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 Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $649.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 3/4/2015 10:35:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sean's Self-Portrait: Through the Looking Glass
I've always liked the idea of photographing myself through a lens. However, lenses are designed to project an image flipped and upside down. As such, shooting a portrait looking through the lens leaves you with either an upside down subject or otherwise everything else topsy turvy. True, I could simply correct the flipped and upside-down portrait in post-processing, but I just didn't like that idea (I prefer in-camera solutions if possible).
 
Another thing I didn't like about the self-portraits taken through a lens that I had come across before is that they usually had a distinct selfie vibe to them. That's because the subject was typically holding the lens in front of the camera thereby mimicking the outstretched phone in hand capture. When creating my version of the the self-portrait, I wanted it to be different. But until recently I never figured out how to execute an image that avoided those traits.
 
However, while putting the lens caps on my Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter yesterday, I realized something – the teleconverter doesn't flip the image. Of course, that makes perfect sense as it's only supposed to magnify the projected image circle of the lens in front of it, not transform it in any other way. The teleconverter may not be a traditional lens, per se, but it was the answer I had been looking for.
 
So yesterday I attempted to take a self-portrait looking through the 1.4x teleconverter. It was a little challenging to get it right, but I finally got what I wanted.
 
Capturing the self-portrait meant overcoming a few challenges. The first thing I needed to do was figure out a surface on which I could set up the teleconverter. I originally planned on standing for the self-portrait, so I needed a table that that was relatively high. Not surprisingly, I didn't have a table that stood 4 1/2' off the ground. I ended up mounting a video slider onto one of my tripods to allow for an adjustable surface for the teleconverter to rest upon. I leveled the slider so that I could lay something across it (in this case, a clipboard for rigidity and a white 2-pocket folder on top). However, when trying to balance the teleconverter on its edge, I noticed that it was a little front heavy and tended to fall forward. I actually adjusted the ballhead so that the slider was tilted away from the camera just a bit so that the teleconverter was properly balanced. This adjustment meant that my standing portrait became a sitting portrait instead (not a problem, as only a small part of me would be seen anyway).
 
I set up my Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro on a second tripod and pointed it at the teleconverter.
 
Framing and focus were the next big challenges to overcome. The solution to both problems came in the form of DSLR Controller and a battery-powered wireless router. With the battery-powered wireless router attached to my camera (via USB) and my Samsung Galaxy S4 loaded with the DSLR Controller app, I was able to see what the camera was seeing (Live View). This allowed me to adjust my position in the frame so that the teleconverter [almost] completely obscured my position behind it aside from my portrait in the projected image circle. DSLR Controller also allowed me to manually adjust focus using 5x and 10x magnification making obtaining focus fast and easy.
 
The final challenge was lighting. I tried several different setups before finding one that I really liked. The main light is a radio triggered Canon Speedlite 580EX (precursor to the 600EX-RT), camera left (facing subject) diffused by a Glow 24" Collapsible Softbox with a grid in place. The rest of the light in the scene is provided by a radio triggered Canon Speedlite 580EX placed just to the right of the camera's position which was bounced off the ceiling. I flagged this flash with a Rogue FlashBender (Large) to keep direct (harsh) light from hitting the subject area. Without the flag in place, a more distinct shadow would have been cast on the wall in front of my face.
 
With everything set up I tried several iterations of the self-portrait before ultimately settling on the one above. It had everything I wanted – decent pose, good lighting, and a right-side up portrait, foreground and background. It was a fun and rewarding exercise – the image was even featured on Flickr Explore last night (click on the image above for a larger version).
 
But more importantly, I figured out a solution to an image that's been rattling around in my head for quite a long time – the experience of problem solving is worth more than the image itself as it will [hopefully] lead to even better images in the future.
Post Date: 3/4/2015 8:36:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens (review) available for $939.00. Compare at $1,069.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 3/4/2015 9:18:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RØDE Microphones Logo
From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is excited to announce that the ‘My RØDE Reel’ international short film competition - first launched in 2014 to huge international acclaim - will return in 2015, with an increased total prize pool of more than $200,000 in prizes.
 
My RØDE Reel’s inaugural competition saw RØDE receive a staggering 1,120 entries from 76 countries worldwide, with nine category winners sharing a total prize pool of over $70,000, making it the largest short film competition of its kind.
 
