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 Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Canon EOS 5Ds R
Finally: B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds R in stock! Act fast if you want one!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 8:14:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $3,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,299.00 after $700.00 instant savings. (thanks Mark)
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 7:41:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
Another fantastic all-around-performing lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 9:53:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Logo
From Nikon:
 
July 28, 2015 – TOKYO – Today, Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses(1) for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached the ninety-five million milestone in mid-July 2015.
 
Nikon continues to introduce new NIKKOR lenses utilizing cutting-edge technologies cultivated over its long history, including their legendary Nano Crystal Coat. Acting as a powerful anti-reflection coating, the Nano Crystal Coat is built to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flare. NIKKOR lens technologies combine Phase Fresnel (PF) elements with a superior chromatic aberration capability making lenses smaller and lighter. Additionally, incorporating fluorite lens elements has allowed telephoto lenses to be much more compact than in the past. NIKKOR lenses now feature a fluorine coat that help repel a variety of contaminants such as dust, dirt, water, oils and grease.
 
In January 2015, Nikon introduced the new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR; the world’s lightest 300mm full-frame fixed focal length AF lens(2). Compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras, this new telephoto lens incorporates Phase Fresnel (PF) optical technology to help correct chromatic aberration and reduce the overall size and weight of the lens, making it portable and useful for fulfilling one’s photographic vision.
 
Additionally, Nikon recently announced the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, two new FX-format super-telephoto lenses. Each boasts a maximum aperture of f/4, offering photographers the ability to fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background. With the incorporation of two fluorite lens elements, the NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR are the lightest lenses in their respective classes(3). Furthermore, Nikon also released the versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens, offering a high-performance, 5x zoom range for Nikon DX-format camera users. This lens incorporates the latest optical design technologies in addition to Nikon's highly durable fluorine coat.
 
1) Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.
 
2) Among 300mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses compatible with FX-format digital SLR cameras and available as of announcement in Jan 6, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.
 
3) AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR: Among 500mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4 compatible with digital SLR cameras equipped with a full-size image sensor and available as of announcement in July 2, 2015. AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR : Among 600mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses compatible with digital SLR cameras equipped with a full-size image sensor and available as of announcement in, July 2, 2015. Both statements are based on Nikon research.

 
B&H carries Nikon Nikkor lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/29/2015 7:33:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PhotoPlus Expo 2015
From PhotoPlus Expo:
 
Register now and join everyone in the industry for the photography event of the year at Javits Center in New York City!
 
Experience over 100 educational seminars, Master Classes, Photo Walks and the largest display of new products and creative solutions to touch, try and compare from over 200 exhibitors.
 
New for 2015
 
  • 4 Days of Education
  • All the Latest Products
  • New Speakers & Seminars
  • Young Adult Pass (17-25 years old)
Save up to 30% on all conference passes when you become a PHOTO+ Member (WPPI, PhotoServe.com).
 
Register Now
Post Date: 7/29/2015 7:25:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apple 13.3
For a limited time, B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook with Retina Display (Mid 2014) available for $1,499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 3.0 GHz Intel Core i7 (Haswell)
  • 8GB of Onboard 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Integrated Intel Iris Graphics
  • 13.3" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2560 x 1600 Native Resolution
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics
  • Includes Mac OS X 10.10 or OS X 10.9
 Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $612.99 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 11:01:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800E DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D800E DSLR Camera available for $2,199.95 with free shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 8:31:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Review.
 
There is more than one reason why this lens is "Super".
 
B&H has the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:57:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $139.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced Photo & Video Editing Programs
  • Friendly and Intuitive Editing Interface
  • Mobile Support for Viewing and Sharing
  • Enhanced Direct Social Network Sharing
  • Guided Editing Modes and Auto Smart Tone
  • Efficient Tagging and Searching Tools
  • Seamless Compatibility Between Programs
  • Content Aware Move and Fill Modes
  • Distinct Quick and Expert Editing Modes
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:58:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has Avid Pro Tools 11 Audio/Music Software available for $349.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Eligible for PT12 (No Upgrade Plan)
  • 64-bit Architecture
  • Core Audio and ASIO Compatible
  • Offline Bounce
  • Low-Latency Input Buffer
  • Dynamic Host Processing
  • Work Directly with HD Video
  • AAX Plug-In Format
  • Mac OS X, Windows
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:49:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,174.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty. However, the auction does advertise that a 1-year warranty is provided by the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/28/2015 6:40:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod
Focus Camera has the Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $199.88.
 
