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 Tuesday, September 15, 2015

From the Sports Shooter Academy Vimeo Channel:
Matt Brown, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim director of photography and Sports Shooter Academy co-founder, gives a behind-the-scenes peek at his remote camera setups for covering baseball.
B&H carries Pocketwizard radios.
Post Date: 9/15/2015 7:45:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-In-One Inkjet Printer
From Epson:
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Epson America, Inc. today introduced its next generation of ultra-slim, ultra-powerful Expression Small-in-One wireless photo printers. Designed to suit the needs of busy households and creative enthusiasts, the Expression Premium series including the Expression Premium XP-530, XP-630 and XP-830, leverages a Claria Premium five-ink system to deliver superior quality, borderless prints up to 8” x10” and documents with sharp text. The Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One printer features six-color Claria Photo HD inks to deliver photo enthusiasts with vivid, professional-quality borderless photos up to 11” x17”.
The Expression Small-in-Ones offer auto two-sided printing to save paper as well as easy to use creative tools for printing lab-quality photos. Designed as complete wireless solutions, the printers feature built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n1 and Wi-Fi Direct for network-free printing, as well as a variety of solutions to easily print from iPhone, iPad, Android, smartphones and tablets2 while at home or on the go. Plus, enjoy PC-free printing3 with built-in memory card slots and USB ports. Each feature-rich Small-in-One also allows users to edit, scan and share photos directly to Facebook or the cloud4. All models are compatible with the Epson Creative Print app to easily print Facebook photos and create custom cards, coloring books, stationary and more.
“We understand that families typically lead hectic, on-the-go lifestyles, and as such require a versatile printing solution – one that is affordable, but packs a punch in terms of features and performance,” said Monika Dees, senior product marketing manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. “The latest Expression printers make it easy for busy families and photo enthusiasts to stay connected, creative and productive.”
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones offer superior photo quality with a versatile set of features to meet a range of creative printing needs:
  • Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One – The newest addition to the Expression Photo family features the Claria Photo HD ink system and a larger 4.3-inch LCD screen to print stunning, professional quality photos up to 11”x17”, with borderless 4”x6” photo printing in as fast as 11 seconds5. The XP-960 comes equipped with an innovative fold-over scan lid that allows documents and photos to stay in place for high quality scans and a rear paper feed for specialty paper such as card stock, envelopes, labels and more.
  • Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One – The feature-rich XP-830 delivers superior photo quality and versatility with a 30-page Auto Document Feeder and auto 2-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing to save time. Print vivid, borderless 4”x6” photos in as fast as 12 seconds5 using the intuitive 4.3" touchscreen, or print on specialty paper6, a variety of sizes of photo paper and CDs/DVDs with dedicated input trays. The printer also features an auto-extend and retract output tray for added convenience so prints don’t end up on the floor when printing remotely.
  • Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One – The ultra-powerful XP-630 delivers superior photo quality and convenient features for fast, easy printing. The XP-630 prints vivid, borderless photos up to 8" x 10", and provides dedicated trays for printing photos and DVDs. Plus, save time with auto two-sided printing. Other features include a 2.7" LCD as well as built-in USB port and memory card slot2 for PC-free printing.
  • Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One – Perfect for busy families, the ultra-slim XP-530 delivers superior photo quality for vivid, borderless prints up to 8" x 10”. Use the built-in memory card slot2, plus lined paper and calendar templates, for simple, PC-free printing. Or, easily print Facebook photos, coloring books, stationery and more with Epson's Creative Print App.
Pricing and Availability
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones are now available through photo specialty, major e-tail and retail stores nationwide:
Expression Printer EditionsPrice
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One$299
Epson Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One$199
Epson Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One$149
Epson Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One$129

B&H carries the following:
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/15/2015 6:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,295.06 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/15/2015 6:05:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From NIkon:
Nikon D7100
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the display to darken when images were viewed by pressing the (playback) button.
  • Fixed an issue with the menus for some languages where continued scrolling would cause the camera to freeze.
