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 Monday, October 21, 2019

From the Mac Group:
White Plains, NY USA – The Benro 3XS and 3XS Lite gimbals revolutionized the way that smartphones were able to be used to create incredible content on the go. With a long battery life and collapsible gimbal arms, they allowed everyone to capture quality professional content in landscape mode or shake free vertical shots for social media game. The Saramonic SmartMic features a compact directional capsule that lets creators focus on sound in front of the mic, while rejecting sound from behind and on the sides – making it ideal for focused shots. Plus, an integrated swivel enables creators to point it directly at the sound they want to capture. This swivel makes it simple to switch between interview and vlog style shots.
By combining the ultra-compact and lightweight SmartMic with the folding design of the Benro 3XS and 3XS Lite, you can take your high-quality content capturing rig with you anywhere that you go. “Combine the Benro 3XS or 3XS Lite gimbal with the Saramonic SmartMic to record high-quality audio directly to a smartphone, and content creator's storytelling will be taken to a whole new level,” remarks Jan Lederman, MAC Group President.
3XS + Mic Kit
  • Collapsible Gimbal Arm - The collapsible gimbal arm allows for easy and compact gimbal storage.
  • Long Battery Life - The 3XS Lite will last for 24 hours on a single charge.
  • Audio pass-through – Plug a TRRS microphone into the handle of the 3XS Lite and record high-quality audio directly to your smartphone.
  • Automatic orientation change - The 3XS Lite will go from horizontal to vertical and vice-versa with the single push of a button. No adjustment or rebalancing needed.
  • Wired charging. Use the included USB-C to either USB-C or Lightning cables that are included to charge your smartphone.
  • Wireless charging - The 3XS supports Qi wireless charging on smartphones that support it.
  • Brings broadcast-quality sound to mobile devices.
  • Directional design and capsule and swivel design let you grab the sound you need.
  • Bring it everywhere effortlessly with its ultra-lightweight and compact body.
  • Vastly improves the sound quality when shooting video, and for audio recording apps.
  • Simple, plug-and-play usage never requires batteries or charging.
3XS Lite + Mic Kit
  • Collapsible Gimbal Arm - The collapsible gimbal arm allows for easy and compact gimbal storage.
  • Long Battery Life - The 3XS Lite will last for 24 hours on a single charge.
  • Audio pass-through – Plug a TRRS microphone into the handle of the 3XS Lite and record high-quality audio directly to your smartphone.
  • Automatic orientation change - The 3XS Lite will go from horizontal to vertical and vice-versa with the single push of a button. No adjustment or rebalancing needed.
  • Brings broadcast-quality sound to mobile devices.
  • Directional design and capsule and swivel design let you grab the sound you need.
  • Bring it everywhere effortlessly with its ultra-lightweight and compact body.
  • Vastly improves the sound quality when shooting video, and for audio recording apps.
  • Simple, plug-and-play usage never requires batteries or charging.
B&H carries the Benro 3XS, 3XS Lite and Saramonic SmartMic and XM1-WS Furry Windscreen.
Post Date: 10/21/2019 4:57:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 17, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review.
Here is a comparison with a known great lens. Here is another. When creating your comparisons, keep in mind that the Canon EOS R images shown in the tool are not as sharp as Canon EOS 5Ds R images when processed in DPP at the same sharpness strength setting ("1").
The Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Rent the Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/17/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Pelican:
Photo Competition Challenges Photographers to Provide “Images of Heroism” for a Chance to Win Pelican Gear
Torrance, CA, – October 15, 2019 – With a long history of providing protective cases for both photographers and first responders, Pelican Products today announced its Portraits of Protection photo competition. This program brings these two communities together to immortalize heroes who’ve stepped forward in the face of danger.
Pelican invites photographers to submit photos of either heroism in action, or the faces of heroes, and post on Instagram tagging @pelicanprofessional, #PortraitsofProtection, and #PelicanPhotoContest for a chance to win. Each month, the most moving and visually interesting photos will be selected as winners and featured on Pelican Products’ social media channels. The winning photographers and heroes photographed will each receive their choice of $500 in Pelican gear. “At Pelican, we recognize our products are put in critical situations with first responders that require them to perform every time. There is a sense of responsibility that goes into every product we make,” said Lyndon Faulkner, CEO of Pelican Products. “Our hope is that we receive images from these skilled photographers that serve as a daily reminder to our team, of the responsibility they accept every time they walk through the door, and to honor these real-life heroes.”
Portraits of Protection corresponds with Pelican’s charitable giving program, ‘PELICAN PROTECTS – Supporting the Heroes Who Protect Us’, in alignment with its continued support of first responders and related causes.
Portraits of Protection contest details are available online here and entries will be accepted now through January 14, 2020.
Category: Pelican News
Post Date: 10/17/2019 5:23:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lawrenceville, NJ – October 17, 2019 – Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions, is providing all Spyder5 users with an upgrade of their software for monitor calibration. Datacolor will continue to ensure full compatibility with the latest operating systems for customers using the Spyder5 sensor. This is in compliance of new industry standards with the Apple operating system, which will no longer support 32-bit applications with the Catalina macOS 10.15 version. The Spyder5 software upgrade is free for all users and can be downloaded from the Datacolor website.
Datacolor’s current monitor calibration solution - SpyderX, is 64-bit compatible. SpyderX is Datacolor’s fastest, most accurate and easy-to-use color calibration sensor, providing photographers, designers and videographers with the ultimate confidence and control over their creative vision.
B&H carries the Datacolor SpyerX color calibration sensor.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 10/17/2019 4:57:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Lensrentals recently used their custom-designed MTF machine (Olaf) to find the highest resolving lenses available. For those that like to geek out over optics, the blog post (linked above) will be interesting and – as usual for articles authored by Roger Cicala – entertaining. Here are a few snippets from the article:
A couple of years ago, a testing customer asked us to find which lenses could get maximum resolution from a 150-megapixel sensor. Many people assumed that the highest resolving lenses at standard resolutions would be the highest resolving lenses at higher resolutions. Assumptions are the dark matter of the internet; we can’t see them, but we know they account for most of the mass.
There was no photo or video lens that could resolve 200 lp/mm wide-open. (Our standard for ‘resolve’ was an MTF 0f 0.3; an MTF of 0.2 was borderline. There’s some evidence to support those cut-offs, but someone could argue them. Wait, this is the internet. Someone WILL argue them; it’s what someone lives for.)
The best results were for the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens at f/4. A few other lenses (Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar; Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art; Zeiss 55mm f1.4 Otus) were acceptable at f/4 in the middle portion of the image.
Two years later, that customer asked us if we knew of any other lenses that they should consider. There’ve been a lot of lenses released since we did these tests, and some of those lenses fit the criteria for possible ‘ultra-high’ resolution; primes with focal lengths of 85mm or more. The manufacturers are obviously making these lenses with at least moderately higher resolution cameras in mind. So perhaps some of the newer lenses would resolve ‘ultra-high’ frequencies better than some of the older lenses we had tested.
So we checked some new lenses all the way up to 240 lp/mm, something sufficient to make a 200 megapixel FF camera worthwhile. To be clear, this is NOT coming to a camera near you anytime soon; it’s a research project. But if the researchers are making such a sensor, it makes sense they want to know which lenses would get the best results from the sensor.
See the entire article at the Lensrentals blog to see which lenses made the cut this time around, then read more about those lenses here.
Post Date: 10/15/2019 5:21:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 14, 2019
Just posted: Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens Review.
Yet another lens that makes buying a Canon EOS R or EOS RP worthwhile.
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Rent the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.
Please share this review with others!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/14/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Dave Etchells, Founder of
I first had the idea for Imaging Resource almost 24 years ago, and I've been actively working on it for about 22 years now. I officially launched the site with the first handful of reviews in April of 1998, and it's been a spectacular run ever since. I'm proud that some of our first readers are still with us, and we've accumulated many more along the way. Personally, I've been blessed beyond measure by the site, my co-workers and the entire photo industry; it's one of the nicest industries in the world, with remarkable unstinting support, camaraderie and positive feelings all around.
