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Deal: Canon EOS 80D 24MP DSLR w/ 18-135mm Lens



Amazon offers the Canon EOS 80D 24.2-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera bundled with a Canon EF-S 18-135mm F3.5-56 IS USM Lens, model no. 1263C006, for $1,168.95 with free shipping. The camera features a 45-point all cross-type AF system, dual-pixel CMOS AF, 3" touchscreen LCD, 1080p video recording at 60fps, SDXC card slot, built-in WiFi, and USB.

Deal: Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film 60-Pack



Amazon offers Prime members the Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film 60-Count Pack for $30.55 with free shipping. Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping costs $5.46.

Note that although this item is currently out of stock, it can still be ordered at this price with an expected one to two month shipping delay.

Deal: SanDisk 128GB Class 10 UHS-I SDXC Card



B&H Photo Video offers the SanDisk Extreme 128GB Class 10 UHS-I/U3 SDXC Memory Card, model no. SDSDXNF-128G-GNCIN, for $39.95 with free shipping. Amazon charges the same for Prime members. It features a max read speed of 90MB/s and a max write speed of 60MB/s.

Deal: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera w/ Film 2-Pack



Amazon offers the Fujifilm instax Mini 8 Instant Film Camera in Black bundled with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Twin Pack for $43.16 with free shipping. The camera features auto exposure measurement, high-key mode, and an LED flash.

Deal: Glidecam XR-Pro Handheld Camera Stabilizer



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Glidecam XR-Pro Handheld Camera Stabilizer, model no. GLXRPRO, for $179 with free shipping. It features a 10-lb. payload, three-axis gimbal, adjustable base platform, and a variety of counter weight discs and platform plates. Deal ends today.

Press Release: Sigma Announces 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens



Sigma has announced three new lenses. The first lens is the 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art that Sigma claims is the 'world's first and only F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens.' The lens has 16 elements, three of which are FLD (low dispersion) and four are SLD (super-low-dispersion). It also has a large (80mm) aspherical front element to reduce distortion and 'deliver outstanding image quality from the center to the edges.' The 14mm F1.8 has 9 rounded aperture blades, a minimum focus distance of 27cm/11in and a ring-type ultrasonic (HSM) focus motor.


Pricing and availability for all three lenses will be announced at a date to be determined.

You can purchase from B&H Photo.

Continue reading for full press release.

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM
Introducing the world’s first and only* F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens

A true high-speed lens that delivers a new dimension of visual experience

*Among interchangeable lens for digital SLRs as of February 2017
  1. 14mm ultra-wide angle of view and F1.8 brightness deliver a new dimension of visual experience
  2. Seventh 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line
  3. Other features
A true high-speed lens that delivers a new dimension of visual experience

In taking photographs of starry skies or other celestial scenes at night, or of the seashore with a wide perspective, a large-diameter lens is a strong ally, since it allows the capture of a moving subject by adjusting shutter speed without relying on ISO sensitivity. With its full-frame 35mm coverage, 14mm focal length for an ultra-wide angle of view, F2 barrier-breaking F1.8, the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art is the true high-speed ultra-wide-angle lens for which so many photographers have been waiting. Although some zoom lenses are available that can cover 14mm, the large diameter delivering F1.8 brightness is a singular advantage. Going beyond fast shutter speed, this lens can capture a swarm of fireflies with crystal clarity, a beautiful bokeh effect, and outstanding control of light streaking.

