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 Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Through May 14, Skylum is offering Spring Savings on its Luminar 3 software with new Accent AI 2.0, and you can save even more when using our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE:
  • Luminar 3.1 is US$60 (US$50 with coupon) instead of US$70
  • Luminar 3.1 + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle is US$69 (US$59 with coupon code) instead of US$169
  • Luminar 3.1 + Aurora HDR (worth US$99) + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle is US$129 (US$119 with coupon code) instead of US$268
Post Date: 5/7/2019 7:21:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Launching today, B&H's Payboo card comes with a very unique cost savings benefit – it will pay you back for all state sales taxes charged on B&H purchases shipped to eligible states.
Need to make a large photography gear or tech purchase? Using the Payboo card will allow you to save significantly on that purchase. Shop regularly at B&H? The sales tax savings will certainly add up over time.
Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions about the Payboo Credit Card:
What is the B&H Payboo Credit Card?
B&H offers customers the Payboo Card credit card through Synchrony Bank with a revolving credit limit for any B&H purchases made online, in-store, or by phone.
How does the Payboo Card benefit really work?
When you pay for B&H purchases with the Payboo Credit Card, B&H will charge the total of merchandise plus applicable fees and taxes; but we instantly issue and apply a reward on orders made in our SuperStore or shipped to eligible states right in checkout as a form of customer payment. Then, the amount charged to the Payboo Card is net of the benefit applied.
Am I paying sales tax on my purchase? Do I need to submit anything in my tax filings?
B&H will collect and remit state sales tax in accordance with state sales tax laws and regulations. So, customers do pay required sales tax and do not need to keep track or file anything separately.
Is there any limit or cap on the total amount of Payboo Card savings?
No. B&H will issue Payboo Card Savings rewards without any upper limit.
Where can I use the Payboo Card?
The card may be used to pay on our websites, on our mobile app, in our NYC SuperStore, or by phone. Payboo is only available for use at B&H (i.e. it is not a Visa, MC, Amex, DC, etc)
Click Here to Sign Up for the B&H Payboo Card
The tax-equivalent loyalty reward offer is not valid in Alabama, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The tax-equivalent loyalty reward offer is not available on orders shipped to any jurisdiction that does not require B&H to collect and remit state and/or local sales or use tax (Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, as of May 1, 2019).
See all fine print details at the bottom of this page.
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Post Date: 5/7/2019 6:52:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Benro Tripster Travel Tripod (2 Series, Titanium, Carbon Fiber) available for $149.00 with free shipping. Regularly $279.00.
Note: Other versions of this tripod featuring different colors/load capacities have also been discounted and are available via the link above.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 26 lb
  • Maximum Height: 61.4"
  • Minimum Height: 15.6"
  • Folded Length: 15.7"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.5 lb
  • Arca-Type Ball Head with QR Plate
  • 2-Section Center Column
  • 1/4"-20 Accessory Mount
  • Detachable Leg Converts into Monopod
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Hot Deal: Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H (review) has the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for $999.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,399.00.
Discounted mounts included Canon EF, Nikon F & Sony E.
Product Highlights
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Three FLD Elements, Three SLD Elements
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Weather-Sealed, Protective Front Coating
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Note: Adorama is has matched B&H's Sigma 40mm Art price.
Post Date: 5/7/2019 6:09:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 6, 2019
When considering the addition of a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera to the kit, one of the concerns is the grip size. When reducing the size of a camera, the grip is an easy target. However, when the grip is made too small, the camera becomes harder to use.
I used calipers to very precisely measure the grip height from the bottom of the camera to the top edge of the useful grip area on the front of each camera, but note that there was a tiny amount of judgment to be made in the latter determination. The depth measurement was made at the thickest part of the grip that included the finger swell area on the front. Use the EOS 5D-series DSLR camera as a baseline to compare against.
Canon EOS 5Ds R2.73"(69.3mm)2.79"(70.9mm)
Canon EOS R2.53"(64.3mm)2.65"(67.3mm)
Nikon Z 6, Nikon Z 72.33"(59.0mm)2.63"(66.7mm)
Sony a7 III, Sony a7R III, Sony a92.08"(52.8mm)2.40"(60.8mm)

My hand size falls between medium and large. The Sony grip design requires that I use a pinky-under strategy. My pinky just fits on the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 grip and my pinky comfortably fits on the Canon EOS R grip.