Now though, nearly 22 years later, we're coming to an end of that road, although it's possible that the site and brand might continue, with a greatly trimmed-down staff. I hope that'll be possible, and there may be a few ways to make it happen, but it'll require committed support from both readers and manufacturers to bring it to pass.
We would like to wish Dave great things in whatever endeavors he embarks upon next.
Post Date: 10/14/2019 5:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 11, 2019

From the Adorama YouTube Channel:
If you use flash in your photography you might be aware that the shutter speed plays a vital role in controlling the amount of ambient light that's captured in an exposure. Usually when shooting in a studio, the cameras maximum flash sync shutter speed is fast enough to control the ambient light but if you love shooting with fast glass and wide apertures you need to master HSS flash aka high speed sync flash.
In this video photographer Gavin Hoey explains why and when HSS flash is helpful and then goes on to share his simple tips and tricks to make setting up HSS flash really straightforward. Once Gavin has everything ready he uses the set-up to shoot some eye catching portraits of a medieval knight!
Products Used
Post Date: 10/11/2019 5:25:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon:
MELVILLE, NY, October 10, 2019 – Your activity of choice should not limit you on your quest to #RECtheWorld – from jumping on a trampoline, biking down a mountainside, screaming on a roller coaster or feeling the beat at a music festival. Down for just about anything, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the IVY REC Clippable Outdoor Camera. Made to go anywhere while capturing those larger-than-life moments – this new camera is made for adventure.
Great for the outdoors, the clippable and wearable design allows users to wear it on a belt or bag and the clip doubles as a viewfinder – eliminating the potential to crack a screen. Simple to use with one click capture for both photos and videos, the IVY REC pairs with the optional Canon Mini Cam app. When paired with a compatible mobile device2 such as a smartphone, you can keep informed about important settings including battery life of the IVY REC camera, remaining image capacity for the MicroSD card, video recording resolution (720p or 1080p)3, and image size. You can also use the app as a live viewfinder to capture photos and videos, and even use it as a remote shutter with a timer. For photos and videos, the app lets you wirelessly transfer them to your compatible mobile device to print and share. The go-anywhere camera is also waterproof4, shockproof5 and lightweight.
“We have learned a lot about the IVY customer since we launched our first IVY product over a year ago –their unique shopping habits and what’s important to them when it comes to consumer technology products,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We’ve worked tirelessly to implement this knowledge into the next generation of IVY products, the IVY REC, offering the younger generation consumer the opportunity to go where the moment takes them and capture them in an instant.”
The Canon IVY REC comes in three colors: Riptide (Blue), Avocado (Green) and Dragon Fruit (Pink) and is scheduled to be available in October 2019 at an estimated retail price of $129.99.
B&H has the Canon IVY REC Clippable Outdoor Camera available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/11/2019 5:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
NEW YORK, Oct. 11, 2019 -- B&H Photo is pleased to share the announcement of the new Zhiyun Tech WEEBILL-S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer. Touted by Zhiyun-Tech as the "Tiny Giant," it features motors that are 50% more responsive and have 300% more torque than previous gimbals. This allows the WEEBILL-S to remain small and lightweight, while supporting DSLR and mirrorless cameras without reaching the limits of the gimbal's motors—all of which makes it easier to operate the gimbal for extended run times with more flexibility in shooting.
The built-in OLED screen can display a variety of adjustable parameters such as: Motor Strength, Follow Speed, Smoothness, and Deadband (helps prevent unwanted gimbal movements). These adjustments can be made directly on the WEEBILL-S without using the downloadable app. A built-in auto-tune function will tune the WEEBILL-S to mounted camera, providing the most efficient use of power and allowing your WEEBILL-S to run up to 14 hours on a set of interchangeable 18650 batteries, and the WEEBILL-S can power select cameras. Your camera mounts via the two-in-one Manfrotto/Arca-Swiss quick-release plate, while newly designed axis locks make balancing your camera faster and easier. The gimbal supports a full-range POV mode, Vortex mode (for 360-degree barrel rolls), Go mode for extremely fast action, PF mode (pan follower), F mode (follower), which has all axes follow your movements, and L mode, which allows you to mimic jib shots. Additionally, the Zhiyun ZY Play iOS/Android mobile app enables Panorama, Timelapse, Motion Timelapse, and Long Exposure Timelapse shooting.
An optional Image Transmission module mounts directly under the quick-release plate and transmits video signals up to 1080p30, allowing you to livestream from your gimbal. It works not only as a transmitter, but, incorporating a motion sensor, it allows for precision control. The second supported mobile app, ViaTouch 2.0, takes advantage of this, allowing you to connect with your smartphone, camera, and gimbal together electronically so you can adjust settings and control your set up from a smartphone. When coupled with the SmartFollow 2.0 module, sold separately, you can track objects precisely from your smartphone, without needing to mount your smartphone on your gimbal. The WEEBILL-S supports up to three devices wirelessly, including smartphones, tablets, and monitors. A third app, Sync Motion, interfaces with the Image Transmission module and allows real-time monitoring plus synchronous motion control for an immersive FPV experience.
Product Highlights
  • Rear Underslung Handle in Compact Design
  • Highly Upgraded Motors and Algorithm
  • Support for Optional Transmission Module
  • Updated ZY Play App Features
  • Six Modes of Operation
  • Up to 14-Hour Battery Operating Time
  • Electronic Focus Control Where Supported
  • Optional Focus/Zoom Motors Supported
  • Arca Swiss/Manfrotto Quick Release Plate
  • Supports All TransMount Accessories
B&H has the Zhiyun Tech WEEBILL-S Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/11/2019 4:55:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 10, 2019
Adorama has introduced a new logo as shared in this post and an updated website. Take a Look!
Post Date: 10/10/2019 7:35:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has released new versions of its Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility, and Picture Style Editor. (thanks Scott)
Download: Canon Releases DPP 4.11.00, EOS Utility 3.11.00, and Picture Style Editor 1.23.00
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/10/2019 7:31:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, October 9, 2019
I had attempted to photograph the historic Crystal Mill twice. On the first (not very serious) attempt, a navigational error prevented success. On the second attempt, heavy rains prevailed and even the jeep service would not take me to the mill. With the end of the Rocky Mountain National Park photography workshops aligning with the normal peak fall foliage time in Marble, CO and the airline ticket price home being significantly lower one day later, I opted to make another attempt at photographing this mill and routed the itinerary through Marble one more time. This time, success was achieved.
Getting to this location requires driving a very-rough 4x4 road or a very long hike. My rental Suburban checked the 4x4 box but I was advised that it was questionably long to safely make the trip. Yes, the rental company's damage insurance coverage was in place but I still needed to be able to get to the airport and after driving up the first section of road, I opted to park the SUV in an area just large enough to clear the road. The hike remaining hike was between 4 and 5 miles and quite scenic.
This trek started mid-morning and the mill was reached at around noon. Upon paying the access fee ($10 enables access beyond the cable) and scoping out the available shot locations, it was obvious that the light would be better later in the afternoon (as expected). Also, the crowds were heavy at noon, another unfavorable aspect of photographing at this time of the day. With a very early AM flight scheduled, a very short night at the hotel was promised (about 2.5 hours of sleep) and a nap seemed like a good plan. I hiked past Crystal City, a ghost-town-like area featuring historic rental cabins and a store, and upon finding a sloped rock with my name on it, (sort of) slept for a couple of hours.
Upon returning to the mill, I found the crowds much lighter. The sky had filled with clouds that created an even light and clouds prevailed for most of my remaining time there. I didn't mind the even lighting that the clouds created but the clouds in the background were usually in direct sunlight, creating a huge dynamic range. After shooting many HDR captures, the clouds parted momentarily and I was able to make (only) one single image with direct sunlight hitting the mill while using this camera and lens. The cloudy sky images were nice, but this direct sunlight image was my favorite.
