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 Monday, February 11, 2019
Just posted: Datacolor SpyderX Pro/Elite Review.
 
Notable is that the SpryderX brings a very significant speed benefit over its Spyder5 predecessor.
 
The Datacolor SpyderX Pro/Elite is available for preorder at B&H.
Post Date: 2/11/2019 8:21:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – (February 11, 2019) – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, has launched SpyderX, its fastest, most accurate and easiest to use color calibration tool for monitors. The development of SpyderX is testament to Datacolor’s commitment in advancing color management solutions for photographers, videographers and creative specialists worldwide.
 
SpyderX uses a fully redesigned color engine that provides significantly increased color accuracy and low light capabilities, giving photographers the confidence needed to achieve their creative vision.
 
SpyderX enhanced features include:
 
  • Blazing Speed – Taking less than two minutes to calibrate a screen, the SpyderX is several times faster than previous models, with calibration happening so fast it easily becomes part of the workflow.
  • Highest Accuracy – Providing a significantly higher level of color accuracy and shadow detail on a wide range of monitors.
  • Ease of Use – Simple and intuitive single-click calibration software, as well as advanced options.
Susan Bunting, director of marketing at Datacolor, said: “We know photography is a labor of love, and a lot goes into taking every shot. That’s why we’ve redesigned SpyderX from the ground up, ensuring you can trust the color on your screen while making the whole process of calibration as intuitive and quick as possible.”
 
Now available in two versions, the SpyderX Pro is designed for serious photographers and designers seeking a fast and easy-to-use monitor calibration solution. The SpyderX Elite takes it one step further with more advanced settings for professional photographers and videographers who want ultimate control of their color workflow.
 
Purchase SpyderX at Amazon or other authorized resellers.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 2/11/2019 7:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Those photographers looking for a versatile full frame camera but not needing the blazing speed afforded by a pro sports body (and who are not interested in a mirrorless option) will likely be considering either the Canon 5D Mark IV or Nikon D850 DSLR camera. Both DSLRs are the mature, durable, refined culminations of their respective camera lines. But which is right for your particular needs? Read on to find out.
 
Shared Primary Features
 
  • Full-frame sensor
  • Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV
  • Shutter Speed: 30-1/8000 sec., Bulb
  • Viewfinder Coverage: approx. 100%
  • 3.2" size-class touchscreen LCD
  • No pop-up flash
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 7 fps (Nikon D850 can achieve 9 fps with optional battery grip)
  • 4K recording up to 30 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 3.5mm headphone & microphone jacks, HDMI Type-C
  • Dual memory card slots
  • Weather sealing
  • Similar size & weight
Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark IV
 
  • More Selectable AF Points: 61 vs. 55
  • More Selectable Cross-type AF Points: 41 vs. 35
  • More AF Points Supporting f/8 (total/selectable): 21/21 vs. 15/9
  • Live View Focusing: Dual Pixel CMOS AF vs. contrast detection
  • NFC vs. N/A
  • Built-in GPS vs. optional accessory
Advantages of the Nikon D850
 
  • Higher Resolution: 45.7 MP vs. 30.4
  • More AF Points: 153 vs. 61
  • More Cross-type AF Points: 99 vs. 41
  • Larger AF Working Range: EV-4 to EV 20 vs. EV-3 to EV 20
  • Larger Metering Range: EV -3 – 20 vs. EV 0 – 20
  • Lower Selectable ISO (native/expanded): 64/32 vs. 100/50
  • Better dynamic range
  • More Registered Custom White Balance Settings: 6 vs. 1
  • Higher Resolution LCD: 2,359K dots vs. 1,620K
  • Tilting LCD vs. fixed
  • Faster Flash Sync Speed: 1/250 sec. vs. 1/200
  • Full Sensor Width 4K Recording vs. 1.74x crop
  • Bluetooth vs. N/A
  • Battery Life: 1,840 shots vs. 900
  • Shutter Durability: 200,000 shots vs. 150,000
  • Automated AF Fine Tune vs. manual Autofocus Microadjustment
  • 8K in-camera time-lapse vs. FHD 1080p time-lapse
  • Negative Digitizer Mode vs. N/A
  • Backlit buttons vs. N/A
  • Focus Shift mode vs. N/A
  • More Auto Exposure Bracketing Images: 9 vs. 7
  • Limited Focus Peaking vs. N/A
Other Differences: 5D Mark IV vs. Nikon D850
 
  • CompactFlash, SDXC vs. XQD, SDXC
  • 4K DCI 4096 X 2160 vs. 4K UHD 3840 X 2160
Who should opt for the Canon 5D Mark IV?
 
