B&H Gear News Roundup: January 31, 2014

This week in the news: Following their well-publicized teaser image last week, Fujifilm officially announced the compelling new X-T1 mirrorless camera; Olympus came out with a new mirrorless of their own—the O-MD E-M10—in addition to new lenses, the TG-850 "tough" camera and the Stylus SP-100 long zoom camera; and a company called Zoom released a new audio recorder called the H5.

This is your B&H Gear News Roundup for January 31, 2014. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

PhotoPlus 2013 VIDEO: A Look at the New Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera

Join us for a chat with Richard Pelkowski from Olympus about the exciting new OM-D E-M1 mirrorless camera. It features a 16.3MP Live MOS Micro Four Thirds sensor, dual-phase and contrast-detection autofocus, a 2,360k-dot electronic viewfinder, and a whole lot more.

B&H Pulse Weekly News Roundup: November 16th, 2012

This week in the news: Olympus announces a price for their latest Micro Four Thirds lens; Sony NEX users get a surprise; and Google teams up with Acer on a new laptop.

This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for November 16th, 2012. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.

How I Got the Shot: David H Wells on a Scene out of India

BHInsights blogger David Wells has been a busy man! He was recently on an assignment that tasked him to photograph the historically-significant Islamic architecture in Bijapur, in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka, for Saudi Aramco World Magazine. They were quite tedious to get to, since there is no commercial airport in Bijapur, and during the short window of time that he had for the shoot, no trains could be found from Mumbai, to get him to and from that city with enough time to do the kind of photography he was expected to do.

Capturing the photo above was not only quite a physical task, but also required lots of knowledge and understanding of exposures and metering. Here's David Wells, explaining how he got the shot:

The Japanese Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon

People go scuba diving for many reasons. Some divers are interested in the natural beauty of coral reefs, and the animals that call this environment home. Wreck divers are interested in man-made objects that have ended up underwater by disaster. Ships and airplanes sink because of bad maintenance, fire, weather, collisions and war. Once sunk, the wreck becomes a time capsule. When diving to explore wrecks, the experience is enhanced if you know its history. When swimming through one of these underwater museums, one can't help but imagine what happened during the sinking. If your objective is to create images, knowing the wrecks history will help.

Diving in Alaska, and the Rules of Underwater Photography

When people think of traveling for scuba diving, they think of warm blue water locations such as the Red Sea, Australia, Fuji, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, and Bonaire. But Alaska? The green rich waters of this temperate rain forest are full of life and photographic opportunities. A trip to Alaska is a true adventure, both above and below the surface. My dive buddy Olga Torrey and I decided to experience Alaska on the liveaboard dive boat, the Nautilus Swell. This 100-year-old refurbished tugboat is the perfect platform for cold-water exploration, and is very photographer-friendly. The crew is well versed in dive procedures in this very different environment. We would board the boat in Juneau, and after a week of diving, we would depart from Sitka.

The Olympus E-P3 Review: Retro, Gorgeous and Powerful

The Olympus E-P3 (also known as the Olympus PEN, EP3 and EP-3) is the company's new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, and offers a mountain of new changes and upgrades over the previous models. Have you ever had upgrader's envy? Most photographers often feel the need to upgrade when a brand new camera (or the successor to theirs) is announced. If you're already invested into the system, this may be the camera that you'll want to take a closer look at. If not, then perhaps you'll fancy the new 12mm f/2.0.

How to Choose the Lens That's Right for You

A question we hear often at B&H is, "What lens should I buy?" We may follow up with, "What are you going to shoot with it?" The reason for this is because different lenses are meant for different shooting situations. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a lens (or lenses) for your camera system.

Professional Images with a Point-and-Shoot

Like many of you, I don't always like to shoot with my DSLR, because of how bulky and heavy it can be. Sometimes, I just want a good point-and-shoot. But to get a really good photo, lighting is so important. I'm a big lover of strobist techniques, so using them with a point-and-shoot was always something that I wanted to test out a bit.

UV Filter or No UV Filter: Can You Tell the Difference?

There is an old saying amongst some photographers that using a UV filter will degrade the quality of your image. But is it really true? We put that to the test recently in the B&H Executive Offices. We'd like to know, in the comments below, if you can tell the difference between the two images, and tell us which one was shot with a filter and which one wasn't.


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