For this hike, I could take two cameras and two lenses in the MindShift Gear BackLight 18L. The Canon EOS R and Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens made the cut and delivered excellently. A Breakthrough circular polarizer filter was used to cut reflections and increase saturation. a Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod and Really Right Stuff BH-40 Ball Head provided the support for this image.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 10/9/2019 11:39:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Learn several very useful Photoshop tips from Adobe's Julieanne Kost.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/9/2019 6:08:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
The U.S. Government’s recent Executive Order regarding Venezuela prohibits almost all transactions and services between U.S. companies and entities and individuals in Venezuela. In order to remain complaint, Adobe will be deactivating all accounts in Venezuela, with the exception of Behance, on October 29, 2019. Customers who purchased directly from Adobe will be refunded by the end of the month for any paid, but unused services. We are working with our partners on the same. We regret the difficulties this causes our customers. We will share more details about how our operations and customer activities might be impacted, as they become available.
How long will the Executive Order be in effect?
Executive Order 13884 was issued with no expiration date – the decision to rescind it rests solely with the U.S. Government. We will continue to monitor developments closely and will make every effort to restore services to Venezuela as soon as it is legally permissible to do so.
Where can I find more information on Executive Order 13884?
You can find further information here.
You’ve charged me, when will I get my refund?
If you purchased directly from Adobe, we will refund you by the end of the month for any paid, but unused services. We are working with our partners on the same.
For more information, check out this Adobe Support page.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/9/2019 5:14:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon UK:
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 9 October 2019 – Canon Inc. today celebrates a significant camera-manufacturing milestone, as production of Canon’s EOS-series silver halide (film) and digital interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed 100 million units on 20 September 2019. An EOS R mirrorless camera (released in October 2018) was the 100 millionth EOS-series camera produced.
Boasting an attractive product line-up that caters to a variety of genres, skillsets and requirements and an extensive range of over 70 EF and EF-S lenses, Canon strives to expand the boundaries of imaging expression. The EOS series has supported many users, from entry-level through to professionals over its long history, and enabled Canon to maintain the No. 1 share of the global interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 16 consecutive years from 2003 to 2018. In March 1987, the EOS series began with the EOS 650, a next-generation AF single-lens reflex (SLR) camera featuring the world’s first fully electronic lens mount. Production of the EOS series began in what was then Canon’s Fukushima plant and now takes place at a variety of locations - including Taiwan, Miyazaki, Nagasaki and the lynchpin Oita Canon – where production is now carried out under stringent product quality management. Following the release of the EOS 650, Canon went on to develop innovative products and technologies that put speed, comfort and image quality at the forefront - such as the high-end EOS-1 released in 1989 and the EOS 500, which was released in 1993 - expanding the EOS series to cater to many users, from amateur to professional.
In the early 2000s, as the pace of digital SLRs (DSLR) adoption picked up, Canon sought to create even more appealing products. The EOS series’ core concept was expanded to include “high image quality,” achieved through proprietary, cutting-edge technology such as Canon-developed CMOS sensors and DIGIC image processors. The EOS 300D - a compact, lightweight DSLR with an affordable price - contributed to the wider adoption of interchangeable-lens digital cameras, for consumers. Both the EOS 5D series and 1D series expanded digital EOS to professionals – specifically, the EOS 5D Mark II introduced DSLRs as valid means for movie capture and independent filmmaking. Whilst the establishment of the Cinema EOS System of professional digital cinematography products in 2011 extended Canon’s video technology to the B2B sphere entering the video production industry.
Canon will continue to explore new approaches, building on the success of the EOS cameras and the original EF mount, which gave photographers and filmmakers versatility when shooting - such as the 2018 launch of the EOS R System, which employs the new RF Mount. Expanding imaging areas - from still photo to the realm of video - the EOS Series across bodies and EF lenses supports a wide range of users, from entry-level through to professionals. Speed, comfort and high-image quality will all continue to be at the core concept of the EOS series, further strengthening the EOS System towards expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.
B&H carries Canon EOS cameras.
Post Date: 10/9/2019 4:51:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 8, 2019
From Canon U.S.A.:
In response to feedback from our customers about some of our recently launched EOS and PowerShot models, Canon plans to introduce 24p mode (23.98fps) for movie recording via a series of future firmware updates for select models. After the firmware updates are downloaded it will be possible to shoot 24p (23.98fps) in 4K and Full HD for the select models.
The first models to benefit will be the EOS 90D and EOS RP at the end of October. The PowerShot G7X Mark III and G5X Mark II will follow at the end of 2019 and the EOS M6 Mark II during the first half of 2020.
Canon is committed to providing a diverse and full line-up of products, listening to our customers and providing enhancements accordingly.
MTF test results have been added to the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens page.
Create comparisons keeping in mind that only max aperture openings are being shown.
The Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Rent the Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art Lens from Lensrentals.
Post Date: 10/8/2019 10:55:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H will be closed for one day this week but much more impacting will be their closure during the following two weeks. Plan ahead — place your orders ASAP!
SuperStore & Offices
B&H will be closed Tue Oct 8 through Wed Oct 9. We will reopen at 9am Thu Oct 10.
Online Orders
Checkout will be unavailable from 6:15pm ET Tue Oct 8 until 7:45pm Wed Oct 9.
Any orders placed after 6:15pm ET Mon Oct 7 will be processed after we reopen on Thu Oct 10.
Buy Online – Pickup in Store
Store Pickup orders placed before 7:30pm Mon-Thu will be available for pickup within 30 minutes until 8pm, same day. Orders placed after 8pm will be available the next day at 8am, Mon-Fri (Sun at 10am).
Place your B&H now. We are grateful for your support of this site by using our links to place your order (for anything)!
Post Date: 10/8/2019 9:45:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Along with Image quality test results, vignetting, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, eye candy, and standard product images have been added to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page (flare results coming soon).
One mm wider with less linear distortion. I like that.
Here is a visual comparison you might find interesting. From a specification perspective, similarly interetsing is the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS vs. EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens comparison.
I've spent a lot of time with this lens and hope to have this review completed very soon.
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
Please share these results with your friends!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2019 8:22:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 7, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
New York Yankees Shortstop Didi Gregorius wants to prove that not all baseball players are created equal. The Bronx Bomber talks to B&H about his love for all things creative, from photography to digital illustration and how there is so much more to him that just being a baseball player.
B&H carries Sony cameras and lenses.
Post Date: 10/7/2019 5:22:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Sports Shooter Academy YouTube Channel:
Workshop instructor Keith Birmingham conducts a hands-on class on rigging backboard and post remote cameras for capturing a unique angle for covering basketball. Thanks to PocketWizard for providing loaner gear for SSA participants to use during the workshop. The Sports Shooter Academy workshops are sponsored by Nikon Professional Services. Video shot with a Nikon Z and Nikkor lenses. Video produced by Myung J. Chun for Sports Shooter Inc.
B&H carries magic arms.
Post Date: 10/7/2019 5:12:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 4, 2019
It's time to check off another line item on your bucket list. With pleasure I invite you to join me in remote coastal Katmai National Park for 7 nights in mid-September, 2020 to photograph brown bears chasing salmon.
Arrangements have been made with a highly-respected, long-term (over 2 decades) coastal Katmai NP boat operator to host our group. After a 1-hour floatplane flight from Kodiak, AK, we will set down on a remote coastal Katmai NP bay where we will be met by a skiff and shuttled to the "Ursus", the original "Time Bandit" boat from the TV show Deadliest Catch, our home for the week. This is a solid ship that I've had the privilege of staying on and the Katmai NP bays we will be visiting are incredible (Geographic and Kukak Bays for example). While we will be boat-based (extremely convenient in this location), the skiff will transport us to the shores of the salmon streams where we will get up close and personal with the bears while photographing them. The amount of time allocated for this trip means that the ship can move from bay to bay, targeting the best salmon runs and providing variety in our images.