Key features

      1. 14mm ultra-wide angle of view and F1.8 brightness deliver a new dimension of visual experience

By leveraging its extreme angle of view and the dramatic perspective this creates, an ultra-wide-angle lens can get up close and personal with a subject while at the same time taking in a vast background—an example of photography going beyond normal human vision. SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art combines the extremely deep depth of field that comes from an ultra-wide angle of view with the extremely shallow depth of field that comes from F1.8 brightness. The result is a sharply captured subject set against a vast background dramatically blurred with a beautiful bokeh effect. It is a highly impressive mode of photographic expression that until now simply has not existed.
  • Minimized chromatic aberrations
Three FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements and four SLD (Super Low Dispersion) glass elements help minimize transverse chromatic aberration, which tends to be noticeable in shots taken with ultra-wide-angle lenses. The result is outstanding image quality from the center of the image to the edges.
  • Featuring a large-diameter aspherical lens element
The SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art was the first SIGMA lens to feature a large ⌀80mm aspherical lens element. Building on the expertise derived from this success, the new lens features a large ⌀80mm precision-molded glass aspherical lens as its front element. This technology has made possible the 14mm F1.8 specification—the first of its kind.
  • Minimized distortion
Serving as the front lens element, the large ⌀80mm precision-molded glass aspherical lens effectively minimizes distortion. Offering excellent peripheral brightness, this lens delivers outstanding image quality from the center to the edges.
  • Distinctive bokeh effect
Even at the 14mm ultra-wide-angle of view, F1.8 brightness makes possible a very shallow depth of field with the subject standing out dramatically against a bokeh background. It’s the unique mode of expression that only a large-diameter lens can deliver.

      2. Seventh 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line

Launched in 2012, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was the first lens in the Art line. Since then, SIGMA has developed a wide variety of lenses for the line, and the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art is the seventh prime lens in the line to offer 35mm full-frame coverage. Now even stronger, the Art line sets the new standard for prime lenses in the ultra-high-megapixel era.

      3. Other features
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override
Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK (Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible)
  • Available Mount Conversion Service (Allows use with another camera body)
  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan (With outstanding craftsmanship)
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

Press Release: Sigma Announces 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens



The second lens Sigma announced is the 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art. This lens features three SLD and four aspherical, nine rounded aperture blades and optical image stabilization. The lens is weather-sealed and made of a combination of metal and 'thermally stable composite' material. The minimum focus distance of the 24-70 is 37cm/1.5in and it uses 82mm filters.


Pricing and availability for all three lenses will be announced at a date to be determined.

You can purchase from B&H Photo.

Continue reading for full press release.

SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
Top-level performance optimized for the era of ultra-high-megapixel cameras

  1. The large-diameter standard zoom ideal for today’s ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras
  2. OS functionality and newly designed HSM for success on any shoot
  3. Lens barrel designed for high rigidity
  4. Other features
The definitive large-diameter standard zoom lens for any shoot

What photographers demand from the 24-70mm F2.8 specification is much more than outstanding image quality. They want all the features that make this a go-to lens for a wide range of photographic opportunities, including optical design ideal for the latest ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras, hypersonic motor (HSM) for high-speed autofocus, optical stabilizer (OS) with powerful stabilization effect, dust- and splash-proof mount with rubber sealing, and a metal barrel for a stable, rigid feel. This all-new 24-70mm F2.8 lens from SIGMA delivers the performance and functionality that help pros succeed in news, nature, and many other fields of photography.

