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 Thursday, May 23, 2019
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF
 
This firmware corrects the phenomenon whereby it does not reflect the changes set by custom mode on SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK and applicable product listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro. Before updating the firmware using the SIGMA USB DOCK, please ensure to update SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver.1.5.0 or later.
 
Benefit of the update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby it does not reflect the changes set by custom mode on SIGMA Optimization Pro.
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 


SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E / EF-E
 
This firmware makes the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 compatible with the latest firmware of SIGMA interchangeable lenses, and improves the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro by connecting it to a computer using the supplied USB Cable. Before updating the SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver.1.5.0 or later.
 
Before attaching the updated SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 to the camera body, please remove the battery pack from the camera and put it back in again.
 
SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 SA-E
 
Benefit of the update
 
  • It has improved the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for SIGMA.
* For customers who own the SONY a9, please update the firmware of the camera to Ver.5.00 or later.
 
SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 EF-E
 
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON EF mount, that has the latest firmware Ver.2.01.
  • It has improved the AF speed when it is used in combination with the SONY a9 or SONY a7 III and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for CANON EF mount.
* For customers who own the SONY a9, please update the firmware of the camera to Ver.5.00 or later.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 


SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 for CANON and NIKON
 
This firmware makes the SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 compatible with the full-frame mirrorless cameras released by Canon Inc. and Nikon Inc..
 
For customers who own the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for CANON and NIKON and applicable products listed below, please update the firmware via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 for CANON
 
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the EOS R and EOS RP mirrorless cameras.
* To update the firmware, the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for CANON mount which is updated to Ver.1.01 is required.
 
SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 for NIKON
 
Benefits of the update
 
  • It has become compatible with the Z7 and Z6 mirrorless cameras.
  • It has corrected the phenomenon whereby it shows overexposure on the slave side when it is used for wireless shooting.
* To update the firmware, the SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 for NIKON mount which is updated to Ver.1.01 is required.
 
Before updating the SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to Ver.1.5.0 or later from the download page below. The firmware update will take approximately 3 minutes to complete.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro Download page
 
 Wednesday, May 22, 2019
B&H has the DJI Osmo Action 4K Camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor, Wide f/2.8 Lens
  • Up to 4K60 Video, 12MP Still Photos
  • Up to 3200 ISO, HDR Support
  • Wide Dynamic Range in 4K30
  • RockSteady Digital Video Stabilization
  • Time-Lapse, Hyperlapse, Slow-Motion Mode
  • Waterproof to 36' without a Housing
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Support
  • Touchscreen Displays on Front and Back
  • Records to microSD/SDXC/SDHC Cards
Post Date: 5/22/2019 7:39:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lastolite:
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ - MAY 21, 2019 - The Lastolite Panoramic Background is a collapsible 13’ (4m) wide, 7’5” (2.3m) high background that folds down neatly into its own carry case and fits easily into a car. Weighing only 19.8lb (9kg), it’s ideal for busy image-makers on the move. The background is completely self-supporting and can be set up in minutes. The structure comprises three individual aluminum framed sections, connected together with a hinge clip to allow the background to be set up flat to lean against a wall or with the side frames folded in to create a wraparound effect. The Chroma Key Blue cover simply clips to the aluminum frame and creates a taught, seamless surface.
 
The background is ideal for live stream and post-production keying projects. Its impressive 13' width creates enough working area for multiple camera angles and subjects. Although the brushed fabric is incredibly non-reflective, the height and width combined is enough to place the subject(s) at a good working distance from the background eliminating risk of any color spill from the Chroma Key Blue surface.
 
Whether you are shooting a single person, a larger group or even products, the Lastolite Panoramic Background offers ultimate versatility. The wider format allows the image-maker to introduce props and accommodate animated poses from the likes of dancers or athletes. The Chroma Key Blue now sits alongside the highly successful Chroma Key Green, Black, White, Granite and Limestone versions.
 
All models are available at select Authorized Lastolite Dealers.
 
B&H has the Panoramic Background 13' Chroma Key Blue available for preorder and the other Lastolite Panoramic Backgrounds in stock.
Category: Lastolite News
Post Date: 5/22/2019 7:13:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the following [quietly introduced] Lowepro products available for preorder with free expedited shipping:
 
Lowepro Photo Active BP Backpack Highlights
 
  • Holds DSLR, Mirrorless, or Video Gear
  • For Travel and Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • Ripstop Nylon & High-Abrasion Polyester
  • 3 Easy-Access Entry Points
  • Top Compartment for Personal Gear
  • Configurable QuickShelf Divider System
  • CradleFit for Laptop/Tablet or Hydration
  • Side Pockets for Bottle & Compact Tripod
  • IP-6/7 Rated DryZone & AW Cover
  • Ventilated ActivZone Back Panel
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 5/22/2019 6:59:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Apple announced new 13.3" and 15.4" MacBook Pro models today. B&H has an overview of the new systems here.
 
B&H is accepting preorders for the new Macs.
 
If you don't need the latest models, save up to $800 on the mid-2018 Macbook Pro models.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 9:31:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Via KickStarter, Peak Design has introduced a unique, ultra-compactable travel tripod.
 
From Peak Design:
 
Peak Design Unveils The Next Generation of Camera Tripods
 
New Travel Tripod Promises to Redefine Product Category for Years to Come
 
San Francisco, CA (May, 2019) – After multiple award-winning bag releases, Peak Design, the worldwide leader in crowdfunding and everyday carry solutions, is proud to disrupt yet another product category—the camera tripod. More than four years in the making, Peak Design’s newest release, Travel Tripod, is a ground-up reexamination of camera tripod design to produce the world’s most portable, packable, and easy-to-setup tripod for professionals and first-time tripod owners alike.
 
Peak Design directly addressed their biggest rub about traditional tripods: spatial inefficiency and unnecessary bulk. Peak Design’s goal was to eliminate the dead space within a tripod, an ever-present inefficiency that often doubles or triples the effective diameter of a packed tripod. Peak Design engineers reworked Travel Tripod’s legs and center column to nest perfectly together in order to achieve a total packed diameter of just 3.25 inches—roughly the diameter of a water bottle. The result is a tripod that deploys to 60 inches tall while taking up less than half the volume of its competitors.
 
“During my travels in 2008 I began wondering why on Earth my tripod was so big. The thing was full of negative space and knobs, and I felt like something designed for portability could do much better,” commented Peak Design CEO, Peter Dering. “I quickly realized that anything short of a complete design overhaul would fail to meet my criteria of the perfect travel tripod. It took years of development but the outcome is a camera tripod that seamlessly integrates into all aspects of travel and adventure.”
 