Entrants to ‘My RØDE Reel’ are required to create a short film of three minutes or less, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel that features a RØDE product being used during the production of the film. RØDE has provided an entry pack that steps through the process, as well as templates for scripting, storyboarding and more, available now by registering at www.myrodereel.com.
 
There are three main awards and prize packs of filmmaking gear available to win -- a Judges’ Film award for the best short film in competition, a Judges’ BTS award for the best behind-the-scenes reel, and a publicly voted People’s Choice award for the most popular short film. Each of these award winners will be presented with an enviable production filmmaking kit valued at more than $40,000.
 
Additional technical and genre awards and prize packs are available for Best Sound Design, Best Soundtrack and more, and for the first time in 2015 RØDE has announced a Young Filmmaker award, to acknowledge and encourage entrants under the age of 18.
 
Joining an incredible list of sponsors and bringing the 2015 total prize pool to more than $200,000 are Atomos and Freefly Systems, supplying their Shogun 4K RAW Recorder and MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer respectively to multiple prize packs. They join an already illustrious list of sponsors including BlackMagic, Carl Zeiss lenses, Miller tripods, RedRock Micro rigs, SmallHD and Teradek monitoring equipment, Kessler sliders and jibs, ThinkTank Photo bags, Event studio monitors, G-Technology storage solutions, software from Adobe and RedGiant, licensing credit from The Music Bed and Film Supply, and of course plenty of RØDE microphones. A full list of the prize packs is available at www.myrodereel.com.
 
Once again, RØDE has brought together a respected judging panel for ‘My RØDE Reel’ that includes inspirational pioneer filmmakers Philip Bloom, Ryan Connolly, Vincent LaForet and Rodney Charters.
 
“Last year’s My RØDE Reel was really one of the best film competitions I have ever judged.” commented Philip Bloom. “The calibre of entries from all over the world was superb. I can’t wait to see what we get this year, it’s going to be even better I am sure.\"
 
"I’m really excited to engage with the next generation of filmmakers and to see what they come up with in the RODE Reel competition in 2015” added Vincent LaForet. “2014 was an impressive year and I can’t wait to see what they come up with this time!\"
 
Putting its “money where its mouth is”, RØDE has put together its own short film plus a complete series of behind the scenes tutorials to highlight the production process. Hosted by filmmaker Clinton Harn and the RØDE Production team, the course guides viewers through the filmmaking process from pre-production through to shooting and on to post-production.
 
Entries for ‘My RØDE Reel’ are open from March 2nd and close June 1st. All entrants will receive the exclusive 2015 My RØDE Reel Directors T-shirt, and a free subscription to Hollywood DP Shane Hurlbut’s “Inner Circle” online community.
 
Visit www.myrodereel.com now to learn more.
 
B&H carries RØDE microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 3/4/2015 6:16:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Zeiss OTUS 55mm f/1.4 Distagon Lens
For a limited time, B&H is featuring a $100.00 instant rebate on all Zeiss photographic lenses.
Post Date: 3/3/2015 1:19:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 7D II and 100-400 L II Rocked in SW Florida
I took my own advice and left the crazy cold N 40° latitude (-4° F/-20° C) for the warmer weather of Florida and just over a week of (primarily) bird photography. Although I had a 5D Mark III and 1D X along, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II was glued to my hand for most of this trip and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens was glued to the camera most of that time. As noted in the title, this combination rocked and with relatively-cooperative birds, my take-home is a bit voluminous.
 
The subject shown here is a Great Blue Heron in breeding plumage. To capture this image, my first priority was to get in line between the sun and the bird with the low, late-day sun creating good subject lighting. By maneuvering to a slightly lower vantage point than the bird, I was able to create a background composed completely of blue sky. No distractions there.
 
A big challenge remaining was to get the bird properly aligned for a pleasing composition. A side-on angle to the bird with the head straight or turned slightly towards the camera usually works great. The challenge in getting that angle was that the bird, especially its head and neck, was constantly moving. I selected the top-right AF point in the center block of AF points (closely aligned with the bird's eye) and when the bird was in a position that worked for me, I quickly captured the image.
 
I was shooting handheld for maneuverability and setup speed reasons. The 7D II and 100-400 L II combo's size and weight are especially nice for this type of shooting.
 