Key features

      1. The large-diameter standard zoom ideal for today’s ultra-high-megapixel digital cameras
  • Outstanding optical performance
Three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass lens elements and four aspherical lens elements help minimize optical aberrations. To ensure outstanding image quality from the center to the edges of the photograph, the optical system minimizes coma, which causes points of light to streak, and transverse chromatic aberration, which cannot be corrected via aperture control, The optical system also minimizes distortion, which can be particularly evident in wide-angle shots, resulting in excellent optical performance throughout the zoom range.
  • A 24-70mm F2.8 lens that meets the high standards of the Art line
SIGMA has continuously pioneered 24-70mm F2.8 lenses that are a step ahead of the times. The first model of this specification, SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL DF, launched in 2001. Representing the fourth generation of the family, the new SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art accomplishes a challenging feat in optical design: incorporating optical stabilizer functionality in a large-diameter standard zoom. By leveraging all of its design and manufacturing expertise, SIGMA has ensured that this new lens fulfills the uncompromising requirements of the Art line for image and build quality.
  • Bokeh that is a cut above
At wide-open aperture, this lens offers outstanding photographic expression. The area in focus is extremely sharp, while the background exhibits a beautiful bokeh effect with only slight spherical aberration. Since large-diameter zoom lenses are often used at wide-open aperture, SIGMA has paid close attention to the shape of the bokeh, aiming for perfect circularity.
  • Incorporating advanced aspherical lens processing technology
Aspherical lenses necessitate refined expertise in the design and manufacturing of advanced, high-performance lenses. SIGMA’s first products to feature this technology were the SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art, which both incorporated a large ⌀80mm aspherical lens as their front lens element. Building on the success of these predecessors, the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art incorporates an aspherical lens element that helps achieve extremely high resolution. This element is much thicker at the center than the edges, and forming its unusual shape is a feat of manufacturing technology. Moreover, SIGMA processes the surface of this aspherical lens element with ultra-precise tolerances that are measured in hundredths of a micrometer. This extremely fine surface allows the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art to deliver a very natural and smooth bokeh effect, without the visible concentric rings that afflict typical aspherical lens elements.

      2. OS functionality and newly designed HSM for success on any shoot

Designed for advanced utility in a wide variety of situations, the optical stabilizer (OS) offers a powerful stabilization effect. The newly designed large hypersonic motor (HSM) offers 1.3 times the torque of its predecessor and exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds.

* Based on CIPA's guideline. Measuring at telephoto end, when it is attached to the camera with 35mm image sensor.

      3. Lens barrel designed for high rigidity

Since large-diameter standard zoom lenses tend to serve as a go-to lens and see frequent use, the SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM | Art is designed to stand up to the challenging shooting environments that pros encounter. To this end, the lens barrel contains a large amount of metal, while the external moving parts feature thermally stable composite (TSC), which is resistant to thermal expansion and contraction. This structure contributes not only to the outstanding optical performance of the lens but also to its high rigidity and confidence-inspiring build quality.

      4. Other features
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof design
Since the area of the lens most vulnerable to dust and other foreign bodies is the mount, rubber sealing helps provide peace of mind. In addition, the front lens element features a water- and oil-repellent coating that helps the lens perform well in the rain, near water, and in other challenging conditions.
  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
The Nikon mount version of this lens includes an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that allows it to receive the appropriate signals from the camera body. This feature ensures precision diaphragm control and stable Auto Exposure (AE) performance during continuous shooting.

Note: Functionality may be limited on some camera bodies.
  • Fast AF with full-time manual focus
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK (Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible)
  • Available Mount Conversion Service (Allows use with another camera body)
  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan (With outstanding craftsmanship)
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

Press Release: Sigma Announces 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art Lens



The last lens Sigma announced, is the 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art telephoto prime. Sigma says that this lens 'offers the [...] resolution required for 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs.' It has a hypersonic (ring-type ultrasonic) focus motor that delivers fast (and 'exceptionally stable') focus speeds, while an acceleration sensor 'detects the orientation of the lens' so the AF system can respond to 'varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity.'

The lens has 9 rounded aperture blades, dust and splashproof construction, and a weight of 1130g/40.2oz.


Pricing and availability for all three lenses will be announced at a date to be determined.

You can purchase from B&H Photo.

Continue reading for full press release.

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM
With F1.8 brightness, this telephoto lens for full-frame cameras further strengthens the Art line’s prime options

  1. The ultimate 135mm telephoto designed to prioritize optical performance
  2. Fast and nimble autofocus photography
  3. Sixth 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line
  4. Other features 
Introducing the ultimate 135mm telephoto featuring top-level performance

135mm telephoto lenses are often categorized as the foundational telephoto, the first one to add to a lens collection. This focal length delivers a strong perspective compression effect, while the large diameter with F1.8 brightness provides a dramatic bokeh effect. By minimizing axial chromatic aberration, the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art makes this bokeh effect not only impressive but also beautiful while delivering superb contrast and sharp image quality in every shot. It offers the outstanding resolution required for 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs. By incorporating its latest innovations in design and optical glass and rethinking every aspect of the lens, SIGMA has ensured outstanding image quality all the way to the edges, establishing the new standard in 135mm telephoto lenses.

