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 Friday, May 10, 2019
Through this weekend, B&H has the XIT Elite Series Locking LCD Viewfinder for 3" DSLR Screens available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $39.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3.4x Magnification
  • Mounts to 1/4"-20 Camera Thread
  • Elastic Strap for Secure Attachment
  • Designed for Both Left and Right Eye Use
  • Foam Padding Protects Camera LCD
  • 2 Mounting Plates & 1/4"-20 Hand Screw
  • Lanyard and Carrying Pouch
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 9, 2019
Deal expires tonight at 11:59PM ET: B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 & Premiere Elements 2019 available for $99.00 with a free $10 gift card. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Adobe Sensei AI Technology
  • Automated Slideshow and Collage Creation
  • Updated Home Screen and Guided Edits
  • Integrated Social Media Sharing
  • Intelligent File Organization
  • HEIF and HEVC File Support
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
Post Date: 5/9/2019 8:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has released its 2019 financial results for the fiscal year ending today, May 9, 2019. The presentation material shows that Nikon's Imaging Business revenue suffered a 17.9% decline year-over-year.
 
Other notes from the Imaging Business section of the presentation material:
 
Revenue: ¥64.6B down YoY
 
  • ASP was buoyed by new product launch including full-frame ML cameras
  • The sales volume and revenue of fullframe cameras grew two years in a row
  • The sales of interchangeable lens type cameras and interchangeable lenses did not reach the plan in the continuing severe condition in Q4: ¥8.9B short of the forecast
Operating Profit: ¥8.2B down YoY
 
  • OP for FY18/3 and FY19/3 was ¥36.0B and ¥22.6B, respectively, if excluding restructuring relevant expenses
  • Revenue/profit reduction and the initial development cost increase pushed down the OP by ¥3.0B from the forecast
Financial Results and Presentation Material
 
Related Information
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2019 7:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D850 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.03 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
Download: Nikon D850 Firmware v. 1.10
 


Nikon D7500 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • If the mode dial was rotated from P to U1 and then back to P, ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for U1.
    • Repeatedly pressing the zoom in and zoom out buttons during movie live view would cause unexpected behavior when 3840x2160; 30p was selected for Frame size/frame rate in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU
Download: Nikon D7500 Firmware v.1.10
 


Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.03 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • If the mode dial was rotated from P to U1 and then back to P, ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for U1.
    • Touch Fn would sometimes not be available.
Download: Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.10
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2019 7:21:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, photographer Daniel Norton goes over a traditional three point lighting setup as well as a variation on that setup.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 5/9/2019 6:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the LensCoat RainCoat Large Sleeve (Black) available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $69.99.
 
The medium and small size options are also discounted today.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Camera/Lens Combinations Up to 21"
  • Protects Gear from the Elements
  • Rear Access to Camera Controls
  • Lens Access via Bottom Closure
  • Cinch Straps Adjust Length
  • Elastic Cord Around Hood Section
  • Waterproof Poly Tricot Material
  • Tape Sealed for Maximum Protection
  • Mesh Storage Pouch Included
  • Made in USA
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/9/2019 6:22:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 Head & Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Kit (100/75mm, Mid-Level Spreader) available for $549.88 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 26.45-Pound Load Capacity
  • Carbon Fiber Legs
  • 29.53 to 69.29" Height Range
  • Continually Variable Counterbalance
  • Fluid Drag System
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Padded Tripod Bag
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, May 8, 2019
With the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens announced and coming soon and the similarly-purposed Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens not being slated for delivery until the second half of the year, some need to make a buy or wait decision. In his usual clear and accurate style, Canon USA's Rudy Winston has explained the differences between these two lenses.
 
What are the differences between the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens and the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS Lens?
 
Per Rudy:
 
  • Reduced light transmittance:
    The Defocus Smoothing coatings in the 85mm F1.2 L DS lens will reduce actual light transmission by up to 1.5 stops, when the lens is at its widest aperture.
  • Defocus Smoothing effect is aperture-dependent:
    The visual impact of softer-edged, out-of-focus highlights, is at its maximum when the DS lens is shot wide-open. The visual impact of Defocus Smoothing diminishes, vs. the RF 85mm F1.2 L lens, as the DS lens’ aperture is stopped-down, and essentially disappears if the lens is stopped-down several stops from wide-open.
  • Depth-of-field is rendered differently:
    At wider lens apertures where the Defocus Smoothing effect is visible, for technical reasons, depth-of-field will appear deeper in shots taken with the DS lens, vs. identical shots taken with the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens.
Rudy provides additional information worth reading, but click on the two sample images that are shared in the article for comparison purposes. They should open in new tabs. Then click back and forth between the two tabs while observing changes.
 
The first observation to make is that the DS lens produces much smoother blurred lights in the background and this is the key advantage of this lens. While looking at those lights, you will likely notice that the non-DS lens' sample image has larger-sized blurred lights. However, the size difference may not be related to the non-DS vs. DS designs. Next notice the sharpness of the model's shoulders in the two images. That the front shoulder is sharper in the non-DS lens image and that the reverse is also true may indicate that the non-DS lens was focused to a closer distance, causing the blurred lights to be larger on this account.
 
Portrait photographers are going to love these lenses and Rudy's "Which lens is right for you?" section should be helpful to those selecting between the two.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 3:47:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Japan has shared a pair of RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens sample images. Note the lack of color fringing in the white details and out of focus jewelry.
 
