Canon and Sony News for Jul 2021

 Saturday, July 31, 2021

B&H has a 10-rated used Canon EOS R5 in stock.

Your challenge is to be the first through checkout when B&H opens tonight at 9:30pm ET. Add it to your cart now, and then set an alarm.

This is an awesome camera: Canon EOS R5 Review.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 7/31/2021 8:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 30, 2021
B&H has the Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L IS USM Lens in stock.

This is an outstanding lens — learn more in our Canon RF 50mm F1.2 L USM Lens review.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 7/30/2021 7:56:11 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 29, 2021

Sigma has scheduled a new product announcement for Wed, August 4th at 8:00 AM EDT.

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG DN Lens is expected to be introduced at that time.

Watch live from this post:

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 7/29/2021 7:57:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

A trio of Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lenses are in stock in the B&H used department. Prices range from $748.95 to $911.95.

Review: Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM Lens

Posted to: Canon News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 7/29/2021 7:37:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Canon USA Store refurbished cameras, lenses, and flashes inventory was just updated, including numerous excellent RF lens models showing as in stock.

Take a moment to browse the cameras, lenses, and flashes.

Expect Canon USA refurbished gear to be like new with an as-new warranty and a great price.

Post Date: 7/28/2021 12:36:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

While badlands may be bad for farming and inhabiting, they are awesome for photography. Late spring brings the storm season to Badlands National Park, and the clouds associated with stormy weather bring the sky color that makes landscape photographers drool.

I can't think of any scenarios I like better than the sun shining under heavy cloud cover immediately before setting. The flat prairie often provides very late in the day ultra-warm, direct sunlight, which was the case this evening.

With a close foreground and a very distant background, this scene called for the use of the Canon EOS R5's focus shift feature.

A very high (100) number of images setting was selected, indicating that the camera should create sharpness until infinity. The closest subject in the frame was focused on, and with the press of the shutter, the R5 determined that two frames were adequate for this 15mm f/11 capture. The Depth Compositing tool in Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) merged the two images.

In this case, some soft areas remained in the seams in the lower left and lower right regions of the merged image. A Photoshop overlay using a small portion of the sharp foreground image corrected this issue.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/28/2021 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

The Lexar 128GB Professional 2000x UHS-II V90 SDXC Memory Card (the V90 rating ensures fast writing to the card) is on sale at B&H and Adorama.

Want to save twice as much? Select the 2-pack option.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/28/2021 8:21:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon has released the first quarter 2021 financial results to the Investor Relations page.

Having 2Q 2020 as the compare-to period make these results look stellar.

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Some Relevant Highlights

During the quarter, we enjoyed continued strong sales of products such as cameras and inkjet printers as we strived to minimize the impact of semiconductor shortages on our production.

As for Imaging, our competitive lineup of full frame mirrorless cameras and our enhanced lineup of lenses contributed to continued strong sales of cameras that actually exceeded expectations Additionally, through an improvement in product mix and efficient sales promotion, our Imaging business was able to post a 12 3 profit ratio, stabilizing earnings.

Demand for cameras is growing steadily thanks to the strength of consumer spending in the United States and elsewhere, and the increasing number of people picking up cameras as a hobby and image expression as a new way of using time amid the COVID 19 pandemic As a result, we raised our outlook for the size of the global camera market by 200 thousand units and now expect the overall size to be 6 million units for the full year.

In the second quarter, the share of total sales attributable to the EOS R 5 and EOS R 6 for which sales remain strong, has increased more than expected.

In addition to this, the number of full frame mirrorless camera users who purchase RF lenses has been accelerating since the launch of the R 5 and R 6 creating a situation where we cannot supply some products in a timely manner.

From a longer perspective, in order to meet the strong demand for RF lenses as well as expand the range of image capture, a 400 mm and a 600 mm super telephoto lens that combine high image quality and light weight, as well as a macro lens that delivers improved maximum shooting magnification of up to 1 4 x were added in July By continuing to enhance our lineup of RF lenses, which currently consists of 22 lenses, we will further strengthen our full frame mirrorless camera system and increase our market share in this category.