While the advantages of the D850 listed above may seem pretty long, if you're already heavily invested in the Canon system, you have to ask yourself whether or not those benefits are worth the high cost of selling used items to fund alternate gear and the time investment required to acclimate to the new system. For some, the advantages may be worth the tradeoffs. For others, the 5D Mark IV's feature set makes it a more than worthwhile addition to their kits.
 
If you are a videographer who plans to use autofocus tracking while filming, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV will be the best option by far. Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology is significantly better at locking onto subjects compared to the contrast detection sensor AF utilized by the Nikon D850.
 
While many will not like the 5D Mark IV's heavy crop with 4K recording, some videographers (especially those shooting wildlife) may find the crop beneficial for more tightly framing distant and/or smaller subjects.
 
Want to shoot with the widest aperture lenses possible? F/1.2 aperture primes with autofocus are a reality for Canon DSLR and mirrorless customers; Nikon users will have to invest in a Z 7 / Z 6 and wait for the release of the manual focus-only Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct to use an aperture wider than f/1.4.
 
Who should opt for the Nikon D850?
 
Those with Nikon-based kits who do not need the benefits of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor have little (if any) reason to switch brands; the Nikon D850 is one of the most feature-packed and versatile cameras available today.
 
Summary
 
While the advantages listed in the Nikon D850 column seem strong, both of these cameras are highly capable of tackling a wide range of situations with nearly equal proficiency. As I said in the introduction, these cameras represent the culmination of generations of camera design. The technological innovations, durability and user interface refinements that come with that time and attention to detail are apparent the first day you use the cameras. Those heavily invested in either system will likely want to stay with their familiar respective brands, but those with fewer ties will likely opt for the Nikon D850 for primarily stills use while those prioritizing filmmaking and want the benefits of solid AF performance will likely opt for the 5D Mark IV.
 
Relevant Info
 
Post Date: 2/11/2019 7:09:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the TP-Link HS105 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini (2-Pack) available for $27.99 with free shipping. Regularly $49.99.
 
I have three of these smart plugs and they work very well. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Remotely Turn On/Off Two Devices
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • Scheduled Usage
  • Away Mode
  • iOS and Android Apps
  • 100 to 120 VAC Input and Output
  • Compatible with Amazon Echo
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Post Date: 2/11/2019 5:17:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for $749.00 with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
 
Discounted mounts include: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Sony A and Pentax K.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • One FLD Element, Four SLD Elements
  • Two Aspherical Elements
  • Floating Elements System
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor, Manual Override
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma USB Dock
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 2/11/2019 5:06:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 10, 2019
I have a Nikon D850 in my hands and it is time to set up the camera for use. Following are the 31 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Nikon D850 ready for use.
 
  1. Charge battery
  2. Install neck strap
  3. Mount a lens
  4. Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  5. While looking at an in-focus subject through the viewfinder, adjust the viewfinder diopter until the view is sharp. To do this, pull out on the adjustment knob beside the viewfinder and turn it until the view is sharp. Then press it back in to lock the setting.
  6. Download and install any Nikon software you want to have available.
  7. Insert memory card
  8. Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  9. Playback Menu: Display Options: RGB Histogram (I want to see the graph of individual channels)
  10. Playback Menu: Image review: On
  11. Photo Shooting Menu: Image Quality: RAW
  12. Photo Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Neutral with sharpness set to "1" and all other parameters set to "0" (this option provides a low contrast view and better shows available dynamic in the histogram)
  13. Photo Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: Off (Low is also a good option)
  14. Photo Shooting Menu: Vignette control: Off
  15. Movie Shooting Menu: Frame size/frame rate: 3840x2160; 30p
  16. Movie Shooting Menu: Set Picture Control: Standard with Sharpening = +2
  17. Movie Shooting Menu: High ISO NR: Low
  18. Custom Setting Menu: Autofocus: AF-C priority selection: Focus
  19. Custom Setting Menu: Autofocus: 3D-tracking face-detection: On
  20. Custom Setting Menu: Autofocus: Store by orientation: Focus point
  21. Custom Setting Menu: Shooting/display: ISO display: ON
  22. Custom Setting Menu: Viewfinder grid display: On
  23. Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/flash: Bracketing order: Under > MTR > over (having my bracketed shots in brightness sequence makes post processing visually easier)
  24. Custom Setting Menu: Controls: Custom control assignment: Fn1: Viewfinder virtual horizon, RESET Select center focus point, Sub-selector: Same as multi selector
  25. Custom Setting Menu: Controls: Custom control assignment: f10: Assign MB-D18 buttons: Fn button: Viewfinder virtual horizon
  26. Setup Menu: Date and time: <use current>
  27. Setup Menu: Format memory card
  28. Setup Menu: Copyright information: <set as desired>, Attach copyright information: selected
  29. Setup Menu: Airplane mode: ON
  30. Setup Menu: Slot empty release lock: Lock (I want the camera to prevent me from taking a picture if a memory card is not installed)
  31. My Menu: Add items: Setup menu: Format memory card, Lock mirror up for cleaning, Focus shift shooting, Shooting menu: Long exposure noise reduction, Flicker reduction; Shooting/display: d5 Exposure delay mode
I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my initial camera setup process.
 
