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 Thursday, October 23, 2014
Samsung 64GB PRO Micro SDXC 90MB/s Class 10 Memory Card
Amazon has the Samsung 64GB PRO Micro SDXC 90MB/s Class 10 Memory Card available for $52.45. Compare at $64.99.
Post Date: 10/23/2014 9:40:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens
From Tamron:
 
Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono; Head office: Saitama-shi), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announced that it had produced a total of 5 million high-power zoom lenses* for interchangeable-lens cameras as of September 30, 2014.
 
Over 22 years since Tamron released the AF28-200mm F/3.8-5.6 Aspherical (Model 71D) in 1992, the company has continued to develop innovative high-power zoom lenses as a "pioneer of high-power zoom lenses" such as further expanding the focal range, realizing astounding lightweight and compact structure, supporting digital SLR cameras, incorporating VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanisms, and implementing the PZD (Piezo Drive) ultrasonic motor.
 
Tamron has announced that it has produced a total of 5 million Tamron high-power zoom lenses as a result of the development of high-power zoom lenses spanning the past 22 years.
 
At present, Tamron has a wide lineup of high-power zoom lenses supporting various camera formats. In particular, during 2014, the company has released the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO (Model B016) for APS-C sized digital SLR cameras with a world-first 18.8x zoom, the 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD (Model A010) supporting full-frame digital SLR cameras, and the 14-150mm F/3.5-5.8 Di III (Model C001) for Micro Four Thirds mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras.
 
*Tamron defines high-power zoom lenses as lenses with a 7x zoom or higher.
 
See Tamron's All-In-One Zoom History and Tamron's Currenty High-power Zoom Lineup (.pdf).
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 10/23/2014 9:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera
The Nikon COOLPIX A's price was just north of $1,000.00 two weeks ago. Today, it's only $699.00.
 
A refurbished unit is even less – just $599.95. Does this indicate a replacement is on the horizon?
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 16.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • NIKKOR 18.5mm Lens (35mm Equiv: 28mm)
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Capture Photos in RAW Format
  • Manual Focus Ring Adjustment
  • Auto and Manual Exposure Bracketing
  • Wi-Fi via Optional WU-1a Adapter
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Post Date: 10/23/2014 6:52:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sennheiser EW112PG3A Wireless Microphone Kit
Post Date: 10/23/2014 6:21:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW110 All-Weather Camera
Use coupon code EXPEDITION ($39.05 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW110 All-Weather Camera for $149.95 with free shipping. Regularly $189.00
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Post Date: 10/22/2014 1:28:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,849.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:50:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,759.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-44WL Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi
B&H now has the Tascam DR-44WL Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Control and File Transfers
  • Stereo XY Condenser Microphone
  • 2x Combo XLR Inputs
  • 4-Track Multitrack Mode
  • 24-bit/96kHz Recording
  • Dual-Level Recording
  • Dual-Format Recording
  • Record to SD Cards
  • Windscreen, Mic Grip, Shoe Mount Adapter
  • microSD Adapter, microSD Card, Case
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:10:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, October 21, 2014

 
From science.nasa.gov:
 
Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and … crescent-shaped.
 
"It's a partial solar eclipse," explains longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. In other words, the New Moon is going to 'take a bite' out of the sun.
 
A total eclipse is when the Moon passes directly in front of the sun, completely hiding the solar disk and allowing the sun's ghostly corona to spring into view. A partial eclipse is when the Moon passes in front of the sun, off-center, with a fraction of the bright disk remaining uncovered.
 
The partial eclipse of Oct. 23rd will be visible from all of the United States except Hawaii and New England. Coverage ranges from 12% in Florida to nearly 70% in Alaska. Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the crescent.
 
The eclipse will be especially beautiful in eastern parts of the USA, where the Moon and sun line up at the end of the day, transforming the usual sunset into something weird and wonderful.
 
Read the entire article on science.nasa.gov or check out the video above! If you live in the USA, check out this location table to find out when you can expect to see the partial eclipse.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 2:21:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens Kit
Right now, there's a $600.00 instant rebate and free expedited shipping on the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens Kit at B&H.
 
Kit Includes:
 
  • Nikon D750 FX DSLR Camera
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens
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Category: Nikon Deals
Post Date: 10/21/2014 1:26:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera available for $5,359.68 with free shipping. Compare at $6,496.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 1:18:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SmugMug Logo
From the SmugMug Blog:
 
Today we’re announcing the latest SmugMug for iOS App, the app that gives you easy photo uploading to your SmugMug galleries from your iPhone or iPad. Finally, you (and your fans) have the power to view all your galleries and archive your mobile photos in a place you know they’ll be safe.
 
The app helps bridge the gap between the photo galleries on your camera and on your computer, so you have access to both when you’re away. Here’s how it works.
 
All Your Beautiful Photos in Your Pocket
 
The free, completely redesigned SmugMug for iOS app lets you take all your galleries with you, anywhere. You can:
 
  • Browse all your own SmugMug folders and galleries (including private and unlisted ones)
  • Upload photos to your SmugMug galleries
  • Save galleries for offline viewing
  • Mark galleries as favorites for easy, instant access
  • Save and share photos and videos via SMS, email, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Follow other SmugMug users and browse their public galleries, too
Grab it now for free from the App Store.
Category: SmugMug News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 11:59:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apple 27
B&H has the Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display and the new Mac mini available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:18:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
Adorama has the following Rode microphones on sale with free shipping:
 
Item:Reg. PriceSale Price
Rode NTG-2 Dual Powered Directional Condenser Shotgun Microphone$269.00$209.00
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone$229.00$179.00
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:07:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, October 20, 2014
The Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Strikes Gold at Maroon Bells
I'm just back from an intensive 9-day photo trip to Colorado. Overall, the trip was great, though the weather was not cooperative for about half of the daylight hours. Bad weather can create the dramatic skies that are highly desired for landscape photos, but rain, snow and heavy fog can be especially challenging when distant mountains are a primary subject.
 