Some are asking if the 7D II images are sharp enough for serious work and I can assure you that the answer is "Yes." EOS 7D II images are very sharp. Because ultimate image sharpness capabilities are not completely discernible from reduced-size images, I have made the full-size version of this image available for download here. You are granted a license to use this image for personal gear evaluation purposes including further processing of the image. This is a 10.2 MB .JPG file that was sharpened very lightly. Sharpen to your taste (perhaps add a little saturation) and then follow the plane of sharp focus through this image to see what the 7D II and 100-400 L II can do.
 
A medium-sized version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
182mm  f/8.0  1/500s  ISO 100  5472 x 3648px
Post Date: 3/3/2015 11:07:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Spider Holster Rain Cover and Water Bottle Holder
From Spider Holster:
 
Adding to our Spider Monkey line, we're pleased to introduce our Rain Cover and Water Bottle Holder!
 
Protection from the elements
Our Rain Cover is designed to cover your camera body (with vertical grip) and lens (up to 70-200mm) while it sits in your SpiderPro or Black Widow holster.
 
It’s super-compact and lightweight, but unfolds nice and big to easily cover your pro gear. And it has an adjustable elastic outer-band so you can cinch it around your camera for maximum protection from the elements!
 
Hydration at your hip
Simply attach the Spider Monkey base to your belt (or ours), insert your water bottle into the Holder, then slide the Holder into the base.
 
Quick-draw your water bottle (using one hand!), by pressing the release tab at the top of the Spider Monkey base to unlock your Water Bottle Holder and lift it out. Instant refreshment on any shoot.
 
B&H carries the Spider Holster Camera Rain Cover and Water Bottle Holder.
Post Date: 3/3/2015 8:30:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration Kit with SpyderCHECKR 24
B&H has the Datacolor Spyder4PRO Display Calibration Kit with SpyderCHECKR 24 available for $139.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $218.00.
 
Kit Includes
 
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash
Through March 5, B&H has the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery-Powered Flash available for $1,995.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,095.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Optional Remote Control with Air TTL-C/N
  • Full E-TTL II with Canon Cameras
  • Full i-TTL with Nikon Cameras
  • 500W/s, 9-Stop Power Range
  • Lithium-ion Battery Powered
  • Up to 220 Full-Power Flashes
  • Flash Duration: 1/19,000 - 1/1,000 Sec
  • High Speed Sync to 1/8,000 Sec.
  • LED Modeling Lamp, 20 fps Burst Mode
  • 0.1 - 1.9 Sec. Recycling
Post Date: 3/3/2015 7:24:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Westcott Flex 1-Light Daylight Kit
For a limited time, B&H has the Westcott Flex 1-Light Daylight Kit available for $599.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.90.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • Flex Daylight LED
  • Flex Dimmer Extension Cable
  • Flex 1/4 Stop Diffusion Front
  • Flex X-Bracket Mount
Note from Sean: I got to see the Westcott Flex series at Imaging USA 2015. The flexible LED-powered lights are impressively bright at full power. I remember having to squint when walking by the booth featuring the lights.
Post Date: 3/3/2015 7:20:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens
Through tomorrow, B&H has the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens available for $429.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
Post Date: 3/3/2015 6:59:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 2, 2015
Toshiba 32GB FlashAir II Wireless SD Card
B&H has the Toshiba 32GB FlashAir II Wireless SD Card available for $29.99 with free shipping. Regularly $59.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 32GB Storage Capacity
  • Class 10 Speed
  • Web Server / Wi-Fi Access Point
  • WEP / WPA / WPA2 Encryption Standards
Post Date: 3/2/2015 11:15:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello ShutterBoss Wireless Timer Remote
For a limited time, B&H has Vello ShutterBoss Wired and Wireless Remote Timers on sale for 20% off.
Post Date: 3/2/2015 11:00:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through this weekend, use coupon codes PXPRSP30 and PXPOSP40 at AdoramaPix to save 30% on prints and 40% on poster-sized prints, respectively.
Post Date: 3/2/2015 10:54:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B2 Air TTL To-Go Kit
From Profoto:
 
March 2, 2015 – Profoto releases a new system of compact off-camera flashes and Light Shaping Tools, designed for fast and easy on-location photography.
 
