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 Wednesday, March 13, 2019
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Full-Size Lever-Release Clamp (Condition: 10) available for $399.95 with free shipping. Compare at $489.00 new.
 
This is a fantastic deal on an excellent ball head (review) in great condition. Jump on it before it's gone.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 3.7"
  • 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: 1.96 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.
by Sean Setters
 
During their visit this past weekend, my wife's parents bought us an orchid that now resides on our dining room table. While we often have an orchid around the house, the intriguing pattern on this particular orchid's blooms along with its conspicuous location meant that it wouldn't take me long before I was motivated to drag it into the studio to see what I could do with it.
 
In terms of difficulty, I'd rank orchids in the medium range as far as flowering subjects go. I find flowers with deeper structures to be more difficult to capture in a captivating way, but the unique shapes found in orchid blooms, along with the blooms close proximity to one another, can make them challenging to photograph.
 
So what trait makes an orchid an excellent subject for the budding (pun intended) flower photographer? In a word – longevity.
 
Typically speaking, an orchid will bloom once or twice a year and those blooms will last anywhere from 2-4 months. To put that into perspective, a rose bloom typically lasts only about a week (to be fair, though, some rose plants bloom repeatedly). Even the low end of an orchid's longevity range provides a busy photographer with ample opportunities to photograph the plant before its blooms disappear. In fact, one of the busiest photographers I know often uses orchids in the sample photos of his reviews.
 
For the image atop this post, I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens set to f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO 100. I captured 19 incrementally focused frames using Magic Lantern's Focus Stacking feature (use Magic Lantern at your own risk – the Canon EOS RP has a focus bracketing feature built-in). The lighting was provided by two radio triggered studio lights placed to the left and right of the camera (the right one was behind the subject) with gridded strip boxes.
 
For a larger resolution version of the image, check out my Flickr photostream.
Post Date: 3/13/2019 8:30:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Polsen MO-IPL2 Lavalier Microphone with Lightning Connector & Headphone Jack for iOS Devices available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $59.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Electret Condenser Element
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Tonally Optimized for Speech
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • MFi-Certified Lightning Connector
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack
  • Insulated Cable Inhibits RF Interference
  • Low Handling Noise
  • Windscreen Reduces Wind Noise & Plosives
  • Includes Tie Clip & Carry Pouch
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Genustech 82mm Eclipse ND Fader Filter available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $169.95.
 
The 77mm version is also reduced.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 0.6-2.4 Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Reduce Exposure by 2-8 Stops
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
  • Larger Front Threads Reduce Vignetting
  • Maintains Neutral Color and Clarity
  • Optical Glass Construction
  • Aluminum Filter Ring with Index Markings
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/13/2019 5:58:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Update: The code has been sent to the first site visitor who emailed the site, with several interested parties already in line if the code is not utilized within 24 hours.
 
We recently received a Trade-In Bonus voucher from B&H for up to $500.00 off select Sony gear and we're giving it away to the first person who emails us at info@the-digital-picture.com requesting the code (stipulations apply, see below).
 
The Trade-In Voucher coupon code can be used for any single item listed below (discount varies depending on item purchased):
 
ItemTrade-In
Voucher Value
Sony Alpha a9 (Body)$500.00
Sony Alpha a7R III (Body)$300.00
Sony Alpha a7R II (Body)$200.00
Sony Alpha a7S II (Body)$200.00
Sony Alpha a7 III (Body)$200.00
Sony Alpha a7 III with 28-70mm Lens$200.00
Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM Lens$250.00
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens$250.00
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens$300.00
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens$100.00
Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens$200.00

To qualify for the Trade-In Bonus voucher/coupon code, you must promptly use our B&H link to make your purchase. That's it! If the code is not used within 24 hours after being sent, it'll go to the next person who emailed the site requesting it.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 3/12/2019 2:30:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Adorama has the MindShift Moose Peterson MP-1 V2.0 Three-Compartment Backpack available for $159.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Original 1998 'Moose Ears' design with auto-close compartment flaps protect the interior from dust, spray, wind, etc.
  • Three compartment system allows you to keep lenses attached providing the quickest way to access gear
  • Tuck-away harness system with removable waist belt easily allows you to streamline your bag when loading it in a train, plane or automobile (MP-1 & MP-3 only)
  • Sized for carry-on, allowing you to get the maximum amount of gear on the plane
  • Long glass carrying solution with body attached
  • Tripod/monopod mounting system on side and front
  • Flap guard protects front zippers
  • Seam-sealed rain cover/drop cloth included
  • Highest quality RC Fuse YKK zippers, 600D and 420D nylon construction for long-lasting durability and strength
  • Dual density foam padded shoulder harness, cushioned with air mesh
  • Zippered side pockets fit full-sized flashes (MP-7 only)
  • Includes two removable zippered mesh pouches for accessories
  • Stretch water bottle pocket fits 32 oz. water bottle
  • Internal zippered mesh pockets under each ear flap
  • Zippered top pocket (MP-1 & MP-3 only)
  • Padded handle on top; webbing handle on bottom
  • Padded handle on right side (MP-1 & MP-3 only)
  • Robust zipper pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Adjustable dividers for different camera case configurations
  • ID/business card window slot on top
After putting the Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM through LensRentals MTF tests, Roger Cicala immediately sent a note of congratulations to some of his Sony contacts. Why? As Roger puts it in the LensRentals Blog post:
In the center, that’s the highest MTF I’ve seen on a non-supertelephoto lens. The highest. Let’s put particular emphasis on the purple line, which is 50 lp/mm. That’s a higher frequency than any manufacturer tests (that we know of), appropriate for fine detail on the highest resolution cameras. We would consider an MTF of 0.5 at 50 lp/mm to be very acceptable. This is hugely better, nearly 0.8 in the center. We’ve never seen that kind of resolution before.
 
