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 Thursday, March 13, 2014
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Calumet Photographic announced via its Facebook Page this morning that all of its stores in the United States would be closing.

"After 75 years of business it is with a heavy heart that we announce our immediate closing in the United States (our European stores will continue). It has been a joy to share our passion for photography with you all of these years. We'll miss each other and we'll miss all of our customers. Thank you for everything."

Calumet would later go on to say:

"Stay tuned, as we are exploring opportunities to reopen select locations to keep serving our customers. We will post any updates here if there are any."

There are reports that the Chicago-based photographic retailer has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. For the time being, there are no official plans to close Calumet stores outside of the US.

Post Date: 3/13/2014 1:03:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Peak Design Capture Camera Clip System
B&H has the Peak Design Capture Camera Clip System with Arca Plate available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
Post Date: 3/13/2014 12:45:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod
Amazing is how strong and rigid such a small tripod can be: Gitzo GT1542T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
B&H recently lowered the price on the GT1542T by about $100.00.
Post Date: 3/13/2014 10:20:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon 1 V3 with 10-30mm PD-Zoom & 70-300mm VR Lenses
From Nikon USA:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 V3, a compact, yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed to make no sacrifices when it comes to speed, performance and image quality, the blazing fast V3 sports an impressive Hybrid AF system and the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate*(1) at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full autofocus, a speed that outpaces even pro D-SLR cameras. Ideal for capturing fast-moving action, sports and wildlife, the new Nikon 1 V3 offers a top-class feature set that includes an 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor, a new EXPEED 4A image processor, 1080/60p Full HD video capabilities, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity*(2) and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display. Whether searching for a compact interchangeable lens camera that can do it all or a D-SLR companion camera for moments when time is of the essence, the V3 can satisfy the needs of the enthusiast or professional.
 
Further expanding on the growing stable of 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon has also introduced the new 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 telephoto zoom lenses, providing even more impressive lens options for Nikon 1 shooters.
 
“The versatile Nikon 1 V3 allows the photographer to capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity and ease,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With an incredible feature set, a newly crafted ergonomic design and sporting the elite high-speed performance that has become a hallmark of the Nikon 1 System, the V3 is ready to help users make amazing images and HD video.”
 
Capture the Shots That Matter With Uncompromising Speed and Quality
 
The Nikon 1 V3 makes no sacrifices in terms of speed, performance and image quality, as Nikon continues to innovate and invigorate the Nikon 1 System. The camera sports the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at a blazing fast 20 frames-per-second (fps), faster than other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and ideal for capturing fast-moving action and sports. Combined with an outstanding Hybrid AF System, every fleeting moment can be captured with incredible precision and accuracy. With 171 contrast detect focus areas and the center 105 areas supporting phase detection AF, the V3 provides super-fast AF response and accuracy when capturing still images or HD video in addition to exceeding the AF abilities of many D-SLR camera offerings.
 
The Nikon 1 V3 also features elite imaging specifications that help ensure superior image and HD video quality and impressive low-light performance, including the addition of a high-resolution 18.4-megapixel CX-format image sensor and new EXPEED 4A image processing engine. Together, they help render true colors and incredible detail, whether shooting an exotic safari or the local swim meet. The V3 also carries an ISO range of 160-12,800 with high ISO noise reduction, providing the versatility to effortlessly capture images in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
 
Exceptional Video Performance and a Dynamic Feature Set
 
When still images are not enough, the Nikon 1 V3 sports an outstanding number of video features that today’s multimedia photographer can take advantage of. The V3 is capable of recording Full HD video at 1080/60p with Movie e-VR (Electronic Vibration Reduction) which helps to eliminate camera shake to record smooth and clear movies. Full-time continuous AF is also possible during video recording, helping maintain critical HD focus, while the versatile CX-format sensor assists in creating video with a beautiful shallow depth of field. The V3 can also capture slow motion video at an impressive 120 frames-per-second (fps) in high quality 720p HD. Additionally, users can capture full resolution still images during video recording, rounding out an impressive and comprehensive stable of video features at the user’s disposal.
 