If the native grip size is not large enough for you, add the respective battery grip. For the Canon EOS R, that grip is the Canon Battery Grip BG-E22. Though not available as I write this, the MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack has been promised for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras. Sony a7 III, a7R III, and a9 cameras are compatible with the Sony VG-C3EM vertical grip. These Sony cameras are also compatible with the Sony GP-X1EM Grip Extension. While the battery grips add size and weight to cameras having light weight and small size as advantages, the grips are easily removable, offering the best of both worlds. I have used the Canon and Sony grips and like them a lot.
I do not have an EOS RP at this time, but if someone sends me the measurements, I'll add them to this comparison chart. The RP's grip is remarkably nice for the tiny size of this camera, but it has a pinky-under grip height with the Canon EG-E1 Extension Grip adding room for that last finger.
If you were considering the purchase of one of these camera models, now is a very good time to do so. Instant rebates ranging up to $1,000 for Sony, $700 for Nikon, and $500 for Canon are currently available. Please remember to use the links on this site to make all of your purchases! Use the links in the comparison table to navigate to the camera model you are interested in.
Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens page.
Can a lens with this extreme focal length range, even a Sigma Sports lens, produce good image quality?
The Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is in stock or coming soon at B&H | Adorama | Amazon US | WEX
Rent the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens from Lensrentals.
Please share these results with your friends!
Post Date: 5/6/2019 7:23:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full Size Screw-Knob Clamp (Condition: 8+) available for $339.95 with free shipping. Compare at $445.00 new.
If you're looking for a great deal on a high quality ball head, look no further.
Product Highlights
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.8"
  • Dual 90° Notches for Portrait Mode
  • Separate Tension Control Knob
  • Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
  • Base Diameter 2.9", Ball Diameter 2.2"
  • Weight: 1.9 lb
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Photographer Jide Alakja gives us 5 quick tips to create lightroom presets for your wedding work. Tip number one focuses on the orange channel and using complimentary colors to improve the skin tone you’re trying to create. Another tip suggests using vignettes to draw the viewer’s focus to the center—or focal point—of the photograph. Check out the video for additional useful Lightroom techniques.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/6/2019 6:42:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lowepro PhotoStream RL 150 Roller available for $79.95 with free shipping after $50.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $199.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds 1-2 DSLR Bodies & 8 Lenses/Flashes
  • Customizable, Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Dedicated Hinged Panel for 15" Laptop
  • Two Stretch-Mesh Zippered Pockets
  • Side Tripod Mount
  • Molded EVA Front Panel/Lockable Zippers
  • Padded Top & Side Grab Handles
  • Aluminum Trolley Handle
  • Long-Lasting Vibration-Absorbing Wheels
  • 7.3" Depth Allows for Easy Air Travel
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/6/2019 6:25:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, May 4, 2019
The tips of elk antler tines are polished for a reason. During the rut, bull elk thrash the ground with their antlers and in addition to the tine tips becoming whiter, this practice often results in grasses and other plants hanging on the antlers. Sometimes the haystack is large enough to impede vision.
There is only one opening remaining for the September elk in rut photo tour. Consider joining a small group of passionate wildlife photographers pursuing these awesome animals. Photographers at all skill levels are invited to join!
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
  • 1 Opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
  • Filled/Wait List: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
  • Sign Up for September, 2020
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
"Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
Contact me to sign up!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/4/2019 10:21:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 3, 2019
When photographing a symmetrical subject, either take the time and effort to make it perfectly aligned in the frame ... or don't come close to doing so.
An image of a symmetrical subject that is perfectly symmetrically framed (or at least nearly so) usually looks great. An image of a symmetrical subject that appears intentionally non-symmetrically framed can also look great. It is when an image of a symmetrical subject is almost symmetrically framed that it appears you have made a mistake.
Some symmetrical subjects are far more forgiving than others. A tile floor is typically symmetrically unforgiving and note that any geometric distortion in a lens increases the in-camera alignment challenge. Another challenge is slight asymmetry in the subject.
This image appeared ideally aligned in-camera, but it still needed to be adjusted slightly in post-production to finish off that task. I thought I had the image ready to go when Sean mentioned that the monument was not quite perfectly straight. Measuring structure positions in Photoshop made it appear straight with some subject asymmetry showing at the bottom of the monument. A tile was lifted by a noticeable amount on the right side and the left side had stone showing on the outside of the perimeter drain that was not showing on the right, both creating optical illusions of asymmetry. I decided those fixes were needed and made some other adjustments (sometimes these small projects take on a life of their own). After revisiting the image a couple of times, I decided that Sean was still right and adjusted rotation slightly to move the image closer to perfection.
In this image, Abe Curland of B&H is carefully aligning his shot of the Empty Sky Memorial in Liberty State Park, NJ. The lines in tile flooring provide valuable assistance for finding center.
