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 Thursday, April 24, 2014
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via BuyDig) has a Refurbished Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm VR , 55-200mm VR Lenses & Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new without Adobe Lightroom 5 software.
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
From Tamron:
 
Cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements deliver superior imaging performance, the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users' horizons in achieving sharper handheld photographs, and a speedy, precise USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) enables high-speed AF (Autofocus).
 
April 24, 2014, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the release of the SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), an innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm, for Nikon mount.
 
Expected Availability
April 30, 2014
 
B&H has the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/24/2014 7:28:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 
From SmugMug Films:
 
Water photographer Sarah Lee (http://www.vivantvie.com/) loves the unpredictability of nature and creates art that captures the interplay of people, water, and light. Unlike other forms of photography, where pixels are painstakingly crafted, Sarah embraces what she can't control and uses her photography to find beauty in the chaos.
 
Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Daily Mail, Marie Claire and more.
 
Want more? Read our exclusive interview with Sarah: http://smu.gs/1fWN4PT
 
Get water photography tips from Sarah Lee: http://smu.gs/1dqNUtz
Category: SmugMug News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 4:18:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of four new photographers to the Ambassador Program, a collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders in modern photography. The four additions include commercial shooter Blair Bunting; wedding and portrait photographer Bambi Cantrell; wedding photographer Doug Gordon; and lifestyle and family photographer Tamara Lackey.
 
“These four photographers are an exciting addition to the program and bring with them a collective energy as well as a diverse range of talents and shooting styles,” said Mike Corrado, NPS manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “They embody the essence of the Ambassador Program, which is to act as inspirational leaders and educators to other professional photographers, and those looking to further their craft.”
 
The addition of these accomplished photographers further expands the styles and photographic disciplines represented in the program. Already considered mentors, they exemplify the founding ideology of Nikon’s Ambassador Program, which is to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.
 
The new additions to Nikon’s Ambassador Program include:

  • Blair Bunting – Bunting is known for his invigorating automotive photography as well as his portraits of professional athletes. Based in Southern California, Bunting has an impressive roster of clients for his commercial photography.
  • Bambi Cantrell – Cantrell is a San Francisco based portrait photographer, who is well known for her wedding, engagement and boudoir imagery. This award-winning photographer is considered a highly influential storyteller with a distinct photographic style.
  • Doug Gordon – Gordon is a Long Island, NY based wedding photographer and instructor. Gordon is recognized by his energetic and lively presentation style, and has created a multitude of resources for educating photographers on the art of posing and creative portrait photography.
  • Tamara Lackey – A North Carolina based family and lifestyle photographer, Lackey is a celebrated author, instructor and speaker, with a flair for delivering an authentic portrayal of her subjects. Whether photographing children’s portraits, families, celebrities or dignitaries, Lackey’s image style conveys the genuine emotion that makes her a trendsetting photographer.

To learn more about Nikon’s Ambassador Program, please visit the website at nikonusa.com/ambassador.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 11:34:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Nikon Japan posted this video a few days ago. I get the feeling I've seen it before – but maybe it just reminds me of Sigma's promotional manufacturing plant videos (video 1, video 2). Either way, enjoy this brief look into the production of NIKKOR lenses!
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Post Date: 4/23/2014 10:35:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless Camera with 10-30mm VR Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon 1 J1 10-30mm VR, 30-110mm VR Lenses available for $199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $299.00 new.
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Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:52:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that the “SIGMA Mount Conversion Service” and “SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM” won TIPA Awards 2014.
 
SIGMA Mount Conversion Service
 
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Photo Service
 
While photographers might be attracted to a new format or different brand camera, the ownership and investment in legacy lenses of a specific mount may stop them from exploring new options for their image making. The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service offers the opportunity to change the mount on a specific set of SIGMA brand lenses, regardless of the mount, to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four thirds and Sony E-mount. Pricing depends on the type and focal length of the original lens. Service details are handled by the local SIGMA representative or distributor within each country, worldwide, and takes from two to four weeks to complete.
 
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM
 
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Entry Level DSLR Lens
 
The amazingly compact (2.8 x 3.4 inches) and affordable 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (27-300mm equivalent) lens is exclusively for APS-C sized sensors. It is smaller and lighter than the previous version and offers a closer focusing distance to boot. It also has a newly incorporated SLD glass element plus 3 aspheric elements among its 16 elements, 13 groups construction. The lens incorporates an optical stabilizer (OS) system for those cameras that do not have OS built-in, with automatic panning detection to shift the OS to one axis. It has a close focusing range of about 1.5 feet throughout the focal length range, making it extremely versatile for close-up photography.
 
