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 Tuesday, September 12, 2017
B&H has a Used Nikon D5 DSLR Camera (Body Only, Dual XQD Slots, Condition: 9) available for $5,699.50 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $6,496.95 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 20.8MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 5 Image Processor
  • 3.2" 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  • 4K UHD Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Multi-CAM 20K 153-Point AF System
  • Native ISO: 100-102400, Extended: 50-3280000
  • 12 fps Shooting for 200 Shots with AE/AF
  • 180k-Pixel RGB Sensor and Group Area AF
  • 14-Bit Raw Files and 12-Bit Raw S Format
  • 1000 Base-T Gigabit Wired LAN Support
The team over at LensRentals recently disassembled a Sigma 85mm T1.5 FF High-Speed Prime to see how its construction compared with other prime cinema lenses.
 
From the LensRentals Blog:
We’ve been impressed with the Sigma Cine lenses. We weren’t surprised that they’re generally sharper than classic Cine primes; that’s what we’ve come to expect from Sigma. We were pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of focusing and aperture and the apparent build quality. Since we’d previously done teardowns of the Zeiss 85mm T1.5 CP.2 and Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 lenses, and recently done a teardown of the Zeiss 85mm T1.5 CP.3 lens, we thought taking apart the Sigma Cine 85mm T1.5 would provide a nice comparison.
Read the entire fully illustrated article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 85mm T1.5 FF High-Speed Prime.
Post Date: 9/12/2017 9:58:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Gitzo G-1348 Inter Pro Studex Compact Performance Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 9) available for $449.95 with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Max Height: 65.7" (166.9 cm)
  • Min Height: 4.3" (10.9 cm)
  • Folded Length: 24.0" (61.0 cm)
  • Load Capacity: 26.50" (12.02 kg)
  • Weight: 4.80 lb (2.18 kg)
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 12, 2017 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced three new additions to the company’s video camcorder lineup: the XF405 4K UHD Video Camcorder, the XF400 4K UHD Video Camcorder and the VIXIA HF GX10 4K UHD Video Camcorder, three lightweight and compact video camcorders that feature 4K/60p video recording.
 
Canon XF405, XF400 and VIXIA HF GX10 4K UHD Video Camcorders
The Canon XF405 and XF400 4K UHD Video Camcorders are both ideal for applications like broadcast interviews, documentaries and weddings. Designed with advanced amateurs and hobbyists in mind, the VIXIA HF GX10 4K UHD Video Camcorder provides the same high- image quality as the Canon XF405 and XF400.
 
All three models feature a newly developed 15x optical zoom lens (35 mm film equivalent: 25.5mm–382.5mm), to support 4K recording, alongside a 1.0-inch CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC DV 6 image-processing platform, to produce stunning 4K/60p recording across the entire zoom range. In addition, the compact and lightweight body designs measure approximately 5.3in (l) x 3.8in(h) x 8.4in(d) and weigh approximately 40.5oz, 40.3oz and 40.2oz for the XF405, XF400 and VIXIA HF GX10, respectively. The compact and lightweight nature of all three 4K UHD models provide great mobility when shooting such scenes as news reports and events.
 
All three camcorders provide users with fast, highly accurate focusing through intuitive touch-panel operations and feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF—a technology that offers smooth Auto Focus(AF) operation with high-tracking capabilities, making it ideal for shooting video.
 
Pricing and Availability
The Canon XF405 4K UHD video camcorder, the XF400 4K UHD video camcorder and the VIXIA HF GX10 4K UHD video camcorder are scheduled to be available in November 2017 for estimated retail prices of $3,499.00, $2,999.00 and $2,499.00 respectively.
 
B&H has the following available for preorder:
 
B&H has a Used Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens (Condition: 8+) available for $5,399.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $9,999.00 new for version II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/12/2017 7:31:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Amazon has Adobe Premiere Elements 15 available for $44.99. Compare at $89.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Organize- Its easier than ever to find videos by the places they were taken, the events they depict, albums, favorites, and more.
  • Edit- Turn rough clips into real movies youll watch over and over. Easily remove unwanted footage, fix color and lighting, and drag and drop to quickly create your movies.
  • Share- Share with friends and family the way that works for youvia disc, HDTV, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and more.
  • System Requirement Note: Only compatible with 64-bit processors
Post Date: 9/12/2017 7:45:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 12, 2017 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the Canon DP-V2411 4K HDR Reference Display, a 24-inch display that features stable high luminance and 12G-SDI terminals, ideal for use on-set in broadcasting vans, and in-studio needs.
 
