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 Monday, September 11, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Revo EPH-6 Electronic Panoramic Head available for $49.99 with free shipping. Compare at $89.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 6 lb
  • Height: 2.3"
  • Panning Range: 360°
  • Three Speed and Rotation Settings
  • Includes Wireless Remote
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Mounting Thread
  • Bubble Level
  • Integrated Rechargeable Battery
Post Date: 9/11/2017 6:12:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 10, 2017
The Chapel of the Transfiguration is a little chapel with big character. And, the view out the window of this Grand Teton National Park place of worship is surely distracting to anyone attending a service here.
 
After waiting for a clear moment in the (relatively light) crowds, I squarely-positioned (or nearly so in a questionably-square old building) the Canon EOS 5Ds R-mounted Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in front of the window and captured an exposure-bracketed set of images ready for manual HDR processing.
 
With the mildly-complicated post-processing work completed, the dark building still seems like a dark space but the easily-visible log lines lead the viewer's eyes to the centerpiece, the window-framed Grand Teton mountain range fronted by fall-color glory and a silhouetted cross.
 
This camera and lens have been one of my most-used combinations since they were released. The image quality they deliver is simply impressive and the range of angles of view provided by 16-35mm are extremely useful, especially for landscape photography (or perhaps interior architecture photography in this case?).
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/10/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, September 9, 2017
One of my goals for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse was to bracket exposures ranging from no-blown-color-channels to as bright as I could create. Using three custom modes set for AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing), I was able to capture 21 images with exposures ranging from 1/8000, f/8 ISO 100 to 1 sec, f/4 ISO 800, covering over 18 stops of exposure difference.
 
You may have noted that I was using an f/2.8 lens and could have opened up one stop wider. I decided that vignetting at f/2.8 took away most of the wider aperture advantage in the periphery and, with the sun creating the most light in the center of the frame, I periphery brightness was what I needed most from this frame. So, I opted to stay with f/4.
 
A number of the darkest images in the set proved too dark to be useful. In the brightest image, all three channels were blown in nearly half of the image. Thus, I felt successful in meeting that goal.
 
There was of course a purpose to that goal and that purpose was to create an HDR image that made as much of corona visible as possible. While I also had a 200mm lens deployed with the same purpose, the 400mm angle of view fully contained the maximum corona able to be captured under the slightly hazy Tennessee skies.
 
To create this image, I stacked 14 exposures using (essentially) the solar eclipse bracketing procedure I recently shared. I think that I could continue tweaking this result indefinitely, but ... it is time to label it "finished" and move on to all of the others.
 
In this case, you could say that I got a "star" for effort.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/9/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 8, 2017

 
From the Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube Channel:
 
We’re excited to give you a sneak peek of a new tool we’ve been working on for an upcoming release of Photoshop CC. The new Curvature Pen Tool makes path creation easier and more intuitive in Photoshop CC by enabling you to create paths more quickly and precisely. This is just one of many new features coming to Photoshop CC later this year.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/8/2017 11:03:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 v.2.26.0
 
Changes from Version 2.25.1 to 2.26.0
 
  • Added support for the D850.
  • The principal features added with the D850 are as follows:
    • With the exception of some features, the controls on the D850 can now be used during live view.
    • When recording movies to HDMI devices, users can now start and end recording via the Control HDMI External Recording option in the Camera menu.
    • Custom Setting g2 (Highlight brightness) in the D850 Custom Settings menu can also now be accessed via the Custom Settings option in the Camera menu.
  • The direction of the shading in the live view highlight display can now be changed using the Highlight display option.
  • Added a Live View item to Options.
Download: Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 v.2.26.0
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/8/2017 10:55:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
It looks like Sigma has been diligently working to fix bugs and ensure their Global Vision lenses work properly with recently announced gear.
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | Art & Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for Sigma / Canon / Nikon
 