Note: Sigma also received a "Best Design" award for its dp Quattro camera lineup.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:45:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Tamron:
 
Incorporating Tamron’s cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements, the Tamron 150-600mm delivers superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users' horizons by achieving sharper handheld shooting.
 
April 23, 2014, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm, SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), has been awarded the TIPA 2014 Best Expert DSLR Lens Award.
 
BEST EXPERT DSLR LENS Award:
 
Reason for winning TIPA award (from original statement)
 
The Tamron 150-600 mm lens, for full-frame and APS-C DSLRS (with 1.5Xmagnification factor) incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s image stabilization technology), a fast USD (ultrasonic silent drive), and eBAND (extended bandwidth and angular dependency) coating, for flare and ghosting reduction. The lens employs 20 elements in 13 groups, with the front group containing 3 ED glass elements. The circular, 9-bladed diaphragm provides exciting bokeh effects and maintains the circular shape even at 2 stops down from maximum aperture. The included SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron uses optical data to correct any distortion, light falloff and chromatic aberrations.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for more information.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:33:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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CanvasPeople is having a Mother's Day Sale where you can get 70% Off you're entire cart. But don't wait – order by April 26 to ensure delivery before Mother's Day!
 
Available Sizes and Sale Prices

SizeStandard
Wrap
Thick
Wrap
8x10$15.00 -
11x11$20.70 -
11x14$21.00 $27.00
16x16$24.90 -
9x27$26.10 -
16x20 $28.20 $34.20
18x24$31.50 $37.50
20x30$33.60 -
24x36-$41.70
20x48-$43.20

Post Date: 4/22/2014 12:45:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX AW110 All Weather Camera
From Nikon:
 
Updates included with this release, 1.1

  • An issue that resulted in deviation in the timing of movie video and sound has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused latitude and longitude information displayed with Data imprint to be incorrect has been resolved.
  • An issue that, in some rare cases, caused the camera to freeze while shooting with acquisition of GPS position information has been resolved.

Download the Nikon COOLPIX AW110 Firmware 1.1.
 
The COOLPIX AW110 has been replaced by the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/22/2014 10:55:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT

  • If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
  • The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
  • Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update

Updates included with this release C:1.01 - dated April 22, 2014

  • When Custom Setting f1 (Multi selector center button) > Playback mode was set to View histograms, the histogram was not displayed correctly for the image played back in the monitor, even when the center button on the multi selector was pressed, when the following conditions were met. This issue has been resolved.
  • Image quality was set to NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal, or NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic.
  • An option other than "Overview data" or "RGB histogram" was selected for photo information displayed with full-frame image playback.
  • With full-frame image playback with "Highlights" or "RGB histogram" display selected, image chroma (saturation) changed with flashing of highlights. This issue has been resolved.
  • When images captured with Color space set to Adobe RGB were enlarged with playback in the monitor, image chroma (saturation) changed. This issue has been resolved.
  • When Rotate tall in the playback menu was set to On, and an image captured in "tall" (portrait) orientation was enlarged slightly (playback zoom-in button pressed once or twice) with monitor playback, the image did not appear to be very sharp or clear. This issue has been resolved.
  • With capture of a Compressed RAW image, followed by a Lossless compressed RAW image, with Image quality set to NEF (RAW), the camera was sometimes unable to correctly record the second RAW image. This issue has been resolved.

Download the Nikon D4S Firmware C:1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/22/2014 10:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens (review) for $629.00 with free shipping. If memory serves me correclty, the going-price for this lens in January was almost $700.00. [Sean]
Post Date: 4/22/2014 9:29:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
 
With excellent image quality and great design, this lens becomes the easy 50mm AF lens choice. AF consistency remains this lens' biggest weakness.
 
With the demand this lens is seeing right now, I suspect that the 50 Art is going to be hard to get for some time. Preorder the Sigma 50 Art Lens now at B&H for earliest access.
Post Date: 4/22/2014 7:51:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
 
To perfectly illuminate some materials can be very challenging!
 
In this latest video, Urs Recher and Karl Taylor look at the techniques for capturing extremely shiny objects like chrome and silver.
 