  • Fixed issues with the virtual horizon displayed using the Viewfinder virtual horizon option.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D7100 Firmware v.1.03

Nikon D5200
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D5200 Firmware v.1.03
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/15/2015 5:37:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 14, 2015
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Roger Cicala of LensRentals has posted a very informative article detailing the history of glass and covers naturally occuring varieties, the Middle East around 2000 B.C., Roman-era glass, the glassmakers of Venice and even advancements through the 1700s.
It's definitely worth a read if you're interesteed in glass (or simply interested in history) and have a few minutes to spare.
Post Date: 9/14/2015 11:40:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PMANewsline.com:
The opportunity in the photo industry continues to grow, as more and more pictures are taken. Blogger Benedict Evans reports, in 1999, the peak of the film-camera industry, consumers took around 80 billion photos, according to Kodak. We’re taking far more now, but how many more? At least 2 trillion, maybe double that, maybe more.
According to Evans, no-one can know this exactly, but there are some points of triangulation:
  • Facebook said in May 2015 that two billion photos are shared on its systems every day, by 1.4bn users - a 730bn/year run-rate.
  • This does not include WhatsApp, which in April 2014 it said it was seeing 700m photos a day from 500m users (255bn a year) - it seems pretty likely that that number has risen since.
  • Snapchat gave a number of 700m a day, back in May 2014 - again, that will have risen (a lot) since.
Evans said, just rounding WhatsApp and Snapchat up to 1 billion a day to account for growth in the last year and presuming no growth at Facebook this year gets us to a figure of 1.5 trillion photos shared this year. Growth in usage in the year across these could easily take that to over 2 trillion. That presumes no duplication between these three networks, which is not certain but might not be enormous.
For more information, check out PMANewsline.com or the original post on Ben Evans Blog.
Note: To put that number into perspective, if two trillion one-dollar bills were place on top of each other, the stack would be 135,732 miles tall, or a little over halfway to the moon. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/14/2015 8:36:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson SureColor P-series Large Format Printer
Eight-Color and 10-Color Printers Set New Standards for Color Gamut, Color Matching Accuracy and Black Density
September 14, 2015 – Epson is once again redefining large format commercial ink jet printing with the announcement of the SureColor P-Series line-up. Incorporating the latest imaging technologies, including Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printhead, the new P-Series printers deliver extraordinary performance for the professional printing industry along with unparalleled color matching capabilities. Leveraging Epson’s UltraChrome HD eight-color ink set, the 24-inch SureColor P6000 and 44-inch SureColor P8000 are designed for graphic designers, commercial printers and photographers. Successors to the award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 900-Series, the 24-inch SureColor P7000 and 44-inch SureColor P9000 incorporate a reformulated Epson UltraChrome HDX 10-color ink set for both commercial and flexographic printers, as well as graphic designers, photographers, and fine art reproduction houses.
Poised to set new industry standards for commercial and flexographic proofing applications, the SC-P7000 and SC-P9000 are available in a Commercial Edition featuring an all-new Violet ink for expanded color gamut delivering output matching 99-percent of the PANTONE FORMULA GUIDE Solid Coated. In addition, the printers are configurable with an optional Epson SpectroProofer UVS in-line spectrophotometer designed to provide automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications.
“Epson is committed to bringing the most advanced printing and proofing solutions to market for creative, graphic arts and printing professionals,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The new SureColor P-Series family brings together the most sophisticated printing technologies available to deliver extraordinary results, whether for graphic design, contract proofing for commercial and flexographic printing, fine art, or photography.”
More about the SureColor P-Series
The complete SureColor P-Series printer family – the SC-P6000, SC-P7000, SC-P8000, and SC-P9000 – redefine wide-format, aqueous imaging applications with a vast array of workflow solutions and robust media handling. All models seamlessly integrate with industry leading workflow software solutions to meet the needs of the proofing and graphic arts community. Additional features include:
  • Epson UltraChrome HD and HDX Ink: The SC-P6000/P8000 leverage the eight-color UltraChrome HD ink and the SC-P7000/P9000 use the 10-color UltraChrome HDX ink. Both professional ink sets deliver outstanding color with improved black density; new Black ink is 1.5 times denser than previous ink formulation, providing significant improvements to overall contract ratio and optical clarity, and improved Resin Encapsulation Technology delivers superior gloss uniformity. All SureColor P-Series printers are designed to work exclusively with Epson UltraChrome HD and HDX ink1.