In another first for the Nikon 1 series, the V3 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity*(2), helping users seamlessly share every unforgettable moment. Connect to a compatible smart phone or tablet and share precious photos with friends and family by uploading them to social networks. The Nikon 1 V3 also empowers the user to unleash their creativity, with fun and unique shooting options for all levels of photographer. The V3 offers a wealth of creative modes previously found in models like the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 J3, including Miniature Effect, Easy Panorama and Selective Color, in addition to new modes like Creative Palette, Toy Camera and Cross Process, for a truly customized photography experience. Mainstay Nikon 1 System features such as Slow View, Live Image Control and Motion Snapshot return in this iteration of the V-Series, further enhancing a dynamic and versatile feature set for even the most demanding of photographers.
 
Elegant Styling, Superior Operability
 
The Nikon 1 V3 has been ergonomically designed to allow the user to shoot comfortably and confidently in a variety of shooting scenarios. The extremely compact yet sophisticated body sports conveniently placed external controls with two programmable function buttons, allowing the enthusiast to tailor their camera to their own personal shooting style. An additional function button is added with the optional GR-N1010 grip, a lightweight option that provides steadier handling, as well as an additional shutter button and sub-command dial that will be familiar to D-SLR shooters.
 
Another innovative addition to the Nikon 1 Series is the V3’s new tilting, touch-panel 3-inch LCD monitor that allows photographers to compose brilliant images and HD video from various new angles. This thin and versatile monitor is a convenient tool for adjusting settings on the go, affording the user the ability to quickly trigger the shutter when capturing a photo or change the focus point when capturing video by simply touching the screen. Playback is seamless and a new Highlight Display function helps the user to spot washed-out highlights after shooting. Additionally, a Virtual Horizon feature with pitching detection helps frame landscapes and architecture with rich detail and beautiful focus.
 
As part of the versatile Nikon 1 System of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the Nikon 1 V3 is compatible with eleven 1 NIKKOR lens options ranging from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto, while users can also employ their arsenal of NIKKOR glass using the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter. Users can also take advantage of the Nikon 1 System’s 2.7x crop factor for increased range when shooting sports or wildlife, making it an ideal companion for the D-SLR shooter. Nikon also offers an optional external high resolution 2359k-dot electronic viewfinder (EVF), the DF-N1000, and optional multi-accessory grip, the GR-N1010, alongside the Nikon 1 V3 for increased control and handling. The V3 also maintains compatibility with Nikon 1 external flashes and the ME-1 external microphone (with the AS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Adapter).
 
Go Farther with New 1 NIKKOR lenses
 
Announced alongside the Nikon 1 V3, Nikon has introduced two new 1 NIKKOR lens offerings. Kitted with the V3, the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom is an evolved compact zoom lens, ready for nearly any situation. Sporting a useful 3x zoom (27-81mm equivalent), the new 10-30mm lens is equipped with a unique power drive zoom dial that allows for simple and smooth zoom capability, ideal for capturing sharp and steady HD video.
 
Additionally, Nikon has also introduced a powerful new telephoto zoom lens option that takes Nikon 1 users farther than ever before. The new 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens features a super-telephoto focal range (189-810mm equivalent) that can get the photographer up close to sports action or wildlife from a distance. The first 1 NIKKOR lens crafted with Super ED Glass, the 70-300mm lens is equipped with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) and Nano Crystal Coating to prevent ghost and flare.
 
Price and Availability
 
The Nikon 1 V3, kitted with the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens, the DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder and the GR-N1010 Grip will be available in April 2014 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,199.95. The 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom and the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lenses will also be sold separately for $299.95 and $999.95 SRP, respectively.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
 
Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm Lens - B&H
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens - B&H
Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens - B&H
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Post Date: 3/13/2014 5:59:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical Super Wide Angle Lens
BuyDig.com has the Rokinon FE14M-C 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical Ultra Wide Angle Lens available in most mounts for an in-cart price of $309.00 after coupon c1142121951 is automatically applied.
 
The lens alone is typically priced at $324.95. A free Digpro Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag and a couple of other small accessories are also included in the deal.
 
Note that the in-cart price for the Nikon mount version is slightly higher at $325.00.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 6:53:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Plus Lightroom 5 Bundle
Use coupon code POSTPRODUCTION100 to save $100.00 on an already good deal for a WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive bundled with Lightroom 5 at BuyDig.com.
 
Get two great products for a great deal price of $129.00 with free shipping.
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
Tamron has the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Owner's Manual (English - PDF, 459KB) available for download.
 
B&H carries the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:47:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod
There are two significant reasons why you want use a carbon fiber tripod – and one significant reason why you might not want to buy a carbon fiber model.
 
The Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review provides the reasons to answer the big "Is carbon fiber worth the extra cost?" question.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 9:08:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In its latest "About A Photograph" release, Think Tank Photo features Al Diaz's touching image of Pamela Rauseo performing CPR [successfully] on an infant alongside Miami’s State Road 836.
 
You can read more about the event on Al Diaz's blog and learn more about CPR on the Mayo Clinic website.
Post Date: 3/12/2014 8:02:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod
Have you seen Manfrotto's latest 190 Series tripods? The new MT190 tripods sport a sharp, innovative design while retaining the great functionality and value they have long had.
 
Just Posted: Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 Aluminum Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/11/2014 8:10:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 10, 2014
Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod
I have been using and loving Gitzo Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripods for a very long time and have finally picked up the latest iteration of my favorite model in this line. What I found was that this release upgrade includes more significant improvements than I expected. Check it out:
 
Just posted: Gitzo GT3542LS Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
Post Date: 3/10/2014 9:24:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 07, 2014
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CanvasPeople has select Standard Gallery Wrap Canvas sizes on sale from $10.00 - $30.00. See below for eligible sizes.

SizeOrig. PriceSale Price
8x10$49.99$10.00
11x11$68.99$15.00
11x14$69.99$15.00
16x16$82.99$20.00
16x20$93.99$20.00
18x24$104.99$25.00
20x30$111.99$30.00

Post Date: 3/7/2014 2:29:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 06, 2014
B&H has select Zacuto Products on sale with savings up to $200.00.
 
This sale ends tonight, so don't hesitate to add to cart!
 
Products on Sale:

ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3.0x for 3.2" Screens$375.25$100.00$275.25
Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x for 3.2" Screens$375.25$100.00$275.25
Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x for 3" Screens$375.25$100.00$275.25
Zacuto Z-Drive Follow Focus Unit$522.50$100.00$422.50
Zacuto Marauder Foldable Camera Rig$736.25$200.00$536.25

Post Date: 3/6/2014 12:46:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
In our newest guide, Pricing Your Work: Photojournalism, discover tips to connect with potential news clients and publications, learn what fees and terms you can expect, plus get negotiating pointers and resources to help get your foot in the door and build your career in this field.
 
Also learn answers to questions like:

  • What are the four types of clients photojournalists typically work for?
  • How do you turn news media prospects into paying clients?
  • What are examples of fees, terms, and contracts you’ll likely encounter?
  • To what extent are rates and terms negotiable?
  • What type of insurance do you need?
  • Plus more!

Pricing Your Work: Photojournalism is the third in a series of guides with Wonderful Machine's CEO Bill Cramer and is packed with tips to help you price your photography and cut your best deal.
 
Download Photoshelter's Pricing Your Work: Photojournalism Guide.

Post Date: 3/6/2014 10:32:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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In a surprise move, Getty is now offering the free use of over 35 million of its images via its new embed tool. The images are watermark-free and simply display captions with the images linking back to Getty. (thanks James)
 
This move is undoubtedly due to the huge number of unpurchased Getty images floating around the web. Getty hopes the embedded images will increase exposure, expand its client base and open up new sources of revenue.
 
More information can be found in these articles by CNET and The Verge.
 
By the way, if you want to use one of this site's copyrighted images for your own personal use, you can! Just read Bryan's Free Use of DSLR Camera, Lens and Accessory Product Images.
 
What do you think about Getty's decision to allow free, non-commercial use of its images? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook Page.
Post Date: 3/6/2014 7:14:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $899.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,146.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 3/5/2014 4:31:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drive SSD
B&H has select SanDisk Extreme II Solid State Drives (SSDs) on sale with free shipping.
 
SanDisk Extreme II SSD Features:

  • Variable Read Speed Up To 550 MB/s
  • Random Read/Write Up to 95K/78K IOPS
  • No Moving Parts
  • Low Power Consumption
  • Quiet Operation
  • Faster Boot and Load Times
  • Solid State Design Resists Data Loss
  • Compatible with SATA 1.5/3/6 Gb/s

SanDisk Extreme II SSD Sale

ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
SanDisk Extreme II 120GB SSD$139.00$40.00$99.00
SanDisk Extreme II 240GB SSD$229.00$60.00$169.00
SanDisk Extreme II 480GB SSD$479.00$200.00$279.00

Post Date: 3/5/2014 1:12:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sony 32GB SD Memory Card 94MB/sec
Post Date: 3/5/2014 8:40:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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