The Ursus
The September timeframe is ideal for bears looking good with new coats and a huge size, up roughly 40% from August. The lighting is softer at this time of the year with a low angle ideal that is ideal for photography. Also, the number of dark hours is adequate for a decent night of sleep while still taking advantage of the ideal lighting hours. Humpback/pink, chum/keta/dog, and sometimes sockeye/silver salmon, a bear favorite, run at this time of the year. There are no promises that we will see wolves, but this time of the year holds an increased chance of this encounter.
Float Plane
Plan on hanging out with a small group that shares your passion for wildlife photography in a spectacularly scenic location. Note that this is not Katmai NP's popular Brooks Falls where there is often a waiting line to get onto the observation deck.
When and Where
Thu, September 17 to Thu, September 24, 2020 in remote coastal Katmai National Park, Alaska.
Hopefully you, along with up-to-7 other participants. Sign up with your friends!
The cost for the 7-night Kodiak-to-Kodiak trip is $7,695 per person plus crew tips. Meals are included. Email me at to sign up or ask questions!
Shaking Brown Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska
What are We Photographing?
Our primary photo subject will be brown bears. Wildlife, by definition, is "wild" and that means it is unpredictable and there can be no guarantees. That said, coastal Katmai National Park is an extremely reliable location to photograph brown bears and, as mentioned, the bears should be chasing salmon in the small streams at this time of the year.
In addition to brown bear, we could see other animals including sea otters, whales, and potentially even wolves. We will be opportunistic and take advantage of any interesting subjects that we encounter – and discovering those moments are part of the excitement. In addition to the immersive wildlife photography experience, there will certainly be opportunity for some landscape photography. The views from the boat are awesome.
Brown Bears and Epic Katmai National Park Landscape
While the implied definitions of these terms vary, I see "workshops" typically laid out with a planned schedule and "tours" typically designed to put you in front of subjects at the right time. I'm calling this trip a "tour" because the primary goal is for you to get great images and we will be opportunistic in that regard, making a firm schedule difficult to implement. That said, we will spend a lot of time together and I will teach (including as we are actively photographing), answer questions (please bring many), critique images, assist in editing, etc. throughout our time together. Thus, the educational element will also be a primary part of our time together – an "Instructional Photo Tour".
In the field, we will photograph side-by-side. You taking great images home will be a primary goal, but you capturing those images yourself is important and I can best describe what you should do if I am doing it myself at the same time. This also provides the participant opportunity to watch how it is done. Your constant feedback and questions during the IPT are important and will enable me to provide you with the best experience possible.
An "expedition" is another type of immersive photography experience and this event involves multiple daily mini-expeditions. Certain is that we will have an adventure.
Physical Requirements
This will be an only modestly strenuous trip, with much of the strain dependent on the size and weight of the gear you are carrying. Sometimes the hike from the skiff to the bears will be short and sometimes we might eventually end up as far as (roughly) a mile up the streams. Thus, one needs to be in reasonable physical condition.
What is Included
From Kodiak and back to Kodiak, all food and lodging (on the boat) is provided. In the boat's current configuration, lodging is two bunks per room and two rooms per bathroom.
What is Not Included
Transportation to/from Kodiak and any lodging prior to or post trip. Note that flights to Kodiak are typically out of Anchorage.
Tips for the crew are not included.
Brown Bears Fighting, Katmai National Park, AK
The schedule may vary, but a typical day looks like this: We will wake up in the morning, eat breakfast, slip into waders (hip waders provided, bringing your own chest waders is a better option), board the skiff with our gear, and, along with a bear guide, will head for the streams holding both salmon and bears. Typically, we come back to the boat for lunch and go back out for another round of photography later in the day. Staying out all day is an option we can request.
Cancellation Policy
Please note: travel insurance is very strongly recommended for this trip. While the operator has had "only three trip cancellations in the past twenty-two years due to weather (guests didn't schedule buffer days)", they "cannot accept liability for costs incurred due to weather or other forces of nature." They are "a small company, servicing relatively few clients each season, and the nature of [their] trip presents some variables over which [they] have no control." Safety comes first. If conditions are not safe, they don't fly. Allowing some flexibility in travel (buffer days) is highly recommended in this part of Alaska.
This trip will fall under the operator's booking guidelines as follows:
To reserve your space, a 50% deposit (not refundable unless your reserved space can be rebooked) of trip price within 10 days of verbal confirmation of your desired dates. Final payment is required 90 days prior to trip departure date. Reservations made within 90 days of trip departure dates require full payment. Credit card payments are welcome. Cancellation fees are in effect. Anyone requiring a different payment plan can ask about the Custom Pay Plan.
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Camera Gear Needed
Aside from a great attitude and a strong interest in wildlife photography, you are going to need some gear and while most cameras with a telephoto lens will work fine, mid-upper-grade gear should be considered for best results from this event.
There will be times when a fast frame rate is beneficial (bears chasing salmon for example), but I will likely opt for higher resolution cameras that typically do not have the fastest-available frame rates. A DSLR camera or a late-model MILC (Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera) should be in your bag.
A telephoto lens or lenses will be needed with a full-frame equivalent of at least 400mm (250mm on an APS-C) suggested and having longer focal lengths available will be appreciated at times (full frame 600mm equivalent is ideal and a 1.4x may even be appreciated behind this lens). Wide apertures are often an advantage, especially on dark days, and the wide aperture's ability to blur the background can be useful. Any telephoto lens can work, but there may be times when an f/4 or wider aperture is preferred. This is a great event to break out your big lenses for and it is also a great time to try a new one, perhaps via renting.
My current plan is to take a pair of high-resolution cameras such as the Canon EOS 5Ds R along with a 600mm lens such as the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens (probably along with a Black Rapid shoulder strap to carry it with) and a telephoto zoom lens such as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens for my primary wildlife kit. In this location, I plan to carry both setups in a MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L.
We will sit together in a line on small folding stools while photographing streamside and a strong tripod with a gimbal head is ideal. I'll leave my backpack on the ground/sand beside me (on a garbage bag to keep it clean) with the second camera and lens ready to grab when the bears get too close for the big lens (expect them to get very close at times).
Bring some basic landscape photography gear.
Bring adequate memory card capacity, enough batteries to last at least a day and enough chargers to restore that capability overnight. Bringing a laptop is highly recommended, enabling review of your images throughout the time we have together. Bring an external hard drive (or multiple of them) for an additional level of backup. Bring a flashlight.
Consider what failure of any piece of gear means for your experience and consider bringing a backup for items identified as critical.
As always, feel free to ask us for gear advice.
Weather / Clothing
The weather in Katmai in late September is typically very nice, though cool and sometimes even cold (mostly mornings and late evenings). Dressing in layers is the best plan. Rain protection may be required at times, including rain covers for camera gear while in the field.
The wildlife we are pursuing is acclimated to humans and does not seem to care what we are wearing. Thus, camo clothing is not necessary. Just in case you were wondering, bears think salmon taste much better than people.
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Huge Brown Bear, Katmai National Park, Alaska
I've just returned from an awesome 17-day trip to Colorado, hanging with some great people, and taking (more than) a few pictures. As I began unpacking, I thought I'd keep track of what I removed and share with you what was in my backpacks for this trip.
While leading photography workshops was my primary purpose for being in Colorado, I can instruct best when I am shooting myself. Those, I needed gear appropriate for what we were photographing — wildlife and landscape. As this site is also a higher priority than my personal photography, I needed to do field testing of as much new gear as possible at the same time.
Flying meant my gear was limited to what would fit in my max-airline-dimensions checked bag, a carry-on, and a personal item. My photo trip packing strategy is to put the items with the most value (both financially and for the shoot) and the items most sensitive to damage in my carry-on and personal item camera backpacks that go with me onto the plane. Unless my checked bag is under the 50 lb weight limit (it seldom is and the bag I checked for this trip registered exactly 50.0 lbs on the scale), I'm also interested in putting the densest (think metal) items in my carry-on and personal item packs (I've not yet had these bags weighed for domestic USA flights).
The MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L and MindShift Gear BackLight 18L are my current favorite camera backpacks for travel. The larger pack goes on my back with the waist belt tightened enough for the weight to be supported on my waist — not my shoulders. The smaller pack goes on in reverse direction — a front pack — with the waist belt clipped around the front of the case (to get it out of the way). Here is the list of what is (or was) in the two backpacks along with some interspersed reasoning:

Camera gear in the checked bag included:

  • Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Carbon Fiber Tripod. As already mentioned, the larger lenses were supported on a monopod most of the time, leaving the tripod needs to landscape purposes and this model was perfect for that use — light and solid.
  • Really Right Stuff MC-34 Carbon Fiber Monopod
  • 3 LensCoat camera rain covers
  • 4 battery chargers — 2 for each camera brand. These mission-critical items were in my carry-on on the flight out, but they had reduced value to me on the return flight (they could easily be replaced). Being relatively light, I put them in my checked bag and moved heavier items to the backpacks. I needed to remove enough weight from the checked bag for the Sony a7R IV box to be packed home. Yes, having the original box helps with resale value — it is psychologically important to some and therefore monetarily important to me.
  • BlackRapid Breathe Sport Camera Strap (I opt for the "Left" model for big lenses) with a Really Right Stuff B2-FABN Screw-Knob Clamp.

Note that all of the links in this post lead to reviews on this site or the product pages of our affiliate retailers. Hopefully you have found this information at least entertaining and watching me carry the gear through the airport is probably even more so.

Post Date: 10/4/2019 9:46:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
2019.10.04 – SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of interchangeable lenses for the Canon EF-M mount digital camera series with APS-C image sensors. SIGMA will gradually introduce the lenses as members of the Contemporary line.
The new Canon EF-M mount models will feature a newly and exclusively developed control algorithm that optimizes the autofocus drive and maximizes the data transmission speed. In addition, these lenses will be compatible with Servo AF and lens aberration correction.
The lineup will include the Contemporary line set of three prime lenses 16mm, 30mm, and 56mm. While retaining the compact, lightweight and outstanding image quality concepts of the Contemporary line, this new large-aperture lens series covering from wide to mid-tele angle provides the amount of bokeh and admirable brightness expected from F1.4 to be enjoyed on Canon EF-M mount cameras.
Key features
  • Impressively compact construction with image quality rivaling SIGMA’s Art line.
    To achieve such a compact construction, the lens design is considered based on the capabilities of the camera body function to correct peripheral light amount and distortion. A compactness and lightweight construction combined with superb image quality is achieved.
  • Smooth AF ideal for video shooting
    The combination of optical design for video AF and use of the stepping motor enables smooth and quiet autofocus. This lens is also compatible with the camera’s Face + Tracking AF.
  • Data loaded for compatibility with in-camera aberration correction
    The lenses will be fully compatible* with in-camera aberration correction, which includes corrections for peripheral illumination, chromatic aberrations and distortion. By matching corrections to the optical characteristics of the lens, this function takes image quality to an even higher level.
  • Available Mount Conversion Service
    This service converts the mount of SIGMA lenses to that of a different camera body, allowing photographers to continue using their favorite lenses over the long term regardless of camera system.
* Only when the camera is compatible.
EF-M Mount Models
  • SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
  • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
  • SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary
Mount Conversion Service is available to convert other mounts of SIGMA 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary, SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary and SIGMA 56mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary for Canon EF-M mount. In order to apply for the service, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary or distributor.
B&H carries Sigma lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/4/2019 5:23:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 3, 2019
My favorite print company, AdoramaPix, is now Printique.
Check out the 15% savings offer currently available on the Printique home page.
From Printique:
Introducing Printique!
We are excited to announce our new name, Printique! For over 20 years, we have been proud to serve you with industry-leading quality print products as AdoramaPix. We couldn't have come this far without your support. It's time we focus on the future and our new name reflects our commitment to excellence, quality and above all, customer satisfaction. Our new name is just the beginning. It comes with a brand new website solely focused on what we do best...printing. We remain the same great artisans with the same great passion for print, but with a fresh new digital experience and an expanding product line. We are continuing our dedication to innovation and being leaders in the photo printing industry. If you have stored photos and projects in your AdoramaPix account, they are available in your new Printique account. Use the same username and password to log in. You can access your account as if nothing has changed. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call customer service: 888-216-6400. We are here for you.
Post Date: 10/3/2019 12:38:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Phlearn YouTube Channel:
Today we show you how to create a beautiful double exposure effect in only a few minutes! Learn how to use Levels to change a light background into a pure white background and then blend two images together using the magic of Blending Modes.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 10/3/2019 6:19:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Adorama youTube Channel:
Join Daniel Norton OnSet as he creates an image with the look of end of day sunlight using studio lighting and some knowledge of how the “real sun” works. One trick to creating light that feels natural is to study and understand existing light. Then when the time comes that you must make it, you will be ready to create your own sun or moon as the case may be.
Products Used
Post Date: 10/3/2019 5:18:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The GoPro HERO8 Black and MAX 360 action cameras are available for preorder at the following retailers:
GoPro HERO8 BlackB&H | Adorama | Amazon US
GOPro MAX 360 - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US
GoPro HERO8 Black Highlights
  • Up to UHD 4K Video, Slow Motion
  • HyperSmooth 2.0 Video Stabilization
  • TimeWarp 2.0 Stabilized Time-Lapse Video
  • SuperPhoto 12MP Stills with HDR Support
  • Waterproof to 33' without a Housing
  • Direct Live Streaming to Facebook Live
  • Night-Lapse Video, Live-Burst Stills
  • Intuitive, Smartphone-Like Touchscreen
  • Face, Smile & Scene Detection
  • 15-Command Multi-Language Voice Control
GoPro MAX 360 Highlights
  • Supports 4992 x 2496 360° Video
  • Photo Resolution up to 5760 x 2880
  • Wide 8.9mm Focal Length
  • HyperSmooth Digital Stabilization
  • PowerPano 360° Photo Mode
  • In-Camera Stitching & App Control
  • Rugged Body, Waterproof to 16'
  • Up to 14 Voice Commands
  • Includes Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Rechargeable 1600mAh Li-Ion Battery
Post Date: 10/2/2019 5:09:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 30, 2019

From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
Here’s a sneak peek into brand-new enhancements coming soon to Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill. Find out how this Adobe Sensei-powered feature is becoming even more intelligent and more powerful.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/30/2019 4:54:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 28, 2019
The 5DayDeal Complete Photography Bundle 2019 Givaway promotion is now live and runs until October 3, 2019 [noon Pacific Time]. Sign up to be notified of the 5DayDeal launch and you could win one of the prizes listed below:
(15) Luminar + Aurora HDR + Signature Looks from Max Rive ($187 each)
(5) Year Subscription to (Unlimited Storage) ($420 each)
(1) Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones ($349)
(1) Canon EOS Rebel T6 EF-S 18-55mm + EF 75-300mm Double Zoom Kit ($429)
(1) MacBook Pro [ Winner Will Be Drawn in December ] ($1,299)
(1) AirMagic License Per Giveaway Entrant ($39 Value Each) ($10,000+) - NOTE: Will not be distributed until October 22, 2019
Category: 5DayDeals
Post Date: 9/28/2019 8:09:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 27, 2019

From Westcott:
The FJ400 is the first portable 400Ws AC/DC strobe with less than 1 second recycle time at full power and 480+ full-power flashes per charge. The powerful FJ-X2m Universal Wireless Trigger is equipped with multi-brand technology that pairs with virtually any camera brand to maximize the FJ400’s full potential. With a large display and user-friendly menu, controlling TTL and HSS has never been easier.
Product Features
  • Universal Camera Brand Trigger
  • TTL, High Speed Sync, Freeze Sync, and More
  • Unrivaled Battery Performance
  • Consistent Color Temperature
  • Optimized for Light Modifiers
B&H carries the Westcott FJ400 and FJ-X2m Trigger.
Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 9/27/2019 5:04:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 26, 2019

In this video, Adobe's Julieanne’ Kost demonstrates how to create realistic and highly customizable flames along any path in Photoshop.
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 9/26/2019 5:13:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon UK has published the following firmware updates:
The firmware updates change the following:
  • Enhances eye detection Auto Focus (AF) for improved face and eye recognition at greater distances.
  • Improved Auto Focus (AF) performance helps the camera to focus on and track smaller subjects.
  • Reduces lag time between the actual Auto Focus (AF) and the AF frame display for images in the viewfinder or on the LCD.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which Main dial icon may not appear when magnify/reduce button is pressed during the image playback.
  • Fixes PTP communication vulnerability.
Post Date: 9/26/2019 5:01:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 25, 2019
From Lowpro:
Carry-on compatible and backcountry ready, Pro Trekker AW II collection delivers you and your digital imaging gear to your destination without missing a beat.
  • Lowepro’s Pro Trekker II Series lets you carry-on essential camera gear
  • MaxFit divider system fits the most gear in the smallest space
  • Delivers all-day comfort and rugged protection for backcountry destinations
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 24, 2019 – With over 50 years creating protective gear-carrying solutions for professional and enthusiast image makers alike, Lowepro has unveiled the most reliable companion to keep photographic equipment packed, protected and ready for anything. Lowepro’s Pro Trekker AW II Series has been redesigned and upgraded to deliver greater performance, more utility and convenient versatility. This full collection meets a photographer's every travel need. From the wayfaring adventure professional to the enthusiast who is serious about his or her hobby, Pro Trekker delivers protection, ease and comfort to photographers and videographers worldwide.
The Lowepro design team worked with long-time ambassador Chris McLennan, to develop this line that ranges from a performance BP 350 backpack for medium-sized pro mirrorless kits to the largest backcountry BP 550 model designed to split into two carry-on ready components. "I have used the Trekker bags for 30 years. The design provides my camera gear with the ultimate protection and makes carrying even the heaviest loads easy - and they are airline carry-on compliant. The ultimate camera backpack in even the most extreme environments." says McLennan. Lowepro Trekker products have been Chris’ go-to bags for more than 30 years. Chris has been a significant contributor to this latest collection of Pro Trekker designs.
The redesigned Pro Trekker II Collection solves the photographer's biggest travel challenges.
  • Modular 2-piece carry-on design for Backpack 550
  • Backpack to a roller conversion on Roller RLX 450 model
  • Stowable Harness on Backpack 350 and Backpack 450 models for easy handling
  • AW Cover, Durable Materials, Zippers enhancing protection from the elements
A complete collection to plan and maximize your kit and get you to your backcountry destination. The Lowepro Pro Trekker II full collection is available now at authorized Lowepro dealers.
B&H has the following available for preorder:
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/25/2019 5:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon UK:
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Wednesday 25 September 2019 – Canon Europe announces the highly anticipated successor to the hugely popular EOS M100 - the Canon EOS M200. Upgrades to this mirrorless camera include the latest Canon DIGIC 8 processor, improved autofocus and the addition of 4K movie. Complete with a guided user interface, boundless creative functions and vertical movie shooting, it has never been easier to step up from a smartphone and start sharing stand-out images and video with the world.
Capture sharp and striking images effortlessly
Superior storytelling is made effortless with the Canon EOS M200. Its guided user interface is perfect for first-time camera users, with useful on-screen guidance as well as hints and tips on how to get the best results. The camera’s APS-C sized 24.1 megapixel sensor is larger than that of a typical smartphone, producing highly detailed images that look sharp and striking, even when cropped or enlarged for sharing on social media.
The camera features Dual Pixel CMOS AF - a Canon-developed technology that delivers professional-looking movies and images, by keeping moving subjects in sharp focus with a pleasing background blur – perfect for capturing pin-sharp memories at a party, festival or concert with low-light AF sensitivity down to EV-4. The addition of Eye Detection AF also makes capturing the natural expressions of friends and family simple, by automatically maintaining focus on a subject’s eyes.

The introduction of Canon’s latest processor, DIGIC 8, delivers new functionality as well as great quality. With a maximum ISO speed of 100-25600 (extending to ISO 51200 equivalent), DIGIC 8 guards against image blur and reduces image noise when shooting in darker locations, such as a bar or music venue.
DIGIC 8 also adds a new dimension to storytelling, powering 4K movie for the highest level of movie clarity. The Canon EOS M200 takes the storytelling potential one step further with a 4K time-lapse feature and the ability to take 4K stills from 4K movies, perfect for capturing memories in detail.
The LCD touchscreen on the Canon EOS M200 flips 180 degrees, helping elevate selfies beyond what is achievable with a smartphone. The camera’s Self Portrait mode also allows settings such as background blur and brightness to be easily adjusted in real time. A first on an EOS camera, the movie record button is displayed on the touchscreen when in Movie Mode, ideally positioned for easy operation when recording a vlog with the screen tilted 180 degrees. Movies can even be recorded and played back on mobile in a vertical orientation so they are optimised for sharing on social media after they are captured.
Unlock your creativity:
The Canon EOS M200 features an array of settings and tools empowering those stepping up from a smartphone to capture memories in artistic and imaginative ways. It includes Canon’s Creative Assist feature, a suite of effects, filters and colour adjustment tools to apply to photographs when composing an image or after it has been taken. It is also possible to add effects to the photos taken, just like a photo app, with a range of creative filters including Grainy black & white, Fish-eye and Soft Focus.
Compatibility with the affordable and creative range of EF-M lenses expands the potential of the Canon EOS M200 even further. A variety of image expressions are made possible with wide-angle, telephoto and macro lenses EF-M lenses and the entire EOS lens range can be accessed with an EF-EOS M Mount Adapter.
Share special moments anywhere, anytime
Once content has been captured, customised and is ready to be shared with the world, the Canon EOS M200 connects seamlessly with smart devices¹ via Bluetooth² and Wi-Fi using the free Canon Camera Connect app for iOS and Android. From here, images and videos can be downloaded, reviewed and shared manually. Images can also be automatically sent to a smart device as they are taken. As long as the camera is in Bluetooth range, a constant connection to a smart device can be maintained, even when the camera is switched off.
The Canon Camera Connect app also facilitates shooting remotely with a smartphone or tablet, perfect for capturing group shots or a hands-free selfie.
Stylish and compact for everyday use:
The Canon EOS M200 is a compact and lightweight camera that can be conveniently carried anywhere. Weighing just 299g (including battery and memory card), it is perfect for daily use as it takes up limited bag space. It is also sleek and stylish in appearance, available in black or white with a high-quality crosshatch leather pattern. The Canon EOS M200’s appearance can even be customised with a range of colourful face jackets to complement a variety of outfits.
Incredibly simple, simply incredible, the Canon EOS M200 will be available from Canon’s online store and official Canon retailers from October 2019.
Pricing and availability:
The Canon EOS M200 will be available from October 2019 with an RSP of £499.99 / €569.99.
Preorders: Adorama
Post Date: 9/25/2019 5:12:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Adobe recently released an updated for its Camera RAW plug-in with support for the following cameras:
Latest cameras added in September 2019
  • Fujifilm X-A7
  • Panasonic LUMIX DC-S1H
  • Sony A7R IV (ILCE-7RM4)
  • Sony RX100 VII (DSC-RX100M7)
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/24/2019 5:21:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 20, 2019

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Sometimes despite your best efforts, you just aren't able to capture audio at the quality you would like. Whether it's background noise, unwanted dialogue sounds, inconsistent audio levels, or you just want to improve the overall quality of your video, this video will show you how to fix your audio in post.
Post Date: 9/20/2019 5:29:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 19, 2019

From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
The Profoto C1 product range are the studio lights for smartphones that deliver great light in your images, anytime and anywhere. Connect it to the Profoto camera app and you hold the secret of professional-looking images. All you have to do is press the button.