As for our outlook, in response to strong demand for camera bodies, we raised our unit sales projection by 100 thousand units, and now project full year unit sales to be 3 million units We also raise our sales projection to reflect strong sales of lenses In unison with this, we will also strive to maintain stable profitability by continuing efforts to optimize expenses.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 7/28/2021 8:10:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Several Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lenses (8+ to 10-rated options) are currently included in the just-updated used Sony inventory at B&H.

Other attractive used Sony lenses are available, including the FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS, FE 20mm f/1.8 G, and FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lenses.

Review: Sony FE 14mm f/1.8 GM Lens

Posted to: Sony News   Category: In Stock Notices
Post Date: 7/28/2021 7:53:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 27, 2021

From Sony:

Register now (it’s free!) and join us for #BeAlpha Live Online on August 15 – featuring workshops, interactive live shoots and much more! In addition to bringing you knowledge and inspiration from some of the leading creatives in the industry, we’ll have exclusive content featuring Sony Alpha gear, including the new trio of G lenses, the Sony 50mm f/1.2 G Master and Sony 14mm f/1.8 G Master.

Register now and join us for our free event, #BeAlpha Live Online, on August 15 – featuring workshops, live shoots + much more!

During the live shoots at #BeAlpha Live Online you'll join pros like Brian Smith, Monica Sigmon, Steve Irby, Jessica Hirsch and Drew Geraci as they share their expertise while running a photography shoot. These will be totally interactive and the pros will be taking questions from viewers during the live shoots.

You can also learn from some of the best in the industry on a variety of creative topics during the #BeAlpha Live Online workshops and have the opportunity to ask them your questions live. With top photographers and videographers like Colby Brown, Jermaine Horton, Cristina Mittermeier, Jose Villa and Ira Block, our Alpha Community is in store for an educational and inspirational experience to remember. All #BeAlpha Live Online workshops are open attendance - once you register for the event no additional pre-workshop registration is required.

Learn more and register for free HERE.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 7/27/2021 1:41:49 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Skylum:

Luminar AI Update 4 — Beautiful Bokeh In Seconds

With the fourth update to Luminar AI, Skylum introduces Portrait Bokeh AI, a powerful new tool for the portrait photographer’s toolbox.

NEW YORK, NY - July 27, 2021 — Today, Skylum released LuminarAIUpdate 4, which delivers the much-anticipated Portrait BokehAI along with other, useful, free features to help visual storytellers unlock their creativity.

Complete control of focus with Portrait BokehAI

Building on our AI-guided depth mapping tools, Portrait BokehAI isolates the subject of a portrait from the background. It recognizes people in groups or in unusual positions or poses. With subjects isolated from the background, Portrait BokehAI blurs the background to emulate the rich, hazy bokeh of a high end lens at a wide open aperture.

Intelligent mask creation. Thanks to amazing artificial intelligence, LuminarAI can recognize people in a photo and can create the perfect mask to separate subjects from the background. The mask is generated automatically, but the artist can still refine and customize the mask to add or subtract focus to a photo.

Creative control. While the bokeh is automatically generated, it is entirely controlled by the artist with a single slider.

Any lighting; any lens: Traditionally, creamy bokeh could require expensive cameras and lenses coupled with complex lighting. No more. Bokeh PortraitAI works on any portrait.

Refined backgrounds. In addition to adjustable bokeh, artists can further refine the background using sliders to adjust the background exposure, add glow to highlights, set a specific depth of field and refine edges.

Stunning subjects. With the background made perfect, artists can use our AI-powered Portrait Tools — FaceAI, SkinAI and BodyAI — to really make subjects stand out in the frame.

Audition Textures with visual preview

We’ve improved Textures to help artists see how they might be used to achieve their creative vision. To understand how a Texture might fit your work in progress, you can now visually browse Textures just as you do with our SkyAI and Augmented SkyAI tools. Using custom Textures? They are now also accessible right within the dropdown grid. Artists can also load their own textures for reuse to build up a library of their favorites.

Visual Horizon Control in SkyAI

We pride ourselves on making complex things simple for our artist community. With that in mind, we’ve reimagined how replacement skies are aligned to the horizon in SkyAI. The Vertical Position, Horizontal Position, and Horizon Blending sliders have been replaced with the Shifting Horizon Control, found in the Sky Orientation section. This single control allows the artist to better position a replacement sky in the frame to align it with the horizon and create a much more seamless and naturalistic final image.