They show you an expert dual flash technique to reveal perfect contrast, illumination and form.
 
B&H carries Broncolor products.
Post Date: 4/22/2014 7:56:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SLIK SHB-808 Ball Head
From SLIK:
 
The SLIK SHB-808 has the strong, sturdy, and easy to use underpinnings of the original PRO Ball Head 800 but ads new features such as panoramic markings so it’s now much easier to take multiple pictures and stitch them together later to form long, continuous panorama photos. To assist in this SLIK has added a separate pan lock knob to the SHB-808 so that the cameras can be turned (panned) horizontally without loosening he ball that is locking the camera in place. This makes perfectly level panning a breeze.
 
Using the same quick release system as the PRO 700 DX tripod head, the Ball Head 800 has one of the fasted and easiest quick release plates in the industry. SLIK made a circular quick release plate that can secure the camera to the tripod pointing in any direction, making attaching your camera (once the SLIK quick release plate is attached) more intuitive than most other heads that have squared off or angled plates. Tension on the lock for the circular quick release plate is adjustable.
 
Precision machining, polishing of all moving parts and an over-sized, easy grip release knob for fine tension adjustments combine for smooth accurate operation.
 
Specifications:
 
Capacity: TBA
Platform Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm)
Bottom Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm)
Height: 5.1 in (130mm)
Weight: 26.50 oz. (751g)
Camera mounting screw: U1/4 (U3/8 Quick Release plate available as an additional accessory)
Tripod Mounting Thread: U1/4 or U3/8
Controls: Ball Lock/Release, Pan Lock/Release, Ball Tension Control
Warranty: 3 Years
 
B&H carries SLIK products.
Category: SLIK News
Post Date: 4/22/2014 6:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 21, 2014
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From LensRentals:
 
Meet Lenscap and Lenscap+
 
The Lenscap protection plans are optional add-ons that limit your liability in the case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.
 
Simply, if a covered event occurs to equipment protected by a Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to the lesser of the cost to repair the equipment or 10% of the replacement cost.
 
What is Covered by the Standard Lenscap Plan?
 
Effectively, the standard Lenscap protection plan replaces the pre-existing Lensrentals Damage Waiver program and covers accidental damage to our equipment as long as you can return it to us. It even covers bear attacks. In the case of damage, your liability will never exceed 10% of the replacement cost of the damaged equipment, no matter how expensive the repair actually is.
 
What is Covered by the Lenscap+ Plan?
 
Lenscap+ offers the same protection as the standard plan for accidental damage to the equipment, but additionally protects you against certain situations that make it impossible to return the equipment that you rented.
 
Was the equipment stolen? You’re covered. Is it at the bottom of the ocean after it fell overboard? You’re covered. Did it get sucked up in a tornado? You’re covered. Did it fall off an aircraft (seriously)? You’re covered.
 
Just like with the standard Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to 10% of the replacement value of the covered equipment.
 
Coverage Recap

No ProtectionLenscapLenscap+
Max Liability100%*10%*10%*
Drops 
Spills 
Bear Attacks 
Theft  
Fire  
Lightning  
Windstorm  
Earthquake  
Flood  
Fell from Aircraft  

* Liability limited to maximum of $100,000. Amounts in excess of $100,000 are 100% liable.
 
For full information on both plans, please view our FAQs and Rental Agreement.
 
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 4/21/2014 9:47:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Profoto:
 
Join Profoto and renowned wedding and lifestyle photographer Jared Platt as we head out into the Arizona desert. The desert is an uncommon shooting location, for sure. But the tips and tricks Jared will share are useful for any photographer wanting to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions.
 
“If you can light it in the Arizona desert, you can light it anywhere,” says Jared.
 
The webinar will take place on April 23 at 7PM CET (April 23 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris / April 24 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney).
 
Sign Up Now
 
B&H carries Profoto products.
Post Date: 4/21/2014 8:19:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 18, 2014
Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet
eBay (via NewEgg) has the Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet (32GB, Orig. Version) available for $119.99 with free shipping.
 
Note: I've owned the original Google Nexus 7 since it first came out (I preordered it, in fact). It's been an excellent tablet that I still use daily. At this price, the 32GB tablet is a steal.
 
Some of my favorite apps to use with the device include:

[Sean]

Post Date: 4/18/2014 3:12:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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