Since its release in 2013, the Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash has taken the photographic community by storm. Combining the portability and ease-of-use of a speedlight with the performance of a professional monolight, the B1 is considered by many to be a game changer in the industry.
 
Now Profoto is moving forward by releasing an entire new system of compact off-camera flashes and Light Shaping Tools, designed for fast and easy on-location photography.
 
The most attention-grabbing item in the Off-Camera Flash system is the new B2. The B2 is a lighter, more portable counterpart to the B1. The B2 consists of a battery pack and a head. The battery pack can be put on the shoulder or hip, while the head is small and light enough to be mounted onto a monopod or a bracket on the camera. This will allow the photographer to stay moving. If that is not necessary, both the pack and head can be put on a stand and the B2 can be wirelessly controlled from the camera. This makes the B2 the world’s first off-camera flash that can be used both on and off-camera.
 
In addition, the B2 has all the benefits that made the B1 an outstanding success. It has TTL. It has HSS. It is fast enough to keep up with your camera and five times as powerful as the average speedlight. It can be used with the entire range of Profoto Light Shaping Tools. All this in a head with the same size and weight as a speedlight.
 

 
The Profoto Off-Camera Flash system also includes the new OCF Light Shaping Tools. The OCF Light Shaping Tools are smaller and more lightweight. They also consist of fewer parts and use smart, patent-pending solutions that make them fast and easy to mount and use. The assortment includes four new softboxes, a new Grid Kit, a new Snoot and a new Barndoor.
 
Included in the Off-Camera Flash system is also the renowned B1 and the patented AirTTL system. Everything works with everything.
 
“Our ambition when we first started designing the Profoto Off-Camera Flash system was to create a solution that pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved on a fast and hectic on-location shoot,” says Product Manager Johan Wiberg. “We closely observed the needs of wedding and portrait photographers and decided to try to make their jobs a little easier. Now, looking at what we are offering, I dare say we’ve succeeded.”
 
B&H has the Profoto B2 Off-Camera Flash available for preorder.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 3/2/2015 7:45:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer
For a limited time, B&H has the DJI Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer available for $500.00 off – now only $2,499.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,999.00.
 
Features:
 
  • Supports Cameras up to 16 Pounds
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control
  • Tool-Less Balance Adjustment System
  • Assistant Software for iOS and Windows
  • Bluetooth Wireless Interface for Setup
  • 15mm Rods + Mount Points for Accessories
  • USB and PowerTap Power Outputs
  • Gimbal Tuning Stand Included
  • Included Hard Case Holds Gimbal and More
Post Date: 3/2/2015 7:05:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX P900 Ultrazoom Compact Camera
From Nikon:
 
Nikon's New COOLPIX P900 Takes Creativity to Extreme Distances with Spectacular 83x Zoom Power and Advanced Shooting Controls
 
With a Lens Equivalent of 2000mm, the COOLPIX P900 Offers Limitless Possibilities for What Users Can Capture and Instantly Share

 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX P900, a camera that offers an unprecedented and incredible 83x zoom along with superior performance. This exciting long zoom option provides users with incredibly sharp NIKKOR optics and a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom range capable of reaching previously unimaginable distances. In addition to its unrivaled zoom power, the 16-megapixel COOLPIX P900 comes equipped with an array of innovative features and advanced controls for capturing sharp and detailed images as well as Full HD video from afar. Such features include built-in GPS and the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built in Wi-Fi(1) and Near Field Communication technology (NFC(2)). With its unbelievable zoom power, users can take close-up shots of a bird high up in the trees or capture the look on their child’s face as they score their first goal from the sidelines. Additionally, the COOLPIX P900 combines user-friendly controls, creative features and fast performance, giving users the opportunity to explore their creative path regardless of their photography level or experience.
 
“With its spectacular 83x zoom range, extensive list of innovative features and advanced controls, the new Nikon COOLPIX P900 is the first COOLPIX compact camera to ever offer this amazing zoom range and powerful features together in an easy-to-use package,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX P900 will provide users with the opportunity to capture sharp images and video in rich detail near or far, and to share their content with family and friends with confidence.”
 