The MTF drops away from the center, of course, but even at the very edges, the readings are still quite high.
The lens performed so well that Roger decided to test the lens at 100 lp/mm, something they don't usually do unless a lens is designed for 150+ MP sensors.
At 100 lp/mm the Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM has a higher MTF than most excellent primes do at 50 lp / mm. If you don’t speak MTF, basically that means this lens can resolve fine details that would be a blur on excellent lenses.
Roger would go on to say:
...in a couple of years if you are shooting a 90-megapixel camera, this lens will be the one that wrings the most detail out of that sensor. Right now it looks at your 43 megapixels and goes, “that’s cute.”
You can read the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM Lens Preorders
B&H | Adorama | Amazon US |Henry's | Wex Photo Video
Post Date: 3/12/2019 9:43:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For easy portrait lighting, simply find a window without direct sunlight shining through it. In this example, the model is holding a sheer curtain over the window to eliminate background distractions that would otherwise be visible behind her.
 
While it may seem that the ultra-light, compact, extremely affordable Canon EOS RP would not make sense behind the large, heavy, ultra-high-end Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens, this combo worked extremely well together. Servo AF with eye-detection was used for this entire shoot with near-perfect results.
 
Save money on the camera to make the lens more affordable? Save weight in the camera to offset some weight of the lens?
 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/2.0  1/125s
ISO 100
6240 x 4160px
Post Date: 3/12/2019 7:53:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Yesterday, we published two awesome Canon Super Telephoto deals from B&H:
 
Now, Adorama is matching B&H's prices on the lenses mentioned above.
 
Adorama is offering 30,000 reward points on these lens purchases which translates to about $300.00, awarded 35 days post shipment for those enrolled in the VIP360 program.
Post Date: 3/12/2019 7:41:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Pelican iM2620 Storm Trak Case with Padded Dividers (Olive Drab) available for $218.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $274.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • HPX High Performance Resin Case
  • Movable Padded Dividers
  • Dent-resistant and Shatter-resistant
  • Tough, Rugged and Lightweight
  • Airtight and Watertight
  • Press & Pull Latches and Hasps
  • Permanently Attached Vortex Valve
  • Soft-grip, Solid-core Carrying Handle
  • Retractable, Telescoping Handle
  • Built-in Wheels
B&H has the SanDisk 128GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Memory Card (160MB/s) available for $99.99 with free expedited shipping via the "Clip Coupon" feature. Compare at $116.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • Optimized for 4K Video Recording
  • Up to 160MB/s Read Speed
  • Up to 150MB/s Write Speed
  • Compatible with RAW & JPEG Formats
  • Includes RTV Silicone Coating
Through midnight tonight Eastern TIme, B&H has the IDX System Technology 96Wh High-Load V-Mount Batteries with 2-Bay Battery Charger available for $429.00 with free shipping. Regularly $629.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 x 14.4V 96Wh V-Mount Batteries
  • Handles Up to 10A Loads
  • Battery Circuit Protection
  • Two Unregulated D-Tap Accessory Outputs
  • 5-LED Battery Life Indicator, USB Port
  • 2-Channel Sequential Desktop Charger
  • Charger Supports Li-Ion/NiCd Batteries
  • 4-Pin XLR Power Output (36W)
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Westcott Omega Reflector 360 (40") available for $79.90 with free shipping. Regularly $129.90.
 

Product Highlights
 
  • 15-in-1 Reflector
  • Creates a Ring Light Effect
  • Removable 13" Center Reflector Discs
  • Can Shoot Through Center
  • White, Silver, Sunlight Surfaces
  • Black and 1-Stop Diffusion Surfaces
  • Folds Down to Approx. 1/3 Its Open Size
  • Carry Case
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 3/12/2019 5:44:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 11, 2019
B&H has the PNY Technologies 128GB Elite Performance UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card (U3, Class 10) available for $27.99 with free shipping. Regularly $44.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: up to 95 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / Magnet Proof
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
Hot Deal: B&H has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens available for $9,499.00 with free expedited shipping. The 4% reward is significant, valued at $379.96. Compare at $11,499.00.
 
With the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens projected to hit retailer shelves in the not-too-distant future, B&H is slashing the price of the version II model. If you've had your eye on this lens and reduced weight (a notable feature of the version III lens) isn't a priority for you, don't less this deal pass you by.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Two Fluorite & Four Aspherical Elements
  • Sub Wavelength Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Power Focus, Focus Limiter, Focus Preset
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2019 1:28:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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