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 Friday, May 31, 2019
Use coupon code SAVE100 ($100 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon D850 DSLR Camera for $2,499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 new after $300.00 instant rebate.
 
Included Free
 
  • CPS 1 Year Extended Warranty for Products Valued From $1500-$2500 - EW1-2500 ($49.99)
Product Highlights
 
  • 45.7-megapixel back-side illuminated full frame image sensor
  • FX-format
  • 153-point AF system with 99 cross-type sensors
  • Up to 9 FPS continuous shooting with full AF performance
  • 4K UHD full-frame video, 8K time-lapse, 120p slow-motion
  • touch focus
The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens has a rattle?
 
A couple of months ago, I helped a friend source a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens. Oddly, a day or two later he found that his order had been canceled. Another day later, the retailer contacted him with an explaination for canceling his order. While packing the lens for shipping, they heard a rattle inside the box, determined that the lens was damaged, and instead of risking a damaged lens being sent to a customer, they returned the lens to Canon.
 
After a brief conversation with my contacts at Canon USA, it was expected that the image stabilization unit not being parked was the source of the rattle sound. It was not thought that the unparked state was a damage risk to the lens and it was thought that mounting the lens on a camera would resolve the problem.
 
I just took delivery of a new 600mm f/4L IS III lens and upon removing the lens from the packaging, an obvious rattle could be heard. It sounded like this:
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens Rattle Sound
 
After the lens was mounted to a camera, the power cycled (parking the IS unit), and the lens removed, the sound was dramatically diminished.
 
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens with Less Rattle Sound
 
So, the expected cause of the rattle proved to be correct and you probably need not worry about the rattle your new super telephoto lens makes.
 
The hard-to-get Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens is available for order at B&H ("More on the Way" — coming soon) (save the tax, use the B&H Payboo card), on backorder at Adorama, "Temporarily out of stock" at Amazon, and available for preorder at WEX.
 
Lensrentals has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens available for rental.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2019 7:51:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Hands-on Demonstrations of Canon’s Latest Digital Imaging Products Including the EOS C700 FF, EOS C200 and EOS R
 
MELVILLE, NY, May 30, 2019 – At the 2019 Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its latest cinema offerings in Booth #12. Visitors to the Canon booth will have the opportunity to experience the recently announced Sumire Prime Lenses, Canon’s first PL-Mount cinema prime lenses. Additional cinema solutions in the booth will include the EOS C700 FF and EOS C200 cinema cameras, CINE-SERVO lenses and 4K Reference Displays. Also on display in the booth will be Canon’s groundbreaking EOS R series of full-frame mirrorless cameras and complementary RF series of lenses.
 
“Each year, Cine Gear Expo provides Canon with a unique opportunity to interact with one of our most vital customer bases – working cinema professionals, right in their backyard of Hollywood,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Similar to past Cine Gear shows, we are not only excited to showcase our latest products, but also to listen and engage with this audience in order to best serve them not just today, but in the future.”
 
In addition to showcasing professional products and service offerings, Canon will host a series of educational seminars and panel discussions. On Friday, May 31st from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in Screening Room 5, Canon Senior Trainer Charles Zablan will provide attendees with a technical overview and in-depth, hands-on opportunities with the Sumire Prime Cinema Lensesi. Canon will also host two panels during the expo as follows:
 
Friday, May 31st
Opening Up About Canon’s New Sumire Prime Lenses
 
Paramount Theater
 
5:30-6:30 p.m.
 
Announced earlier this year, Canon’s new Sumire Prime lenses are full frame, PL-mount cinema lenses that offer a unique, artistically pleasing look with gentle and beautiful skin tones and smooth bokeh. In this panel discussion, cinematographers discuss their first impressions after their recent experiences shooting with the lenses.
Saturday, June 1st
Canon Conversations
 
Paramount Theater
 
Canon’s cinema cameras and lenses have had a substantial impact throughout TV and film since the company first entered the market in 2011. In this panel, leading cinematographers will discuss the Canon gear that they’ve used on their recent projects, and how it has helped them capture their vision.
 
Cine Gear attendees will also be able to learn more about Canon’s CarePAK PRO Accidental Damage Protection Plan, which covers professional cinema and video products. Canon CarePAK PRO offers coverage from accidental damage such as drops, spills and power surges, protecting customer investments from unforeseen repair costs and excessive downtime.
Follow Canon’s Cine Gear activities on Twitter at @CanonUSApro or on Instagram at @CanonUSAprovideo.
 
B&H carries Canon Sumire lenses.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2019 5:41:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 21.5" iMac with Retina 4K Display (Mid 2017) available for $1,099.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,499.00.
 
