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 Wednesday, February 13, 2019
If your budget doesn't extend to the lighter, newer version III model, then this used version II model may be just what you've been looking for.
 
B&H has a Used Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens (Condition: 8+) available for $8,998.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $11,499.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Two Fluorite & Four Aspherical Elements
  • Sub Wavelength Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Power Focus, Focus Limiter, Focus Preset
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
From Nikon:
 
Changes for Z 6 Firmware v.1.01 & Z 7 Firmware v.1.03:
 
  • When On is selected for HDMI > Advanced > N-Log setting in the SETUP MENU, Maximum sensitivity now takes effect during movie recording if:
    • The camera is in mode P (programmed auto), S (shutter-priority auto), or A (aperture-priority auto), or
    • The camera is in mode M (manual) and On is selected for ISO sensitivity settings > Auto ISO control (mode M) in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in third-party software showing an incorrect value for the Exif 35 mm format equivalent focal length field for photographs taken with a non-CPU lens connected via an FTZ mount adapter with the focal length specified using the Non-CPU lens data item in the SETUP MENU.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in photographs taken using radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting being overexposed if a face was detected with Auto-area AF selected for AF-area mode.
Additional changes for Z 6 Firmware v.1.01:
 
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in an incorrect aperture being selected in mode P (programmed auto) with a flash mounted on the camera under conditions in which f/32 would normally be selected.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented flash units controlled via radio Advanced Wireless Lighting syncing with shutter speeds of 1/100 s or faster with:
    • On selected for Flicker reduction shooting in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU and
    • Enable selected for Custom Setting d5 (Electronic front-curtain shutter) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
Download:
 
Nikon Z 6 Firmware v.1.01
Nikon Z 7 Firmware v.1.03
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/13/2019 5:23:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the E-Image EK60AAM Fluid Drag Video Head and Tripod available for $149.00 with free shipping. Regularly $219.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 17.6 lb Capacity Fluid Drag Tripod Head
  • Sliding Balance Plate with Safety Lock
  • Spring Loaded Counterbalance System
  • Fixed Tilt and Pan Drag
  • 75mm Claw Ball
  • 2 Stage Tripod with Mid Level Spreader
  • 31 to 63" Height Range
  • Independent Leg Adjustments
  • Removable Anti-Slip Pads / Spike Covers
  • Travel Soft Case
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 2/13/2019 5:12:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Bescor FM256 Flexible Remote-Controlled Bi-Color LED Light Mat available for $129.00 with free shipping. Regularly $199.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 12 x 12" Light Mat
  • Color Temperature: 3200 to 5500K
  • Wireless Remote for Color and Dimming
  • CRI: 90+, Flicker-Free at 60 fps
  • Collapsible Metal Frame and Hand Grip
  • 100-240 VAC Power Supply
  • Carry-All Bag with Shoulder Strap
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Tuesday, February 12, 2019
From Adobe:
 
Today we’re releasing updates to the entire Adobe photography ecosystem, including Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac, Windows, Android, ChromeOS, and iOS.
 
In this release, we’re introducing an all-new Sensei-powered feature, Enhance Details. Harnessing the power of machine learning and computational photography, Enhance Details can now be found in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows, and takes a brand new approach to demosaicing raw photos. Demosaicing is an integral process to raw processing and works at the pixel level, converting the information captured by a camera into something that looks like the photos we all expect to see.
 
The new Enhance Details algorithm enables you to increase the resolution of both Bayer and X-Trans based photos by up to 30%. Enhance Details works on any raw file apart from files converted to a linear raw file, HDR or Panorama merged files (though you can apply Enhance Details to the ingredient files first and then merge), smart proxies, lossy compressed DNGs, or DNGs saved with 1.1 compatibility. Applying Enhance Details to your photos can greatly improve fine detail rendering, improve the reproduction of fine colors, and resolve issues that some customers reported with their Fujifilm X-Trans based cameras.
 
If you would like to know more about Enhance Details, a white paper can be found here and if you’d like to try Enhance Details on a Fujifilm X-Trans based file, you can download one here.
 
All of the apps have also been updated to support new cameras and lenses.
 