Travel Tripod is among the quickest-to-deploy and most intuitive to use tripods on the market. Peak Design developed a system of non-inverted legs that rapidly deploy along an aligned system of locking cam levers. With three swift hand movements, the legs can be fully extended and ready for action.
 
Peak Design also optimized the Travel Tripod ball head to operate more fluidly than traditional tripod heads while still prioritizing spatial efficiency. Travel Tripod eliminates bulky and confusing knobs with a single adjustment ring for simple and smooth 360-degree adjustment. Peak Design’s proprietary quick-release plate technology facilitates lightning-fast camera attachment—easily accommodating a full frame DSLR with telephoto lens—and is compatible with Peak Design carrying equipment and with Arca Swiss tripod dimensions. Furthermore, Travel Tripod’s ball head measures just 3.25 inches in diameter, keeping it aligned with the packed profile of the tripod’s legs for exceptionally compact carry.
 
In addition to a thorough rethinking of a tripod's architecture and user interface, carefully considered material choices and construction techniques provide the stability and vibration dampening demanded by avid photographers. A builtin universal phone mount, bubble-level, hook for counterweights, and included soft case round out a packed feature list that fans of Peak Design have come to expect.
 
Available both in carbon fiber and aluminum legs (MSRP: $599.95 // $349.95) the Travel Tripod will launch on KickStarter (peakdesign.com/ks) for a pre-sale discount beginning May 21, 2019. The tripod will then be available for purchase online at peakdesign.com and through major retailers in time for the 2019 holiday season.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 8:42:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to Image quality test results, vignetting, flare, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images are now available on the Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens page.
 
Note that the product images are cropped hard due to my choice to keep them in the smaller lens comparison format where this lens can be compared to the 100-400mm lens class and others.
 
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.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 7:34:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Watch as Julieanne Kost demonstrates three methods for altering specific colors in Photoshop CC.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/21/2019 6:48:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 20, 2019
Just posted: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens Review.
 
Do you want an f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization in a full-frame ultra-wide-angle focal length lens? This lens and its predecessor are still your only options.
 
The Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
 
Rent the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 5/20/2019 7:14:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, May 18, 2019
In the recent On the Ledge at R. B. Ricketts Falls in Ricketts Glen State Park post, I mentioned that my camera rain cover failed, allowing the camera and lens to get wet. The link associated with the camera rain cover was to the LensCoat RainCoat review. That is the rain cover brand I should have been using, but not the one that failed. The inadequate rain cover was an inexpensive model I was evaluating. Sorry for any confusion!
Post Date: 5/18/2019 1:27:34 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 17, 2019
The timing was perfect for a visit to Ricketts Glen State Park. The new beech tree leaves were coming out with their light spring green color looking great. It had rained a significant amount the prior day and the forecast was for rain all of this day.
 
Waterfalls, of course, thrive on rain, rain saturates the landscape, rain requires clouds and clouds ensure even lighting, and also helpful is that rain keeps the (smarter?) potential park visitors at home and out of images. On this day, I had the Falls Trails completely to myself until I was hiking out near dark.
 
Rain also makes photography a bit more challenging. I was wearing Gore-Tex clothing (boots, pants, and jacket) that kept me completely dry. At least dry until I overheated a bit while hiking up out of the canyon at a fast pace with quick-drying clothing resolving that problem quickly after I was back in the car. I carried a large umbrella to work under (awkward but very helpful) and had a microfiber cloth readily available to wipe water drops from the front of the lens. When shooting waterfalls, a microfiber cloth is often needed regardless of the rain situation. Note that nano-coated filters are easy to keep clean and easily worth their additional cost on days like these. The camera and lens were in an inexpensive rain cover that I was evaluating and that is now on the to-replace list as it was not "waterproof", leaving the camera and lens wet enough that a towel was needed (get a LensCoat RainCoat). This is an example of when weather sealing can save the day.
 
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens were the only camera and lens that came out of my BackLight 26L on this day. It was the perfect combination for this image and all of the others I wanted. Also in the backpack was an EOS R and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens. The BackLight's rear access meant that cameras could be swapped without setting the backpack down on the very wet ground and without taking the rain cover off.
 
I've mentioned that I rely on my tripod for personal support at times and this was one of those. Working up onto this ledge over wet rocks was not easy and a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Carbon Fiber Tripod saved me from a serious fall when my footing broke loose. The ledge position meant that the lower tripod legs were planted rather far below me, making every inch of the "Long" length of this tripod very useful. Saving my images by cutting reflections and increasing saturation was a Breakthrough Photography circular polarizer filter. Had I forgotten this filter, I would probably have just turned around and gone home.
 
Overall, it was a great day in Ricketts Glenn SP. I'll likely be sharing more of the images captured on this day at some point.
 
With 24 named waterfalls, including some of the most photogenic falls around, Ricketts Glen State Park is waterfall photography heaven. I spent over 45 minutes capturing a variety of compositions of this falls alone and finally forced myself to move on, leaving some options for another day. If you are interested in photographing with me here, I need to know. This will likely be the destination for an upcoming waterfall photography workshop!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 5/17/2019 8:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon USA:
 
The Nikon Z 6 Filmmakers' Kit "Test Drive" Rental Program Provides the Opportunity to Create Your Own Contest Entry and Discover Why Everyone is Talking About the Incredibly Capable Z 6
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the “Follow Your Passion” video contest, which encourages content creators across the United States to capture their passion using a Nikon Z series mirrorless camera. Entrants can submit a short film for a chance to win a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit and up to $25,000 in prize money.
 
To enter, users are invited to submit a video project from 3 to 5 minutes in length, captured with a Nikon Z 6 or Z 7, showcasing their passion through filmmaking. Interested participants can submit videos starting on Wednesday, May 15 through Saturday, August 31, 2019.
 
Nikon is also giving users the chance to discover why the Nikon Z series is a new star in small-footprint productions with the Nikon “Test Drive” Program. This Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit rental program, available at approximately 138 retailer locations nationwide, will provide more creators with the opportunity to experience first-hand what the Nikon Z series is capable of. Through this program, consumers can rent a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit from a participating retailer for up to $99.95* for three days or up to $149.95* for one-week. This program offers an extremely cost-effective way for consumers to capture their contest submission, or simply to explore their passion for filmmaking. Additional information, including a list of participating retailers can be found at www.nikonusa.com/ztestdrive.
 
“Whether you’re a seasoned filmmaker, an aspiring creator, or a stills shooter eager to explore the world of video, this is the contest that will give you a chance to follow your passion, share it with the world and potentially be rewarded for your work,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon Z series offers an extensive video feature set that opens up a world of possibilities for filmmakers; and with the Test Drive program, Nikon makes it easy to explore those possibilities.”
 
