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 Thursday, September 21, 2017
From Canon USA:
 
Canon Will Continue to Engage and Educate Visitors at One of the World’s Most Photographed Events Through 2020
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 21, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce a renewal of its partnership with world-renowned event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, taking its role as presenting sponsor of the event through 2020. This renewed sponsorship marks Canon’s commitment to the Albuquerque community, an area where Canon calls home to one of the two U.S. support centers that service the Company’s customers. To mark this momentous three-year sponsorship renewal, Canon has and will continue to sponsor the opening Mass Ascension and closing Night Magic™ Glow events.
 
"It’s been a true honor to serve as the presenting sponsor of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta since 2015,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "It is a place to let your imagination run wild and is truly awe-inspiring as colorful balloons fill the sky – making it the ideal setting for photographers and videographers to capture spectacular images.”
 
As one of the most photographed events in the world, the balloon fiesta offers many photo opportunities to create memories of a lifetime. This year’s 46th annual event will take place Oct. 7-15, 2017 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, featuring over 500 hot air and gas balloons, of which the Fiesta anticipates almost 100 of those to be special shaped balloons.
 
"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Canon as the Fiesta’s Presenting Sponsor for the next three years,” said Balloon Fiesta board president, Mike Rice. “This event is a crux of the Albuquerque community and Canon’s support over the years has helped our guests create lasting memories.”
 
With this renewal, Canon will continue to host hands-on activities, allowing attendees to try its wide array of products to bring their experience to life. Attendees will have the opportunity to borrow the latest Canon equipment* from the Main Street booth where they can also sign up for photo walks and use Canon’s interactive photo booth. Canon imaging experts will also be on site to provide educational experiences to help attendees capture once-in-a- lifetime photos and videos.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 9/21/2017 11:55:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
With the announcement of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, many of those previously considering purchase of the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM may be now wondering which of Canon's L-series 85s is right for them. As such, we are going to take a look at how these lenses differ to hopefully make the decision making process a little easier.
 
Advantages of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM over the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
 
  • Better manual focusing experience: traditional MF vs. focus-by-wire
  • More aperture blades: 9 vs. 8
  • Image stabilization: 4-stops vs. none
  • Weather sealed vs. not weather sealed
  • Slightly higher max magnification: 0.12x vs. 0.11x
  • Lighter: 33.5 oz vs. 36.2
  • Slightly smaller diameter: 3.49" (88.6mm) vs. 3.6" (91.4mm)
  • More common filter size: 77mm vs. 72
  • Internal focusing vs. extends during focusing
  • Lower cost
Advantages of the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM over the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM:
 
  • Wider max aperture: f/1.2 vs. f/1.4
  • Shorter length: 3.31” (84.1mm) vs. 4.15" (105.4mm)
Who should opt for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
 
If you need the absolute widest aperture in your 85mm lens, either for action-stopping purposes or for maximizing separation between your subject and your background, then the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM will ultimately be the best choice.
 
Who should opt for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
 
In two words – "everyone else."
 
The benefits of the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM over the 85 f/1.2L II are both numerous and substantial. First and foremost, the lens' 4-stop IS system will enable you to shoot static subjects in significantly lower light while maintaining tolerable ISO levels. This is a huge benefit that should not be underestimated.
 
Next, the traditional manual focusing design will be welcomed by nearly every photographer who ever handled the 85mm f/1.2L II USM (or the EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, for that matter). The traditional design promises to be a much more responsive, akin to what we've come to expect from most L-series lenses.
 
The 85 f/1.4L IS's weather sealing further increases its versatility over the f/1.2 model. While we always advise taking precautions when inclement weather is expected, the 85L IS's weather sealing enables you to keep shooting without interruption in moderately wet or dusty conditions.
 
The EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM's lower cost will certainly be a universally-appreciated feature, as will the benefits of an extra aperture blade in creating a smooth background blur.
 
Summary
 
Unless you absolutely need or want an f/1.2 maximum aperture, the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM will likely prove the best investment for most photographers because of its overall greater versatility and lower price.
 
More Information
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/21/2017 9:18:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Image quality test results from the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have been added to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Review.
 