Several models of the Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid 2017) are also reduced.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3.4 GHz Intel Core i5 Quad-Core
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM | 1TB Fusion Drive
  • 21.5" 4096 x 2304 IPS Retina 4K Display
  • AMD Radeon Pro 560 Graphics Card (4GB)
  • UHS-II SDXC Card Reader
  • Thunderbolt 3 | USB 3.0 Type-A
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.2
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet Port
  • Magic Keyboard & Magic Mouse 2 Included
  • macOS
Post Date: 5/31/2019 5:27:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through this weekend, B&H has the Think Tank Photo Lens Changer 35 V2.0 available for $12.75 with free shipping. Regularly $31.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For a 24-70mm f/2.8 or 100mm f/2.8 Lens
  • Holds Lens with Hood in Position
  • Wide Mouth Drawstring Opening
  • Includes "Rotate or Lock" Mechanism
  • Front Mesh Pockets for Lens Caps
  • Webbing Shoulder Strap Attachment
  • Bungee Cord Top Access
  • Attaches to Any Think Tank Photo Belt
  • Padded Nylon / Removable Rain Cover
  • Loops for Optional Keep-It-Up Strap
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Post Date: 5/31/2019 4:27:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 30, 2019
5DayDeal has just launched a $10,000 prize giveaway. Signing up is simple — just do it now!
 
5DayDeal's next video education bundle, Complete Video Creators Bundle 2019, launches on June 6th. Stay tuned for the details!
Post Date: 5/30/2019 2:00:00 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
We shared some of these deals earlier but wanted to add some popular camera models included in this savings event. From Sony:
 
Sony USA is pleased to announce its Step Up To Sony Sales Event, with discounts on some of Sony’s most popular cameras. Savings of up to $1,000 on select models. Highlights include:
 
Sony a9 – $3,500 ($1000 instant rebate savings) — B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Sony a7R III – $2,600 ($600 instant rebate savings) — B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Sony a7R II – $1,500 ($500 instant rebate savings) — B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Sony a7 II Body – $900 ($500 instant rebate savings) — B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Sony a7 II Kit – $1000 ($600 instant rebate savings) — B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Sales run from now through June 22nd, 2019.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 5/30/2019 10:53:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality, vignetting, and distortion test results along with specs, measurements, and standard product images Image quality test results have been added to the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens page.
 
While these image quality results may appear simple, they have a background. Keeping the story short, my first copy of this lens took forever to arrive and when it did, the performance was not as expected with damage sustained in transit being strongly suspected. The second lens also took a long time to acquire and the results being shared here are from this lens.
 
Before announcing these results, I did some sanity checking including with my Canon USA technical rep. My concern (always) is ensuring that this lens' performance is representative of what buyers should expect from their own lens. The MTF charts suggest that the version III lens should perform nearly equally to the version II lens. While I'm not absolutely 100% confident that a better copy of this lens is not available (and will likely test at least one more copy of this lens to be sure), I have enough confidence that this lens is representative of the model, showing what we should expect, to share these results.
 
That said, let's jump right into the comparison that most will be interested in, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III vs. II Lens image quality comparison. The version III lens produces very impressive image quality wide open. My only cause for concern about this lens copy was that the version II lens is very slightly sharper in the center of the frame with the difference primarily noticeable when extenders are being used. With less lateral CA, the version III lens produces better peripheral image quality, even with the 2x extender in place.
 
Unmistakably better is the version III's weight. As I was creating this post, I grabbed the lens from my desk and ran to attempt to catch a pileated woodpecker on a tree just outside the studio. That effort reminded me how amazingly light this lens is for its specs.
 
Here is another relevant comparison: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III vs. Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens.
 
The hard-to-get Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens is available for order at B&H ("More on the Way" — coming soon) (save the tax, use the B&H Payboo card), on backorder at Adorama, "Temporarily out of stock" at Amazon, and available for preorder at WEX.
 
Want this lens in your hands tomorrow? Lensrentals has the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens available for rental.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/30/2019 8:49:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Meredith Stotzner dives into the Layers Panel and shares her tips for making layer thumbnails easier to see in Photoshop.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 5/30/2019 5:35:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a Used Really Right Stuff PG-02 FG Pano-Gimbal Head with PG-CC Cradle Clamp (Condition: 9+) available for $679.95 with free shipping. Compare at $891.00 new.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 50 lb
  • Height: 8.1"
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible Clamp
  • Panning Range: 360°
  • 3/8"-16 Tripod Mounting Thread
  • Laser Engraved Degree Scales
  • Bubble Level
  • Aluminum and Steel Construction
  • Hex Key with Magnetized Storage
B&H typically offers a 90-day warranty on used items. Please check the product listing above to verify.
 