The first, second and third place winners of the Nikon “Follow Your Passion” Z series video contest will each receive a Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit worth approximately $4,000. Additionally, the first and second place winners will take home $25,000 and $10,000 in prize money, respectively.
 
Full contest details, including rules can be found by visiting www.followyourpassion.com.
 
The Nikon Z for Video Capture
 
The versatile Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras are ideal for content creators who are serious about filmmaking. Both Z series cameras capture full-frame 4K Ultra HD video and come equipped with fast hybrid AF systems, 5-axis in-body image stabilization and Nikon-designed FX-format BSI CMOS image sensors that deliver outstanding image quality and powerful video performance. These cameras also offer advanced features for videographers, including focus peaking, time-code, 10-bit output with N-Log via HDMI, along with stellar sharpness, low-light ability and dynamic range.
 
The Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit pairs the powerfully cinematic Z 6 with a NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens, Mount Adapter FTZ, MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer, RODE VideoMic Pro+ Microphone, Atomos Ninja V 4K Recording Monitor and more, allowing users to unlock the camera’s full video potential.
 
B&H carries the Nikon Z 6 Filmmaker’s Kit.
B&H has the KITE OPTICS Viato Tripod Backpack in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Here's a short video demonstrating how the backpack works:
 

Product Highlights
 
  • Hold Folded or Deployed Tripod & Camera
  • Use with Cameras, Lenses, and Binoculars
  • Padded with a Waterproof Bottom
  • Zippered Storage Areas
  • Added Weight Helps Stabilize Tripod
  • Hatch Openings with Magnets
  • Adjustable Padded Shoulder Straps
Post Date: 5/17/2019 6:19:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 16, 2019
From Nikon:
 
Technical Service Advisory for users of the Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless cameras
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
It has come to our attention that the vibration reduction (VR) function built into some Z 7 and Z 6 mirrorless cameras does not achieve its full potential. We will repair affected cameras free of charge.
 
Identifying affected products
 
To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, click Affected Product Serial Numbers below and enter the serial number for your Z 7 or Z 6 as instructed.
 
Your camera's serial number will be checked against those of affected products. If your camera is one of those affected, instructions for requesting repairs will be displayed. If your camera is not one of those to which this issue applies, rest assured that repairs to your camera are not necessary and you may continue using your camera without further concern for this issue.
 
Z7 Affected Product Serial Numbers
Z6 Affected Product Serial Numbers
 
Nikon Z 7 Z 6 Serial Number Location

Open the camera's monitor to locate the product serial number. It is the 7-digit number printed on a label affixed to the camera body as indicated by the red frame in the image above (the Z 6 is represented in the image).
 
Resolution
 
Please contact your nearest Nikon service center if you own a Nikon Z 7 or Z 6 affected by this issue. They will keep your camera, inspect it, and re-adjust or replace components as needed free of charge, even if the camera's warranty has expired or is not valid in your region.
 
Requesting corrective servicing
 
Please direct enquiries regarding this matter to your nearest Nikon Service Centre or create a Free Service Returns Request. Nikon Service Centre’s will usually serve customers within 1-2 weeks after receiving products for servicing. For details we recommend you contact your local Service Centre.
 
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.
 
Nikon will continue to take all possible measures to prevent issues like this from happening again.
 
Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/16/2019 7:38:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Capture NX-D v.1.5.3
 
Changes from Version 1.5.2 to 1.5.3
 
  • Added support for the COOLPIX W150.
  • Added support for Z 7 firmware version 2.00 and Z 6 firmware version 2.00.
Download: Capture NX-D v.1.5.3
 


ViewNX-i v.1.3.3
 
Changes from Version 1.3.2 to Version 1.3.3
 
  • Added support for the COOLPIX W150.
  • Added support for Z 7 firmware version 2.00 and Z 6 firmware version 2.00.
  • Adjusted the width of the lines for the focus point frames.
Download: Nikon ViewNX-i v.1.3.3
 


Camera Control Pro 2 v.2.28.2
 
Changes from Version 2.28.0 to 2.28.2
 
  • Added support for Z 7 firmware version 2.00 and Z 6 firmware version 2.00.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the camera and the LCD display area in Camera Control Pro 2 showing different statuses for exposure lock if AE Lock only was deselected in Camera Control Pro 2 while exposure lock engaged on the Z 7 or Z 6 under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in Camera Control Pro 2 and the camera showing different options for white balance if the user switched from Programmed Auto to another exposure mode while Enable Controls on Camera Body was disabled.
Download: Camera Control Pro 2 v.2.28.2
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Z 6 / Z 7 Firmware v.2.00 Changes
 
  • Added eye-detection AF for use when taking photographs. To enable eye-detection AF, select:
    • AF-S or AF-C for Focus mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • Auto-area AF for AF-area mode in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU
    • Face and eye detection on for Custom Setting a4 (Auto-area AF face/eye detection) in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU
  • Improved autofocus performance for photos and movies shot under low light: -3.5 – 19 EV (low light autofocus -6 – 19 EV) [Z 6] / -2 – 19 EV (low light autofocus -4 – 19 EV) [Z 7], measured in photo mode with single-servo AF (AF-S) at ISO 100 and 20°C with an f/2 lens.
  • The following improvements have been made to the Continuous H (extended) option for Release mode:
    • Not only focus but now also exposure will respond to changes in the subject during shooting
    • The burst shooting display after the memory buffer fills is now easier to read
  • Reduced the length of time the display turns off (the blackout period) when pictures are taken with On or On (monitor only) selected for Image review in the PLAYBACK MENU.
  • Item d5 in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU, formerly Electronic front-curtain shutter, has been renamed Shutter type and offers a choice of Auto, Mechanical shutter, and Electronic front-curtain shutter. If Auto is selected, the camera will automatically choose a shutter type according to shutter speed.
  • Changed the color the focus point turns when the AF-ON button is pressed or the shutter-release button is pressed halfway with Auto-area AF selected and face detection or target tracking active.
  • Edited and revised help text.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • The camera would stop responding if certain operations were performed while HDMI output was in progress with 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD) selected for frame size.
    • The value selected for maximum sensitivity would sometimes be exceeded during movie recording in mode M with On selected for Auto ISO control (mode M) if Active D-Lighting was enabled.
    • The display would sometimes briefly behave unexpectedly in movie mode before or during recording. [Z 7]
    • The items in My Menu would sometimes not display correctly.
Download: Nikon Z 6 Firmware v.2.00 | Nikon Z 7 Firmware v.2.00
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/16/2019 6:50:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 15, 2019
This is the application you've been waiting for! No, it is not April Fools Day. Now you can wear pictures of the grandkids on each finger!
 