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the Manual Override (MO) function will be disabled after adjusting the settings of focus mode switch on SIGMA Optimization Pro (Macintosh ver.).
Sigma Mount Converter MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
 
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon which may occur with the combination of SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 and some of SIGMA’s interchangeable zoom lenses on Sony a9 (ILCE-9) that when using AF-S mode and shooting in telephoto range, it could occasionally display the shot as in focus, although it may not be correctly locked on the subject.
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art for SIGMA (Firmware Ver.1.02), CANON (Firmware Ver.1.02), as well as the SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary for SIGMA (Firmware Ver.1.02) and CANON (Firmware Ver1.03).
The above firmware updates are available for installation in Sigma Optimization Pro via the Sigma USB Dock.
 
In addition to firmware updates detailed above, Sigma announced today that they are now offering a rear filter holder installation service for the otherwise incompatibile-with-front-filters 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens.
 
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM | Art
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce a chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.
 
From September onwards, the dedicated service staff for Sigma products will be able to install the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.
 
The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 is an accessory exclusively designed for the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon, and it enables photographers to use a filter sheet with the lens.By attaching it to the rear of the lens, it will allow more freedom of expression.
 
Sigma Rear Filter Holder for 14mm f 1.8 Art Lens

For details of cost and the commencement of the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.
 
In case it is not convenient for your environment to use the installation service and you prefer to do it by your own effort, the necessary parts can be sold.Please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor for further information. Customers who do not own the appropriate tools or who do not feel confident in attaching the filter holder themselves may take advantage of the chargeable installation service.
 
B&H carries the following:
 
Through this weekend, B&H has the Phottix Odin TCU TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter for Nikon available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $199.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wireless TTL and Manual Flash Trigger
  • 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 328' Range
  • Four Channels, Three Groups
  • Remote Power Control of Groups in TTL
  • Remote Manual Flash Power Control
  • Supports High Speed Sync to 1/8000 Sec.
  • Flash Head Zoom Adjustment
  • Second-Curtain Sync Functions
  • Firmware Upgrade via USB Port
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/8/2017 9:46:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
AdoramaPix's metal prints are among my favorites – I have numerous of these in my studio. When I want an image to pop, I use metal. These prints are vibrant, yet durable. And, no costly frame is needed for a very stylish look.
 
Through 9/12, use coupon code EMMET20 to save 20% on metal prints at AdoramaPix.
 
Another AdoramaPix coupon code in effect (through 9/10) is ADPRNT10, saving $10 on print orders of $50 or more.
Post Date: 9/8/2017 8:47:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results have been added to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens page.
 
Let's get right into some comparisons:
 
Sigma vs. Canon f/2.8L II
Sigma vs. Canon f/4L IS
Sigma vs. Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS II
Sigma vs. Sony
Sigma vs. Tamron
Sigma vs. Tokina
 
Many other comparisons are available and we'll have some additional 24-70mm comparisons available when the 1Ds III image quality results are posted (soon).
 
The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens is available for preorder at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 9/8/2017 7:47:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, September 7, 2017

 
Brian from Archaius Creative talks about three essential tips for recording good audio on location.
 
3 more Tips on our blog: http://bit.ly/2wt73qX
 
B&H carries microphones and audio recorders.
Post Date: 9/7/2017 9:35:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Rotolight:
 
Rotolight Products to Integrate Skyport Wireless Protocol
 
Pinewood Studios, UK—Rotolight, an LED lighting manufacturer, teamed up with Elinchrom, one of the best-known photographic lighting systems manufacturers. Elinchrom’s Skyport protocol will now be integrated across Rotolight’s product range. This will begin with the Rotolight NEO 2 continuous LED light and HSS flash in September.
 
Elinchrom’s Skyport 2.4Ghz, high-speed sync (HSS) wireless flash receiver will be built into the NEO 2. This will eliminate the need to purchase a stand-alone flash receiver. The integration is also designed to provide range, flexibility and control for multiple off-camera lighting setups.
 