LuminarAI Update 4 is a free update for current LuminarAI users. To update:

macOS: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Check for updates. If you purchased via the Mac App Store, open the App Store and go to the Updates tab.

Windows: Open LuminarAI. In the Top Menu Bar, choose LuminarAI > Help > Check for Updates.

If you are running LuminarAI as a plugin with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic or Photoshop Elements, it’s also recommended you rerun the plugin installer. Click here for more information.

The LuminarAI user manual has also been expanded to make it easier than ever for users to search and find answers to questions they might have about LuminarAI.

To purchase LuminarAI, visit

Don't forget to use our coupon code THEDIGITALPICTURE to (usually) get a $10.00 discount.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Skylum News
Post Date: 7/27/2021 11:42:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony Electronics Introduces the New Interchangeable-Lens Vlog Camera ZV-E10 for Vloggers and Video Creators

The ZV-E10 APS-C Camera Delivers High Quality Video and Audio Performance, Vlog-Optimized Functions and Versatile Connectivity – Perfect for Video Creators

SAN DIEGO, CA – July 27, 2021 – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the first Alpha series interchangeable lens vlog camera, the new ZV-E10. Designed from the ground up for vlogging and vloggers, the new camera combines Sony’s advanced imaging technology with extensive usability and a custom-built feature set that is optimized for video creators.

At its core, the ZV-E10 features a 24.2-megapixel (approx. effective) APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine to produce high-quality imagery with high-sensitivity, detailed texture depiction and beautiful natural bokeh. Additionally, the ZV-E10 includes the acclaimed vlogging-specific features favored in the popular ZV-1 digital camera including “Background Defocus”[i] that can smoothly switch between a blurred (bokeh) and sharp background, as well as the “Product Showcase Setting”[ii] mode that allows the camera to automatically shift focus from the subject’s face to an object being highlighted.

“With the introduction of Sony’s first interchangeable lens vlog camera, the ZV-E10, we are excited to meet the growing needs of today’s creators,” said Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Solutions, Sony Electronics Inc. “The new ZV-E10 pairs the versatility and excellent image quality of a large-sensor interchangeable lens camera with user-friendly features that are specifically designed for vlogging, making it an ideal tool for video creators looking to transition to a more advanced set up.”

The ZV-E10 features a video-first design in a lightweight form factor (approx. 12 oz. / 343g[iii]) and includes the popular side-opening Vari-angle LCD Screen that allows creators to connect external mics on top of the camera. This simplifies setup while still allowing users to see the screen in selfie shooting mode and from high and low angles.

In addition to the screen, the ZV-E10 includes several other easy-to-use functions that are specifically designed for vlogging, including a new mode button located on the top of the camera that allows creators to easily change between Still/Movie/Slow and Quick modes with just one touch.

The new camera also includes advanced video features such as 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) video shooting and Slow Motion with high picture quality (FHD 120p)[iv]. Electronic image stabilization with Active Mode[v] is also available and delivers stable video recording even while walking and shooting hand-held. Further, the ZV-E10’s advanced AF (autofocus) technology provides fast, precise AF with excellent tracking performance, as well as high quality audio for clear sound recording.

Sony Vlog Challenge Contest

Together with this announcement, Sony will host their second Sony Vlog Challenge Contest that encourages entrants to create a vlog that highlights something that they are the most passionate and enthusiastic about. The entry period is July 27 – September 27, 2021 and is open to video creators in the U.S. (excl. terr.) and Canada (excl. Quebec). See contest official rules here*.

Creative Versatility

An Interchangeable Lens Camera for Expanded Creative Expression

The ZV-E10 allows the user to expand their creative expression by utilizing the ideal lens for each individual scene they want to shoot. The wide variety of compatible lenses in Sony’s E-mount lens lineup lets the user choose the perfect lens based on their creative vision.

