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 Monday, August 3, 2015
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From Photoshelter:
 
It's more than halfway through the year and that means time to check in with your photo business. Download The 2015 Photo Business Plan Workbook to help assess where your business stands today and identify real opportunities for growth.
 
Inside the workbook, get strategies and examples to help you:
 
  • Define your products & services
  • Determine your audience and addressable market
  • Create a marketing plan
  • Fix your finances
  • Tune-up your website
  • Build your Search Engine Optimization
  • Get social
  • Create an advisory group
  • Follow up with old clients
Rev up your strategy so you can target the photo clients you want and land more gigs before the year is up.
 
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Post Date: 8/3/2015 12:38:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo Video
B&H has several Back to School Specials going on right now. See below for more details.
 
Back to School Deals with Free Shipping
 
Post Date: 8/3/2015 12:25:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flashpoint 448w Cool Light Video Kit
For today only, Adorama has the Flashpoint 448w Cool Light Video Kit available for $299.95 with free shipping. Regularly $600.00.
 
Kit Includes:
 
  • Flashpoint Cool Light 7 Socket Fluorescent Lamp Unit (2)
  • Softbox
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Air Cushioned Heavy Duty Light Stand (2)
  • Belle Drape Portable 5'X 6' Chroma Key Background
  • Flashpoint Nano Light Stand
  • Flashpoint Adjustable Length Backdrop and Reflector
  • Flashpoint 1 Year Warranty
Post Date: 8/3/2015 10:45:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
3D Isometric MTF Chart
The new MTF Comparison Tool has just received 4 additional chart types. Joining the Average and Variance charts are the 2D Map and 3D Isometric charts in 10 lp/mm and 30 lp/mm formats.
 
Among the additional lenses loaded into the tool are the 24-70mm f/2.8 zooms (Canon, Nikon and Sigma). Remember that CA is generally more prevalent in zoom lenses (especially in the maximum focal length extents) and that CA is a significant factor in corner MTF performance (and is generally an easy-to-correct aberration). If you see chart lines/colors showing decreasing MTF measurements toward the corners (right side or periphery), CA may be at least some of the cause. Reference the Lens Image Quality Tool to see if CA is a significant component of a dropping MTF chart measurement for a specific lens.
 
One of the zoom lens additions is the new Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens. Of note is that, while the tool says "Average" for the chart type, only one copy of this lens was available for MTF testing. The test results will be updated (and the other chart types added) when a larger sample size is available. B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
 
There are enough results in the MTF tool to entertain for hours. Here is a comparison that I find interesting. While these are not equivalent apertures (one stop apart), B&H has the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Lens in stock with a $300 instant rebate bringing the price down to far less than half that of an Otus.
 
Be sure to share the MTF tool with your friends!
Post Date: 8/3/2015 8:38:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon’s SB-500 AF Speedlight and AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens
From Nikon:
 
Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens and the SB-500 AF Speedlight Win in Their Respective Categories
 
MELVILLE, NY – Professional Photographer Magazine has selected the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens and SB-500 Speedlight as the pros’ top choice in the Multi-Functions Lens and Speedlight/Hot Shoe Flash categories, respectively for the 2015 Hot One Awards.
 
The annual Hot One Awards honor the hottest products for professional photographers. From hundreds of entries, a panel of judges—who are all professional photographers—name their top choice among dozens of photography products and services. The awards are highlighted in the August issue of Professional Photographer.
 
This year, judges for the 16th annual Hot One Awards chose the compact and lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens as the top Multi-Purpose Lens. The judges also chose the versatile SB-500 AF Speedlight as the top Speedlight/Hot Shoe Flash in the industry.
 
“Nikon seeks to give professional photographers the best equipment for the job, and it is an honor to be recognized once again by Professional Photographer Magazine with these awards,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning.
 
“The winners of the 2015 Hot One Awards represent the pros’ choice of the year’s photographic products,” says Professional Photographer Senior Editor Joan Sherwood. “The Hot Ones recognize excellence in professional products as judged by the pros who use them. As talented as photographers can be, they still have to rely on their gear, software, professional services, and the products they sell. Their choices for the Hot Ones give our readers a list of worthy winners to consider for themselves.”
 
The Hot One Awards have provided Professional Photographer readers with a resource of the newest, most innovative products available in a variety of price ranges. Readers are treated to a resource compiled by independent, practicing professional photographers, selected for their expertise and knowledge. This year’s independent panel of 35 judges voted on products that ranged from cameras and lenses to albums and displays. They made their selections based on overall quality, innovation, design, performance, and value for the price.
 
For more than 100 years, Professional Photographer, the official magazine of Professional Photographers of America, has helped readers advance careers in the photographic industry. No other magazine offers a more influential presentation of the people, trends, products, and photographs defining the portrait, wedding, and commercial photography landscapes.
 
B&H carries the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens and the SB-500 AF Speedlight Flash.
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,399.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/3/2015 6:01:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The blazingly fast, 12 frames-per-second beast – the EOS 1D-X (review) – can now be had for an MSRP of only $4,599.00 from authorized (warranty included) dealers like B&H after a $700.00 instant savings.
 
The new lower-than-ever MSRP may indicate that a replacement is on the horizon. That said, a 1D-X purchased now should still fill the needs of most sports shooters for years to come.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon
Post Date: 8/3/2015 5:55:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 2, 2015
Canon Store Refurbished Cameras and Lenses Sale
The Canon Store is having a sale on refurbished cameras, lenses and flashes.
 
Canon refurbished gear is like-new and a good value at regular price. On sale, these deals are great. Browse the categories to find the right deal for you.
 
Especially catching my attention is the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 STM IS Lens (review) on sale for $129.99. This is a good value lens that sells for $299.00 new. If you have an APS-C body, just get one. This lens would also make a nice gift.
Canon EOS 1D X
You can now add a Canon EOS 1D X (review) to your kit for $700.00 less with a new instant rebate. This 1-Series camera is now priced at $4,599.00 at authorized retailers. Get yours at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/2/2015 8:08:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, August 1, 2015
Think Tank Photo Roller Flair
Think Tank Photo just released a colorful, fun new roller camera bag accessory that is sure to set you (or at least your bag) apart. No longer will you struggle to decide which bag is yours in the sea of black rollers, because your bag is sure to be the stand-out.
 
With Roller Flair Kits, you can easily customize your Think Tank Photo Roller with your choice red, green, orange, or blue wheels, zipper pulls and padded handle wrap. Pick your favorite color or mix more than one kit to match team or company colors.
 
The Roller Flair Kit is available only directly from Think Tank Photo. Each Roller Flair kit includes the following color-matched items: two wheels; 10 Easy Grip Zipper Pulls; one padded Handle Wrap; and, of course, the Installation Guide. Worth noting is that Think Tank's wheels are the best available, using ABEC-5 sealed bearings and a custom rubber compound for smooth, quiet rolling with a strong emphasis on longevity. Free shipping on all orders!
Post Date: 8/1/2015 3:09:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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