Newly Supported Cameras
 
  • Nikon COOLPIX A1000
  • Olympus OM-D E-M1X
  • Sony A6400 (ILCE-6400)*
* Preliminary support
 
Newly Supported Lenses
 
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Nikon
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR + 1.4x
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR + 1.7x
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR + 2.0x
Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows
 
In addition to Enhance Details, we’ve also added HDR, Pano, and HDR Pano merge tools, the Target Adjustment Tool, and histogram clipping indicators.
 
HDR, Pano, and HDR Pano merge
 
High dynamic range (HDR) and panoramas are two types of photos that combine multiple frames to create visually stunning results that would otherwise be impossible to create from a single photo. Lightroom CC can merge either raw or non-raw photos together into HDR and panorama photos, and when merging raw files, the resulting DNG maintains all of the benefits of a raw file, with the ability to change white balance and recover highlights, giving you the best possible results.
 
Capturing a panorama can be done either handheld or with a tripod. When shooting handheld, Lightroom’s powerful alignment technology will align each photo and correct for any distortion. Using a tripod can yield even higher quality results and provides more flexibility for difficult shots, such as super-wide panoramas.
 
When capturing a series of photos for HDR, including both HDR and HDR Panos, it’s often recommended to use your camera’s auto exposure bracketing mode, which results in a series of photos being captured in a row, varying the exposure for each shot. Consult your camera’s manual for how to enable its auto exposure bracketing mode. When capturing an HDR Pano, capture each series of exposures before moving the camera. This is where having a tripod and a remote trigger can be quite handy.
 
Once you’ve imported the photos into Lightroom, select the photos that you want to merge, and then navigate to Photos > Photo Merge > and select the appropriate merge option.
 
Target Adjustment Tool
 
The Target Adjustment Tool (TAT) gives you precise control over color and tonality and is available in both the Tone Curve, Color Mixer, and B&W Mixer tools.
 
To access the TAT, open either the Tone Curve, Color Mixer, or B&W Mixer and click on the target icon. A new control will show up at the bottom of the screen that provides control over what the TAT will affect while interacting with your photo. Clicking and dragging on your photo will then directly adjust the Tone Curve, Color Mixer, or B&W Mixer (depending on which is currently active) for the color or tonality under the mouse cursor, enabling you to quickly modify different parts of your image directly and effectively. For example, clicking and dragging on the sky in a photo with the TAT focusing on the Color Mixer tool in Saturation mode enables you to increase or decrease the saturation of the colors in the sky.
 
Histogram clipping indicators
 
The term clipping refers to areas that have become either too bright or too dark to have any details in them, such as an area of pure white (highlights) or pure black (shadows). An image may either be captured with clipped highlights or shadows due to the scene having too high of a dynamic range such as a very bright and sunny day or clipped areas may be introduced while editing the photo. You can use the histogram clipping indicators to ink the areas of your photo with clipped highlights in red or clipped shadows in blue.
 
To enable the histogram clipping indicators, first ensure that the histogram is visible by navigating to View > Edit Panels > Show Histogram, which will show the histogram at the top of your edit panels. You can then selectively turn on the clipping indicators individually by clicking on the either the left (shadows clipping) or right (highlight clipping) triangles.
 
Lightroom CC for iOS
 
This release makes it possible to create ad-hoc photo shares and continues to focus primarily on behind-the-scenes updates and preparation for exciting features that will be coming soon. For a full list of improvements and bug fixes found in this release, please visit the What's New page.
 
Ad-hoc photo shares
 
You can now create an online share of photos with an arbitrary assortment of photos. Instead of creating an album and sharing that album, you can now select any number of photos that you want to share, tap the 3-dot menu at the top-right of the screen, and then select Share to Web. Like any other web share, you can control whether people that you share that link with can download or see the photos’ metadata.
 
Lightroom CC for Android and ChromeOS
 
This release primarily focuses on foundational improvements and bug fixes, making way for new features coming soon. For a full list of improvements and bug fixes found in this release, please visit the What's New page.
 