“Elinchrom Skyport represents the best-in-class wireless, HSS triggering technology. Its combination with Rotolight’s pioneering LED product range will provide creative image makers with a unique, innovative feature set and unrivaled consistency and reliability,” said Rod Aaron Gammons, managing director of Rotolight.
 
Elinchrom Skyport
 
Skyport enables users to wirelessly control up to 10 lights, in four groups, at a distance of up to 656 feet with the new Rotolight HSS transmitter. Capable of 1/8,000th, the transmitter has been optimized for Rotolight by Elinchrom. It is available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic camera systems. It is also compatible with all other Elinchrom Skyport devices. Moreover, a version for Fujifilm cameras will follow next year.
 
In addition, Rotolight recently announced the first continuous LED lights with HSS flash capability, “providing a game-changing product to photographers and filmmakers who want an all in one solution,” the company reported. Unlike traditional strobe/flash, AEOS and the NEO 2 have no recycle time, to help ensure users won’t miss a shot. This feature makes them a lighting option for today’s high-frame-rate cameras.
 
“Rotolight is a highly innovative company, with a unique set of industry first products. We were very excited to work with them when they approached us to integrate the Skyport technology into their product range. The integration is great for both companies, and for Rotolight’s customers, they gain a rock-solid, ultra-reliable, state-of-the-art, high-speed sync wireless triggering technology,” said Simon Whittle, CEO of Elinchrom.
 
Benefits for Filmmakers
 
Filmmakers will also enjoy the benefits of the Skyport integration. It will provide them with wireless remote control of color temperature, brightness and also triggering of Rotolight’s CineSFX. Rotolight’s CineSFX is a suite of customizable cinematic lighting effects. It can produce such effects as lightning, fire, gunshot, paparazzi and TV flicker to enhance video productions.
 
“Our ambition is for Skyport to become an industry standard technology, eliminating the need for expensive, proprietary trigger systems that prevents photographers from working with their lights of choice,” added Whittle. “We are extremely excited to be working with Rotolight. It is a disruptive innovator in the lighting industry with a unique set of industry first features. This collaboration between both companies will provide creative image makers with a state-of-the-art solution that is uniquely versatile, whilst also being rock solid and consistent.”
 
B&H carries Rotolight products.
Post Date: 9/7/2017 6:48:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tascam SS-R100 Solid State Digital Audio Recorder available for $299.99 with free shipping. Regularly $499.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Slim 1 RU Chassis
  • WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Writes to CF, SD/SDHC, and USB
  • Analog and Digital RCA I/O
  • PS/2 or USB Keyboard Connection
  • RS-23C and Parallel Control I/O
  • Multiple Playback Modes
  • Playback Speed Control
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan Onyx 240 Bi-Color On-Camera LED Light available for $99.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 250W Equivalent
  • 3200 to 5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Dimmable Output 99 to 10%
  • 110° Beam Angle
  • 30W Power Draw
  • Accepts 2 L-Series Batteries
  • Push-Button Control
Note: The ikan Onyx 120 Bi-Color On-Camera LED Light is also on sale today for a discounted price of $59.99. Regularly $99.99.
Post Date: 9/7/2017 5:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glyph Technologies StudioRAID Enterprise Class 8TB 2-Bay USB 3.0 RAID Array available for $339.95 with free shipping. Regularly $479.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 x 4TB 3.5" Enterprise Hard Drives
  • 2 x 3.5" Drive Bays
  • USB 3.0 | FireWire 800 | eSATA
  • RAID 0, 1, JBOD, & SPAN
  • RAID 0 Transfer Speeds of up to 360 MB/s
  • Hardware RAID Controller
  • Intelligent Quiet Fan
  • Preformatted for Mac
  • Windows Compatible with Reformat

 
From the tutvid YouTube Channel:
 
Check out my short video breakdown that will help you understand the differences between 8bit and 16bit images and editing in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/6/2017 12:47:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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