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B&H has the new iMac Pro available for preorder.
The lowest-end iMac Pro features a 3.2 GHz Intel Xeon W 8-Core processor, 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB SSD and costs $4,999.00. The highest-end iMac Pro available features a 2.3 GHz Intel Xeon W 18-Core processor, 128GB of DDR4 RAM and a 4TB SSD and costs significantly more – $13,199.00 – but thankfully, shipping is free.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 12/14/2017 12:28:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oneida Falls is one of my favorite waterfalls in Rickett's Glen State Park (or anywhere) and it is easy to get nice images prominently featuring it. But, this falls also makes a great background.
Wide angle lenses are ideal for making a foreground subject appear large relative to a distant background subject and that is what is going on here. The very small foreground waterfalls are close to the lens and Oneida Falls is in the distant background. The final wide angle result is that they all share a similar size in the frame.
Getting the camera in close to a waterfall presents another issue – water splashing onto the lens. When using wide angle lenses and narrow apertures, water drops become very obvious in the image and their results can be very difficult to remove during post processing. As usual for photographing waterfalls, I was using a circular polarizer filter and this is one scenario where a nano-coated CPL filter earns any additional cost required for that feature. The low adhesion properties of the nano coating meant that the water drops were easily removed with a simple squeeze of a Rocket Blower. I simply blew away the water drops before each photo capture and captured enough photos to ensure that I had the shot well-covered.
Another reason to take multiple pictures of especially small or medium-sized waterfalls is because the waterflow is typically varying slightly. The change is usually only slight, but slight is enough to change the splashing characteristic of the water and sometimes one frame will be preferred to the others. Especially for perfectionists, the multiple images may create a selection challenge for later. It is always better to have too many good photos than to miss the one you really wanted.
The Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens is a superb option for landscape photography. This day was a little late in the season for ideal fall foliage, but I was quite pleased with my take home from this daytrip to RGSP.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 12/14/2017 7:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/14/2017 7:26:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 13, 2017
As a kid, Christmas morning is an event you look forward to months in advance, with excitement and anticipation building to a climax Christmas Eve making it difficult to sleep. But once morning comes, all that anticipation turns to joy and amazement as the presents under the tree are surveyed. Following are a few tips for maximizing your Christmas morning photography.
1) Grab your wide angle prime lens or an f/2.8 max aperture general purpose zoom.
Christmas morning festivities will generally play out in your living room or den, places where a wide aperture (f/1.4 - f/2.8) will be advantageous for obtaining action-stopping shutter speeds while avoiding the use of flash or noise-inducing high ISOs. Using wide angle focal lengths will allow you to capture subjects as well as their surroundings to best document the seasonal cheer and decor.
If you don't have a wide angle, f/2.8 max aperture (or wider) lens, then use [preferably bounce] flash to achieve action stopping shutter speeds while keeping your ISO low. Note that you may want to gel your flash with a 1/4, 1/2 or full CTO (orange) if the room is lit with warm, tungsten bulbs so that the color of the light emanating from your flash matches that of the ambient light in the room.
2) Capture video as well as still photos.
One of the greatest aspects of today's DSLRs and mirrorless cameras is that they can be used to capture high quality video as well as stills. And since most of Canon's recent cameras feature Dual Pixel CMOS AF, creating high quality videos has never been easier, so don't miss the opportunity to create a video highlight reel of the morning's events by capturing some video clips in addition to stills.
And if you own a 70D/80D or higher-level camera, you can make the process of capturing video clips easier by setting different exposure and camera settings via your camera's Custom Mode so that you can quickly switch between photos and stills without missing a beat.
3) Set up a timelapse camera in the corner of the room.
Want to be part of the fun instead of behind a camera all morning? Set your tripod up in the corner of the room (possibly with a second camera if that option is available), use manual focus and manual exposure variables and set your camera's intervalometer to capture a timelapse sequence of the morning's events. With a "set it and forget it" approach, you are free to join in while capturing the entire family as the fun unfolds.
As Christmas day rapidly approaches, there will be many tasks calling for your attention. Having the photo plan ready well in advance means that the capture of your important memories will not be sidelined. Starting creating your plan today. That may include purchasing or renting gear in the time that remains before Christmas. Check out the site's index for a list of relevant reviews to help get the most out of your Christmas Day photography.
Post Date: 12/13/2017 8:40:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon (via 17Photo) has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens in stock.