Advanced Autofocus

Sony’s industry-leading AF technology enables the user to leave focusing to the camera so that they can concentrate on composing their shot. The ZV-E10 includes Fast Hybrid AF and Real-time Eye AF for video[vi] with Real-time Tracking[vii] that allows the camera to keep track of the subject’s face and eyes for fast and precise autofocusing even while recording on-the-go and in challenging environments. The user can also customize the camera’s AF settings, such as AF Transition Speed and AF Subject Shift Sensitivity, to choose the rate at which the camera shifts from one point to another according to their creative preferences.

Additionally, the ZV-E10’s Touch Focus function allows the user to intuitively set the focus position by simply touching the screen. With one tap, the user can instantly shift the focus position from one subject to another – almost anywhere in the frame. This is available in both still and video modes.

High Quality Audio

Sony’s leading technology, thanks to its internal Directional 3-Capsule Mic, enables the ZV-E10 to capture crystal clear sound recordings that accurately capture the speaker’s voice and the supplied wind screen to greatly reduce wind noise. For expanded audio options, the ZV-E10 includes a Digital audio interface via Multi Interface (MI) Shoe and a mic jack to connect an external mic. The inclusion of a headphone jack allows the user to connect headphones to accurately monitor sound recordings. Audio output timing can also be set for Live or Lip Sync.

Putting the Subject First

When shooting in different settings with dramatic changes in light, the user can rest assured that the ZV-E10 will automatically correct the exposure, using an original Face Priority AE (autoexposure) algorithm capable of rapid AE transitions, so that the subject’s face is not over or under exposed. This allows the camera to detect the subject’s face and adjusts the exposure to ensure that the face is depicted at optimal brightness, even when selfie-shooting in scenes with extreme changes in lighting, and even if the subject’s face turns away momentarily from the camera. In addition, the camera features the same advanced color science from the popular ZV-1 to optimize skin tones for any subject in both still and video modes.

Cutting-Edge Video Features

  • Internal 4K movie recording through full pixel readout without pixel binning[viii]
  • High bit rate XAVC S™ codec[ix] at 100Mbps when recording 4K
  • Slow & Quick Motion[x]
  • High-speed full HD recording at 120 fps[xi]
  • Interval Shooting[xii] for stunning time-lapse videos[xiii]
  • Hybrid Log-Gamma (HDR) [xiv] / S-Gamut3.Cine / S-Log3, S-Gamut3 / S-Log3

Designed for Video Creators

Users can comfortably operate the new ZV-E10 thanks to its easy-to-hold body grip and large MOVIE button that is conveniently located on top of the camera. When paired with the optional Shooting Grip with Wireless Remote Commander (GP-VPT2BT, sold separately), one-handed shooting is simplified with easy to access zoom, record and a customizable button. A recording lamp (tally light) is also provided on the front face of the body for an at-a-glance indication of recording status. A red frame on the LCD screen also appears while recording to quickly and easily lets the user know if recording is active when behind the camera.

A unique feature of the ZV-E10 is the zoom lever that can operate optical zoom with power zoom lenses and Clear Image zoom with both zoom and prime lenses. Using Clear Image zoom, the user can zoom without losing video resolution to maintain full 4K video. The user can also choose from eight zoom speed settings for added creative flexibility.

The ZV-E10 features long battery performance with enough power to capture up to 125 minutes[xv] or 440 images[xvi] on a full charge so the user can record for long periods without worry. When shooting indoors, AC power supplies like the optional AC-PW20AM can supply power, so the user can continue to record without worrying about battery consumption. Power can also be supplied through a USB Type-C® connector, allowing external batteries to power the camera for extended battery life when shooting on the go. To conserve the camera’s battery, the ZV-E10’s Vari-angle LCD Screen allows the user to put the camera into Power save mode[xvii] by closing it and instantly turn the camera on by opening the panel.

Stay Connected


The ZV-E10 can also be used as a high-quality webcam or live streaming camera by simply connecting it to a PC or smartphone[xviii] for increased mobility while streaming with no additional software needed. The feature allows the user to take advantage of the ZV-E10’s outstanding image quality and crystal-clear audio as well Face Priority AE and Soft Skin Effect while livestreaming or on video calls. The ZV-E10 supports standards used for USB cameras like UVC (USB Video Class) / UAC (USB Audio Class). The ZV-E10 also allows users to connect to a power supply via USB cable while livestreaming for longer usage. For added convenience, the user can assign this function to a custom button to start streaming instantly.

