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 Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Tilt-shift lenses from Canon, Nikon and Rokinon (Samyang) are now included in the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
The image shared on this post should get your attention!
Post Date: 4/30/2019 9:15:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to presenting danger, this large Pennsylvania mother black bear was looking for danger, a move that often includes a pause that gives a photographer time to carefully focus, compose, and shoot.
 
At this distance, the bear was not close to fitting in the 600mm frame. Keeping the bear's head in the frame is the primary compositional goal and shooting vertically with a sideways pose meant that a large portion of the frame was empty. Fortunately, the mamma bear's second-year cub was moving in and added interest to the empty portion of the frame.
 
As I had no control over either subject, this result depended on situational awareness along with a bit of serendipity. Time spent in the right locations increases the chance of serendipity.
 
While the bright gray background may appear studio-like, it was courtesy of a heavy morning fog between the subject and the distant background.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 2800
5504 x 8256px
Post Date: 4/30/2019 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Hot Deal: For a limited time, the Sony a9 (review) qualifies for a $1,000.00 instant savings, pushing its price lower than that of a Canon EOS 5Ds R.
 
Don't need a blazingly fast frame rate? The Sony a7R III is currently discounted by $400.00.
 
Sony a9 Product Highlights
 
  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
  • Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
  • Internal UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0" 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 204,800, Silent Electronic Shutter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • Integrated LAN and PC Sync Terminals
Sony a9 Authorized Retailers - B&H | Adorama | Amazon US
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 4/30/2019 7:53:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Photek Sunbuster SB-84WFG-Plus 84" Umbrella Kit available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $251.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Extension Pole
  • Tilting Bracket, Frame
  • Black/Silver Cover
  • Clamp, T-Bar
Post Date: 4/30/2019 7:24:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For orders arriving by May 17, use coupon code MOM15 at LensRentals to get a 15% discount on your rental.
 
With Mother's Day just around the corner (May 12), it reminds me that my wife will be celebrating this holiday with a brand new perspective. My how time flies...
 
Olivia Jane April 14 2019

Post Date: 4/30/2019 7:00:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon previous rebate programs ended April 27, but new programs have taken their place with a few minor (but welcomed) changes, running from April 28 through June 1.
 
Unfortunately, I didn't track the precise changes between the two programs, but you can check out the previous program details here and make your own comparisons. I did notice that a few items have been added (such as the Canon EOS R Body, which now qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings) while several other items' rebates increased, indicating this is an especially good time to expand the capabilities of one's photography kit.
 
Another benefit to grabbing gear now (aside from the savings) is that Canon's CarePAK PLUS accidental damage protection is back with newly eligible items such as the Canon EOS RP and RF 24–105mm F4 L IS USM Lens.
 
CarePAK PLUS Benefits
 
  • Protection from Accidental Damage
  • Coverage from Normal Wear and Tear
  • $0 Deductible
  • Free Two-Way Shipping
  • Image Recovery
  • Camera Maintenance with Sensor Cleanings
  • Service & Support Directly from Canon
  • Priority Service
  • Transferable
CarePAK PLUS Eligible Gear
 
CamerasLenses
EOS RRF 24–105mm F4 L IS USM
EOS RPRF 50mm F1.2 L USM
EOS 1DX Mark IIRF 28-70mm F2 L USM
EOS 5D Mark IVEF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EOS 5D Mark IIIEF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EOS 5DSEF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
EOS 5DS REF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
EOS 6DEF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EOS 7D Mark IIEF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EOS 6D Mark IIEF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
EOS 80DEF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
EOS 77DEF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
 EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Oh, and did I mention that you also get a free battery grip with an EOS 5D Mark IV or 6D Mark II purchase? Yep, that promotion's back too.
 
Canon Instant Rebates - April 28 - June 1
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Canon EOS R Buy$300.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS RP Buy$200.00 - $300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5Ds Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5Ds R Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Buy$300.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Buy$300.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$250.00 - $450.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 80D Buy$200.00 - $800.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS 77D Buy$150.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D Buy$100.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$200.00 - $500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T7 / 2000D Buy$50.00 - $200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel T6 / 1300D Buy$150.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D Buy$50.00 - $250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D Buy$500.00 - $250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M5 Buy$200.00 - $380.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M6 Buy$200.00 - $380.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M50 Buy$100.00 - $320.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EOS M100 Buy$200.00 - $350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$250.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$330.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$400.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO UHS-I SDXC Memory Card available for $67.99 with free shipping. Regularly $93.99.
 