This lens has been hard to come by; it's listed as backordered (or "Coming Soon") at B&H, Adorama and the Canon USA Store.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2017 9:29:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon USA Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera in stock with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/13/2017 6:55:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, December 12, 2017
From Adobe:
Today we’re proud to release updates to the entire Lightroom CC ecosystem, including for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and the web, as well as updates to Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw. We’ve added support for new cameras and lenses, and added some great new features.
New Auto Settings, powered by Adobe Sensei
Auto has been completely reworked to create better results, every time. Using an advanced neural network powered by Adobe Sensei, our artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning platform, the new Auto Settings creates a better photo by analyzing your photo and comparing to tens of thousands of professionally edited photos to create a beautiful, pleasing image. The new Auto is available ecosystem wide, including in Lightroom CC, Lightroom CC for iOS, Lightroom CC for Android, Lightroom CC on the web, Lightroom Classic, and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR).
The December update includes other great features across the ecosystem:
Lightroom CC on Desktop
  • Tone Curve – The Tone Curve is one of the most popular tools used by photographers for advanced control over the tonality, contrast, and color balance of an image. You can use either the Parametric Curve or the Point Curve modes to tune the tonality and contrast of the image, and the Red, Green, and Blue modes to adjust the color balance and stylize your image. The Tone Curve lives next to the Auto button in the Light panel — check it out and let us know what you think.
  • Split Toning – Split Toning allows you to stylize your photo through color tints in the highlights and shadows of your image. You can use the Split Toning tool to simulate traditional black and white tints and toners like sepia or selenium toners, simulate printing on colored paper, or create a modern stylization on color images. Split Toning lives in the Effects panel.
  • Change Capture Time – Lightroom CC now enables you to adjust the capture time, for both single photos as well as a set of photos, providing relief for those times that you forgot to change your camera’s time or time zone settings. Select a photo (or series of photos) and use the pencil icon in the Info panel to change capture time. Lightroom CC will update the capture date and make sure that your photos show up on the right day and time in the organize view, making it easier to find your photos when you need them.
  • Full Screen View – View your photos in full screen by using either the F key or by navigating to View-> Detail Full Screen.
In addition to the new Auto described above, we added the following to Lightroom CC on Android:
  • App Shortcuts — For Android Nougat and later devices, tap and hold on the app icon to quickly launch the app into popular modes.
  • More control for managing storage.
  • Resolved an issue that prevented some Huawei customers from importing images.
  • Resolved an issue that caused a crash for some Pixel 2 customers on export.
  • Resolved a problem that prevented some Samsung customers from installing the previous version.
  • Bug fixes and speed improvements.
In addition to the new Auto described above, we added the following to Lightroom CC on iOS:
  • Watermarking on export — Create and customize a text based watermark for use when exporting your image from Lightroom CC on iOS.
  • Improved quality to HDR capturing.
  • Bug fixes and speed improvements.
Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw
In addition to the new Auto described above, we’ve made a refinement to the Color Range Masking tool. Based on your feedback, we’ve made it easier to remove individual sample points. You can do this by holding down the Alt (Win) or Option (Mac) key while using your mouse to select the sample point.
Lightroom Classic CC also now supports tethered capture with the Nikon D850 camera.
An update to Lightroom 6 for perpetual licensed customers for new camera support will be available on December 19th.
We’ve excited about the December update, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts and feedback.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 12/12/2017 10:55:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
David Bergman (@davidbergman) is a New York based music and sports photographer. He has been Bon Jovi's official tour photographer since 2010, documenting the band on stage and on the road in more than 30 countries on 6 continents. Bergman has also toured with Barenaked Ladies, Lilith Fair, and Gloria Estefan, and worked with celebrity clients including Drew Carey, Avril Lavigne, and Joss Stone. With 13 Sports Illustrated covers to his credit including his image of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees raising his son over his head after winning the Super Bowl, Bergman has covered numerous Olympics, World Series', Super Bowls, NBA Championships, and Stanley Cup Finals.
Post Date: 12/12/2017 8:43:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
While it is awesome for many purposes, the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash made this monarch butterfly wing close-up very easy to capture.
Of course, a monarch butterfly wing photograph first requires a monarch butterfly wing and ideally, a perfect specimen. The easiest source I've found is to raise them ourselves. Well, more specifically, letting the kids raise them. Perhaps even easier would be to purchase the chrysalises, avoiding the higher-maintenance caterpillar stage. Upon exit from their chrysalises, these beautiful creatures pose very nicely until their wings dry, at which point they can be released outdoors.
The depth of field at this extremely close focus distance is very shallow and photographing perfectly square on the wings is required to keep all of the little scales in sharp focus. Also, don't think you can make them all sharp at f/2.8. There is enough curvature in the wing to require stopping down significantly. You will likely need at least f/11 and I even went to f/16 here.