Highlighting Canon’s proprietary display image processor, LED direct backlight system design and an In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD screen, the DP-V2411 display provides users with detailed and precise color reproduction as well as high resolution, high contrast and high luminance, allowing for accurate review and confirmation of 4K and HDR video content.
 
The DP-V2411 Display reaches peak luminance and full-screen white luminance of 600 cd/m, helping to prevent changes in luminance that can occur depending on the video images being viewed. These video images feature stable high-luminance performance for even more precise luminance and color review confirmation of 4K HDR video when shooting on location or in a studio.
 
Compared to a 4K reference display equipped with 3G-SDI that would require four cables to transmit 4K 60p footage, the Canon DP-V2411 Display features 12G-SDI terminals requiring a user to only use a single cable. By reducing the number of necessary cables, the display supports more cost-efficient, less time-consuming installation, while reducing weight and saving space.
 
Alongside the current lineup of Canon 4K HDR reference display, the Canon DP-V2411 supports Electro-Optical Transfer Functions (EOTF) such as Hybrid Log-Gamma, a broadcasting HDR standard; Perceptual Quantizer (PQ), a HDR standard for film production and transfer; and Canon’s proprietary log gammas—Canon Log, Canon Log 2 and Canon Log 3. In addition, the new display features convenient shooting assist functions for all HDR standards as a waveform monitor. This displays the luminance level of input signals and a false color function, which overlays different areas of input images with colors depending on their luminance allowing for convenient review and confirmation of HDR images.
 
Pricing and Availability
The DP-V2411 is scheduled to be available in early December 2017 for an estimated retail price of $20,000.00 . For more information please visit, usa.canon.com.
B&H is featuring a large selection of Vello Battery Grips as its Daily Deal with discounts of $20.00 - $38.00, resulting in battery grips priced $49.95 or $59.95.
 
Compatible Models Include
 
  • Canon
  • Nikon
  • Sony
  • Panasonic
  • Fujifilm
Post Date: 9/12/2017 7:01:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac and Windows is now available for pre-orderThe ultimate HDR solution, Aurora HDR 2018, offers major updates to create the most realistic and natural images possible.
 
San Diego, CA - September 12, 2017 — Macphun, the California-based software developer known for making complex photo editing tasks simple and fun, today announced the start of their pre-order for Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac and Windows. New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 for $89 and current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special price of $49 at aurorahdr.com .
 
Co-developed with renowned HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff, new Aurora HDR 2018 is available for the first time ever for both Mac and Windows users. It introduces a completely new user interface and exciting new tools , plus brings speed improvements.
 
“The original Aurora HDR quickly became the industry standard for HDR photo editing on Mac and the new version is even more innovative and powerful than its predecessors,” said Kevin La Rue, Vice President at Macphun. “With Aurora HDR 2018, we’ve introduced the next-generation of tone mapping for superior natural results, plus long-awaited lens correction and transform tools that allow users to create perfect HDR images,” La Rue concluded.
 
Aurora HDR 2018 has a completely new and smarter algorithm for tone mapping single or multiple exposures that results in the most realistic starting image possible. When merging brackets, the algorithm analyzes each image separately, automatically detecting dark and light zones and adjusting the level of detail which will produce a very natural looking HDR image.
 
With single image processing, the tone mapping algorithm brings out colours and enhances dark and light zones. Either way, this initial starting point is a great foundation for advanced image editing.
 
Another major improvement to Aurora HDR 2018 is the new HDR Enhance Filter . A single slider adds details and clarity to an image, adjusting colors, details and contrast without creating artificial halos or other problems. Moving the slider also adjusts the intensity of changes, making the picture look more natural or revealing a more dramatic look, depending on the desired effect.
 
FULL LIST OF NEW FEATURES OF AURORA HDR 2018:
 