From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, NY, May 14, 2019 – Look down – how are your nails looking? Is it time for a new set? No problem – Canon has you covered! Eliminating the need to visit your local nail salon, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, introduces printable nail stickers for select PIXMA series printers. Now, you can refresh your manicure in the comfort of your own home.
 
With a quick download of the Canon Nail Sticker Creator App*, users of compatible iPad®, iPhone® and Android™ mobile devices, and Canon PIXMA TS9521C, PIXMA TS9520, PIXMA TS8220 and PIXMA TS702 Printers can select from an assortment of 200 designs and have access to newly uploaded designs four times per year, or create their own nail art** within the app. When using the Canon Printable Nail Sticker sheets, the nail sticker design of choice will print onto a precut sheet of stickers placed on the printer’s multipurpose tray, and can be peeled off and adhered to the user’s nails. After a quick filing of the edges and application of a top coat to seal the design(s) – the mani is complete!
 
"With the launch of printable nail stickers, we are excited to provide our customers with another reason to expand their printing needs and let their creative expression flourish right on their fingertips,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
The new Canon Printable Nail Sticker sheets (twelve stickers per sheet) are available two per pack and initially, will be available exclusively on the Canon Online Store for $12.99 per pack***. For more information and the full list of product specifications, visit https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/glossy-paper.
 
 
Even if the nail stickers are not your thing, you might find the 1/2-priced Canon Photo Paper interesting.
From Profoto:
 
We are never fully satisfied with the products we make. We always strive to take steps forward, whether they be baby-steps or strides. That is why we not only will create ground-breaking products, but we'll also continually evaluate and improve those products, as we have done with the launch of Profoto A1X, the A1’s new and improved sibling. It has a little more of everything that made its predecessor a success. An even more powerful battery, faster recycling and Sony compatibility are some of the 30+ updates that we have made to the product. Or put in other words – more when it matters.
 
Because in photography, there are no second chances. An image might present itself for a second, and then it's gone, so you can't afford to be fiddling with batteries or waiting for the flash to recharge - you've got to be ready. That's why the new Profoto A1X has up to 450 full power pops per charge, and lightning-fast one-second recharge time, so you'll never miss a shot.
 
The light in the image will always be natural and beautiful thanks to the innovative round head with its soft and gentle fall-off.
 
Allowing you even more creative freedom, the A1X features a magnetic click-on mount for light shaping tools; there are six tools available that can be used individually or in combination with one another.
 
And for more flexibility still, there's a flicker-free modelling light built-in to the head, so you can see exactly what you're going to capture before you press the shutter; which is especially useful when operating off-camera or in low light situations.
 
The Profoto A1X features a 20-channel Air Remote with HSS and AirTTL so you'll always get beautiful and professional images fast. And with the increased number of channels, you can be sure you won’t be interrupted at busy events or important moments.
 
Use TTL mode, and it's essentially point-and-shoot, the sensor will calculate the correct exposure for you. However, switch it over to manual, and you can then fine-tune that exposure to create exactly the look and feel you want.
 
Ease of use has always been at the heart of every Profoto product, and the A1X is no exception. The large, high-resolution display is incredibly easy to navigate with big, super-legible numbers. The way we see it, the less time you spend messing about with menu's, the more time you can spend doing what you love – creating images.
 
And whether you're a Sony, Canon or Nikon shooter, all the light shaping possibilities of the Profoto A1X are yours to enjoy.
 
Whether it's the natural and beautiful light it provides, the easy to navigate and intuitive display or superior battery life and recycling time - with the Profoto A1X there's more when it matters.
 
Because let's face it - it always matters.
 
Features
 
  • Bespoke versions for Sony, Canon and Nikon
  • 20-channels Air Remote
  • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off
  • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast
  • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1X Light Shaping Tools
  • 6 dedicated A1X Light Shaping Tools available
  • Integrated flicker-free modelling light.
  • Built-in Air Remote TTL.
  • Rechargeable and replaceable Li-Ion battery.
  • 1.0s recycling time.
  • TTL/MAN switch.
  • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
  • Auto focus (AF) assist.
  • Large Hi-Res display.
Specifications
 
  • Height 10.8 cm (4.25 in)
  • Full length: 16.5 cm (6,37 in)
  • Width: 7.5 cm (2,95 in)
  • Weight: 560 g (1.2 Ibs) including battery
The Profoto A1X is in stock at B&H and Adorama.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 5/15/2019 7:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
New features and enhancements in the May 2019 (version 8.3) release of Lightroom Classic
 
Flat-Field Correction
 
You can now reduce shading, or lens cast, from your digital photos using the Flat-Field Correction feature. Shading can occur from a variety of different lenses and can result in both asymmetrical vignettes as well as color casts introduced by certain lens characteristics.
 
Flat-Field Correction is available in the Library module. To apply the correction, select all your photos in a natural interleaved order and choose Lightroom > Library > Flat-Field Correction.
 
For detailed information, see Flat-Field Correction.
 
New Texture slider
 
You can now smoothen or accentuate details such as skin, bark, and hair with the new Texture slider. You can adjust the Texture slider negatively to smooth skin and retain fine pore details to ensure natural-looking skin. You can increase the Texture amount to accentuate details such as bark or hair without affecting less detailed areas, like the out of focus areas in a photograph. Adjusting the Texture slider does not change the color or tonality in your photograph.
 
You can apply texture to your photos both as a global adjustment and to specific parts of the photo as a local adjustment. To apply texture, select a photo and switch to the Develop module.
 
Support for new cameras and lenses
 
Latest cameras added in May 2019
 
  • Canon EOS 250D (EOS Rebel SL3, EOS 200D II, EOS Kiss X10)
  • Google Pixel 3 Front Standard Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 Front Wide Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 XL Front Standard Camera
  • Google Pixel 3 XL Front Wide Camera
  • HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Front Camera
  • HMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Rear Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Front Standard Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Rear Main Camera
  • LG V40 ThinQ Rear Wide Camera
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-G99 (DC-G90, DC-G91, DC-G95)
  • RICOH GR III
  • RICOH THETA Z1
  • Sony RX0 II (DSC-RX0M2)
Latest lenses added in May 2019
 