Also discounted: 64GB, 128GB, and 512GB capacities.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 256GB Storage Capacity
  • UHS-I / V30 / U3 / Class 10
  • Max Read Speed: 170 MB/s
  • Max Write Speed: 90 MB/s
  • Min Write Speed: 30 MB/s
  • Records Full HD, 3D, and 4K Video
  • Built-In Write-Protect Switch
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Monday, April 29, 2019
Join me for the Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour!
 
Acadia National Park is considered the "Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast." Consuming about half of Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine, Acadia National Park has significant photographic appeal in all seasons, but it is especially appealing in my favorite season, fall.
 
No one can predict long in advance when the ideal fall foliage color will occur, but this tour's dates have been within the reported peak foliage color time period for the last many years. Regardless of the foliage, the New England coast does not get better than Mount Desert Island's rocky coast that can provide a different experience even daily, with varying tide schedules and especially with surf conditions that can range from quite calm to very rough.
 
One of my primary goals is to help you get great images and I'd love for you to join me to photograph the landscape in this great location. Beginners can start with the basics and all, including the most-advanced photographers, will be positioned in ideal locations to build out their portfolios. Unleash your creativity in this field-intensive tour in a world-class outdoor classroom environment — Acadia National Park.
 
Plan on hanging out in a beautifully scenic location with a small group that shares your passion for photography. Bring your friends, make new friends. Just putting this tour together has made me excited!
 
When and Where: Tue, Oct 15 through Sun, Oct 20, 2019 in Acadia National Park
 
The plan is to meet at the inn on Tuesday evening for a short orientation/meet & greet, preparing for an early AM shoot. We will wrap up after an early morning shoot on Sunday.
 
Get the full details here: Fall Landscape in Acadia National Park Instructional Photography Tour
 
Email me at Bryan@Carnathan.com to sign up or ask questions!
Post Date: 4/29/2019 10:37:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Just in Time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduations and Summer Vacations, Nikon Will Be Offering Incredible Instant Savings Offers on a Wide Variety of Its Cutting-Edge Imaging Products
 
MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is excited to announce the “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event, featuring compelling instant savings offers on imaging products for all levels of storytellers and content creators.* Starting this Sunday, April 28, instant savings offers will be available across Nikon’s leading mirrorless, DSLR and NIKKOR lens lineups for a limited time. This event is the ideal time for consumers to find cameras and lenses that will help them capture their passion projects and share all their unforgettable moments this spring and summer, from graduations and soccer games, to beach vacations and family barbeques. “Available for a limited time only, Nikon’s ‘Capture the Savings’ seasonal sales event is a great way to share the gift of creativity this Mother’s Day or Father’s Day,” says Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikon Inc. “With amazing instant savings offers for every level of photographer, this sales event demonstrates Nikon’s commitment to making it as easy as possible for anyone to upgrade or give the ‘latest and greatest’ imaging technology.”
 
Nikon Z Series
Nikon will be providing several special offers on the innovative Nikon Z Mount System, including up to $600 instant savings on the full-frame mirrorless Nikon Z 7.
 
With its high-resolution Nikon-designed image sensor, the Nikon Z 7 is ideal for advanced shooters who want to capture stunning detail and clarity in their photography, while the versatile and powerfully cinematic Nikon Z 6 is ideal for emerging content creators who need a camera that will capture stills and full-frame 4K Ultra HD video in an incredibly affordable package. Nikon will also be offering additional instant savings offers on the Mount Adapter FTZ when purchased together with a new Nikon Z 6 or Nikon Z 7 camera, allowing users to enjoy their favorite NIKKOR F-Mount lenses with their Z Series camera.
 
Nikon D850
The “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event will also include instant savings offers on the critically acclaimed and award-winning Nikon D850. Nikon will be offering up to $300 instant savings on the powerful D850, which boasts an impressive combination of extreme speed and epic resolution, making it a versatile DSLR camera that is great for capturing everything from weddings and events to fine art and sports. Now is the perfect time for professional photographers and multimedia creators looking to upgrade to a full-frame DSLR that provides high-speed capture, intense clarity, amazing low-light capabilities as well as incredible fidelity and tonality.
 