Zooming Brilliance with New Nikon COOLPIX P900
The COOLPIX P900 demonstrates the incredible capabilities of NIKKOR optics by sporting a powerful 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm equivalent) NIKKOR ED glass lens with the ability to reach 166x using Dynamic Fine Zoom and a super extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element, making this camera ideal for capturing sharp images and videos from extreme lengths. This feature-packed long zoom is equipped with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a high performance Autofocus (AF) system capable of shooting 7 frames-per-second (fps) to help deliver photos of fast moving sports in superb quality. Sharing these amazing photos has never been easier or more fun, as the COOLPIX P900 allows users to seamlessly shoot and share photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi(1) and NFC(2) connectivity.
 
Whether shooting above a crowd or from the stands, users can easily and intuitively frame their subjects by using the camera’s built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with an eye sensor or high-resolution, Vari-angle 3-inch 921K-dot LCD display. When sitting in the upper deck at a baseball game or taking photos of the family at a summer barbeque, the COOLPIX P900’s versatile controls and features makes it a great companion for every shooting scenario. Users can utilize the camera’s snap-back zoom button to effortlessly frame subjects when shooting super-telephoto shots, while the Side Zoom Control button’s position helps to combat camera shake. Additionally, the camera has an intuitive control layout, with the Fn (function) button providing fast access to frequently used functions, plus the Command Dial and Mode Dial allow users to quickly apply or adjust settings with just one hand. The COOLPIX P900 also features Manual (spot), Manual (normal) and Manual (wide) AF Area Mode options that can be selected in accordance with the size and position of the primary subject.
 
Taking great action shots is easy with the super-fast COOLPIX P900, as it boasts a speedy shooting lag time of approximately 0.12 seconds at the maximum wide-angle position and approximately 0.75 seconds at the maximum telephoto position. This rapid performance allows users to capture clear back-to-back shots of a runner dashing toward the finish line or a baseball player headed towards home plate with rich detail. What’s more, the camera incorporates the new Dual Detect Optical VR technology to help achieve the highest level of camera shake compensation available in a Nikon compact digital camera, equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed to help ensure sharp photos.
 
For those looking to expand their creativity, the COOLPIX P900 offers fun and user-friendly features like Scene Modes, filter effects, special effects, Picture Controls and macro mode to help users not only find the best settings for nearly any environment, but allow them to add a personal touch to every image or video. Whether users are shooting a school play indoors or out on the slopes, the COOLPIX P900 provides Scene Modes and filter effects that help achieve optimal results without missing a shot. Additionally, users can capture video in Full HD 1080p with stereo audio recording or use the camera’s innovative Time Lapse feature to capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset video over the course of time. When recording video from afar, the Zoom Microphone function helps to enables clear recording of sounds from a variety of distances. Lastly, the COOLPIX P900 makes it easy to document every vacation spot or outdoor adventure as the camera’s built-in GPS and POI allows users to geo-tag images and view where those images were taken on a map.
 
Nikon Snapbridge
Nikon Snapbridge describes the experience of quickly and easily sending photos wirelessly from your Wi-Fi(1) enabled Nikon DSLR, Nikon 1 or COOLPIX camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet. Share your great photos on the go, even in remote locations or even use a smartphone or tablet to control your camera. See what the camera sees and take pictures—great for selfies and group photos that actually include you!
 
Price and Availability
The COOLPIX P900 will be available in Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $599.95. The camera will be available for purchase in April 2015.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX P900 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/2/2015 7:00:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox
B&H has the Impact Octacool-9 Fluorescent Light with Octabox available for $174.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $259.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 9x 28W Lamps
  • Ideal for Portraiture and Events
  • For Still Photo or Video
  • Daylight Balance: 5000 - 5500K
  • 5/8" Stand Mount
  • 12,600 Lumens @ 3.3 Feet
  • Quick Setup, Removable Baffle, Face
  • 5 On/Off Switches Control 1-9 Lamps
  • Low Power Draw, Removable Reflector
Kit Contains
 
  • Octacool 9 Lamp Fixture
  • Removable Aluminum Reflector
  • 9 x Edison Base 28W Fluorescent Lamps
  • 29.5? (75 cm) Octabox
  • Internal Diffusion Baffle
  • Octabox Diffuser
  • 120V AC power cord
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
Post Date: 3/2/2015 6:48:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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