ManufacturerLensLens mount
CanonCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USMCanon
CanonCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM +1.4x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM +2x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USMCanon
CanonCanon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM +1.4x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM +2x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USMCanon
CanonCanon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM +1.4x IIICanon
CanonCanon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM +2x IIICanon
HMDHMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Front CameraHMD
HMDHMD Global Nokia 9 PureView Rear CameraHMD
LGLG V40 ThinQ Front Standard CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Front Wide CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Rear Main CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Rear Telephoto CameraLGE
LGLG V40 ThinQ Rear Wide CameraLGE
PENTAXHD PENTAX-DA 11-18mm F2.8ED DC AWPentax K
PENTAXHD PENTAX-FA 35mm F2Pentax K
RicohRicoh GR III 18.3mm f/2.8Ricoh GR
SIGMASIGMA 28mm F1.4 DG HSM A019Canon, Nikon F, SIGMA, Sony FE
SIGMASIGMA 28mm T1.5 FF HIGH-SPEED PRIMECanon
SIGMASIGMA 40mm F1.4 DG HSM A018Nikon F, SIGMA, Sony FE
SIGMASIGMA 40mm T1.5 FF HIGH-SPEED PRIMECanon
SIGMASIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM S018Nikon F
SIGMASIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S018Canon, Nikon F, SIGMA
SonySony FE 135mm F1.8 GMSony FE
TokinaTokina FiRIN 20mm F2 FE AFSony FE
TokinaTokina opera 16-28 mm F2.8 FFCanon, Nikon F
TokinaTokina opera 50mm F1.4 FFCanon, Nikon F

 
Other enhancements
 
Import photos from devices using the Files section
 
When you import photos from storage devices, such as SD card and CF card, the photos are now selected from the Import grid’s Files section by default. In previous versions, it used to be from the Device section.
 
Importing from the Files section is more performant. The Files section selects the DCIM folder of the storage device where the camera saves images. If you want to select any other folder, you can do so.
 
Improved performance of Auto setting
 
Experience performance improvements when you apply Auto settings. In the Develop module, the Auto option is located next to Tone in the Basic panel.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/15/2019 6:27:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 14, 2019

 
From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
 
The COOPH team wanted to bring their images to life, so we have created this video to show you exactly how we did it – using some epic Cinemagraph ideas that anyone can try! Cinemagraphs are still essentially photographs in which a small and repetitive movement is shown. They are super cool, easy to make and are sure to make your future social media posts stand out from the crowd! So, take a look at these six tips and try them out for yourself!
 
Note: For the mirror reflection portrait, I can't help but think the cinemagraph might have been more interesting if the focus had been on the subject rather than the subject's reflection. What do you think? [Sean]
Post Date: 5/14/2019 7:42:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, Benjamin Warde demonstrates how to reorder the Develop Module's edit controls in Lightroom CC Classic.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/14/2019 7:30:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 13, 2019
From the Adobe Blog:
 
A Creative Cloud subscription offers numerous benefits, including frequent product updates with new features and capabilities, critical bug fixes and important security updates. We recommend all customers use the latest release of Creative Cloud for optimal performance and benefits.
 
Please note that going forward, Creative Cloud customers will only have direct download access (from the Creative Cloud Desktop app and Adobe.com) to the two most recent major versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications.*
 
Focusing our efforts on the latest two major releases of Creative Cloud applications, which the vast majority of Adobe customers are already using, will further enable us to develop the features and functionality most requested by customers and ensure peak performance and benefits across Windows and Mac operating systems. Business customers in need of an older version of a Creative Cloud application should contact their IT Administrator to see if one is available.
 
*Exception: Only the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat is available for download.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 5/13/2019 7:52:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Really Right Stuff TFC/TVC-24/24L Mk2 Tripod Review.
 
This is my second-most-used tripod with only the Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Mk2 Tripod being used more frequently. These two tripods are practically the same except for a smaller and lighter frame, a lower weight capacity, and a lower price. Thus, a majority of the reviews are shared.
 
The Really Right Stuff TFC/TVC-24/24L Mk2 Tripod is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 5/13/2019 7:19:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, May 10, 2019
From Sigma:
 
Shop Mother’s Day savings on an array of Sigma Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses and its Mount Converter MC-11 for Sony shooters
 
Ronkonkoma, NY – May 9, 2019 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special promotion, offering incredible savings on 11 Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses and its Mount Converter. Renowned for its uncompromising performance, Sigma’s Art and Contemporary lenses and Mount Converter help the family storyteller capture the magic moments. Sigma Ambassador, Meg Loeks, comments on the artistry and significance in the every day, “I can't emphasize enough how important it is to document my family's story. The little things really are the big things and capturing these every day moments is easy with my Sigma lenses. My go-to favorite, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art lens, captures the emotion and depth of these passing moments in a way smart phones are not capable of. I can effortlessly document our days while being present and close to my children, enjoying moments that unfold before me.” Through May 20th, 2019, shoppers can save up to $150.00 USD on some of Sigma’s magic-making lenses. Shop the Sigma Mother’s Day Sale Now.
 
Sigma Mother’s Day Promotion Details
 
ItemInstant
Rebate
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma Mount Converter MC-11$100.00
Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art$100.00
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary$150.00
Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00
Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary$50.00

Post Date: 5/10/2019 7:35:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Most photography has with one thing in common... all the photos are taken at eye height. But if you want to give your portraits a new look consider mixing up your shooting height.
 
In this video Gavin Hoey shows you how getting down low or higher up then your model can radically change the look and emphasis of a portrait. Low level shots can change the background and emphasize the foreground and high shots can be framed to completely remove the background that you see when shooting at eye height.
 
After Gavin has shared his shooting tips he goes on to try out all three shooting heights while taking portraits in a field of flowers.
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:59:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Europe:
 
Watch wedding photographer and Canon ambassador Félicia Sisco, as she talks about shooting bridal portraits with the newly-released Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM lens. What does she look for in the perfect prime for portraits? One of Félicia’s secrets to getting a flattering look in her images is shooting at her favourite focal length, 85mm. "With an 85mm lens, I can do everything, close-up portraits and full-length shots". She enjoys the versatility to shoot both unposed, spontaneous images and editorial style setups make her appealing to brides-to-be. Félicia likes to shoot with fast shutter speeds, ideally around 1/2000 sec, so in lower light increases the ISO setting to compensate. “Every little girl looks in the mirror and wants to look beautiful, and on the wedding day, in her bridal dress, her dreams come true..."
 
Canon RF 85mm F1.2 L USM Lens Preorders: B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | Wex
Post Date: 5/10/2019 6:32:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 9, 2019
Post Date: 5/9/2019 8:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has released its 2019 financial results for the fiscal year ending today, May 9, 2019. The presentation material shows that Nikon's Imaging Business revenue suffered a 17.9% decline year-over-year.
 