At the top of my distant mountains list were the Maroon Bells, a pair of fourteeners (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) located in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area near Aspen. These tree-less, maroon-colored peaks are generally considered the most-photographed mountains in North America. They are most-photographed for good reasons. The mountains are beautiful, the scene in front of them, including Maroon Creek Valley and Maroon Lake, is beautiful and the access is very easy. Getting this picture into the portfolio, however, was definitely not easy.
 
I mentioned that access to the beautiful Maroon Bells scene is easy. The hike from the relatively-small parking lot to Maroon Lake is a short one. I carried about 50 lbs. of gear to the lake in a Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack and a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker worn as a front pack. But, this hike is the easy part of getting this photograph.
 
There are basically two ideal sections of the Maroon Lake shoreline to shoot from with a limited number of photographers fitting into them. Getting the perfect location requires you to be there before the other photographers wanting the same easy-to-get-to location (just getting a parking space can be a challenge). Factor a 30 minute drive from the nearest hotel to the early arrival time requirement at the parking lot (a limited amount of campsites are available closer to the location) and the result is a very early AM alarm. By the time this photo was taken, there were nearly 100 photographers standing beside Maroon Lake, and I assure you that many did not have optimal shooting positions (just hanging out with this many friendly, enthusiastic landscape photographers makes this trip worth the effort).
 
Aspen in their brilliant yellow (and red) fall foliage colors were my other primary photography target for this trip. There are only a handful of days each year when the aspen trees are at their peak, so the timing of this trip has to be perfect. Locals can simply watch the foliage reports and make the drive (just over 4 hours from Denver) when the trees are peaking, but the rest of us need to plan ahead with airline ticket purchases, hotel reservations and vehicle rentals. My strategy was simple: plan the trip for peak foliage dates from recent years. In Aspen, this strategy worked perfectly for me. Some trees were beyond peak and some remained green, but most were at or near peak color. Though this is a highly desired location most of the year, the peak foliage definitely factored into the large crowds I encountered.
 
To get the peaks of the Maroon Bells to glow at sunrise requires a clear sky in the east during sunrise and to get a perfectly clear reflection of the peaks requires no wind. I was not hopeful during my 2 hour lakeside wait. Unlike many of the other mornings on this trip, the sky was perfectly clear. But, there was enough of a breeze blowing to create mirror-reflection-destroying ripples in the water. A moment before this photo was captured, the lake became a giant mirror and remained nearly flat for the next 3-4 hours (this duration is unusual for Maroon Lake) until the sun lit the entire valley floor below.
 
With the right scene unfolding in front of me, capturing the right framing and exposures became the next challenge. The framing was not hard (it is hard to go wrong at this location), but the exposures required more attention. With direct sunlight hitting the mountain peaks and the light-absorbing evergreens in deep shade, there was a significant amount of dynamic range to be captured. Using a multiple exposure HDR technique was the key to capturing the entire scene and all I had to do in the field was to insure that, for each final image, I had proper exposures captured for the highlights (shorter exposure) and for the shadows (longer exposure).
 
Back home in the studio, the processing work was much more difficult than capturing the right exposures in the field. Blending the two RAW images into a natural-looking HDR image was a complex process. I'd be embarrassed to say how many revisions I've made to this image, and while I have many variations that I like, I can't say that I am completely satisfied yet. This is my favorite revision today.
 
The iconic photograph of the Maroon Bells reflecting in Maroon lake with an apron of brilliantly-colored aspen trees lining Maroon Creek Valley was high on my bucket list and checking this line item off was my highest priority for this trip. No, this photo is not going to be unique (at least not completely unique). A lot of other photographers (close to 100 from this day alone) could have this or similar photos in their portfolios (if they executed and processed properly). I enjoy looking at photos taken by others, but this one is mine and there is something special about having iconic images in your own portfolio and having photos you created hanging on your walls. The memories these photos hold are part of their specialness. This particular image does not tell much of a story, but the story behind the image is big. That my father joined me on this particular trip was part of the specialness.
 
Because this shot was a priority, I allotted the most trip time (two full days and an additional half day if needed) to the Aspen area. The first morning was perfect (I shot from the side of the lake until about 11:00 AM and in the valley most of the day) and the second morning was an exact duplicate of the first until a breeze picked up just after sunrise (I moved to other shooting locations at this time – as planned).
 
Lakeside, I was simultaneously shooting with two complete tripod-based setups (one under the other when space was tight or to better protect tripod legs from accidents). With all of the effort and timing coming together perfectly and with the short duration of mountain peaks being lit, two rigs allowed me to maximize my take-home. This particular image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and one of the best landscape lenses ever made, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. They worked perfectly.
 
A larger version of this image is available on: Google+, Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
35mm  f/11.0  .3s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 10/20/2014 12:04:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive
B&H has two SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drives on sale. See below for details.
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
SanDisk 32GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive$58.45$44.95
SanDisk 64GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive$96.95$69.95
Features
 
  • Includes a microSDHC/microSDXC Memory Card
  • Wirelessly Store, Share, Stream Content
  • Apple iOS and Android Device Compatible
  • Supports 3 Simultaneous Media Streams
  • Supports 8 Simultaneous Connections
  • Wireless Range up to 150'
  • USB 2.0 Connection, Charges Via USB
  • Up to 4 Hours of Battery Runtime
  • Wi-Fi (WPA2) Password Protection
Category: SanDisk Deals
Post Date: 10/20/2014 10:05:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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