Product Features
 
  1. Light and compact design
  2. Supports up to 8.8lbs
  3. Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks
Post Date: 7/28/2015 4:58:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 27, 2015
Facebook Cover Photo Continuous Image Example
by Sean Setters
 
In this day and age, Facebook is as ubiquitous as Coca-Cola (and maybe even more so). As such, I'm guessing that most of our site visitors have Facebook accounts. With that in mind, I thought I would share some things to keep in mind when making your profile cover photo.
 
First of all, the cover photo is that wide, panoramic-looking image that adorns the top of a user's profile. As a photographer, this space offers a great opportunity to show off your skills and/or creativity. But to create an image with the greatest impact, you need to understand the following:
 
1) The Facebook cover photo’s dimensions are 851 x 315 pixels.
Utilizing the space accordingly means having to keep that [uncommon] aspect ratio in mind. I strongly suggest uploading your cover photo at a resolution of 2048 x 768px so that it looks best when someone clicks on the image to view it full screen.
 
2) The image is blocked in several areas, either by the profile picture or by the user’s name or miscellaneous buttons.
Understanding where those visual blockages occur can help with deciding on your image's composition. We've designed a handy Photoshop CS5 (and later) template to help you out with that.
 
3) Facebook darkens the bottom part of your cover photo with a gradient.
Not only is a substantial amount of the bottom part of the image blocked by various buttons, but you'll notice that the bottom part of your cover photo image is darkened. Be sure to keep this in mind when choosing your image framing as this darkening can further de-emphasize this part of the image.
 
4) Only the bottom half of your cover image will be seen when someone loads your profile on a computer.
When someone clicks on your profile, only the bottom half of the cover photo is visible. The full cover photo is only displayed if the user scrolls up.
 
5) Your cover photo will look completely different on mobile devices as only the center part of your cover photo will be displayed.
If you care about how your image will look on mobile devices (and you probably should), then you must keep in mind that mobile devices will display only the middle-part of your image (just how much of the "middle-part" shows depends on the device's orientation and resolution).
 
Here's what you'll see when opening the Cover Photo Template:
 
Facebook Cover Photo Template TDP on Load

How to use the template:
 
  1. Crop your image using a ratio of 851 by 315. Downsize the image to 2048 pixels wide. Otherwise, simply import your photo at 100% resolution and downsize/position the image for optimal framing. If you import at 100%, you'll need to crop your cover photo before exporting it for use (851x315 ratio)
  2. Place the image in the layer group named "Place 2048px Cover Photo Here" and position the image so that it snaps into an upper corner of the template.
  3. If you'd like to watermark your image, place your watermark just above your cover photo layer and position it for optimal visibility, taking into account the areas of the image which will be covered by various elements.
  4. Use the template to preview how your cover photo will look on the initial load, full monitor and various mobile screens.
  5. If you imported a 2048px resolution image and you're happy with it, you can simply upload it to Facebook using the small camera icon at the top/left of your profile picture. If you imported a larger image, you'll need to turn off the overlay group layer and crop the image using an 851x315 ratio selection box and save the image for uploading.
You can toggle the visibility of the smartphone and initial view guide layer group to see your entire cover photo in all its glory. You can also get rid of the PS guides by pressing CONTROL+H for a much cleaner view.
 
Bonus Tip: The guides can be used to create a continuous cover photo where your image continues through your profile picture (like the one at the top of this post). In order to get it right, you'll need to do the following:
 
  1. Make a square selection on your cover photo layer that encompasses the part of the image that is covered by the profile picture.
  2. I'm not quite sure why, but to get it to line up just right on Facebook, you'll need to move the selection down by pressing the down arrow twice.
  3. Edit --> Crop
  4. Make the Overlay Group Layer invisible and save your new profile picture.
  5. When updating your profile picture on Facebook, be sure to set the Zoom/Crop to none. Otherwise, Facebook will default to a zoom/crop that does not include the white area at the bottom of the image.
Did I miss any good tips/considerations when making a cover photo? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 7/27/2015 8:51:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Lens
Post Date: 7/27/2015 8:01:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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