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot – including shooting in RAW-only format (highly recommended). While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
 
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. Anytime your camera goes in for a service visit, the camera will likely be returned in a reset-to-factory state (unless you request otherwise). If your camera ever needs reset to factory settings any reason (or you purchase a second model), you will be ready to restore your setup quickly while ensuring that you do not miss an important setting. Your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera into service.
 
More Information
 
Nikon D850 Review
 
The Nikon D850 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
 
Rent the Nikon D850 from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/10/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 8, 2019
eBay (via deal-all-year – 99.7% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera available for $1,929.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,299.00.
 
Want an RF lens to go with your camera? You may prefer getting this Canon EOS R + RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Kit instead.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15" 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not qualify for a manufacturer warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/8/2019 12:57:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
If you're an Amazon Prime customer and love sports cars and British humor, then you're probably already a fan of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May's banter on The Grand Tour. But even if you're not terribly interested in automobiles, you may still enjoy The Grand Tour: Season 3, Episodes 2 & 3 (Colombia Special Part 1 & 2) where the hosts are supposedly sent on assignment by Amazon to capture wildlife images for display on the company's suite of products, including Alexa devices. My wife falls squarely in the uninterested-in-cars group, but loves the show.
 
Being a photographer, watching the hosts cluelessly tackle the challenges of wildlife photography made the show significantly more humorous than it normally was. If you're an Amazon Prime customer, I recommend you check it out. [Sean]
Category: Amazon News
Post Date: 2/8/2019 9:21:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Today, sigma released the notice found below:
The SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for Nikon F mount is scheduled to start the shipment in February, 2019.
Interestingly, B&H still lists the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports for Nikon F's availability as March 2019.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/8/2019 7:54:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Wanna take better nightscape and Milky Way photos? Start with these 5 tips from our friends over at SLR Lounge. From using apps for finding the Milky Way to scouting out the perfect shooting location, this video provides you with some useful advice to capture some great shots.
 
Ready to take your Milky Way photos to the next level? Check out our lens reviews and tripod reviews.
Post Date: 2/8/2019 7:48:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Manfrotto Camera Slider 60cm (23.6") available for $279.99 with free shipping. Regularly $399.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Roller Bearing Sliding System
  • 22 lb Load Capacity
  • 18.4" Travel Distance
  • 23.6" Total Track Length
  • Steel Ball Bearings & Polymer Wheels
  • Adjustable Friction System
  • 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 Mounting Threads
  • 3/8"-16 Tie-Down Screw
  • Bubble Level
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 2/8/2019 6:08:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 7, 2019
B&H has the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $219.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Maximum Height: 56.7"
  • Min Height: 13.4"
  • Folded Length: 15.75"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 2.4 lb
  • Independent Leg Angle Selector
  • Quick Release Ball Head
  • QR Plate Included
  • Fitted Case
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Tascam TH-MX2 Mixing Headphones available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Closed-Back, Oval, Over-Ear Design
  • 40mm Neodymium Drivers
  • Stainless Steel Frame
  • Extra Cushioning
  • 9.8' Cord
  • Includes 1/8" to 1/4" Screw-On Adapter
  • Includes Black Leatherette Travel Bag
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 2/7/2019 11:01:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the SanDisk 128GB Extreme PLUS UHS-I microSDXC Memory Card with SD Adapter available for $49.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • UHS-I / V30 / U3 / Class 10
  • Max. Read Speed: 95 MB/s
  • Max. Write Speed: 90 MB/s
  • Min. Write Speed: 30 MB/s
  • Records Full HD, 3D, and 4K Video
  • Water, Shock, X-Ray, & Temperature Proof
  • Includes SD Adapter
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch on Adapter
  • Downloadable RescuePRO Recovery Software
Use coupon code BHDOF19 at B&H to get the Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet (Medium) for $329.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $379.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 8.82 x 5.83" Active Area
  • 8192 Levels of Pen Pressure Sensitivity
  • Multi-Touch Support
  • USB & Bluetooth 4.2 Connectivity
  • 8 Programmable Express Keys
  • Touch Ring, Radial Menu, Pen Switches
  • Included Wacom Pro Pen 2
  • Slim and Compact Design
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
Post Date: 2/7/2019 8:26:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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