NIKKOR Lenses, Nikon DSLR and COOLPIX Cameras
Nikon will also be offering a variety of instant savings offers on their easy-to-use entry-level and intermediate level DSLR cameras, making it simple to step up from smartphone photography. For a limited time, Nikon will be offering excellent instant savings offers on its popular Nikon D5600 and Nikon D7500 DSLR cameras, great gifts for budding photographers looking to take their creativity to new heights. Many of Nikon’s DSLR cameras are also available as affordable two-lens kits, giving consumers everything they need to start taking amazing photos whether capturing the ballgame or the family vacation.
 
Nikon will also be offering instant savings offers on a variety of COOLPIX cameras, including the P900. With a powerful 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm equivalent) NIKKOR ED glass lens, the P900 is a great camera for capturing sharp images and videos from extreme distances.
 
For those looking to experience Nikon’s superior optics, the “Capture the Savings” seasonal sales event will include limited-time instant savings offers on more than 30 of the brand’s most popular prime and zoom lenses. Customers can step up their photography and take advantage of instant savings offers on coveted NIKKOR lenses, including the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR or the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR.
 
Nikon Instant Rebates: April 28 - June 1, 2019
 
ModelRebate AmountAuthorized Retailers
Nikon Z 7 Buy$600.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon Z 6 Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon D850 Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon D810 Buy$200.00 - $800.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-P DX VR Lens Buy$30.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$60.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens Buy$500.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$350.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E AF-S FL VR Lens Buy$650.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E AF-P VR Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E AF-S VR Lens Buy$140.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$80.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 24mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$70.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens Buy$200.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 28mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 35mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$40.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$150.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$50.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED AF-S Lens Buy$300.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Nikon 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro Lens Buy$90.00  B&H | Adorama | Amazon

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/29/2019 7:45:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Right now, the Canon EOS R qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings and comes with a free Mount Adapter EF-EOS R ($99.00 value), for a total savings of $399.00.
 
Want to pick up the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM with your EOS R? Good news! The lens kit qualifies for a $500.00 instant savings and also comes with the free mount adapter.
 
Canon USA Authorized Retailers - B&H | Adorama | Amazon
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF, 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15" 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400, 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar, Dual Pixel RAW
Relevant Reviews
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/29/2019 6:33:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Manfrotto Nitrotech N12 & 536 Carbon Fiber Single Legs Tripod System available for $699.88 with free shipping. Regularly $1,479.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Nitrotech N12 Fluid Head
  • 26.4-Pound Load Capacity
  • 8.8 to 26.4-Pound Counterbalance Range
  • 75mm Flat Base
  • Left Side Controls
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • 536 Carbon Fiber Legs with 75mm Bowl
  • System Height Range: 16.54 to 85.83"
  • Half Ball Leveling Adapter, Padded Case
See today's full list of B&H Deal Zone Deals for excellent savings opportunities.
 Sunday, April 28, 2019
An easy way to get a unique photo is to find a unique subject. I have seen a lot of different antler abnormalities, but this buck sported a new one.
 
Antlers are very strong, but deer frequently break their tines and even main beams, especially when fighting. However, the broken tine or beam nearly always breaks cleanly, detaching immediately, never to be seen again. Or, often due to injury, antlers grow in abnormal directions. This buck's right antler was broken off under the skin, dangling from the skin keeping it attached.
 
When photographing animals, I like to see separation between the legs and especially like to see one of the front legs stepping forward, showing action. I'll rarely complain about wildlife photography lighting when there is a setting sun behind me with the catchlight in the eye adding life to the animal.
 
What will this buck's next rack look like? I hope to find out this fall. Want to join me to photograph these great animals in Shenandoah National Park?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 320
8006 x 5338px
Post Date: 4/28/2019 6:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, April 27, 2019
Welcome to Island Pond, located by Red River Camps in Deboullie Public Reserved Land of T15-R9 in the North Maine Woods. That this location is a nearly 1-hour drive from the grid and paved roads should help set the scene. Along with natural beauty, what you get here is a dark sky and at this time in August, a beautiful view of the Milky Way and the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.
 