  • Epson PrecisionCore TFP Printhead: The SureColor P-Series delivers consistent, high-performance with variable size ink droplet technology as small as 3.5 picoliters for remarkable print quality. New enhancements include a new wave form, improving dot placement and accuracy. User-scheduled cleaning cycles improve print head health.
  • The Proofing Standard: Ideal for all commercial and flexographic proofing, the SC-P7000/P9000 Commercial Edition printers include an all-new Violet ink for expanded color gamut targeting improved spot color matching accuracy.
  • Robust Media Handling: Supports virtually any media type in roll or cut-sheet, from photographic paper to 1.5 mm thick fine art media and poster board. New roll media handling offers user-selectable 3 mm top and bottom margins and improved guide rollers for reduced media surface impressions. High-speed rotary cutter included.
  • Optional Internal Print Server: Internal 320GB print server boosts workgroup productivity by quickly transferring print jobs to free-up workstations; adds print queue management and print job save and reprint functionality.
  • Optional SpectroProofer UVS: Developed jointly with X-Rite, the in-line spectrophotometer provides automated color management and verification-related tasks for a range of proofing applications. It supports all current illumination standards for UV and UV-Cut measurement and is UV selectable between M0, M1 and M2.
The Epson SureColor P-Series will be on display at Graph Expo, Sept. 13-16, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago in Epson’s booth, #841, highlighting graphic design and commercial proofing applications.
Support and Availability
The Epson SureColor P-Series will be available in October 2015 through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers:
P-Series Printer EditionsPrice
Epson SureColor P6000 24-inch – Standard Edition$2,995
Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)$3,995
Epson SureColor P7000 24-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Starter Ink Set)$3,995
Epson SureColor P8000 44-inch – Standard Edition$4,995
Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Standard Edition (Light Light Black Starter Ink Set)$5,995
Epson SureColor P9000 44-inch – Commercial Edition (Violet Ink Starter Set)$5,995

B&H carries Epson large format printers.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/14/2015 8:00:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
In this 'how to' video Karl Taylor & Urs Recher look at the techniques required for good bottle product photography. In this case a bottle of wine is photographed in a small set to add ambience and style to the product. Enjoy!
B&H carries Broncolor equipment.
Post Date: 9/14/2015 6:42:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon XC10 Compact 4k Video Camera
United Kingdom, 11 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Canon today announces that the XC10 video camera has been independently tested in accordance with European Broadcast Union (EBU) standards for HD content acquisition. The tests found that the large 1.0 inch Canon CMOS sensor coupled with Canon’s DIGIC DV5 image processor provides ‘little or no aliasing’ concluding ‘ its performance meets (HD) Tier 1, and it easily meets (HD) Tier 2L’ allowing its use in a wide array of broadcast and cinematography applications.
The XC10 joins several of Canon’s high-end professional broadcast cameras in meeting the criteria defined by the European Broadcasting Union, including the Canon XF305, the Canon EOS C300 and the Canon EOS 1DC. The XC10 has impressive low light performance and image quality, which, combined with its compact size and remote controllability, makes it an ideal main or secondary camera in HD broadcast acquisition.
The European Broadcasting Union recommendations exist to help broadcasters understand which technology is best suited for certain tasks. The UK's digital production partnership broadcasters use these recommendations to ensure their content meets a minimum threshold.
“Canon strives to understand the needs of film-makers and broadcasters and creates a range of products to help meet their business needs and inspire them to take their work to new levels of creativity and productivity,” said Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Imaging at Canon Europe.
“The XC10 was developed to provide film-makers with a compact but powerful professional 4K camera that will be an asset to their creativity, especially for use in challenging conditions with limited space, or as a secondary camera in a set-up with a limited number of operators. The size of the device and its ease of use make it a perfect tool alongside a Cinema EOS or XF series camera, or as a standalone camera in its own right.”
