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 Friday, March 8, 2019
From Sigma:
 
March 8, 2019 – The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to release the SIGMA CINE LENS 28mm T1.5 FF.
 
Sigma 28mm T1.5 FF
 
  • Delivery: March, 2019
  • Lens support foot and lens cap included
  • Mounts: PL, EF and E-mount.
Preorder: Sigma 28mm T1.5 FF Lens – B&H
Post Date: 3/8/2019 6:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following enhancement:
 
  • Support for Camera Control API (CCAPI)* function, for software developers, has been added.
*HTTP-based API for camera control
 
In order to use this function, additional steps are required. Please visit our website.
 
Download: Canon EOS RP Firmware v.1.1.0
 
Want to know more about the Canon EOS RP? Check out our full review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/8/2019 5:26:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Spectra Cine Professional IV-A Digital Exposure Meter available for $279.95 with free shipping. Regularly $439.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Incident, Reflected, Foot-Candles, Lux
  • Range: f/0.35 to f/128 in 1/10th Stops
  • Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 sec - 30 minutes
  • Frame Rates: 2-360
  • Head Rotates 270°
  • Calculates Contrast Ratio and Averaging
  • Backlit Custom LCD Screen
  • Runs on One 6-Volt Battery
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Thursday, March 7, 2019
by Sean Setters
 
With the sun shining, not a cloud in the sky and the local vegetation finally awakening from its wintry slumber, I thought it would be a good time to venture out with my Super Color IR-converted EOS 7D to see what I could find. Not wanting to stray too far from home, I ended up at a nearby defunct dairy farm where – fun fact – they filmed a couple of scenes from the movie Forrest Gump. One of the greatest things about having a camera in your hands is that it feels like a you have passport for exploration, sparking the impulse for embarking on new adventures.
 
Unfortunately, my exploration on this day revealed that the area is not as scenic as it was at the time the movie was filmed. A nearby dike failed many years ago flooding the low-lying areas with salt water, killing many of the trees such as the one above, the catalyst for my spending a few minutes capturing its curvy branches in isolation against a distant background and rich, blue sky. I had originaly planned on desaturating the yellow tones so that the vegetation would appear white (the more traditional IR look I had in mind when setting off from my studio), but doing so resulted in the tree no longer standing out as well, so I instead opted to leave the grass and shrubs yellow after switching the red and blue color channels (more IR image processing in the IR Conversion Review).
 
You can find a higher resolution sample of this image on my Flickr Photostream.
Post Date: 3/7/2019 9:05:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
In addition to the Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens page.
 
Still, this is a very impressive-performing lens.
 
The Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Rent the Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 3/7/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Impact 5-in-1 Collapsible Circular Reflector Disc - 32" available for $18.95. Regularly $38.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • White, Silver, Gold & Silver/Gold Colors
  • One Stop Diffusion Panel
  • Folds to 1/3 Open Size
  • Includes Storage Bag
Post Date: 3/7/2019 6:58:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Dust- and Moisture-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/7/2019 6:53:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, SLR Lounge teams up with B&H to give you 5 long-exposure tips to maximize creativity. From creating silky smooth water effects to capturing subjects under the Milky Way, you’ll learn a handful of techniques that will raise your photography game.
Post Date: 3/7/2019 6:43:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff TVC-24 Mk2 Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Condition: 10) available for $819.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,005.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 40 lb
  • Max Height: 49.4"
  • Min Height: 3.4"
  • Folded Length: 19.1"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.3 lb
  • Twist Locks
  • Bubble Level, Rubber Ball Feet
  • Ratcheting Angle Stops
  • Made in the USA
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
 Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Image quality, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images have been added to the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens page.
 
As we continue to maintain the site's sharpening standard for Canon images, one needs to keep the differences in the results of this setting between cameras in perspective. Here is a Canon EF-M vs. EF 200mm f/2L lens comparison with the L at f/4, an extremely sharp lens and aperture combination. The little 32 is a remarkably sharp lens.
 
The price is quite attractive. The Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX
 
Get a refurbished Canon EOS M5 (or M6) to go behind it for only $448.99.
 
Rent the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/6/2019 8:15:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R with Variable ND Filter in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens to EOS R Camera
  • Maintains AF and Image Stabilization
  • Includes Drop-In Variable ND Filter A
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/6/2019 8:04:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
Years ago, you could expect good reasonable customer service from almost any photography gear manufacturer. Today, however, that isn't necessarily the case. Therefore, we like to draw attention to companies that offer more than just great products, but seem to go above and beyond the competition to support their customers' needs.
 
Today's case in point: Matthews Studio Equipment.
 