Other notes from the Imaging Business section of the presentation material:
 
Revenue: ¥64.6B down YoY
 
  • ASP was buoyed by new product launch including full-frame ML cameras
  • The sales volume and revenue of fullframe cameras grew two years in a row
  • The sales of interchangeable lens type cameras and interchangeable lenses did not reach the plan in the continuing severe condition in Q4: ¥8.9B short of the forecast
Operating Profit: ¥8.2B down YoY
 
  • OP for FY18/3 and FY19/3 was ¥36.0B and ¥22.6B, respectively, if excluding restructuring relevant expenses
  • Revenue/profit reduction and the initial development cost increase pushed down the OP by ¥3.0B from the forecast
Financial Results and Presentation Material
 
Related Information
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2019 7:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon D850 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.03 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
Download: Nikon D850 Firmware v. 1.10
 


Nikon D7500 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.01 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • If the mode dial was rotated from P to U1 and then back to P, ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for U1.
    • Repeatedly pressing the zoom in and zoom out buttons during movie live view would cause unexpected behavior when 3840x2160; 30p was selected for Frame size/frame rate in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU
Download: Nikon D7500 Firmware v.1.10
 


Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.03 to 1.10
 
  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    • SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • If the mode dial was rotated from P to U1 and then back to P, ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for U1.
    • Touch Fn would sometimes not be available.
Download: Nikon D5600 Firmware v.1.10
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/9/2019 7:21:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, photographer Daniel Norton goes over a traditional three point lighting setup as well as a variation on that setup.
 
Gear Used
 
Post Date: 5/9/2019 6:59:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 7, 2019
A whitetail deer's ears are extremely perceptive. So good is their hearing that they have the practical equivalent of eyes in the back of their heads. The buck in the foreground, with ears turned back and raised high, is essentially "watching" the buck in the background while looking the other direction.
 
The buck in the background is using his ears for another purpose, to communicate threat. While his ears are also turned back, the big difference is that they are laid low. The threatening laid-back-and-low ear position is not unique among deer and should serve as a warning to wildlife photographers if the warning is being directed toward them. Buck in rut frequently use this communication technique with other deer.
 
Another communication strategy deer and other animals use is the raising of their hair. In a moment, a buck can go from having a sleek, normal-appearing coat to appearing huge and fuzzy with every hair (thousands per square inch) standing straight out (imagine what humans could look like if we possessed that skill).
 
Always be looking for that something extra in your images and when photographing wildlife, communication is one such extra that can take an image to the next level. Another extra illustrated in this image is the incoming buck's raised front leg. This shows action.
 
This scenario pictured here unfolded quickly and capturing the action was the first priority. The image that showed the best juxtaposition of the two bucks was not as well-balanced in the frame as I wished, cutting off some of the trees on the right side. Fortunately, another image in the sequence included more of the right side of the scene and stitching the two images together allowed the full set of trees to be included, creating a natural frame.
 
There is still room to join me this fall for the "Whitetail Buck in Rut and Much More", Shenandoah National Park Instructional Photo Tour. Stay for the entire time and I'll pick you up at/near the Dulles International Airport.
 
Sun, November 10 to Wed, November 13, 2019 and/or Wed, November 13 - Sat, November 16, 2019
 
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
 
"Bull Elk in Rut and Much More", Rocky Mountain National Park
 
1 opening: Sun, September 15 to Sat, September 21, 2019
Filled: Sun, September 22 to Sat, September 28, 2019
Wait List or Sign Up for 2020.
 
Contact me to sign up!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/500s
ISO 2200
8910 x 5476px
Post Date: 5/7/2019 10:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In this video, photographer Ab Sesay explains his technique for getting maximum saturation from using gels. If you want to skip the needlessly lengthy video (not all of the meter readings taken were necessary to explain the concept or arrive at the preferred settings, but I'm sure Sekonic appreciated how many times the photographer used one of their meters), I'll cut to the chase for you – set your gelled lights to underexpose the areas they hit, and keep other light sources (such as an ungelled main light) from spilling onto that area. Voilà, instant saturation. The more underexposed the gelled light is in your image (as long as it is still perceptible), the more saturated it is.
 
And don't misunderstand me; a light meter is a very handy device for studio and on-location photography and videography work. However, in this particular instance, I question the value of metering your ungelled lights just to see how much light each gel is blocking. You can likely skip that step, attach the gels and meter them to achieve the desired underexposure (as Sesay mentions, about 1.5 stops under the main light), knowing that different gels will require different flash power levels to achieve the precise exposure you're going for.
 
B&H carries Sekonic light meters.
Post Date: 5/7/2019 7:30:25 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
 
Notes:
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.
See all fine print details at the bottom of this page.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 5/7/2019 6:52:12 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.
 
ModelHeightDepth
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

 
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
 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.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • 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
WHAT FITS
 
  • 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.
MATERIALS
 
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.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
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
 Thursday, May 2, 2019

 
From PiXimperfect YouTube Channel:
 
PSD Files Taking Too Long to Open? Learn how to open a merged copy of you entire file in 1-2 seconds! In this tutorial, we will learn a Photoshop shortcut to read the composite data and open a flattened version of the image instantly.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/2/2019 8:03:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – Get deeper into the backcountry with the MindShift BackLight Elite 45L backpack from Think Tank Photo. Forty-five liters of internal volume provides ample room for a combination of photo/personal gear and dedicated laptop/tablet. External attachment points accommodate adventure equipment such as a static rope, set of axes, snowboard/skis, and of course, a tripod.
 
Weather-resistant zippers and materials protect your gear when trekking in extreme environments. And like the other BackLight backpacks, rear-panel access adds security when traveling since your camera gear is protected behind your back. Built “Mountain Tuff” for protection against the elements, the BackLight Elite 45L features YKK AquaGuard zippers and waterproof/tearproof sailcloth, robust lumbar padding, and a quick-dry back panel for increased ventilation. Elite outdoor photographer, Dan Carr, rigorously tested the pack claiming, “The Backlight Elite 45 is the rugged companion for every adventure.”
 
