Deal: FotoPro X-Go Max 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Built-In Monopod – $169 (reg. $269)

Carbon Fiber Tripod

At a glance:

  • Made with the 100% highest quality carbon fiber. Carbon fiber tripods, at aluminum tripod prices
  • Ultra light, but strong and stable
  • Compact size, convenient for traveling
  • Monopod Convertible
  • 3 angle position
  • The spiked legs will ensure you have stable footing on any surface

Adorama has the FotoPro X-Go Max 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Built-In Monopod, FPH-62Q Ball Head on sale at $159. Compare at $269. Expires 1/20/19.

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Review: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports (fantastic sharpness and image quality)

Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • Nine FLD Elements, One SLD Element
  • Super Multi-Layer Coating
  • Hyper Sonic AF Motor
  • Intelligent OS Image Stabilization
  • Removable Arca-Type Tripod Foot
  • Dust- and Moisture-Sealed Construction
  • Rounded 11-Blade Diaphragm
  • Compatible with Sigma Teleconverters

Photography Blog posted their full review of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens.

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports is getting some pretty good reviews, and Photography Blog confirms this. From their conclusion:

The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens is bigger and heavier than all of its main rivals, but we can forgive that because of the compelling mix of fantastic sharpness and image quality, great build quality, and outstanding feature set and performance. In short, this is our new favourite 70-200 f/2.8 lens for DSLR owners, and it also works really well on the Sony Alpha mirrorless system too.

Image quality is simply superb. It’s outstanding at every focal length, with epic levels of sharpness virtually throughout the aperture range. Chromatic aberrations are almost non-existent and flare is only ever an issue when shooting directly into the sun or if you choose not to use the large lens hood. The only real optical issue is obvious corner shading at the maximum aperture, something that can be easily remedied by either stopping donw to f/5.6 or in post-production. Read the review…

Well, this is an enthusiastic review. I didn’t so far have a chance to play around with the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports, but I’m looking forward to get one. If someone here can confirm this is the outstanding lens they are saying, feel free to sound off in the comment section.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports sells at $1,499:

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Canon RF 24-105mm F/4L IS Image Quality Breakdown (D. Abbott)

Canon RF 24-105mm F/4L IS Canon EOS R

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS at a glance:

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Nano USM AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Photographer Dustin Abbott gives a detailed breakdown of the image quality of the Canon EOS R kit lens, the Canon RF 24-105mm F/4L IS.

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS:

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Canon Powershot SX70 HS Review (ePhotozine)

Powershot SX70

ePhotozine reviewed the Canon Powershot SX70 HS, and they are not very fond of it. From the conclusion:

The Canon Powershot SX70 HS is an update to the SX60, adding 4K video, and increasing the price. This makes it competitive with other cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix FZ82, or Nikon Coolpix B700, in terms of features, but for some reason, the Canon is almost double the price. Due to this, you’ve got to be a big Canon fan to justify the purchase of this camera. We found the camera frustrating at times due to focusing issues to do with the shutter release button, and we also missed shots at times due to focus. 

With 4K UHD video recording and a microphone socket, the camera may be appealing to those who want video recording with a lot of zoom. For everyone else, we’d probably just get the FZ82, it’s practically half the price. If the price of the SX70 HS drops substantially then it could be an option to look at. Read the review…

The price for the Canon Powershot SX70 HS will most likely drop within the next 6 months.

Canon Powershot SX70 HS:

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Learn How To Clean Your Lens With A Candle, A Spoon And A Lens Cleaning Cloth

Not sure if you should try this at home though it worked for Mathieu Stern as you can see in the video below.

What is it about? Instead of using a lens cleaning pen, you can do the same job with a candle, a spoon and a microfibre cleaning cloth. The tip of a lens cleaning pen is covered by “carbon cleaning compound”, which basically is soot. Soot sticks to oils and fats and hence works perfectly with those fingerprints on your precious lens. What is shown in the video is how to make your own “carbon cleaning compound”.

Watch the short video below carefully before trying it. Be aware that soot is a gentle abrasive, but still an abrasive. Using this trick too often might damage the lens over time (though it seems to work fine for Mathieu Stern).

[via DIY Photography]

Deal: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 – $64.99 (reg. $99.99, MAC & Win)

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 at a glance:

  • Image Editing and Organization
  • Adobe Sensei AI Technology
  • Intelligent, Auto Photo Editing
  • Automated Slideshow and Collage Creation
  • Updated Home Screen and Guided Edits
  • Social Media Sharing and Meme Creator
  • Sketch, Visual Text, and Border Overlays
  • Integrated Printing and Gift Service
  • HEIF File Support
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems

Only for today (1/16/19) B&H Photo has Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 (DVD/Download Code, Mac and Windows) on sale at $64.99. Compare at $99.99.

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