Easy File Data and Transfers

Using Sony’s Imaging Edge Mobile app[xix], users can transfer selected images and video files to a mobile device via Wi-Fi. This also allows the user to transfer RAW image files. After the camera has been paired to the Imaging Edge Mobile app, the files’ location data can be acquired from the mobile device and recorded. Users can transfer files from an SD card in the camera to a smartphone (mobile device) via Bluetooth even if the camera is powered OFF[xx].

Pricing and Availability

The new ZV-E10 will be available in black and white in the end of August for approximately $700.00 USD and $900.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.

A new kit featuring the ZV-E10 camera and E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom lens will also be available in the end of August and will be sold for approximately $800.00 USD and $1,000.00 CAD. It will be sold at a variety of Sony's authorized dealers throughout North America.

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new camera and Sony's other imaging products can be found at, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony a - Alpha brand.

New content will also be posted directly at the Sony Photo Gallery. For detailed product information, please visit:

(US) – ZV-E10
(CA) – ZV-E10

More Information

For more information on the ZV-E10 visit the Alpha Universe website ZV-E10 page.

More information on the Sony Vlog Challenge Contest can be found HERE.

* NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY. “Sony Vlog Challenge Contest”. Open to legal residents of U.S. / D.C. (excluding territories) and Canada (excluding Quebec), 18+ (19+AL, NE,) at time of entry. 07/07/21-09/07/21. See Official Rules, including prizes, entry instructions, and odds of winning at Void in P.R., Quebec and where prohibited. Sponsor: Sony Electronics Inc., 16535 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127.


Order the Sony ZV-E10 from B&H and Adorama.



[i] Background Defocus is the name of the function assigned by default to the C1 button. Aperture values in Bokeh Switch Defocus / Clear are as follows. Movies: [Background Defocus: Defocus] lens widest aperture; [Background Defocus: Clear] F8-11, controlled automatically between F8 and F11 according to the environment. Stills: [Background Defocus: Defocus] lens widest aperture; [Background Defocus: Clear] F11. F values are not displayed in either Movies or Stills. The menu item associated with the Bokeh Switch is named “Background Defocus”.

[ii] When Product Showcase Setting is activated image stabilization on this model it remains on.

[iii] With battery and memory card included.

[iv] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps.

[v] Image crop in Active Mode. Active Mode is not available when recording at frame rates of 120 (100) fps, including S&Q

[vi] Real-time Eye AF for animals is not available in movie shooting.

[vii] Tracking” in the menu.

[viii] When recording at 24p. With image stabilization Off/Standard Mode.

[ix] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps

[x] Sound recording is not possible. A Class 10 or above SDHC/SDXC card is required.

[xi] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC card is required for XAVC S format movie recording. UHS speed class 3 or higher is required for 100 Mbps recording. Frame rates are 1-120fps (NTSC) or 1-100fps (PAL).

[xii] Wi-Fi is not operational during interval shooting

[xiii] Time-lapse movie creation is possible on a PC

[xiv] Connect this product to an HDR (HLG) compatible Sony TV via a USB cable to display HDR (HLG) movies

[xv] Continuous recording time for movies. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage.

[xvi] CIPA standards.

[xvii] On this model, whatever the screen orientation (inward or outward facing), the user can shoot as soon as they open the screen.

[xviii] Your PC or smartphone OS must be compatible with UVC/UAC to use this functionality. Among smartphones, operation has been verified with the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II (latest firmware required) for Android™ 11 or later (As of May 2021). Compatibility with other smartphones depends on manufacturers’ specifications. A commercially available USB cable and/or terminal adaptor may be used to connect to equipment with a USB Type-C port.

[xix] Imaging Edge Mobile version 7.5.1 or later is required. Download app at Google Play and the App Store. Network services, content, and operating system and software subject to terms and conditions and may be changed, interrupted or discontinued at any time and may require fees, registration and credit card information.