“We paid special attention to the needs of backcountry photographers while designing the Elite 45L,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank CEO and Lead Designer. “In design, fit, protection, and durability, the BackLight Elite 45L stands up to the demands of outdoor photo expeditions like no other bag we have ever released.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Storm-resistant construction with YKK AquaGuard zippers and
  • terproof/tearproof Sailcloth
  • Superior Fit: Robust lumbar padding, hip-hugging waist belt, quick-dry back
  • nel, and foam ridges for increased ventilation
  • Back and top panel access to all of your camera gear, allowing you to work out
  • your bag without getting your harness dirty or wet
  • Aluminum internal frame supports the load and keeps it in place
  • Dedicated compartments fit up to a 17” laptop and a 10” tablet
  • Meets most international and U.S. carry-on requirements*
  • Advanced Airflow: Dual-density, honeycomb mesh shoulder straps
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Trekking capacity! Front pockets totaling 17L carry personal gear for a day’s outing:
  • tra layers, a jacket, food, etc.
  • Hydration reservoir ready (reservoir not included)
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit 32 oz. water bottles
  • Snowboard or ski carry with tuck-away, protected edge lash straps
  • Top-lid converts into a belt pack with the removable waist belt
  • Waterproof, heavy-duty Tarpaulin base
  • Seam-sealed, brown colored rain cover blends in with the environment
  • Removable camera compartment with emergency shoulder straps to avoid gate check
  • Removable waist belt for ease when traveling
  • Expandable capacity on all five sides with daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional
  • sh points
  • Compatible with the MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest/Hive & Switch Case
WHAT FITS - Sample gear packs
 
  • Nikon D3S attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, SB-910 Speedlight, 105mm f/2.8 Macro,
  • gma 35mm f/1.4 ART, 50 f/1.4, Filter Nest Mini, 24–70mm f/2.8, 14–24mm f/2.8
  • Canon 1DX attached to 70–200mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic
  • ntroller, 24–70mm f/2.8, 16–35mm f/2.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E
  • Sony A7R II attached to 24–70mm f/2.8 GM, GoPro Hero 5, DJI Mavic Pro, Mavic
  • ntroller, Filter Nest Mini, A7R II attached to 16–35mm f/4
  • Holds a gripped Nikon DSLR and a 600mm f/4 FL ED VR 70–200mm f/2.8 GM, 90mm
  • 2.8 Macro
  • Canon 1DX attached to 24–70mm f/2.8, GoPro Hero 5, 85mm f/1.8, 90mm f/2.8 TS-E,
  • X attached to 16–35mm f/2.8, 70–200mm f/2.8, 2x Teleconverter
  • Nikon D3S attached to Sigma 150–600mm f/5-6.3 Sport, SB-910 Speedlight
MATERIALS
 
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 highestquality weather-resistant YKK AquaGuard zippers, high-performance Sailcloth, 420D rip-stop nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, ribbed and perforated dual-density foam, 350G airmesh, honeycomb airmesh, perforated closed-cell foam, heavy-duty nylon tarpaulin, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D polyester, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions (travel mode*): 13” W x 23.5” H x 8” D (33 x 59.7 x 20.3 cm)
Camera Compartment: 11.4” W x 19.3” H x 6.8” D (29 x 49 x 17.3 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 11.2” W x 16.1” H x 1”D (28.5 x 41 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet: 0.6” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (27 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 45L
Weight: 3.9–7.0 lbs. (1.8–3.2 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the BackLight Elite 45L Camera Backpack in stock with free shipping and a free gift when you use our link for your purchase.
Post Date: 5/2/2019 7:00:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 1, 2019

 
In its latest marketing video, Tamron gives its new 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD the moniker, "The Portrait Zoom." And in focal length regards, there's certainly something to that. The lens contains many of the most popular prime focal lengths for shooting portraiture, including 35, 50, 85, 100/105 and 135mm (and all are conveniently marked on the zoom ring). We don't know what the precise max aperture step-down for this lens is yet, but it's safe to say that the Tamron 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD's max aperture will lag behind popular prime lenses anywhere from 1-3 stops at comparable focal lengths. That said, the Tamron 35-150's total focal length range, moderately-wide max aperture range and price point that's significantly less than a bag full of primes should make it an intriguing option for many [especially budget] photographers' portrait needs.
 
Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 5/1/2019 8:02:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tilt-shift lenses from Canon, Nikon and Rokinon (Samyang) are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
The image shared on this post should get your attention!
Post Date: 4/30/2019 9:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to presenting danger, this large Pennsylvania mother black bear was looking for danger, a move that often includes a pause that gives a photographer time to carefully focus, compose, and shoot.
 
At this distance, the bear was not close to fitting in the 600mm frame. Keeping the bear's head in the frame is the primary compositional goal and shooting vertically with a sideways pose meant that a large portion of the frame was empty. Fortunately, the mamma bear's second-year cub was moving in and added interest to the empty portion of the frame.
 
As I had no control over either subject, this result depended on situational awareness along with a bit of serendipity. Time spent in the right locations increases the chance of serendipity.
 
While the bright gray background may appear studio-like, it was courtesy of a heavy morning fog between the subject and the distant background.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 2800
5504 x 8256px
Post Date: 4/30/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 29, 2019
Join me for the Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour!
 
Acadia National Park is considered the "Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast." Consuming about half of Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine, Acadia National Park has significant photographic appeal in all seasons, but it is especially appealing in my favorite season, fall.
 
No one can predict long in advance when the ideal fall foliage color will occur, but this tour's dates have been within the reported peak foliage color time period for the last many years. Regardless of the foliage, the New England coast does not get better than Mount Desert Island's rocky coast that can provide a different experience even daily, with varying tide schedules and especially with surf conditions that can range from quite calm to very rough.
 
One of my primary goals is to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me to photograph the landscape in this great location. Beginners can start with the basics and all, including the most-advanced photographers, will be positioned in ideal locations to build out their portfolios. Unleash your creativity in this field-intensive tour in a world-class outdoor classroom environment — Acadia National Park.
 
Plan on hanging out in a beautifully scenic location with a small group that shares your passion for photography. Bring your friends, make new friends. Just putting this tour together has made me excited!
 
When and Where: Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019 in Acadia National Park
 
The plan is to meet at the inn on Tuesday evening for a short orientation/meet & greet, preparing for an early AM shoot. We will wrap up after an early morning shoot on Sunday.
 
Get the full details here: Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
Post Date: 4/29/2019 10:37:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Just in Time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations and Summer Vacations, Nikon Will Be Offering Incredible Instant Savings Offers on a Wide Variety of Its Cutting-Edge Imaging Products
 
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is excited to announce the “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event, featuring compelling instant savings offers on imaging products for all levels of storytellers and content creators.* Starting this Sunday, April 28, instant savings offers will be available across Nikon’s leading mirrorless, DSLR and NIKKOR lens lineups for a limited time. This event is the ideal time for consumers to find cameras and lenses that will help them capture their passion projects and share all their unforgettable moments this spring and summer, from graduations and soccer games, to beach vacations and family barbeques. “Available for a limited time only, Nikon’s ‘Capture the Savings’ seasonal sales event is a great way to share the gift of creativity this Mother’s Day or Father’s Day,” says Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “With amazing instant savings offers for every level of photographer, this sales event demonstrates Nikon’s commitment to making it as easy as possible for anyone to upgrade or give the ‘latest and greatest’ imaging technology.”
 