B&H carries the Profoto C1 and C1 Plus.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/19/2019 6:09:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
With Lens-Shift Image Stabilization, Compact, Lightweight Bodies and Affordable Pricing, the Canon 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS Binoculars are the Triple-Threat Tools Necessary for all Viewing Endeavors
MELVILLE, NY, September 19, 2019 – What do birdwatching, hiking, camping and sports watching all have in common? They all need a trusted and high-quality set of binoculars to view and bask in the full experience. Continuing to elevate viewing through impressive optics, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new, lightweight entry-level Image-Stabilized Binoculars with an 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS. Specifically, the 8x20 IS binoculars are the world’s lightest binoculars with image stabilization. These new entry-level models also feature Lens Shift Image Stabilization (IS) technology, a technology that allows users to see an even sharper image by moving the IS lens to help correct shaking from handholding.
“One of the secrets to Canon’s success is the company’s dedication to its strong legacy of optical brilliance and imaging technologies that match the various needs of our customers for today and into the future,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “These new binoculars embody those same principles, enhancing the viewing experiences for our customers, while offering the familiarity and quality they trust in Canon optics.”
The new binocular models both feature Shift Image Stabilization, a feature frequently found in Canon digital cameras and camcorders. This technology incorporates a microcomputer and improved gyro performance that assists in canceling out the effects of user-shake or movement, resulting in an enhanced detailed view of objects. Reducing shake also lessens fatigue when viewing for long periods of time, making them comfortable to use at concerts and events. Canon is offering two models with different zoom powers (8x and 10x) which can handle various situations for a wide range of users.
Additional features in both models include:
  • Compact and Lightweight Binoculars with Image Stabilization
  • High-Magnification Ratio of 8x to 10x, respectively
  • High Efficiency Shift-System Image Stabilizer
  • Powered IS Mode
  • Field Flattener Lens
  • Super-Spectra Coating
  • Minimum focusing distance of up to 6.6 feet (2m)
  • Ergonomic design and comfortable grip
Pricing and Availability
Canon’s new 8x20 IS and 10x20 IS binocular models are scheduled to be available in early November 2019 for an estimated retail price of $499.99 and $549.99 respectively.
B&H carries Canon Binoculars.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2019 5:08:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
Solution will Enable Remote Operation of Canon’s Interchangeable Lens Cameras in Inaccessible Locations for Photographers
MELVILLE, NY, September 19, 2019 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing a remote-control solution that will allow for operation of the company’s interchangeable-lens cameras. Remote operation of cameras has been growing in popularity among photo agencies and media outlets, as seen in today’s coverage of global sporting and news events. With that growth in mind, Canon is excited to develop a powerful solution that reflects years of testing and feedback from the organizations that will benefit the most from this device.
Canon Remote Control Pan Tilt System Video Console

The solution, currently under development, utilizes a system that enables the camera’s optical axis to be perpendicular to the device’s axis of revolution. This intuitive alignment will provide users with operation capabilities that feel similar to handheld or tripod shooting. The hardware and software solution allows a photographer to control multiple cameras at once, with the ability to control multiple remote-control or static remote systems from a single computer. Photographers will be able to operate each device to pan, tilt or rotate the camera and zoom the lens, and images can transmit via a network connection to a centralized location, a feature that will prove to be very useful for news outlets and agencies.
The new solution will allow for image capture from a variety of angles and viewpoints that might not have not been possible through conventional shooting methods. Moving forward, Canon’s goal is to create a system suited for a wide range of shooting needs that go beyond live sporting and news events, including e-commerce, product photography and more. By developing these types of innovative image-capture solutions, Canon is helping to provide new perspectives to the events that shape the world around us.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/19/2019 4:46:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 18, 2019
From DJI:
What’s New
  • Added video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Sony A9 and A6400 cameras with supported E-mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro-USB). To use autofocus on the Sony A9 and A6400, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Canon EOS RP cameras with supported RF mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C). To use autofocus on the Canon EOS RP, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Canon M50 cameras with supported EF-M mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro-USB). To use autofocus on the Canon M50, press halfway down on the camera control button on the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Canon EOS 6D and EOS 80D cameras with supported EF mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Mini USB). To use autofocus on the Canon EOS 6D and EOS 80D, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, video recording, autofocus, and focus pull support for Panasonic G9 cameras with supported Macro 4/3 mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro USB). To use autofocus on the Panasonic G9, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture, autofocus, video recording, and focus pull support for Panasonic S1 cameras with supported L mount lenses using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C). To use autofocus on the Panasonic S1, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture and autofocus for Fujifilm XT2 cameras using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Micro USB). To use autofocus on the Fujifilm XT2, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added photo capture and autofocus for Fujifilm XT3 camera using a Multi-Camera Control Cable (Type-C). To use autofocus on the Fujifilm XT3, press halfway down on the camera control button of the gimbal.
  • Added support for Ronin 2 Remote Controller. The DJI Pro Wireless Receiver and Ronin-MX/S CAN Cable are required to use the Ronin 2 Remote Controller with Ronin-S. Note that the mode switch feature is not currently available (requires Ronin 2 Remote Controller firmware v1.4.0.30 and DJI Pro Wireless Receiver firmware v1.2.0.10).
  • Optimized autofocus for Sony cameras. When the camera is in AF mode, press halfway on the camera control button to focus and release to stop focus.
  • Optimized focus for Canon, Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic cameras. The focus speed can be set from 1 to 100, replacing the previous settings of Slow, Medium, and Fast (requires DJI Ronin v1.2.2 app or later).
  • When using Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm cameras, press the Ronin-S power button twice to disable the USB connection so that playback can be viewed and camera parameters can be set. Press twiceagain to enable the USB connection.
  • When using a Nikon D850, press the power button twice to enable camera view instead of pressing the trigger twice.
  • Fixed issue: when recording video on a Nikon Z6 camera, footage could not be displayed on an HDMI monitor.
  • Make sure that the DJI Ronin App is the latest version when updating the firmware.
  • Make sure Ronin-S is powered off and update the firmware through the DJI Pro Assistant for Ronin by connecting the USB-C port on Ronin-S to your computer. Do not disconnect the gimbal from the computer while updating.
  • After the update is complete, unplug the USB-C cable from Ronin-S and proceed to power on the gimbal.
  • If Ronin-S has a camera attached and is turned on while updating the firmware, make sure to protect the camera and lens as the motors will shut off during the update.
  • If the firmware update fails, restart the Ronin-S and retry.
B&H carries the DJI Ronin-S.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 9/18/2019 5:29:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens page.
I think you'll like this one.
The Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
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Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2019 5:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, September 16, 2019
From PocketWizard:
The E Release is an easy and inexpensive upgrade that dramatically extends the range, enhances reliability, and expands the features of your existing PocketWizard radios. Currently available for the PocketWizard Plus III and Plus IV*.
*FCC units only
Extends Your Range
Trigger your flash(es) and/or remote camera(s) from remarkable distances. Our testing in Long Range Mode achieved distances measured in miles.
Expands Your Features
Double your available Channels
  • 32 Quad Zone Channels
  • 80 Long Range Quad Zone Channels.
Enhanced Reliability
Our radio frequency is less crowded than others and works great in "noisy" environments. We've made it even more reliable with the E Release. We don't want you to miss a single shot.
The E Release Firmware License costs $9.99. An upgrade must be purchased for each radio and will be assigned to the radio's serial number upon installation. Once assigned, it is non-transferable.
Currently all PocketWizard radios are being shipped with the Legacy firmware. If you purchased a new PocketWizard Plus III or Plus IV at an authorized PocketWizard dealer in the US or Canada after September 1, 2019, you may be eligible for a free update to the E Release. The updgrade will not be preinstalled. When you connect the radio to the Utility program to update it, the Utility should recognize the serial number and allow you to upgrade at no charge.