The Canon XC10 is a compact 4K digital video and stills camera combining a large 1” (12.8mm x 9.6mm) sensor and a high quality optically stabilised 10x zoom lens offering a 35mm equivalent range of 24mm-240mm.
B&H carries the Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 9/14/2015 5:33:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $829.00. Compare at $1,099.00 after $250.00 instant savings.
Relevant Reviews:
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 9/14/2015 5:19:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 13, 2015
Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496RC2 Ball Head
B&H has the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 496RC2 Ball Head available for $189.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $319.88.
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Max Height: 70.5"
  • Min Height: 19.6"
  • Folded Length: 28"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 4.4 lb
  • 496RC2 Ball Head
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Two-Position Leg Angle Selection
Post Date: 9/13/2015 7:38:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 11, 2015
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter
The DJI Phantom 3 Standard was introduced a little more than a month ago at an MSRP of $799.00. However, the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is in stock and available for only $699.00 at B&H with free expedited shipping.
There's no indication of how long this pricing will be in effect, so if you've had your eye on DJI's latest basic quad, now's your time to pick one up.
Product Highlights
  • Gimbal Stabilized 2.7K Camera
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Downlink for HD Live View
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Auto-Takeoff / Auto Return Home
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Post Date: 9/11/2015 10:23:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS C300 Mark II
From the Canon Professional Network:
Owners and purchasers of the Canon EOS C300 Mark II will soon be able to benefit from a new lens mount service option which offers the capability to change the 4K Digital Cinema Camera’s original EF mount to EF with Cinema Lock or to a PL mount and back again.
After purchasing the C300 Mark II, service mount options will soon be available from Canon Regional Competence Centres (RCC) in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden or the UK. These services are expected to be available in October 2015; further details of how you can purchase the lens mount options will be communicated shortly.
Canon has also revealed that from early 2016 a PL mount version of the C300 Mark II will be available to purchase in all EMEA territories. Up until now the camera has only been available in an EF mount but by January 2016 customers can choose whether to purchase an EF mount or a PL mount version. The upcoming PL mount version of the camera will provide support for all of Canon’s PL mount Cinema lenses and other industry-standard PL lenses (Cooke/i not supported), thus allowing for even greater shooting possibilities.
Users and potential users of the EOS C300 Mark II can also now discover much more about the capabilities of the camera thanks to three, new downloadable white papers written by Larry Thorpe (Senior Fellow, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Professional Engineering & Solutions Division, Canon USA). The white papers are titled ‘Image Performance Enhancements in the EOS C300 Mark II’, ‘Extended Recording Capabilities in the EOS C300 Mark II’ and ‘Ergonomic and Operational Enhancements to the EOS C300 Mark II’.
If you want to find out more and download these and other white papers just click here to visit the Canon USA Digital Learning Centre (DLC) or click the links on right hand side of this page to download the specific EOS C300 Mark II white papers. The Canon USA DLC also offers additional, downloadable white papers on the Canon Cinema EOS System via the link above.
Note: The article above doesn't go into much detail, but the EF Cinema Lock Mount first appeared in the ultra-high ISO ME20F-SH announced July 30th 2015. From my understanding, the EF with Cinema Lock mount eliminates the slight "wiggle" that can occur when EF lenses are attached to a traditional EF mount (especially problematic if a follow focus is being used).
Below you can see a close-up of the new EF with Cinema Lock featured on the ME20F-SH.
ME20F SH EF with Cinema Lock

B&H carries the Canon C300 Mark II.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/11/2015 8:07:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR II Lens available for $329.00 with free shipping. Compare at $496.95 new after $150.00 instant savings.
Note: This is a factory refurbished item and therefore qualifies for a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/11/2015 7:13:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
RØDE Announces Six new Products at IBC
From RØDE:
Sep 11th, 2015 – In its largest-ever simultaneous product release RØDE has announced six new products today at the IBC show in Amsterdam, including two new microphones, a pair of carbon fibre boompoles, an XLR interface for Apple iOS devices and an XLR adaptor for the company’s popular RØDELink 2.4GHz digital wireless system.