Lightroom Classic updates
 
In this release, we further improved tether performance and stability with Nikon cameras. Nikon cameras now have the same speed and stability as Canon cameras after the October 2018 release. Tethered image transfer at the time of capture should now be a faster experience overall in Lightroom Classic. You also now have the convenience of controlling basic camera features, like ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and white balance within the tether bar itself. Additional details on this enhancement can be found here. For a full list of the improvements and bug fixes, please visit the What's New page.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 2/12/2019 9:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the ZEISS Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 ZE Lens for Canon available for $795.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,395.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
  • ZEISS T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/12/2019 9:29:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Mike Olbinski presents his inspirational story about taking a passion for storms and turning it into a photography business. He then follows that with some great, basic guidelines about photographing storms, lightning, and even some time-lapse tips thrown in the mix.
Post Date: 2/12/2019 9:25:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount available for $595.95 with free shipping. Regularly $895.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Automatically Captures Panoramic Images
  • Gigapixel Panoramas with Amazing Detail
  • For Camera & Lenses up to 10 lb (4.5kg)
  • Free GigaPan Stitch Software Download
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger
  • Digital Trigger Cables Included
  • Includes Camera Mount Vice/Clamp
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 2/12/2019 5:04:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Senal AWS-2000-A Advanced Wireless Microphone System Kit (A: 522 to 554 MHz, OLM-2 Lavalier Microphone Included) available for $249.95 with free shipping. Regularly $499.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Camera Mountable True Diversity Receiver
  • OLM-2 Lavalier Mic Included
  • One-Touch Scan and Sync
  • 1280 Tunable Frequencies Across 32 MHz
  • Variable RF Power Output
  • Easy-to-Use Menus and Volume Controls
  • Top-Mounted OLED Displays
  • 3.5mm Headphone Output on Receiver
  • Selectable Mic/Line Input
  • Balanced Output
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Monday, February 11, 2019
From Canon Europe:
 
Canon EOS R Firmware v.1.1.0 changes:
 
  • Support for "continuous shooting" is available when "silent shutter" has been enabled.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which an error may occur if there is a large number of files in a specific format on the memory card.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which an error may occur when silent shutter has been enabled.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which horizontal linear noise may occur when using specific lenses together with certain recording image quality settings.
  • Corrects a phenomenon in which the information displayed in the viewfinder may become abnormal.
Download: Canon EOS R Firmware v.1.1.0
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/11/2019 7:08:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Datacolor SpyderX Pro/Elite Review.
 
Notable is that the SpryderX brings a very significant speed benefit over its Spyder5 predecessor.
 
The Datacolor SpyderX Pro/Elite is available for preorder at B&H.
Post Date: 2/11/2019 8:21:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – (February 11, 2019) – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, has launched SpyderX, its fastest, most accurate and easiest to use color calibration tool for monitors. The development of SpyderX is testament to Datacolor’s commitment in advancing color management solutions for photographers, videographers and creative specialists worldwide.
 
SpyderX uses a fully redesigned color engine that provides significantly increased color accuracy and low light capabilities, giving photographers the confidence needed to achieve their creative vision.
 
SpyderX enhanced features include:
 
  • Blazing Speed – Taking less than two minutes to calibrate a screen, the SpyderX is several times faster than previous models, with calibration happening so fast it easily becomes part of the workflow.
  • Highest Accuracy – Providing a significantly higher level of color accuracy and shadow detail on a wide range of monitors.
  • Ease of Use – Simple and intuitive single-click calibration software, as well as advanced options.
Susan Bunting, director of marketing at Datacolor, said: “We know photography is a labor of love, and a lot goes into taking every shot. That’s why we’ve redesigned SpyderX from the ground up, ensuring you can trust the color on your screen while making the whole process of calibration as intuitive and quick as possible.”
 
Now available in two versions, the SpyderX Pro is designed for serious photographers and designers seeking a fast and easy-to-use monitor calibration solution. The SpyderX Elite takes it one step further with more advanced settings for professional photographers and videographers who want ultimate control of their color workflow.
 
Purchase SpyderX at Amazon or other authorized resellers.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 2/11/2019 7:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Those photographers looking for a versatile full frame camera but not needing the blazing speed afforded by a pro sports body (and who are not interested in a mirrorless option) will likely be considering either the Canon 5D Mark IV or Nikon D850 DSLR camera. Both DSLRs are the mature, durable, refined culminations of their respective camera lines. But which is right for your particular needs? Read on to find out.
 