PocketWizard E Release Firmware Update
B&H carries the PocketWizard Plus III and Plus IV Transceivers.
Post Date: 9/16/2019 5:05:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 13, 2019
This update is related to the security advisory regarding to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) communication functions and firmware update functions. Learn more here.
EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware Version 1.1.7
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 7:52:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens page.
Here is a comparison to get you started:
Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS vs. RF 24-105mm F4 L IS Lens
The Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM Lens is in stock at B&H | Adorama | Amazon USA | WEX
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Post Date: 9/13/2019 6:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Manfrotto:
The forward-thinking collection for passionate photographers who are always ready to capture the action
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 12, 2019 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, has rolled out Advanced2, the new photographic bag collection that unites enhanced modern design with comfortable functionality. Passionate urban explorers who experience the world through their lens can now choose between the Advanced2 collection’s 6 backpacks, 5 shoulder bags and 3 holster bags to carry all the equipment they need.
Advanced2 is the new, revamped version of the globally successful Advanced collection, and like its predecessor is designed for today’s busiest advanced amateur photographers with urban lifestyles. They’re always on the move and ready to capture the perfect shots. Advanced2 bags are reliable and functional, helping you to never miss a moment and create inspiring images on your commute, between your photographic projects. Manfrotto’s new lineup caters to your everyday needs, according to individual preference, always ensuring maximum functionality and comfort. The new bags accommodate the most popular camera forms, from the latest DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, to drones and handheld camera gimbals. The larger bags are the perfect match for Befree Advanced travel tripods. The more compact solutions are perfect for JOBY GorillaPods.
The Advanced2 backpack range includes the Compact, Active, Gear, Fast, Hybrid, and Travel models, which offer a complete choice of configurations for a varying personal preferences. The range features advanced protection systems to keep photo gear safe, and is designed to maximize comfort with sternum straps and padded back panels. The collection is a combination of specially selected premium coated materials, sophisticated urban style, durability and enviable functionality, not to mention new tripod holders, smart storage systems for photography gear, laptops, tablets, and personal items. The bags are water repellent and have a special rain cover for the worst weather conditions.
The Advanced2 Compact backpack is great for traveling light with a mirrorless, and one or two extra lenses, and 13” laptop/tablet, personal gear, and compact tripod. Easy top access to photo gear, bottom access to personal items. The Advanced2 Active backpack is great for traveling light with a mirrorless, and one or two extra lenses, a 14” laptop, and has a bottom compartment to keep photo kit safely organized, a top compartment for other items, with a tripod attachment and water bottle pocket on the outside. The Advanced2 Gear backpack offers a full access front compartment for a full frame CSC, three extra lenses, foldable drone, handheld gimbal, as well as a 15” laptop and tablet. Personal items are kept in the front expandable zippered pocket and a full-size travel tripod attaches on the outside.
The Advanced2 Fast backpack holds a Pro DSLR, four extra lenses and flash, in a full-access photography gear compartment you can reach from 3 sides, which opens completely for rapid gear changes. Personal items are kept at the top and on the side, there is a special sleeve for a 15” laptop and tablet, and an attachment for a travel tripod on the front.
The Advanced2 Travel backpack holds a DSLR, four extra lenses, or full frame mirrorless with two additional lenses and a foldable drone, 15” laptop and tablet – safely organized in two quick-access side compartments, with other items at the top. The side compartments open fully, and for effortless use on the go, slip the straps off your shoulders, rotate the pack to one side to access gear. There is a dedicated pocket for a gimbal or tripod, and a travel tripod attaches to the front of the pack.
The Advanced2 Hybrid backpack is a new form factor in the Advanced2 collection, created to maximize versatility, to cater the different needs of amateur photographers. It is designed to easily transform from backpack to shoulder bag to top handle carry bag. This model has a removable camera protection unit, and dedicated pockets to organize personal gear. The Advanced2 Messenger organizes and protects gear and offers a handy quick access feature, and a chest stabilizer strap for easy carrying comfort.
If you’re looking for smaller bags, check out the Advanced2 Shoulder Bags in 4 sizes and 3 Holster bags to cater to a wide array of personal needs.
All models in the Advanced2 collection are made of high-quality materials which are durable and lightweight. The detailing and aesthetic impact perfectly embody Manfrotto carrying solutions’ urban style. All models are available at select authorized Manfrotto Dealers.
B&H carries the Manfrotto Advanced2 series of bags.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/13/2019 5:12:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 12, 2019
These updates are related to the security advisory regarding to PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol) communication functions and firmware update functions. Learn more here.
EOS-1D C Firmware Version 1.4.2
EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.1.1
EOS 5D Mark III Firmware Version 1.3.6
EOS 5D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.2.1
EOS 5DS Firmware Version 1.1.3
EOS 5DS R Firmware Version 1.1.3
From Manfrotto:
Boundless creative freedom for travel-ready professionals and macro photographers on-the-go
  • The Befree GT XPRO is the first Manfrotto travel tripod with built-in 90° column for enhanced creative versatility
  • Completes the Befree range of high-performance travel tripods
  • Lightweight, sturdy aluminum and carbon fiber versions in an impressive compact size
Upper Saddle River, NJ – September 10, 2019 - Manfrotto, world leader in the photography, imaging equipment and accessories industry, introduces the Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod Kit. Dedicated to professional travel photographers who are always ready to set off on challenging creative adventures, this new addition to the Befree family enables photographers to unleash their creativity. By combining the sturdiness and reliability of the Befree GT series with the versatility of Manfrotto's celebrated 90° column, this compact professional tripod is unique to the market. The new Befree GT XPRO is a premium travel tripod kit, 100% engineered, designed and manufactured in Italy. This groundbreaking support solution, with its premium quality materials, precision machining and meticulous design, completes the Manfrotto Befree range, further solidifying its position as the premier reference for travel photography support solutions. The Befree GT XPRO comes in the same folded compact size as the successful Befree GT family, measuring only 16.9 inches. It is the first Manfrotto travel tripod developed for on-the-go photographers who shoot macro or low-angle shots and need more versatility. The new Befree GT XPRO travel tripod comes in both aluminum and carbon fiber versions and features intuitive and ergonomic design. This is the first travel tripod to feature both Manfrotto’s innovative 180° foldable legs and its iconic built-in 90° column mechanism, housed in the tripod’s top casting. The 90° column is stored out of the photographer’s way until it is time to create epic visuals with a challenging overhead macro shot or a low-to-the-ground capture. Photographers can keep their new Befree GT XPRO safe and travel-ready in the supplied Befree bag.
When it’s time to capture the decisive moment, setting up the Befree GT XPRO is a breeze. Simply twist the legs to securely set it up with the intuitive M-lock system and choose one of the three independent tripod’s ergonomic side-pull selectors. This lightweight tripod provides impeccable performance and impressive stability to assist photographers in capturing their best shots in a solution weighing only 3.88 pounds in carbon fiber or 4.41 pounds in aluminum. The Befree GT XPRO features the Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with independent panoramic and friction knobs for smooth movement and remarkable locking power to support an impressive 22.05 pounds of photography gear, including DSLRs or CSCs with zoom lenses. The included 200PL-PRO rubberized plate increases camera grip and makes it fully compatible with Manfrotto's RC2 and Arca-type head attachments. In addition to the new Befree GT XPRO, Manfrotto introduces the Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor. The new Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor is the first Arca-Swiss adaptor on the market that is fully compatible with the Befree tripod kit range as well as Manfrotto's 494, 496, and 498 ball heads. Specifically, the MSQ6T is compatible with the MH490-BH, MH494-BHUS, MH496-BHUS, 494RC2 and 498RC2 ball head. Adaptor is compatible with all Arca-type camera plates and L-brackets as well as Manfrotto's 200PL-PRO.
The new Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod Kit and Top Lock Traveler Quick Release Adaptor are the natural choice for professionals with wanderlust whose creativity knows no bounds.
B&H carries the Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Travel Tripod.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 9/12/2019 6:23:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 9/12/2019 5:24:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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