We've tested about five copies of this lens and somehow didn't get any of them tested on the 1Ds Mark III. These results are especially useful for backward compatibility when making comparisons with older lenses in the image comparison tool.
 
This is an amazing lens – I personally bought one.
 
Get your Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/20/2017 8:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Just posted: Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens Review.
 
This is the Sony go-to lens for a large range of needs.
 
The Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 9/20/2017 7:53:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
We mentioned yesterday that B&H had several camera plates for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II available for purchase (although most are on backorder at the moment). However, I forgot to mention a clever design feature of the Kirk L-bracket which allows full functionality of the 6D II's vari-angle LCD screen.
 
The L-bracket's side port features a pivoting mechanism which enables the side plate to swing out of the way of the LCD (shown in the video above).
 
B&H has the Kirk L-Bracket for Canon 6D Mark II available for purchase with expected availability in 7-14 days. Note that if you plan on using the BG-E21 battery grip with your 6D Mark II, you'll need to purchase the Really Right Stuff BG-E21 Base and L-Plate Component. In the RRS design, the L-plate can be removed entirely for full access to the LCD.
Categories: Kirk News, Preorders
Post Date: 9/20/2017 7:28:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Strong Cash Flow and Earnings Highlight Third Quarter Results
 
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its third quarter fiscal year 2017 ended Sept. 1, 2017.
 
Financial Highlights
 
  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.84 billion in its third quarter of fiscal year 2017, which represents 26 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.84 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.10 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.27 billion, with Creative revenue growing to $1.06 billion.
  • Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $4.87 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $308 million.
  • Adobe Experience Cloud achieved revenue of $508 million, which represents 26 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 48 percent and net income grew 55 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 43 percent and net income grew 46 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $704 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.20 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2.1 million shares during the quarter, returning $298 million of cash to stockholders.
A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided at the end of this press release and on Adobe’s website.
 
Executive Quotes
 
“Adobe delivered another record quarter with stellar year-over-year revenue growth of 26 percent,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO, Adobe. “The imperative to deliver intelligent, intuitive and effective customer experiences is key to the C-suite agenda of digital transformation, and Adobe’s cloud offerings are critical to that business mandate.”
 
“Our results in Q3 once again reflect the leverage of our financial model, with record revenue driven by our cloud-based subscription offerings, strong earnings and cash flow from operations," said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/20/2017 6:51:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
 
Daniel Rueda and Anna Devís are both visionary photographers, currently living in Valencia Spain. These two photographers both have a unique style that features story telling, precision, humor, creativity and an amazing aesthetic.
 
Both Daniel and Anna are inspired by architecture, clean lines, and shapes. Mostly, the two just love to have fun while they are working.
 
See more Through The Lens: Season 4 videos here.
Post Date: 9/20/2017 5:22:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 19, 2017

 
The team at LensRentals has produced a humorous series of videos explaining why Lens Rentals is different than their competition. One such example can be seen above.
 
If you're looking to rent gear in the near future, LensRentals is an excellent choice. To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Post Date: 9/19/2017 11:48:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 Optic available for preorder.
 
The Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic (without Composer Pro II) is also available for preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 9/19/2017 11:22:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Although many are still on backorder, you can purchase Kirk & Really Right Stuff plates and L-brackets for the 6D Mark II at B&H and the items will be shipped as inventory replinishes.
 
Both Bryan and I are big fans of camera L-brackets. Being able to simply loosen an Arca-type clamp, rotate the camera and reclamp to change orientation is extremely convenient. [Sean]
 
Note: I'm fairly confident that the picture showed for the in-stock Kirk Camera Plate for Canon 6D Mark II is incorrect; the picture shows the L-bracket, but you only receive the bottom (base) portion of the two-piece L-bracket for that price.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2017 7:48:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has select Westcott Light Modifying Products, including a few from their popular Apollo series, nicely discounted for a limited time.
Post Date: 9/19/2017 7:00:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the SmugMug Films YouTube Channel:
 
The roar of the engine. The curves of the body. The power behind the wheel. Easton Chang captures the heart, soul, and beauty of automobiles through his photography. Get an eyeful of gorgeous cars through his lens, but buckle up tight first.
Post Date: 9/19/2017 6:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto:
 
The Profoto A1 might be the smallest flash we’ve ever made, but it’s still built to the same impossibly high standards we’ve set ourselves over the last fifty years.
 