The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens is also awesome for this purpose, but filling a full frame imaging sensor with a monarch wing requires a reproduction ratio greater than 1:1 (1x maximum magnification). While cropping can accomplish this (and APS-C format imaging sensors are smaller), I'm always trying to avoid cropping to ensure that I have as much resolution as possible in my final results. To go beyond 1:1 with the 100 L macro lens (and any other brand similar lens), add an extension tube. My choice was for this image was the Canon EF 25mm Extension Tube II. It reduced the lens' minimum focus distance by just enough to produce nothing-but-wing.
When photographing at such short focus distances, lighting becomes a serious issue. First, the lens blocks a lot of the ambient light and using narrow apertures combined with the ultra-short focus distance causes the effective aperture to be even narrower. While you might be able to set a tripod up perfectly to capture a wing, there is also a good change that the butterfly will move slightly before you accomplish that task – and again before you finish retrying.
The ring flash was the perfect answer here. The lights are ideally positioned to evenly light a very close subject. The duration of the flash is very short, meaning that motion blur is not an issue and handheld flexibility is available. The color spectrum produced by the flashes is ideal and the light brings out the brilliant color of the subject.
I used a manual exposure for this capture and usually use this mode when using a flash. In M mode, the camera applies the amount of flash needed for a proper exposure in combination with the selected aperture, shutter speed and ISO settings. Exposures can then be adjusted using FEC (Flash Exposure Compensation). In this case, FEC was set to +2/3, though I reduced the RAW image brightness by the same amount, meaning ... the camera had the brightness correctly determined in the first place.
Butterflies are just one of the many great subjects for a macro flash. What could this flash do for your kit?
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
There is currently a substantial $150 instant savings available on the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens. It is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
Also, B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for $2,099.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,799.00.
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/16.0  1/200s
ISO 100
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 12/12/2017 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, December 11, 2017
From Tenba:
Secure Gear Access and All-Day Carrying Comfort
Tenba has designed a new collection of lightweight backpacks for the uncompromising outdoor enthusiast photographer and filmmaker. Built with secure rear access to equipment, Solstice backpacks allow the user to remove cameras and lenses without ever setting their bag down on rough, wet or muddy terrain. A versatile interior divider system allows the allocation of more or less space as needed to camera and personal gear so no space is wasted.
Rear Camera Access
Secures gear up against the user's back and enables access to equipment without fully removing the bag. Also prevents common issues with gear theft, as the camera equipment can only be taken out when the user wants it to be.
Comfortable Airflow Harness
The Airflow harness is comprised of ventilating 3D air mesh and Tenba’s Pivot-Fit auto-adjusting straps to ensure a comfortable fit. The hip belt can be used to support the weight of the bag when it is loaded.
Compression Straps Adjust for Oversized Items
By threading the compression straps through the front lash points, the bag can accommodate a large jacket or other oversized items.
Tablet/Laptop Protection
The 12L, 20L and 24L backpacks fit an iPad Mini, full-size iPad and 13-inch laptop respectively.
Versatile Protection for Mirrorless and DSLR Cameras
Solstice backpacks can fit all sizes of mirrorless and DSLR cameras. Both the 12L and 20L packs will fit a camera with an attached 24-70mm 2.8, and the 24L will fit a Pro-size DSLR with an attached 70-200mm 2.8. By removing the dividers, each bag can fit longer Super-telephoto lenses, up to 300mm for the 12L and 20L, and up to 400mm for the 24L.
All-Day Carrying Comfort
Waist belt and adjustable sternum strap allow for easy weight balancing, and 3D air mesh ensures comfort on hot days.
Side pockets fit a tripod or a large water bottle, and they compress flat against the bag when not in use, so they don’t catch on branches and other brush.
WeatherWrap Rain Cover
Included WeatherWrap rain cover adds another layer of protection in wet weather conditions. Removable so it can be washed when needed.
Durability and Weather Resistance
Built with the finest materials and hardware, including water-repellent 210D shadow ripstop and 420D plain-woven nylon, 300g brushed tricot interior, YKK zippers and clips, and heavily-reinforced stitching.
Solstice Backpacks come in three sizes of 12-, 20- and 24-liter capacities, and in both blue/gray and black colorways. They are available to purchase immediately through Tenba Authorized Resellers for suggested retail prices of: 12L $149.95, 20L $169.95 and 24L $199.95.
B&H has the Tenba Solstice Bags either in stock or available for preorder (depends on size/color).
Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 12/11/2017 2:20:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
Santa Rosa, Calif. – For professional videographers who need to know that all of their gear will arrive in good working order, including their tripods, Think Tank Photo has just released the Video Tripod Manager 44 rolling case. This well-cushioned, highly rigid rolling case provides hard case protection with soft case convenience. It is designed to hold cinema-sized tripods, stands, sliders, and/or modifiers up to 40” in height.
The rolling case features robust handles on four sides, so it’s easy to load into a vehicle. It is an ideal travel solution as its rectangular shape stacks easily, saving space. Built tough with the quality Think Tank is known for, this roller’s crush-resistant ABS twinwall reinforcement provides impact protection. Shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions. Protective zipper flap will keep zippers running smoothly after years of use.
  • Included lock and cable secure the main compartment and case to a fixed object
  • Multiple tie-down straps secure tripod, stands or slider when transporting between locations
  • Coffin-style opening gives unencumbered access to gear
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon and ABS Twinwall reinforcement are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Bolster cushions provide support for different sized gear
  • ID plate can be registered on the Think Tank website to help locate a lost or stolen bag
  • Large interior mesh pockets for organizing tools and accessories
  • Adjustable lid straps keep bag open and accessible
  • Rear skid rails and tall wheel housings allow easy vehicle loading
  • Easy-to-clean internal bottom lining for messy shoot locations
  • Clear pocket for documents and easy identification on top panel
  • User-replaceable wheels and hardware
External: All fabric exterior treated with DWR while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance, 1680D ballistic nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, replaceable shock-absorbing wheels, antique plated metal hardware, nylon seatbelt webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Internal: 210D silver-toned nylon, 420HD nylon, closed cell foam, open cell foam bolsters, twinwall stiffened divider, belly-o mesh pockets, 3-ply bonded nylon thread
Exterior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 44.5” H x 12.6” D (32 x 113 x 32 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 9.8” W x 40.2 H x 9.8” D (25 x 102 x 25 cm)
Weight: 17.8 lbs. (8 kg)
Think Tank Photo has the Video Tripod Manager 44 Rolling Case in stock and you'll get a free gift when using our links for your purchase.

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Today’s cameras allow us to capture night skies in a way that was impossible just a few years ago. Yet night photography does not come without its challenges.
In this video, National Parks at Night’s Chris Nicholson discusses topics such as white balance for night skies, shutter speeds for capturing star points, techniques for creating star trails, compositional effects and considerations, how to deal with moonlight and light pollution, post-processing tips and techniques, and more.
Post Date: 12/11/2017 9:39:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony recently released a firmware update for its FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens. See below for details.
From Sony:
This update (version 05) improves the accuracy of the contrast AF at distant shooting, making it easier to focus when the aperture is narrowed down to F11 or higher.
Download: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens Firmware (v.05)
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 12/11/2017 8:48:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The highly-anticipated Sony a7R III is here and I am sharing the 28 steps I took to make it ready for use.

  • Charge battery
  • Install neck strap
  • Download and install Capture One (for Sony) and/or Sony Imaging Edge (unless your current favorite RAW image processing software supports the Sony a9)
  • Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  • Set the timezone, date, time, timeformat
  • insert memory card (don't forget to format it)
  • Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: Quality: RAW
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: RAW File Type: Uncompressed (unless taking advantage of the about-50% smaller RAW file size)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 2: Lens Comp.: All Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 3: Bracket Settings: ->0>+ (makes selecting images for HDR processing easier)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Priority Set in AF-S: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Priority Set in AF-C: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Focus Area: Flexible Spot
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 5: Swt. V/H AF Area: AF Point Only
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 9: Reset EV Comp.: Maintain
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 10: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 12: DRO/Auto HDR: Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 12: Creative Style: Neutral, Sharpness = 1 (I usually process with the Natural creative style in Capture One)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 4: Release w/o Card: Disable
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 6: Grid Line: Rule of 3rds Grid
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 8: Custom Key(Shoot.): Custom Button 1: ISO
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 9: Audio signals: Off (How to turn off the loud and usually-annoying AF beep sound)
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Volume Settings: 3
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Delete confirm: "Delete" first
  • Setup Menu, Tab 2: Touch Operation: On
  • Setup Menu, Tab 5: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On, Set Photographer: {name}, Set Copyright: {name}
  • My Menu: RAW File Type, Long Exposure NR; Px. Shift Multi Shoot.; Focus Mode; Anti-flicker Shoot.; Silent Shooting; Steady Shot; Format;

I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings, you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting.
More Information
Sony a7R III
Get the Sony a7R III at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 12/11/2017 7:38:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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