  • NEW: Next-generation Tone Mapping – A new smart Tone Mapping algorithm automatically reduces noise, and produces more realistic and natural initial results.
  • NEW: Mac and Windows versions – Aurora HDR 2018 is available both for Mac and PC users, enabling mixed-computer households to share the same product key.
  • NEW: Lens Correction Tool * – The new Lens Correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel and pincushion to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
  • NEW: Transform Tool* – Easily scale, rotate and shift your image to better fit your vision.
  • NEW: Dodge & Burn Filter – Selectively lighten or darken specific areas of an image to artfully direct your viewer’s eye towards the key subject of your image, similar to a traditional darkroom technique.
  • NEW: HDR Enhance Filter - Adds details and clarity to an image, adjusting colors, details and contrast without creating artificial halos or other problems.
  • NEW: User Interface – A new, modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
  • NEW: History Panel – An easy-to-reference list of edits made to your image, the History panel allows you to click on any editing step to revert the photo to an earlier stage of editing.
  • NEW: Touch Bar support for Mac – Aurora HDR 2018 adds Touch Bar support to give new MacBook Pro users fast access to key editing features and speed up their workflow.
  • NEW: Image Flip and Rotate* – Perfect for correcting photos with incorrect horizons or making creative compositions or other stylistic changes to an image.
  • IMPROVED: New Structure Algorithm – The re-developed Structure tool allows you to adjust detail and clarity of an image to get a classic HDR effect with great detail or a smoother effect with less details.
  • IMPROVED: RAW handling – An improved RAW conversion brings out more details in shadows/highlights, displays colors more accurately and reduces noise in RAW files.
  • IMPROVED: Crop tool update – Now specify custom crop sizes for even more versatility.
  • IMPROVED: Speed – Faster merging and masking performance, improvement in RAW image processing.
New Aurora HDR 2018 also brings more blend modes, improved color temperature, image radiance, and an improvement whereby custom textures can now include RAW files. Aurora HDR 2018 can work as a standalone app, as well as a plugin to Lightroom and Photoshop both on Mac and PC versions, and with Adobe Elements and Aperture on Macs.
 
* Lens Correction and Transform tools, as well as image flip and rotate will be available in the Mac version at launch, and arrive in the PC version with the first free update in the beginning of October. Other tools and features that are currently available for Mac only would be added to PC version by the end of the year.
 
Availability
 
Pre-order will run from September 12 until September 27 at aurorahdr.com/2018 . Pre-order customers will receive a bonus pack:
 
  • BONUS: Trey Ratcliff Deep Dive video
  • BONUS: Travel Photography Tutorial by Matt Granger
  • BONUS: Source Brackets
  • BONUS: 3-month Zenfolio Pro website, including a complementary design consultation. $60 value.
Pricing:
 
Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC which can be activated on 5 devices.
 
  • Pre-order:
    • Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre -order price of $49
    • New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special pre order price of $89
  • Retail Price
    • $59 for current Aurora HDR users
    • $99 for new users
Preorder Aurora HDR 2018 for Mac and Windows.
Post Date: 9/12/2017 6:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 11, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Avinair Spitfire Pro 1x2 HDMI Splitter available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports up to UHD 4K Resolutions
  • Also Supports 3D, HD, and SD Signals
  • 12-Bit Deep Color
  • Supports Multichannel Audio
Post Date: 9/11/2017 7:33:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon Europe:
Martin-Chico’s winning project proposal focuses on female former-members of FARC, a left-wing Colombian militant group that officially disarmed in June this year following a historic ceasefire agreement with the country’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, in 2016.
 
It’s ninth time lucky for the French-Spanish photographer, who predominantly shoots in the Middle East for titles including Le Monde, Le Figaro and The New York Times.
 
The annual award, supported by Elle magazine, is given to “an outstanding female photographer in recognition of her contribution to photojournalism”. It comes with an €8,000 grant to support the development of a new series to go on show at next year’s Visa pour l’Image festival of photojournalism.
Read more on the Canon Europe website.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2017 6:54:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Thank you for using Canon products.
 
We have determined that some EF50mm f/1.4 USM lenses exhibit a focus operation-related malfunction. The details of the phenomenon and Canon’s service policy are described below.
 
We would like to offer our sincere apologies to users who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Going forward, we will spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence.
 
Phenomenon
While in AF or MF mode, when the focus position is moved from the infinity end to the close-up end, the focus operation stops near the area shown in the dotted circle below.
 
Canon EF 50mm f 1.4 USM Service Advisory Focus Malfunction

Possibly Affected Products
If the first four digits (from the left) in the serial number on the lens body (see image below) are “4918”, “5018”, “5118”, “5119”, “5218”, “5219”, “5318”, “5319”, “5418”, or “5419" then your lens may possibly be affected.
 
Canon EF 50mm f 1.4 USM Serial Number Identification

Note: September 11, 2017: "5119", "5219", "5319", "5419" "was added to the target serial number.
 
Support
Potentially affected products will be inspected and if necessary repaired free of charge. If you own one of the potentially affected products please contact our Customer Support Center.
 
When preparing your lens for inspection please be sure to attach the lens cap and the dust cap to the lens.
 
If you have not already done so, please register your Canon Product. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email about future announcements.
 
This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
 
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-800-OK-CANON
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2017 6:32:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Canon in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2017 6:15:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
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