Our focus with the A1 was to create a flash that delivers a truly high quality of light, which is why it features a round head which delivers light that's both natural and beautiful with a pleasing soft-smooth fall-off, that blends seamlessly with the ambient light.
 
Thanks to a smart magnetic mount built into the head, light shaping tools and modifiers can be clicked on and off quickly and easily. Within seconds you're being creative with light, shaping it. It also has a zoom function that allows you to make fine adjustments to the spread of light by simply twisting the zoom ring on the head, and for accuracy it has a modeling light built-in to the head – so you can see what you're going to get before you press the shutter.
 
We made it our mission to make A1 the first on-camera flash that's easy to use from the box. The user interface is simple and intuitive with a large high-contrast display at its center. The less time you spend learning and fiddling, the more time you'll spend shooting. And that's ultimately what counts. Despite its size, or lack of it, the A1 punches above its weight in a good number of key areas.
 
Battery life is key when a photographer is right in the thick of the action, because the last thing they need to have to stop mid flow to change the batteries. The A1 has its own Li-ion high capacity battery built-in which lasts up to four times longer than AA batteries with no performance fade. So, you can shoot for longer with confidence.
 
And this is a flash that can keep up with you because it recycles four times faster than other on-camera solutions – that's every 1.2 seconds at full power. Put simply, you'll never miss a shot.
 
And while it's true to say the Profoto A1 is our very first on-camera solution it's also just as effective off-camera as a standalone unit, and integrated into a larger system of lights. That level of versatility is possible because Air Remote is built-in, which means the A1 offers seamless connectivity with freestanding lights like another A1 or bigger Profoto lights like the B1X.
 
And with AirTTL you'll get a perfect exposure super-fast. Better still, you can lock the exposure with a single 'click' while still being free to fine tune that exposure in manual, giving you even greater control.
 
So, this is so much more than our smallest flash yet. This is shooting on the move, shooting with confidence and shooting with light shaping excellence. This is shooting off-camera and for the first time with Profoto, on-camera. This is the Profoto A1 – the world's smallest studio light.
 
Features A1
 
  • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off.
  • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast.
  • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools.
  • 5 dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available.
  • LED modeling light integrated to the head.
  • Air Remote built-in.
  • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery.
  • 1.2s recycling time.
  • TTL/MAN switch.
  • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
  • Auto focus (AF) assist.
  • Large Hi-Res display
  • Support for Canon, Nikon and later for Sony
Specifications
 
Profoto A1 Flash Specifications

B&H has the Profoto A1 Flash available for preorder.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/19/2017 5:37:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 18, 2017
B&H will be closing for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday. If you need something soon, order it now to avoid a delayed shipment.
 
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed starting at 1pm ET on Wed Sep 20 through Sat Sep 23.
We will reopen at 9:30am on Sun Sep 24
 
Online Orders
Online checkout will be available until 6:45pm Wed Sep 20.
Regular checkout will resume at 8:15pm Sat Sep 23.
 
Shipping
Orders placed before 11am Wed Sep 20 will be processed prior to the holiday closing.
Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen on Sun Sep 24.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 9/18/2017 2:53:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
For several years I've been looking for a program or plugin that was able to convert my photos into a realistic looking pieces of painted artwork. A few months ago, I finally found a solution that gave me the results I was hoping for.
 
The solution – called Topaz Impression – is software that can be used as a standalone program (accessed via Topaz Studio) or as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom.
 
With tons of presets and the ability to personalize those presets for your own unique look, Impression gives you another tool to improve sales conversions with your clients. Take your shot, process with Impression, then have your converted image printed on canvas for an impressive result.
 
You can see a before/after example of a shot I took recently atop this post with additional processed examples shown below.
 
Topaz Impressions Example 2

Topaz Impressions Example 3

Topaz Impression Example 4

While the retail cost of the software may seem a bit steep, I think it is well priced considering the convincing quality of the images I've processed with the software. Fortunately, for a short time you can save 40% (through Sept. 29, 2017) on the software making it a really great deal. [Sean]
 
Purchase Topaz Impression
Post Date: 9/18/2017 11:53:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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