Backstory
 
I recently posted an image of a surfer taken at nearby Tybee Island. While I experienced many technical difficulties during that session, one thing I didn't mention was what I noticed as I loading up the car and getting ready to leave. After brushing the sand off the Matthews Maxi Kit Steel Stand I had been using, I placed it in the trunk of my car. As the light stand hit my trunk, sand started pouring out one of the legs. That's when I realized an end cap on one of the light stand's legs was missing. After all of the frustration I had endured throughout the session, I didn't really feel like combing the beach to find my missing end cap. Regardless, back to the beach I went.
 
The rising tide which had been encroaching on our shooting location shortly before packing up had erased the telltale signs of the exact spot where my light stand had been. There was no hope of finding the relatively small plastic end cap, assuming it had been lost on the beach and not somewhere else before I had arrived. I gave up after only a few minutes of aimless searching.
 
Once I arrived home, I immediately put a ring of gaffer tape around the leg that was missing an end cap to alert me of the missing accessory which could result in a scratched surface if the stand were used on certain types of flooring. While doing so prevented me from using the stand on a floor where it may cause damage (wood, tile, etc.), the gaffer tape obviously didn't fix the problem. What I needed was another end cap.
 
My Experience with Matthews Studio Equipment's Customer Service
 
When I called the Matthews Studio Equipment phone number, an operator answered the phone and asked which department I would like to be connected with. First off, an actual operator answering the phone was a refreshing change from the typical automated answering service that I end up screaming at in vain before my call is finished. I told the operator my problem, and she politely said, "You need the parts department. I'll connect you now." Well, that was easy enough. Unfortunately, with Matthews Studio Equipment being in California, it was roughly lunchtime when I called and no one answered. However, the mailbox message requested that I leave my name and phone number and that someone would call me back, which I did.
 
Fast forward to the end of the California workday (5:00pm their time, 8:00pm Eastern Time) and I get a call from Stuart in the Matthews Parts Department. I told him that I needed the end cap for a Matthews Maxi Kit Steel Stand, part #387485 because one of mine was missing. He said, "Ok. I have a few of those right here. What's your email? I'll need you to send me your mailing address."
 
At this point, I'm a bit confused. I realize the plastic end caps for my light stand are probably not an expensive accessory, but I'm wondering when he's going to tell me the price of the items, how much shipping will be and how exactly I will pay for the desired gear. I assume all the details will be in the soon-to-arrive email. A few minutes later, Stuart's email arrived with no subject line and a simple "Hello" in the body, to which I replied with my address and the following:
Just let me know how much I owe you and the preferred method of payment and I'll make it happen.
His reply came the following morning right as the California workday began.
Hello Sean
 
I will mail these out to you today free of charge. No payment needed.
 
Have a good day
Again, I realize these end caps (they sent a set of 3) weren't expensive items. In fact, shipping them to me likely cost as much (if not more) than what a company might typically charge for them. But that's not the point. When you purchase high quality products from a well-known and well-respected manufacturer like Matthews Studio Equipment, you get the type of customer service that their reputation is built upon. Yes, their equipment is priced a little higher than its competitor's products, but you'll likely find dealing with Matthews' customer service to be easier/more pleasant than dealing with the customer service department of a competing (cheaper) brand based in different part of the world. And even if those other brands offer similar customer service, it's highly unlikely that a replacement part coming from – for example, Asia – will arrive as quickly as one coming from California (for USA citizens, at least).
 
My replacement feet arrived a few days later. My light stand is now whole again, and I take comfort in knowing that Matthews Studio Equipment's reputation for excellence and commitment to its customers is well earned.
 
For your light stand and other studio equipment needs, Matthews gear should be at the top of your short list. They'll take care of you.
Adorama has the Refurbished Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon available for $1,329.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,599.00 new.
 
Refurbished products sold by Adorama are manufacturer refurbished (unless specified otherwise) to the original company's specifications and include a 90-day return-to-manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/6/2019 7:48:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the GigaPan EPIC Pro V Robotic Camera Mount available for $649.99 with free shipping. Regularly $995.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supports Video Panning and Time-Lapse
  • Automated Gigapixel Panoramic Images
  • 10 lb Load Capacity
  • 180° Tilt Range
  • 360° Panning Range
  • 2-Axis Diagonal Movement
  • Backlit Menu and Button Navigation
  • Multiple Triggering Options & Bracketing
  • 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Tripod Mounts
  • Includes GigaPan Stitch Software
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/6/2019 7:32:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the ikan Piatto PL90 Accent Light (9") available for $129.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Slim 1" Profile, Fits Almost Anywhere
  • Edge Light Technology for Extra Softness
  • 5,600K Daylight Balance, CRI: 93
  • Sony, Panasonic, Canon Battery Plates
  • Yoke with 5/8" Stand Mount
  • Pre-Attached Gel Clips
  • Readouts for Brightness, Battery Status
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/6/2019 6:13:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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