With resolution so crystal-clear that individual hairs can be discerned in a portrait, this large-diameter lens also delivers a beautiful bokeh effect, giving photographers everything they need. It is ideal for close-ups and full-body shots, with subjects standing out against a pleasantly blurred background. In addition to standard portraits, including bridal shots, this lens is a top performer for live events, with its super-fast autofocus capturing subjects with ease.

Key features

      1. The ultimate 135mm telephoto designed to prioritize optical performance
  • Image quality optimal for ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs
To deliver the ultra-high resolution that brings the best out of 50MP or higher ultra-high-megapixel DSLRs, the focus mechanism features SIGMA’s floating system. No matter what the distance from the subject, this lens offers top performance from the center to the edges of the image. By minimizing distortion as well, the lens delivers impeccable image quality—no need for digital adjustment during image processing.
  • Ideal for portraits requiring a dramatic bokeh effect
The 135mm focal length delivers a stunning compression effect: even fairly close to the subject, the telephoto ring allows the photographer to establish a variety of dramatic perspectives. The compression effect truly shines in both close-ups and full-length portraits, making composition easy. Moreover, the large diameter with F1.8 brightness makes possible a body shot with an impressive bokeh background. In sum, this lens puts a full menu of compositional options at the photographer’s fingertips.

      2. Fast and nimble autofocus photography

The large hypersonic motor (HSM) offers two benefits. It delivers ample torque to the focusing group for outstanding speed, ensuring exceptionally stable performance even at lower speeds. The acceleration sensor detects the orientation of the lens, allowing the autofocus system to respond to varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity. Along with the optimized AF algorithm, these features deliver fast autofocus photography. In addition, the focus limiter makes AF highly responsive to distance from the subject for even more nimble performance.

      3. Sixth 35mm full-frame prime lens to join the Art line

Launched in 2012, the SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art was the first lens in the Art line. Since then, SIGMA has developed a wide variety of lenses for the line, and the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM|Art is the sixth prime lens in the line to offer 35mm full-frame coverage. Now even stronger, the Art line sets the new standard for prime lenses in the ultra-high-megapixel era.

      4. Other features
  • Fast AF with full-time manual override
Note: The operation of full-time MF may vary based on mount type
  • Compatible with Mount Converter MC-11
  • Mount with dust- and splash-proof construction
  • Nikon electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism included
  • Available SIGMA USB DOCK (Makes customization and flexible adjustment possible)
  • Available Mount Conversion Service (Allows use with another camera body)
  • Rounded diaphragm
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • High-precision, durable brass bayonet mount
  • Evaluation with SIGMA’s own MTF measuring system “A1”
  • Made in Japan (With outstanding craftsmanship)
  • The lens barrel is engraved with the year of release

Deal: Dracast LED500 Bi-Color LED Light



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light, model no. DRSP-500BN, for $199.95 with free shipping. That's $300 off list price. It features a 45 degree beam angle, dimming, LED500 panel, dual NP-F battery plate, and comes with a carry case. Deal ends today.

Luminar – New Photo Editor from Macphun



Luminar is Macphun’s latest editing platform and is perfect for any type of photography – Portrait, Landscape, Street, Architecture. It’s the company’s first try at an all-in-one solution that can go head-to-head with Adobe Lightroom and Apple’s discontinued Aperture programs.

Luminar includes a variety of tools for processing images, including native Raw processing, more than 35 photo filter sets including Photo Filter Emulation and Cross-Processing, presets, layers, brushes and masking, spot healing, noise reduction and ‘personalized darkrooms’ called Workspaces. There's also a sky replacement tool as well as some other more advanced features the software offers.