In light of the Should I Get the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III or EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens? article just posted, I'll mention that this image could have been equally captured with the less expensive Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens. The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens was my choice for this trip because I was shooting from a tripod and wanted larger-sized stars to be created from the city lights during the blue hour and after dark. I was pulling a Think Tank Photo Airport Security rolling case around the city, so gear weight was not an issue.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/3/2019 9:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
As reported by Petapixel, some customers are being shown a Photography Plan pricing of $19.99 per month instead of the up-until-now-normal $9.99 per month subscription fee. The Photography Plan (which includes Adobe Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC/Classic CC) has been the same price since it was introduced in 2015, representing an excellent value to customers (not many goods and services have remained the same price over that same period of time). I think it's safe to say that Adobe will raise its Photography Plan pricing at some point, but doubling its price in one fell swoop will leave most photographers very unhappy, especially those who were uncomfortable with subscription licensing in the first place.
Are Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC/Classic CC worth $19.99/mo? For working professionals and those serious about photography, absolutely. However, a majority of photography hobbyists will find the increased price significantly harder to swallow, leaving them searching for non-subscription based viable alternatives, such as the free and open-source GIMP.
It remains to be seen whether or not Adobe follows through with the price doubling strategy, but if you'd like to lock in the $9.99/mo rate for some time, you can purchase 12-month Photography Plan subscription licenses right now to extend the current plan pricing. In fact, I purchased a 12-month license last night after reading the news, and I'm considering purchasing another one.
Post Date: 5/3/2019 8:31:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 Lenses for Canon RF in stock with free expedited shipping.
Note: The Nikon Z-mount versions of the lenses are available for preorder using the links above.
Post Date: 5/3/2019 7:42:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Think Tank Photo announces the Stash Master 13L, a travel cube that enables you to expand the photo gear capacity of any large backpack, or increase personal gear space in the MindShift Backlight Elite 45L for multi-day excursions.
This padded insert is sized to fit the “Trifecta” of pro camera gear including a gripped DSLR body attached to a 70-200mm f/2.8, plus a 24-70mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/2.8. Highdensity velex interior and reinforced vertical dividers keep your gear secure and protected, while carry handles make it easy to transport. Made from water resistant fabrics with DWR coating, the Stash Master 13L will keep your gear protected, and is a great solution for pros and photo enthusiasts alike.
“Expanded gear capacity is always an important aspect of photography,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “The Stash Master 13L gives pros and photo enthusiasts alike the freedom and flexibility to design their individualized carry layouts however they like.”
  • Padded insert allows you to use your own bag or fit more gear into compatible MindShift Gear backpacks
  • Water resistant fabric and DWR coating keeps your gear protected
  • Sized to fit pro gear including a gripped body attached to a 70–200mm f/2.8
  • High-density velex interior and reinforced vertical dividers holds up over time to keep your gear secure
  • Multiple dividers allow you to customize the layout depending on your adventure
  • Tuck away front flap with removable foam panel provides better access while in a backpack
  • Carry handles on front and top makes lifting easy
  • Side webbing loops allow you to attach a shoulder strap
  • Holds one gripped DSLR with lenses attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8 plus, 2–3 standard zoom lenses and a flash.
  • Holds two ungripped DSLRs with lenses attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8 and 1–2 standard zoom lenses.
  • Holds two gripped mirrorless bodies with lenses attached up to a 70–200mm f/2.8 plus 3–5 additional lenses.
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has highest quality YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 100D rip-stop nylon, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 200D polyester, high-density velex, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior Dimensions: 11.8” W x 11.8” H x 7.1” D (30 x 30 x 18 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 12.2” W x 12.2” H x 7.5” D (31 x 31 x 19 cm)
Total Volume: 13L
Weight: 0.9 lbs. (0.4 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the MindShift Gear Stash Master 13L in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.
Post Date: 5/3/2019 7:25:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Godox AD200Pro TTL Pocket Flash Kit available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • 1 x Speedlight, 1 x Bare Bulb Flash Head
  • 1 x Lithium Battery, 1 x Charger
  • Built-In Wireless X System Receiver
  • HSS: 1/8000 sec, Battery: 500 FP Flashes
  • Optional X1 Wireless TTL Transmitter
  • Supports Nikon, Canon, Sony TTL
  • Supports Olympus, FUJIFILM TTL
  • Flash Exposure Compensation
  • TTL, Manual, and Stroboscopic Modes
  • Firmware USB Updates, 1 x Carry Case
Post Date: 5/3/2019 6:38:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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