[xx] “Power off connection” in the camera’s smartphone settings must be turned ON, and the camera and smartphone must be paired via Bluetooth.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 7/27/2021 9:56:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 26, 2021

As usual, this gear is being sold to fund new gear to review. Check the updated list to see if anything fits into your kit. Most items are like new.

Bryan's Used Gear for Sale

Brands available include Canon, Sony, Really Right Stuff, and more.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/26/2021 10:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sony will be announcing a new camera tomorrow, July 27th at 10:00 AM ET.

Posted to: Sony News   Category: Sony Announcements
Post Date: 7/26/2021 8:46:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Image quality test results have been added to the Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens Review.

As expected, this lens is a stellar performer.

Despite the Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM Lens being nearly identical, including a shared optical design, one opportunity for the RF 600 to differentiate itself was optical performance with extenders. More specifically, RF extenders vs. EF extenders.

Here is that comparison.

Additional comparisons:

Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens compared to the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens compared to the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS Lens

Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens compared to the Nikon 600mm f/4E AF-S FL ED VR Lens

If you want this lens, get in the preorder line ASAP. I expect it to be hard to get for a long time.

The Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens is available for order at B&H | Adorama | Canon USA | Amazon USA | WEX

Rent the Canon RF 600mm F4 L IS USM Lens from Lensrentals.

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Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/26/2021 8:29:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Check out today's B&H Deal Zone Deals for big savings on the Tokina atx-i 11-16mm f/2.8 CF Lens (for Canon EF or Nikon F) along with other excellent savings opportunities.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/26/2021 7:50:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, July 25, 2021

I scheduled three days to photograph Custer State Park in South Dakota. Those three days included two significant travel days and followed a nearly 1-week-long photo trip in Badlands National Park. On that day, the plan was for my daughter and I to scout from Spearfish Canyon down into Custer State Park.

Upon arriving in the park, the highest priority was to scout a milky way photography location in The Needles, featuring incredible rock formations. A Needles Highway closure foiled that plan. An unfortunate person's camper was stuck in the Needles Tunnel, a peril relatively easy to encounter in this extremely narrow tunnel.

After checking in to the hotel mid-afternoon and grabbing a bite to eat, my daughter and I drove the Custer State Park wildlife loop in search of wildlife subjects. That endeavor was mostly unproductive, with only the donkeys cooperating on this evening.

Exhausted from driving all day (and a rough schedule for the prior two weeks), we opted to sleep in the next morning. With the camper now extracted from the tunnel, the original Needles Highway scouting mission was completed late on our only full day in the park. The perfect position was established, and with help from The Photographer's Ephemeris and a compass, it was determined that the milky way would ideally align just before 3:30 AM, just before the sky started brightening in the morning (nautical start).

Hotel checkout was in the morning, and a 7-hour drive to the airport was on the must-do list. Thus, a reasonable amount of sleep was required for a safe drive. However, the National Weather Service forecasted the clouds to (finally) dissipate at approximately 2:30 AM, the already set moon meant that the sky would be dark, and I couldn't pass up this opportunity. So the alarm went off at 2:30 AM. We jumped into warm clothes and drove to the selected site.

While it was the middle of June, the air temperature was low and the sustained wind speed was extremely high. Tucking into the rock spires helped reduce the felt wind, and the high-performing Really Right Stuff TVC-24L Mk2 Tripod and BH-40 Ball Head combination took care of the remaining stabilization requirements. Every frame the Sony Alpha 1 and Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens captured on this shoot was tack sharp.

Upon establishing the ideal composition, with manual focus on the stars, images were captured in quick succession (as quick as 25-second exposures permit) to ensure the perfect alignment among the needles spire formations, including the Needles Eye, was captured. Also captured was an increasingly bright blue sky, providing a range of options to choose from later. As the new day dawned, the sky continued increasing in brightness, with the foreground brightening as well. Once the milky way had passed through the optimal alignment among the spires, it was time to do some light painting for foreground compositing options.

My light painting flashlight of choice is the Black Diamond Spot 325 Headlamp. This small, lightweight headlight is an excellent all-around choice for outdoor photographers, featuring an extremely bright spot light for navigating in the dark, a red light for preserving night vision, and lower-power floodlight that casts a wide, even light, perfect for many uses, including light painting. The duration of the light panning across the scene was informally measured by counting and adjusted from frame to frame to create varying brightness options.