For a limited time offer, the Macphun Luminar is currently 50% off. It is originally $149 but you can get it for $69. It also includes some extra bonuses:

Bonuses include:
  • “25 Romantic Getaways” e-book - An ebook about the most beautiful places in the world with colorful illustrations and practical photography tips.
  • “Vivid Wonderland” preset pack - 11 custom presets to instantly boost colors and make your photos even more dramatic.
  • Pose like the Pros: Family Photos - Dozens of composition tips & posing ideas, complete with over 125 detailed pictures.
  • Creative Sky Overlays - Over 100 overlays that will allow you to fix a blown out sky and edit in a mood.
See also how Luminar compares to Aperture and Lightroom on this page.

Deal: MeFoto Globe Trotter Carbon Fiber Tripod



Adorama offers the MeFoto Globe Trotter Carbon Fiber Tripod for $295.99, model no. C2350Q2T, with free shipping. It expands from 16.1" to 64.2" and can support up to 24 lbs. It features a bubble level, panning lock, and carbon fiber construction.

Deal: Benro Series 1 Adventure Carbon Fiber Tripod



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Benro Series 1 Adventure Carbon Fiber Tripod, model no. TAD18CHD1, for $129.95 with free shipping. It features a three way pan/tilt, flip locks, load capacity of 11-lbs. and comes with a carry case. Deal ends today.

Features:
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Max Height: 60"
  • Min Height: 15.2"
  • Folded Length: 22.8"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head with QR Plate
  • Flip Locks
  • Carrying Case

Deal: Manfrotto Mini Ball Tripod Head



Adorama offers the Manfrotto Mini Ball Tripod Head with Standard Platform, model no. 494, for $39.88 with free shipping. It can hold up to 17.6 lbs. and features a friction control knob.

Deal: B+W Kaesemann Circular Polariser MRC Filter



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the B+W Kaesemann Circular Polariser MRC Filter for the 58mm and 77mm. It features a multi-resistant coating which protects from scratches, water, and dirt. Deal ends today.

B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter for $29.95
B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter for $49.95

The B+W Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. The light from the sun naturally becomes partially polarized due to reflecting off electrons in air molecules, causing the light to scatter into what appears as haze. A polarizing filter arranges, and filters, this directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of this light. This results in a noticeable reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in the saturation of skies and foliage.
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • High Efficiency Kaesemann Foils
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Rugged Brass Filter Ring
  • High Quality Schott Glass

Deal: Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System for $249.95. This $150 mail-in rebate drops it to $99.95 with free shipping. It features a counterbalancing weight for cameras from 0.5 lbs. to 5 lbs., folding caliper hinge, rigid camera plate, and gimbal lock. Deal ends today.

Deal: Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit



As one of its daily deals, B&H Photo Video offers the Elinchrom Quadra Living Light Kit, model no. EL10430.1, for $629.95 with free shipping. It includes a quadra hybrid pack with lead-gel battery, RQ hybrid standard head, quadra 8.2-foot head cable, ELS skyport speed transmitter, S head with 8-foot cable and reflector, and symmetrical/asymetrical power output. Deal ends today.

Deal: Olympus PEN-F 20MP Mirrorless Digital Camera



Amazon offers the Olympus PEN-F 20-Megapixel Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera in Silver or Black for $918.10 with free shipping. It features a 3" vari-angle LCD, 2.36m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, 1080p video recording, 10fps shooting, 5-axis in-body image stabilization, and SDXC card slot.

Deal: Nikon D750 24MP FX DSLR Camera Body



Amazon offers the Nikon D750 24.3-Megapixel Digital SLR Camera Body, model no. 1543, for $1,592.28 with free shipping. It features a 24.3-megapixel FX (full-frame) CMOS sensor, tilting 3.2" LCD, WiFi, 1080p video recording, 6.5-fps shooting, 51-point autofocus system, dual SD card slots, and HDMI.
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