Canon USA also has a few sample pictures available. Click on the "Sample Images" link just above the "Features" section.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is scheduled to be available in June and Amazon USA has put a date of June 20th on their product page. I don't know if that date is accurate or a complete guess, so use your discernment in that regard.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is available for preorder at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 2:38:58 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Thanks to a development announcement, we knew that the Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens was coming. Based on the performance of the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens (and all of the other RF lenses), we expected the RF 85 to be a great performer. Based on the RF 85's price, announced in the press release earlier today, that expectation was raised to a new level. And now, with the MTF chart strongly supporting that expectation, it is practically guaranteed that the RF 85 is going to be an amazing lens.
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens is available for preorder at: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 10:04:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan Traveler Series Li-Ion Pro 14.8V 192Wh Two-Part Battery (Gold Mount) available for $199.99 with free shipping. Regularly $499.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Two 96Wh Parts Connect to Provide 192Wh
  • 13Ah Capacity
  • 150W Max Output
  • 5-Level LED Indicator
  • D-Tap Output
  • 5V USB Output
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
From Canon USA:
 
The New L-Series Lens is Canon’s First RF Lens to Feature Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics Helping to Greatly Reduce Chromatic Aberration
 
MELVILLE, NY, May 8, 2019 – Continuing the company’s commitment to providing photographers with core focal-length lenses for the EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless camera system, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM standard prime lens. The fifth lens in the RF family, the RF 85mm lens provides another vital tool for photographers using the EOS R or EOS RP cameras, in particular, those shooting portrait photography.
 
“Optics is at the core of Canon’s heritage. It is engrained in our DNA and the top priority when developing the EOS R Camera System around the RF mount and accompanying lenses,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is very enthused to now bring the lenses we shared in the RF lens development announcement, starting with the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM. We envision this product as being the quintessential workhorse lens for portrait photographers of all skill levels.”
 

The new lens features a bright f/1.2 aperture which, along with the 85mm focal length, encompasses an ideal lens for portrait photographers. 85mm is often the preferred focal length selected by photographers when shooting portraits because it provides an appropriate depth and perspective of the subject relative to the background, helping to capture high-quality imagery with beautiful and desirable bokeh. The focal length also allows for the photographer and subject to maintain optimum distance apart to support strong communication, while not being too close.
 
The most unique feature of the RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is Canon’s proprietary optical technology, Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) Optics that helps to greatly reduce chromatic aberrations that could occur with large aperture lenses. The BR optical element, first introduced in the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, is inserted into the lens and refracts blue light between the concave and convex lenses. This enables the convergence of the entire wavelength of light to one point, resulting in higher image quality from the center to the edges of an image.
 
Additional Features of The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Include:
 
  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet/0.85 meters
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • One Aspheric and one UD Lens, along with BR optics help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps minimize lens flare and ghosting
Pricing and Availability
 
The Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM lens is scheduled to be available June 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2699.00.
 
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/8/2019 6:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 7, 2019
A whitetail deer's ears are extremely perceptive. So good is their hearing that they have the practical equivalent of eyes in the back of their heads. The buck in the foreground, with ears turned back and raised high, is essentially "watching" the buck in the background while looking the other direction.
 
The buck in the background is using his ears for another purpose, to communicate threat. While his ears are also turned back, the big difference is that they are laid low. The threatening laid-back-and-low ear position is not unique among deer and should serve as a warning to wildlife photographers if the warning is being directed toward them. Buck in rut frequently use this communication technique with other deer.
 
Another communication strategy deer and other animals use is the raising of their hair. In a moment, a buck can go from having a sleek, normal-appearing coat to appearing huge and fuzzy with every hair (thousands per square inch) standing straight out (imagine what humans could look like if we possessed that skill).
 
Always be looking for that something extra in your images and when photographing wildlife, communication is one such extra that can take an image to the next level. Another extra illustrated in this image is the incoming buck's raised front leg. This shows action.
 
This scenario pictured here unfolded quickly and capturing the action was the first priority. The image that showed the best juxtaposition of the two bucks was not as well-balanced in the frame as I wished, cutting off some of the trees on the right side. Fortunately, another image in the sequence included more of the right side of the scene and stitching the two images together allowed the full set of trees to be included, creating a natural frame.
 
There is still room to join me this fall for the "Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photo Tour. Stay for the entire time and I'll pick you up at/near the Dulles International Airport.
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
Photographers at all skill levels are also invited to join me for these tours:
 
"Whitetail Fawns and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
 
Sun, June 9 to Wed, June 12, 2019 and/or Wed, June 12 - Sat, June 15, 2019
 
Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
1 opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
Filled: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
Wait List or Sign Up for 2020.
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/500s
ISO 2200
8910 x 5476px
Post Date: 5/7/2019 10:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In this video, photographer Ab Sesay explains his technique for getting maximum saturation from using gels. If you want to skip the needlessly lengthy video (not all of the meter readings taken were necessary to explain the concept or arrive at the preferred settings, but I'm sure Sekonic appreciated how many times the photographer used one of their meters), I'll cut to the chase for you – set your gelled lights to underexpose the areas they hit, and keep other light sources (such as an ungelled main light) from spilling onto that area. Voilà, instant saturation. The more underexposed the gelled light is in your image (as long as it is still perceptible), the more saturated it is.
 
And don't misunderstand me; a light meter is a very handy device for studio and on-location photography and videography work. However, in this particular instance, I question the value of metering your ungelled lights just to see how much light each gel is blocking. You can likely skip that step, attach the gels and meter them to achieve the desired underexposure (as Sesay mentions, about 1.5 stops under the main light), knowing that different gels will require different flash power levels to achieve the precise exposure you're going for.
 
B&H carries Sekonic light meters.
Post Date: 5/7/2019 7:30:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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