Shared Primary Features
 
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV
  • Shutter Speed: 30-1/8000 sec., Bulb
  • Viewfinder Coverage: approx. 100%
  • 3.2" size-class touchscreen LCD
  • No pop-up flash
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 7 fps (Nikon D850 can achieve 9 fps with optional battery grip)
  • 4K recording up to 30 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone & microphone jacks, HDMI Type-C
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Weather sealing
  • Similar size & weight
Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark IV
 
  • More Selectable AF Points: 61 vs. 55
  • More Selectable Cross-type AF Points: 41 vs. 35
  • More AF Points Supporting f/8 (total/selectable): 21/21 vs. 15/9
  • Live View Focusing: Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs. contrast detection
  • NFC vs. N/A
  • Built-in GPS vs. optional accessory
Advantages of the Nikon D850
 
  • Higher Resolution: 45.7 MP vs. 30.4
  • More AF Points: 153 vs. 61
  • More Cross-type AF Points: 99 vs. 41
  • Larger AF Working Range: EV-4 to EV 20 vs. EV-3 to EV 20
  • Larger Metering Range: EV -3 – 20 vs. EV 0 – 20
  • Lower Selectable ISO (native/expanded): 64/32 vs. 100/50
  • Better dynamic range
  • More Registered Custom White Balance Settings: 6 vs. 1
  • Higher Resolution LCD: 2,359K dots vs. 1,620K
  • Tilting LCD vs. fixed
  • Faster Flash Sync Speed: 1/250 sec. vs. 1/200
  • Full Sensor Width 4K Recording vs. 1.74x crop
  • Bluetooth vs. N/A
  • Battery Life: 1,840 shots vs. 900
  • Shutter Durability: 200,000 shots vs. 150,000
  • Automated AF Fine Tune vs. manual Autofocus Microadjustment
  • 8K in-camera time-lapse vs. FHD 1080p time-lapse
  • Negative Digitizer Mode vs. N/A
  • Backlit buttons vs. N/A
  • Focus Shift mode vs. N/A
  • More Auto Exposure Bracketing Images: 9 vs. 7
  • Limited Focus Peaking vs. N/A
Other Differences: 5D Mark IV vs. Nikon D850
 
  • CompactFlash, SDXC vs. XQD, SDXC
  • 4K DCI 4096 X 2160 vs. 4K UHD 3840 X 2160
Who should opt for the Canon 5D Mark IV?
 
While the advantages of the D850 listed above may seem pretty long, if you're already heavily invested in the Canon system, you have to ask yourself whether or not those benefits are worth the high cost of selling used items to fund alternate gear and the time investment required to acclimate to the new system. For some, the advantages may be worth the tradeoffs. For others, the 5D Mark IV's feature set makes it a more than worthwhile addition to their kits.
 
If you are a videographer who plans to use autofocus tracking while filming, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will be the best option by far. Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology is significantly better at locking onto subjects compared to the contrast detection sensor AF utilized by the Nikon D850.
 
While many will not like the 5D Mark IV's heavy crop with 4K recording, some videographers (especially those shooting wildlife) may find the crop beneficial for more tightly framing distant and/or smaller subjects.
 
Want to shoot with the widest aperture lenses possible? F/1.2 aperture primes with autofocus are a reality for Canon DSLR and mirrorless customers; Nikon users will have to invest in a Z 7 / Z 6 and wait for the release of the manual focus-only Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct to use an aperture wider than f/1.4.
 
Who should opt for the Nikon D850?
 
Those with Nikon-based kits who do not need the benefits of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor have little (if any) reason to switch brands; the Nikon D850 is one of the most feature-packed and versatile cameras available today.
 
Summary
 
While the advantages listed in the Nikon D850 column seem strong, both of these cameras are highly capable of tackling a wide range of situations with nearly equal proficiency. As I said in the introduction, these cameras represent the culmination of generations of camera design. The technological innovations, durability and user interface refinements that come with that time and attention to detail are apparent the first day you use the cameras. Those heavily invested in either system will likely want to stay with their familiar respective brands, but those with fewer ties will likely opt for the Nikon D850 for primarily stills use while those prioritizing filmmaking and want the benefits of solid AF performance will likely opt for the 5D Mark IV.
 
Relevant Info
 
Post Date: 2/11/2019 7:09:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the TP-Link HS105 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini (2-Pack) available for $27.99 with free shipping. Regularly $49.99.
 
I have three of these smart plugs and they work very well. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Remotely Turn On/Off Two Devices
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Scheduled Usage
  • Away Mode
  • iOS and Android Apps
  • 100 to 120 VAC Input and Output
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Post Date: 2/11/2019 5:17:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for $749.00 with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
 
Discounted mounts include: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony A and Pentax K.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One FLD Element, Four SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Floating Elements System
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 2/11/2019 5:06:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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