AF beep sound)
  36. Setup > 13 Setup Option: Anti-dust Function: Curtain when Pwr OFF: On (closes a mechanical shutter on power off to avoid dust on the sensor)
  37. My Menu: Format, Anti-flicker Set., Steady Shot, Flash Comp., Recognition Target
  38. View the menu (it is always sharp) through the viewfinder while adjusting the diopter

I make additional menu and other setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.

To copy this configuration means you intend to shoot as I do, including in RAW-only format. While this setup works optimally for me, you should adjust the camera to your needs.

If you can't remember your menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a great idea. Anytime the camera is set to the factory state, such as when serviced or when acquiring an additional camera, the list will ensure all settings are quickly re-established. Better still, save the camera settings to a memory card (Setup > 2: Reset/Save Settings menu: Save/Load Settings: Save) for an easy restore or replication. The setup file can be copied to a computer drive for long-term storage.

More Information

Sony Alpha 9 III

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 10:42:59 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sharing more deals at B&H:

Apple 13.6" MacBook Air – Up to $300 off.

Apple MacBook Air 15" – Up to $200 off.

Apple MacBook Pro – Up to $1,700 off.

SanDisk 1TB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card – Only $139.99 ($160.00 instant savings until 2/18).

Godox AD400Pro Witstro All-in-One Outdoor Flash – Only $499.00 ($150.00 instant savings until 2/29).

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 10:24:47 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sigma's next product announcement now has a date and time. Stop back here on February 20th, 8:00 PM EST (Feb 21st at 10:00 AM JST) to learn about the new products.

Expect B&H to accept preorders at announcement time.

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Posted to: Canon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/14/2024 9:45:47 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sony's FY 2023 Q3 financial results are available on the Investor Relations page.

Presentation (track ET&S for the Entertainment, Technology & Services Segment (cameras), I&SS for the Imaging and Sensing Solutions segment)

Speech Transcript
Financial Statements
Supplementary Information
Webcast

A continued decrease in televisions sales has impacted the Entertainment, Technology & Services results. The words "camera" and "lens" do not appear in the report.

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 9:28:55 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Highlighting some just-arriving gear in the B&H Used Department:

A used R6 just arrived in the Canon EOS mirrorless camera inventory.

Used 24-50mm, 24-70mm, 85mm F1.2, 85mm F1.2 DS, and 800mm F11 lenses are in the Canon RF lens inventory.

Used a7C R and a7C II cameras are available in the Sony Alpha camera inventory.

Used 12-24mm F2.8 and F4, 16-35mm II, 100-400mm, 200-600mm, 50mm F1.2, 85mm F1.4, 600mm F4 lenses were just added to the Sony FE lens inventory.

Many used tripods, including several Ascend-14 models, BH-40 and BH-55 ball heads, an MC-34 Series 3 Monopod, and an L-Plate Set for Canon EOS R5 are available in the Really Right Stuff inventory.

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 8:34:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • Gitzo Legende Series 1 Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit with Ball Head & Leather Strap – only $579.99 after $420.00 instant savings
  • Thule Covert 24L Camera Backpack (Dark Slate) – only $149.95 after $130.00 instant savings
  • Portkeys BM5 III WR 5.5" HDMI Touchscreen Monitor with Camera Control – only $389.00 after $260.00 instant savings
  • GVM 1000D RGB LED Light Panel (3-Light Kit) – only $379.00 after $120.00 instant savings
  • Deity V-Mic D4 Hybrid Analog/USB Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone – only $69.00 after $30.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

Worth browsing: Deals of the Week at B&H.

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Post Date: 2/14/2024 8:11:03 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 12, 2024

Select refurbished cameras and refurbished lenses are on sale at Canon USA.

Expect Canon USA refurbished gear to be like new with an as-new warranty and a great price.

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Post Date: 2/12/2024 9:25:36 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

The Amazon Prime Card Bonus is back and most Canon mirrorless cameras and lenses are included in the 10% category.

This savings is on top of any Canon instant savings available.

Don't have an Amazon Prime Card? Get one here.

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Posted to: Canon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 2/12/2024 9:12:07 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Through Feb 25th, save hundreds on popular Canon R series cameras and RF L lenses.

Note that Adorama is offering free bundle deals and 3x bonus points.

ModelRebate Amount 
Canon EOS R3$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS R5$400.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS R6$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS R50$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS R100$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 28-70mm F2 L USM Lens$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Lens$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Also, save $300.00 on the R8 Content Creator Kit and $200.00 on the R50 Content Creator Kit.

Additional Canon gear has instant savings is available.

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Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Photography Deals, Canon Rebates
Post Date: 2/12/2024 12:00:00 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, February 11, 2024

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone for big savings on:

  • Silicon Power Memory Cards & Flash Drive – only $7.99 - $329.98 after up to $230.00 instant savings
  • RucPac Sentinel Camera Strap – only $29.99 after $30.00 instant savings
  • GVM RGB LED Bi-Color Video Light Wand – only $79.00 after $80.00 instant savings
  • & more!

See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals.

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Post Date: 2/11/2024 8:14:55 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 9, 2024

A sweet Swarovski 8x30 CL B Companion Wild Nature Binocular, more filters, and other items are newly available.

As usual, this gear is being sold to fund new gear to review. Check the list to see if anything fits into your kit. Most items are like new.

Bryan's Used Gear for Sale
 

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Post Date: 2/9/2024 3:00:56 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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