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 Monday, October 2, 2017
AdoramaPix is bringing back one of their most popular print promotions. Through Oct. 3, you can use coupon code ADOPRT25 at AdoramaPix to save 25% on photo prints.
Post Date: 10/2/2017 7:24:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: B&H has the Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens (review) available for $399.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One LD Element, Two Aspherical Elements
  • eBAND and BBAR Coatings
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • USD AF Motor, Full-Time Manual Focus
  • VC Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Includes SILKYPIX Developer Studio
Post Date: 10/2/2017 7:19:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast Camlux Pro Bi-Color On-Camera Light Kit available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200 to 5600K Variable Output
  • Includes Battery and Charger
  • 95 CRI
  • 160 LEDs with 0 to 100% Dimming
  • Supports Dual L-Type Batteries
Post Date: 10/2/2017 5:29:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sennheiser AVX Camera-Mountable Lavalier Digital Wireless Set (ME2-II Lavalier) available for $399.95 with free shipping. Regularly $699.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • EKP XLR Receiver
  • SK Bodypack Transmitter
  • ME2-II Lavalier Microphone
  • Plug and Record Functionality
  • Automatic Sensitivity Adjustment
  • Receiver Switches On/Off Via 48V
  • AES 256-bit Encryption
  • Metal Housing
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Color Management Solution available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $459.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Camera, Monitor & Projector Profiling
  • RGB & CMYK Printer Profiling
  • Ambient Light Measurement
  • Spot Color Measurement
  • Built-in White Calibration
  • No Cumbersome Accessories
  • DigitalPouch Communication Tool
 Saturday, September 30, 2017
While a 70-200mm lens is seldom my first choice for wildlife photography, it can work quite well if used for tolerant and/or large animals, especially if used on an APS-C format body. In this case, the camera was full frame and the fawn was quite tame.
 
What tame does not directly translate to, however, is still. While the adorable little white-tailed deer fawn had no problem with my presence, it was constantly moving and often moving very fast. I had a fortunate break when it bounded over the small hill above me, stopped and turned its head. I quickly adjusted the AF point selection slightly to the eye and captured a burst in AF-C focus mode.
 
At 200mm f/2.8 with a close subject and relatively distant background, especially on a full frame camera body, the subject pops from the melted background.
 
At 20 fps, I had many images to choose from as this camera can deliver a sometimes-overwhelming number of images. I liked this specific image for a couple of reasons. The first is of course that the eye is in focus, but that wasn't much of an issue while the fawn was stopped. Nice also was the beautifully-blurred, void-of-distractions background with spring colors that attractively contrast the fawn. I also like that that both ears are fully-contained in the frame and that are very few lines of strong contrast leaving the frame is usually an aspect I like. Lines are often an important compositional element and that most lines in this image point in the general direction of the eye (or to another line in that direction) make them "leading".
 
The extremely versatile 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is one of the most important lenses in many kits. Going beyond 200mm with an f/2.8 aperture results in a substantially higher price tag, making the 200mm focal length the longest affordable f/2.8 option for a large number of photographers. Specifically in this case, the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens, though not inexpensive, is currently the best choice for kits based on Sony Alpha cameras.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
200mm  f/2.8  1/1600s
ISO 640
6000 x 4000px
Post Date: 9/30/2017 9:52:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, September 29, 2017
Through October 1, use coupon code EMWD20 at AdoramaPix to save 20% on wood prints.
Post Date: 9/29/2017 9:30:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Versa Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) available in "Open Box" (like new) condition for only $900.00 with free shipping.
 
Act fast! These awesome tripods (review) are normally priced at $1,098.00 (new) and this one will not last long.
 
Need something even more solid? B&H also has a Really Right Stuff TVC-43 Versa Series 4 Carbon Fiber Tripod (100 lb load capacity) in 8+ condition for $999.00. This model sells for $1,315.00 new.
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens page.
 
Notably (and disappointingly) missing are the image quality results. We captured a full set of ISO 12233 test chart images from this lens using three cameras, processed and loaded them into the image quality comparison tool ... and I had a hard time believing what I was seeing. Unfortunately, not for a good reason. The corner image quality looked very bad, worse than I remember seeing in a long time.
 
Closer analysis of the RAW images indicated that all four corners were performing relatively similarly in terms of image quality, but I still have a hard time believing that the results are indicative to how this lens should perform. Therefore, I have taken the results down and await delivery and testing of another copy of the lens.
 
Assuming that the lens indeed has a problem ... while 100% perfection cannot be expected in lenses, most disturbing to me is that we had a similar problem with this lens' predecessor, the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens. As explained in that review, it took two lenses and two repairs (the second repair appeared to be resolved with a replacement) to get a good version of that lens.
 
Big coincidence? Or quality control problem? It is painful to think of the number of hours we have spent testing these bad lenses.
 
The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX (preorder).
 
But, you might want to wait for our second set of tests before making your decision to go with the Tamron G2.
Post Date: 9/29/2017 7:29:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D800E DSLR Camera available for $2,049.95 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 for follow-up model, D810, after $200.00 instant savings.
B&H has a Used Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster Flash Meter (Condition: 9+) available for $469.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $599.00 for follow-up model.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Flash,Ambient,Incident, Reflected Light
  • All-Weather Design
  • Radio Triggering / Includes RT-32CTL Module
  • 14 Custom Settings
  • 1° Spot Measuring
  • Digital Display
  • Pre-Exposure Warning
  • Retractable Lumisphere
  • Analyzing Function
  • With Data Transfer Software

 
From the f64 Academy:
 
So what if I told you there was a second dimension of data in your photos that can help you make the most accurate color correction ever? You probably wouldn't believe me because it is a bold statement and you might not be as into Sci-Fi as I am. However, this other dimension is not in a galaxy far far away as it sounds, it is as simple as inverting your photo to access it.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/29/2017 5:37:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Vello Universal Softbox for Portable Flash (Large) available for $12.95 with free shipping. Regularly $24.95.
 
I keep a similar collapsible softbox in the laptop compartment of my camera bag and it works especially well for macro subjects. If you don't want to permanently affix hook-and-loop fasteners to your flash for mounting and dismounting the softbox, then you'll want to pick up a speed strap as well. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Softens and Diffuses Light
  • Reduces Shadows and Hot Spots
  • Fits Most Portable Flash Units
  • Folds Flat for Easy Storage
Post Date: 9/29/2017 5:13:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 28, 2017

 
GoPro has announced its latest action camera, the GoPro HERO6 Black. Highlights include:
 
  • Supports 4K60, 2.7K120, 1080p240 Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Improved image stabilization
  • Ultra-Wide-Angle Glass Lens
  • Waterproof to 33'
  • Voice Control
  • Rear Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi for Remote Monitoring and Control
  • Interval Capture for Time-Lapse
  • Linear Video Mode Corrects Distortion
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
B&H has the GoPro HERO6 Black in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Besides the HERO6 Black, GoPro also announced Fusion, an action camera capable of capturing 360-video.
 

While Fusion is arguably the more exciting GoPro announcement today, it isn't available for purchase (or preorder) at authorized retailers just yet.
Category: GoPro News
Post Date: 9/28/2017 12:47:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp (Open Box) available for $500.00 with free shipping. Compare at $640.00 new.
 
Note: These RRS BH-55 deals have been disappearing quickly. If you're interested in picking this item up, don't hesitate to add it to your cart!
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 50 lb Load Capacity
  • Max Height: 4.6"
  • 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: 2.3 lb
  • Accepts Optional Arca-Type Plates
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