Nikon Z Series
Nikon will be providing several special offers on the innovative Nikon Z Mount System, including up to $600 instant savings on the full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z 7.
 
With its high-resolution Nikon-designed image sensor, the Nikon Z 7 is ideal for advanced shooters who want to capture stunning detail and clarity in their photography, while the versatile and powerfully cinematic Nikon Z 6 is ideal for emerging content creators who need a camera that will capture stills and full-frame 4K Ultra HD video in an incredibly affordable package. Nikon will also be offering additional instant savings offers on the Mount Adapter FTZ when purchased together with a new Nikon Z 6 or Nikon Z 7 camera, allowing users to enjoy their favorite NIKKOR F-Mount lenses with their Z Series camera.
 
Nikon D850
The “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event will also include instant savings offers on the critically acclaimed and award-winning Nikon D850. Nikon will be offering up to $300 instant savings on the powerful D850, which boasts an impressive combination of extreme speed and epic resolution, making it a versatile DSLR camera that is great for capturing everything from weddings and events to fine art and sports. Now is the perfect time for professional photographers and multimedia creators looking to upgrade to a full-frame DSLR that provides high-speed capture, intense clarity, amazing low-light capabilities as well as incredible fidelity and tonality.
 
NIKKOR Lenses, Nikon DSLR and COOLPIX Cameras
Nikon will also be offering a variety of instant savings offers on their easy-to-use entry-level and intermediate level DSLR cameras, making it simple to step up from smartphone photography. For a limited time, Nikon will be offering excellent instant savings offers on its popular Nikon D5600 and Nikon D7500 DSLR cameras, great gifts for budding photographers looking to take their creativity to new heights. Many of Nikon’s DSLR cameras are also available as affordable two-lens kits, giving consumers everything they need to start taking amazing photos whether capturing the ballgame or the family vacation.
 
Nikon will also be offering instant savings offers on a variety of COOLPIX cameras, including the P900. With a powerful 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm equivalent) NIKKOR ED glass lens, the P900 is a great camera for capturing sharp images and videos from extreme distances.
 
For those looking to experience Nikon’s superior optics, the “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event will include limited-time instant savings offers on more than 30 of the brand’s most popular prime and zoom lenses. Customers can step up their photography and take advantage of instant savings offers on coveted NIKKOR lenses, including the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR or the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR.
 
Nikon Instant Rebates: April 28 - June 1, 2019
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Nikon Z 7 Buy$600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon Z 6 Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon D850 Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon D810 Buy$200.00 - $800.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-P DX VR Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$60.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens Buy$650.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E AF-P VR Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens Buy$140.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$40.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro Lens Buy$90.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/29/2019 7:45:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 28, 2019
An easy way to get a unique photo is to find a unique subject. I have seen a lot of different antler abnormalities, but this buck sported a new one.
 
Antlers are very strong, but deer frequently break their tines and even main beams, especially when fighting. However, the broken tine or beam nearly always breaks cleanly, detaching immediately, never to be seen again. Or, often due to injury, antlers grow in abnormal directions. This buck's right antler was broken off under the skin, dangling from the skin keeping it attached.
 
When photographing animals, I like to see separation between the legs and especially like to see one of the front legs stepping forward, showing action. I'll rarely complain about wildlife photography lighting when there is a setting sun behind me with the catchlight in the eye adding life to the animal.
 
What will this buck's next rack look like? I hope to find out this fall. Want to join me to photograph these great animals in Shenandoah National Park?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 320
8006 x 5338px
Post Date: 4/28/2019 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 27, 2019
Welcome to Island Pond, located by Red River Camps in Deboullie Public Reserved Land of T15-R9 in the North Maine Woods. That this location is a nearly 1-hour drive from the grid and paved roads should help set the scene. Along with natural beauty, what you get here is a dark sky and at this time in August, a beautiful view of the Milky Way and the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.
 
Aside from the effort required to get to this location, this was a very easy image to create.
 
  • Mount the camera and lens on a solid tripod
  • Manually focus the lens on a bright star using fully-magnified live view
  • Adjust the composition as desired with the camera leveled for roll
  • Dial in a manual exposure of f/1.8 (use your widest available), ISO 6400 and 30 seconds (a stretch)
  • Set the camera to its high-speed frame rate
  • Plug in a remote release
  • Capture a test image and verify that it looks good
  • Lock the release button down (press down and slide forward)
  • Return later
The camera continuously captures images, hopefully with perfectly-positioned meteors in them. These frames can also be made into a time-lapse.
 
After setting up the first camera, you have plenty of time, so set up a second camera the same as the first, capturing a different composition.
 
On this night I had three camera setups with four of what I consider the best night sky lenses available. One of the cameras was a Nikon model and the only Nikon-mount star-capable lens I had along (not a Nikon model) showed a serious image quality problem, leaving two cameras in operation.
 
I mentioned that the 30-second exposure was a stretch and that is what happens to the stars at this focal length, exposure duration, and imaging sensor pixel density combination. They get stretched.
 
A blur is created when details in an image move across pixels on the imaging sensor, regardless of the reason why that happens. As we all know, due to the earth's rotation, stars are moving across the frame when the camera is in a fixed position. The longer the exposure, the more they are magnified (longer focal length lens) and the higher pixel density the imaging sensor has, the more that star blur will be visible at the pixel level.
 
Note that when final images are viewed and compared, the imaging sensor's pixel density-caused blur becomes equalized. For example, if you are printing at 8" x 12", the pixel density factor no longer matters in regards to the star trail blur created by two different resolution, equal-sensor-sized cameras.
 
Also, note that not all stars move at the same rate relative to the camera position. For example, the North Star (Polaris) does not move at all. If you are primarily including the northern sky in the frame, you might be able to use longer exposures than if your camera was directed west, east or up. There are star blur rules that can be helpful, but photography skills rule. Analyze your results as soon as they are captured and make adjustments as needed.
 
I mentioned having 4 of my favorite star lenses along with me. They are my favorites, but the perfect star lens, at least from a lens in the realm of affordability for most individuals, does not exist. All lenses have at least some issue keeping them from reaching perfection and corner performance is typically their biggest limiting factor.
 
This image was captured with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens. It is a great choice for this purpose.
 
For star photography, ultra-wide angles are helpful for taking in a greater area of the sky and allowing longer exposures before star trails become visible, though ultra-wide angles produce rather small stars. Ultra-wide apertures (that produce sharp enough image quality to be used) create a brighter image in less time or at a lower ISO setting. The Sigma 14mm Art lens has those two features.
 
The worst case: even if the entire night's shoot was a failure, just hanging out under a starry sky would be totally worth the time and effort.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 4/27/2019 8:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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