Also available: Used Really Right Stuff PG-01 Compact Pano-Gimbal Head with Screw-Knob Clamp and Leveling Base (8+) for $209.95. Compare at $290.00 new.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Westcott uLite LED 2-Light Collapsible Softbox Kit available for $139.90 with free shipping. Regularly $249.90.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Two uLite 500W Edison-Style Fixtures
  • Two Daylight LED Bulbs & Tungsten Covers
  • 20 x 20" Collapsible Softbox
  • 26" Collapsible Octabox
  • Two 6.5' Light Stands
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the IDX System Technology CUE-D150 147Wh V-Mount 2-Battery Kit with Dual-Battery Charger available for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $629.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 x 16.8V 147Wh Li-Ion V-Mount Batteries
  • Dual-Bay, Fanless, Sequential Charger
  • Supports up to 10A Draw
  • 4-LED Power Gauge
  • XLR DC Output on Charger
  • D-Tap Output on Battery
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Video Head & 546B Pro Tripod with Mid-Level Spreader available for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 17.6 lb Capacity Fluid Drag Tripod Head
  • Sliding Balance Plate with Safety Lock
  • Nitrogen Piston Counterbalance System
  • Adjustable Pan & Tilt Drag
  • 75mm Flat Base with Half-Ball Adapter
  • 2-Stage Tripod & Mid-Level Spreader
  • 12 to 61" Height Range
  • Independent Leg Adjustments
  • Removable Rubber Shoes
  • Padded Carrying Bag
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Credentialed access to a 4 hour concert in a 15,000-seat indoor stadium seemed like the perfect opportunity to give the Canon EOS R and Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens a workout while the mostly high-energy performers also got a workout.
 
When photographing low light action, one historically had to choose between a moderately wide aperture (f/2.8) in a zoom lens and an ultra-wide aperture (f/1.4 for example) in a prime lens. With the RF 28-70, you can have both a wide aperture and a zoom focal length range. While some prime lenses still have the wide aperture advantage, the RF 28-70 f/2 L lens bridges the divide and, especially from an image quality perspective, is an outstanding option for low light needs including concert photography.
 
The spot lights happened to be on the singer (Ledger) in this image, allowing a very clean ISO 800 with a shutter speed adequate to stop most of the motion at f/2. Other images were captured at ISO settings as high as 6400 where the 1-stop advantage this zoom lens has over most other zooms makes a considerably bigger difference in image quality.
 
At concerts, the location of the action is often unpredictable and changing fast and that means focal length changes are required, ideally fitting for a zoom lens. Yes, some prime lenses could have given me another 1-stop lower ISO setting, but I would have minimally needed multiple cameras to cover the same range and often the performers were moving so fast that the shot would have been long gone by the time the cameras were swapped. Shooting wider and cropping later is an option, but lower resolution images are the result.
 
Also great for fast moving subjects was the R's touch and drag AF. With the left hand adjusting the focal length and the right thumb moving the focus point as needed for ideal framing, the EOS R was an ideal choice.
 
Every shoot teaches new lessons and here are a few concert photography tips from that night.
 
First, if photographing with a media pass, know without a doubt which gate you are supposed to enter through and be ready to politely ask for a additional opinions when the first person(s) thinks they know the different gate you are required to enter through. This saves walking half way around a stadium to the shipping and receiving area and waiting for a security guard to make a series of phone calls to figure out what you already knew and send you back to the other side of the stadium. If opting to ignore this advice, strongly consider arriving at least 1 hour early.
 
Also if photographing with a media pass, make sure that you have a signed copy of that pass (minimally on your phone) with you because the media reps for some reason may not have your name on the list. If offered a label with your name handwritten on it, request a lanyard because your camera strap is going to peel the label off within 10 minutes of your arrival, leaving you without the pass. Minimally attach the label to something that avoids the peel-off risk.
 
While your media pass may specify where you are supposed to photograph from, the media pass may not have been updated since the 360° stage was implemented. The specified locations may not exist and those working the show may have no clue about the topic or even how to get to the floor from the entrance level. Arrive early enough that if the instructions do not align with reality there is time to figure out where you are permitted to go without negatively impacting the show (it is probably not being performed for you).
 
Oh, if the tour is promoting a 360° stage, just get a ticket and leave the camera at home. Within seconds, the performer can be a basketball court distance away and even two cameras with complementing zoom lenses are not adequate. Compounding the problem is that you will have backs toward you for at least 270° of the stage.
 
I'll add these notes to the concert photography tips page.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
28mm  f/2.0  1/500s
ISO 800
4480 x 6720px
Post Date: 5/29/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA now has Refurbished Canon EOS R Mirrorless Cameras in its inventory.
 
Want a Refurbished EOS R with an RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens? Canon USA has that in its inventory as well.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/29/2019 4:49:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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