Aside from the effort required to get to this location, this was a very easy image to create.
 
  • Mount the camera and lens on a solid tripod
  • Manually focus the lens on a bright star using fully-magnified live view
  • Adjust the composition as desired with the camera leveled for roll
  • Dial in a manual exposure of f/1.8 (use your widest available), ISO 6400 and 30 seconds (a stretch)
  • Set the camera to its high-speed frame rate
  • Plug in a remote release
  • Capture a test image and verify that it looks good
  • Lock the release button down (press down and slide forward)
  • Return later
The camera continuously captures images, hopefully with perfectly-positioned meteors in them. These frames can also be made into a time-lapse.
 
After setting up the first camera, you have plenty of time, so set up a second camera the same as the first, capturing a different composition.
 
On this night I had three camera setups with four of what I consider the best night sky lenses available. One of the cameras was a Nikon model and the only Nikon-mount star-capable lens I had along (not a Nikon model) showed a serious image quality problem, leaving two cameras in operation.
 
I mentioned that the 30-second exposure was a stretch and that is what happens to the stars at this focal length, exposure duration, and imaging sensor pixel density combination. They get stretched.
 
A blur is created when details in an image move across pixels on the imaging sensor, regardless of the reason why that happens. As we all know, due to the earth's rotation, stars are moving across the frame when the camera is in a fixed position. The longer the exposure, the more they are magnified (longer focal length lens) and the higher pixel density the imaging sensor has, the more that star blur will be visible at the pixel level.
 
Note that when final images are viewed and compared, the imaging sensor's pixel density-caused blur becomes equalized. For example, if you are printing at 8" x 12", the pixel density factor no longer matters in regards to the star trail blur created by two different resolution, equal-sensor-sized cameras.
 
Also, note that not all stars move at the same rate relative to the camera position. For example, the North Star (Polaris) does not move at all. If you are primarily including the northern sky in the frame, you might be able to use longer exposures than if your camera was directed west, east or up. There are star blur rules that can be helpful, but photography skills rule. Analyze your results as soon as they are captured and make adjustments as needed.
 
I mentioned having 4 of my favorite star lenses along with me. They are my favorites, but the perfect star lens, at least from a lens in the realm of affordability for most individuals, does not exist. All lenses have at least some issue keeping them from reaching perfection and corner performance is typically their biggest limiting factor.
 
This image was captured with the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art Lens. It is a great choice for this purpose.
 
For star photography, ultra-wide angles are helpful for taking in a greater area of the sky and allowing longer exposures before star trails become visible, though ultra-wide angles produce rather small stars. Ultra-wide apertures (that produce sharp enough image quality to be used) create a brighter image in less time or at a lower ISO setting. The Sigma 14mm Art lens has those two features.
 
The worst case: even if the entire night's shoot was a failure, just hanging out under a starry sky would be totally worth the time and effort.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.
Post Date: 4/27/2019 8:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, April 26, 2019
A handful of Rokinon (Samyang) Lenses have been added to the site's Camera Lens MTF Measurements Comparison Tool.
 
Go make some comparisons!
Post Date: 4/26/2019 9:44:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
 
As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate the many benefits of being well organized. Why is that? Far too often, I have experienced the consequences resulting from not being very well organized or thorough in my planning. And that's an ideal segue into the following story.
 
Our small family was planning on spending the long Easter holiday weekend with some friends and their two kids in Gerton, NC (about 17 miles southeast of Asheville, NC). As I contemplated what photography equipment to bring, my wife advised me that the Honda CRV we would be taking was going to be very full, so I needed to "think carefully" about how much camera equipment I brought along. Typically speaking, I like to bring the kitchen sink, so to speak, when photography is on the agenda. But in this case, there wouldn't be room in the car for the I-maaaaay-use-that type of gear I typically bring along.
 
Knowing that the gear I packed had to be versatile enough to capture indoor/candid portraiture as well as landscapes/waterfalls didn't make the job any easier, especially since I wanted to also bring some off-camera flash gear to take formal portraits of our hosts' kids (as well as my own, possibly) if given the opportunity. So, here's what I packed into a medium-sized photography backpack the night before we set off:
 
I knew I wouldn't be shooting enough to exhaust the two camera batteries stored in the camera's battery grip, so there was no need to bring the LC-E6 battery charger. I considered bringing an LCD Loupe and a rocket blower, but there wasn't enough room in the bag and I thought I could make do without them.
 