RØDE’s VideoMic family is the world’s favourite on-camera microphone, and the company is proud to announce two new models in the range – the VideoMicro, and the VideoMic Me.
Measuring only 80mm long, the VideoMicro is a small, lightweight on-camera microphone designed for use on compact cameras. A directional microphone, it reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focuses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup is more forgiving than RØDE’s other on-camera microphones providing a more natural sound when recording indoors. Perfect for capturing incredible audio to accompany inspiring vision.
Included with the VideoMicro is a camera shoe mount with Rycote Lyre shock mount. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, it will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
The VideoMic Me is a high-quality directional microphone designed for Apple iPhone and iPad. Featuring a TRRS connector and adjustable mount it is compatible with a range of Apple devices and can even accommodate some cases. It features a headphone jack conveniently located at the rear, to allow for monitoring and playback without removing the microphone.
Both microphones include a deluxe furry windshield and feature bodies made from aluminum, giving them a high level of RF rejection. The microphones are finished in RØDE’s high-grade ceramic anti-glare black coating.
Continuing its innovation in the mobile audio space, RØDE has announced the i-XLR, a digital XLR interface for Apple iOS devices. Used to connect professional XLR microphones to an iPhone or iPad to record audio in the field, the i-XLR allows reporters, correspondents and audio professionals to quickly and easily capture professional interview dialogue to a smartphone or tablet.
An intuitive record button provides the user with operation without accessing the mobile device, and an LED indicates the recording status (in supporting apps). A headphone jack with variable level is conveniently located on the body to allow the operator to monitor their audio during interviews, and for dynamic microphones the i-XLR features a +20dB level boost, giving these microphones a high level of clean gain.
To accompany the i-XLR RØDE has previewed an updated version of its RØDE Rec app that supports remote record functionality for the new interface device, as well as an innovative set of EQ presets for industry-standard interview microphones, that optimise the audio for consistency across recordings, as well as an optional 'safety track' that can be set at a lower level.
The revolutionary RØDELink digital wireless system has been making waves since its release earlier this year. Currently available as the 'Filmmaker Kit', including a camera mounted receiver (RX-CAM), beltpack transmitter (TX-BELT) and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone, its 2.4GHz digital communication technology allows for robust, secure transmission of audio at ranges up to 100m.
RØDE is excited to announce that it is expanding the RØDELink range, with the launch of the 'Newsshooter Kit', which includes a camera-mounted transmitter and the new XLR transmitter (TX-XLR).
It easily connects to handheld presentation microphones as well as shotgun microphones, with a 3.5mm input and headphone output. Providing one-touch sync with RØDELink receivers and supplying P48 phantom power, the unit can be powered by 2 x AA, a Sony NP-F970 battery or continuously via Micro USB.
RØDE also plans to make each of the RØDELink devices available separately, so customers can mix and match to suit their needs.
Closing out the product announcements, RØDE has introduced two new professional carbon fibre boompoles, complementing the company’s popular range of aluminium poles.
Weighing only 535gm (18oz), the new RØDE Boompole Pro extends to a full 3m (10’) and collapses to 810mm (2’8”). Each of the five pole sections is comprised completely from carbon fibre making it incredibly lightweight while maintaining high levels of strength. The sections are easily extendable with one hand thanks to an intuitive twist-lock mechanism.
Designed for use with professional shotgun microphones such as the RØDE NTG3 as well as the Blimp windshield system, the Boompole Pro joins RØDE’s popular boom pole range which now consists of five models ranging in size, weight, and construction material.
Alongside this RØDE has also announced the Micro Boompole Pro, a very thin version of the full-size carbon fibre model, optimised for use with the new VideoMicro microphone. Using a unique modular design, the Micro Boompole Pro’s three sections combine to a maximum length of 2.2m (7’2”). Using an industry standard 3/8” thread, these sections can also be used to extend the Boompole Pro.
The VideoMicro, Boompole Pro and Micro Boompole Pro are shipping now, and the VideoMic Me, i-XLR and RØDELink Newsshooter Kit will be available Q4 2015.
B&H carries RØDE products.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 9/11/2015 6:01:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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