To gain improved directionality to the light painting, the flashlight was positioned around the far side of the nearby rock spire. The 10-second self-timer provided time to run to this position after the shutter was released.

At 4:00 AM, the milky way was no longer visible. Tired but exhilarated, we packed up and headed back to the hotel for second bedtime.

As so often is the case, the memory of the tiredness, coldness, and effort required for this shot was short-lived, already faded. However, the photos and positive memories will last a lifetime.

Note that a benefit of shooting at this time of the day was that, not surprisingly, we didn't see another car or person during this entire shoot.

A larger version of this image is available on Flickr.

Post Date: 7/25/2021 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, July 24, 2021

A 9+ rated Canon RF 1.4x just landed in the B&H used department (save $80.00). A couple of RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM Lenses are also available.

A number of nice EF-based options, including the EOS C500 Mark II, EF 500mm f/4L IS II, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, EF 600mm f/4.0L IS, and many more, are available used.

B&H opens for checkout at 9:45pm ET tonight.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Deals
Post Date: 7/24/2021 8:33:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 23, 2021

A Capture One 21 Update 14.3.0 (save 25% at B&H) has been released, featuring the Magic Brush, new Exporter, asset management, tethering support, additional camera and lens support, and more.

Get the full details here:

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Capture One News
Post Date: 7/23/2021 10:04:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has a used Canon EOS C70 Cinema Camera (RF Lens Mount) in stock. Save $935.00 vs. a new camera.

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From Tamron:

TAMRON Announces Development of its First Lens for FUJIFILM X-Mount, Also Available in Sony E-mount

The world’s first[1] 16.6x all-in-one zoom for APS-C mirrorless cameras

July 21, 2021, Commack, NY - Tamron Co., Ltd. announces the development of its first lens for FUJIFILM X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras simultaneously. The lenses are expected to be available in the Fall 2021.

Since the launch of the 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036), a fast-aperture standard zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018, TAMRON has continually expanded its line of lenses for Sony mirrorless cameras. The popularity and wide adoption of these lenses prompted many user requests for the manufacture of the lens for other camera brands.

As a specialist in the all-in-one zoom lens category, TAMRON recognized the potential to develop the first all-in-one zoom lens for the FUJIFILM X-mount. The 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A[2] VC VXD (Model B061) is the world's first all-in-one zoom lens for Sony and FUJIFILM APS-C mirrorless cameras featuring a 16.6x zoom ratio. To provide the pleasure of photography to more people around the world, TAMRON will continue to develop unique products and expand the number of lenses compatible with more camera brands.

[1] Among interchangeable zoom lenses for APS-C mirrorless cameras (As of June 2021: TAMRON)

[2] Di III-A: For APS-C format mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras

Overview of the 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD (Model B061) features

The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 covers a wide zoom range from approximately 27mm to 450mm (full-frame equivalent focal length). The first APS-C mirrorless camera zoom lens in the world with a 16.6x zoom ratio, the lens delivers the benefits of a versatile all-in-one zoom lens ideal for a broad array of photographic possibilities. Its AF drive system uses TAMRON’s linear motor focus mechanism VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) for superior quietness and agile performance; and the lens includes special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge and provide high image quality that is among the best of all all-in-one zoom lenses.

With an MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 5.9” at the wide end and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2, this lens performs astonishingly well in its category when shooting up close. It is equipped with TAMRON's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism that supports stable photography even at ultra-telephoto focal lengths. And it features a unified Ø67mm filter size, the same as most other TAMRON lenses for mirrorless cameras.

Main features

  1. The world’s first 16.6x all-in-one zoom.
  2. Extremely fast and precise autofocus—the highest-level in its class—with TAMRON’s VXD linear motor focus mechanism.
  3. MOD: 5.9“ / maximum magnification ratio: 1:2 at 18mm wide end.
  4. The best image quality in its class.
  5. Outstanding VC.
  6. Comfortably compact.
  7. User-friendly features (Moisture-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating, Zoom Lock switch)

* Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice.


Order the Tamron 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD Lens from B&H.

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