In addition to the backpack, I also stowed the following lighting gear in another part of the automobile:
 
At this point, sharp-eyed observers might have noticed a vital omission from the items I packed if I wanted to use the off-camera lighting gear. However, I didn't notice what I had forgotten until we were all eating dinner the first evening of the trip. For some reason, I was going through the gear I had packed in my head when it hit me. I turned to my wife and said in astonishment, "I forgot to bring my radio trigger and the 5D III doesn't feature a pop-up [master] flash. The off-camera flash gear I brought is completely useless."
 
Of course, "completely useless" was a bit of an exaggeration, as I could still use the flash on-camera and bounce it off a neutral colored surface if shooting indoors. But in essence, forgetting the tiny radio trigger meant that I had packed several of the items in vain, a frustrating revelation to say the least.
 
Thankfully, the first floor of the house where we were staying had a large bank of windows that provided ample soft light in the family/dining room and kitchen areas of the house, as evidenced by the picture atop this post and the one below.
 
Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip 2

Next door to our weekend home was an old abandoned house. It was the kind of location that made me miss having the ability to use off-camera flash, but we found a few areas to utilize the light that was available.
 
Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip Abandoned House 1

 
Easter 2019 Gerton NC Trip Abandoned House 2

So while my lack of proper planning certainly left some photo opportunities on the table (or at least impove on what could be captured with available light), it certainly wasn't a devastating mistake (this time).
 
However, the mistake did get me thinking about how I could avoid a similar issue in future photography outings. The simplest solution – a checklist system – seemed to be an adequate solution to the problem. Of course, there are many types of photography, with different subjects requiring different types of gear. With that in mind, I've put together a few sample checklists that you may want to use as starting point when packing for your next photo adventure.
 
Always Bring
 
  • DSLR/Mirrorless Camera(s) with at least (1) lens, memory card(s) and a sufficiently charged battery (or batteries)
  • Color calibration target (i.e., ColorChecker Passport)
Portraiture, Natural Light Checklist
 
  • General purpose or prime lens
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Reflector
  • LCD loupe
  • Camera strap
Portraiture, Flash Checklist
 
  • General purpose and/or prime lens(es)
  • Flash(es)
  • Extra flash batteries
  • Proprietary flash trigger (for flash units with built-in receivers)
  • Radio Trigger (or Transceiver)
  • Radio Receiver (or Transceiver) for every flash + backup
  • Triggering cables
  • Hot shoe/cold shoe adapters
  • Extra batteries for trigger/receiver
  • Light Meter
  • Flash gels
  • Light stands
  • Super Clamp and Justin Clamp (for attaching the flash to different surfaces)
  • Umbrella swivels
  • Modifiers - soft box, umbrella, beauty dish, grid
  • Sand bags
  • Neutral Density filters (useful if flashes are not capable of high-speed sync)
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Gaffer tape
Landscape/Cityscape Checklist
 
  • General purpose and wide-angle lenses
  • Tripod with head (ensure the camera has the appropriate plate/means for attaching to the head)
  • Neutral Density filters – variable, 10-stop and/or graduated
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Rain cover (for both the camera and the camera bag)
  • Intervalometer (if not a built-in feature of the camera)
  • LCD loupe
Architecture/Real Estate Checklist
 
  • Camera with high-end exposure bracketing
  • Ultra-wide, wide angle and/or tilt-shift lens
  • Tripod
  • Possibly off-camera lighting gear (see "Portraiture, Flash")
Sports Checklist
 
  • Camera with advanced AF, light flicker detection, fast continuous burst rate and a large buffer
  • General purpose and telephoto/telephoto zoom lens
  • Monopod and/or camera strap
  • Circular Polarizer
  • Filter wrenches
  • Rain cover (for both the camera and the camera bag)
  • LCD loupe
Make your checklists now so that they're ready when you need them, and keep your lists updated as you find additional items necessary for your particular endeavors. Doing so will help you avoid forgetting a vital piece of gear and the resulting embarrassment/frustration caused by the slip-up.
Post Date: 4/26/2019 9:30:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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