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 Thursday, January 15, 2015
Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has a Refurbished Nikon D5200 with 18-55mm VR Lens & Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $419.99 with free shipping. Compare at $646.95 new.
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Post Date: 1/15/2015 11:29:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The-Digital-Picture.com's Left-Handed Camera Rig using Alzo Flash Bracket
by Sean Setters
 
Ever since posting about the Canon EOS 7D L on April Fool's Day back in 2013, we receive the occasional email from site visitors who are truly interested in a camera they can operate with their left hand. More often than not, the user has experienced a trauma or some other condition which has left them partially (or completely) disabled on the right side of their body.
 
Being able to use both hands with relative equal dexterity is a blessing that I (as well as most of us, I'm sure) take for granted. I can scarcely imagine the obstacles and challenges of completing everyday tasks with one hand. And photography gear, with its overwhelming preference for right-handed design, becomes especially challenging to use if you do not have complete functionality on your right side.
 
As such, we wanted to provide a solution for those photographers who may not have full use of their right hand. What we came up with appears at the top of this post.
 
It's a Flip Flash Bracket from Alzo Digital with their Flash Bracket Shutter Release.
 
Normally speaking, the flash bracket and shutter release are designed to be used in a right-handed fashion. However, if you simply mount the camera backwards and then change the direction of the shutter release (so that it points the other way), the bracket can be held with the left hand and the shutter can be triggered with the left index finger.
 
One benefit of this solution is that it is camera body agnostic – it can be used with any camera body that has a tripod socket and a remote sync port (Alzo Digital sells several different versions of the shutter release to fit all types of cameras). Also, it's a relatively inexpensive solution at around $100.00.
 
Is it a perfect solution? Not really. In order to change camera settings, the user will need to set the camera down and go through the rather clunky process of changing settings with the left hand. However, this camera bracket does at least provide a viable solution for holding and triggering the camera for those who may only have the use of their left hand.
Post Date: 1/15/2015 8:31:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD 2TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac
For today only, B&H has the WD 2TB My Book External Hard Drive for Mac available for $64.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.99.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Time Machine Compatible
  • Preformatted in HFS+ Journaled for Mac
  • WD Security
  • WD Drive Utilities
  • Windows Compatible (Requires Reformat)
Post Date: 1/15/2015 7:16:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Icon
From Adobe:
 
Tonight we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom mobile for Android phones.
 
Lightroom mobile extends your existing workflows beyond the desktop, allowing you to utilize your Android phone to review and edit your images and have the changes sync back to your Lightroom catalog at home, including:
 
  • access images in your Lightroom catalog
  • make selects, reject unworthy photos
  • apply a preset
  • fine tunes your images using the Basic panel
  • import new photos directly from the Gallery
Once you’ve told Lightroom a collection of pictures should be sent to Lightroom mobile, the process is handled automatically and the pictures will become available on your Android phone once it is connected to the internet. Any changes you make in Lightroom mobile will be automatically synced and updated back to the Lightroom catalog on your desktop.
 
Lightroom mobile utilizes Smart Previews to provide raw editing functionality on the go. Smart Previews are:
 
  • Based on the DNG file format
  • Limited to 2560 pixels on the long edge
  • Smaller versions original raw files
  • Can be used to make adjustments even when the original files aren’t available locally
  • Adjustments made to Smart Previews are applied to the original when the original files are available
How to get started:
 
Download the latest version of Lightroom 5
 
Lightroom mobile is a companion to Lightroom desktop. Please update to the latest version of Lightroom 5 using either the Creative Cloud app or by clicking on the “Help-> Check for Updates” menu option.
 
Sign In
 
Lightroom mobile utilizes cloud services to sync Smart Previews and changes between Lightroom desktop and Lightroom mobile. Lightroom mobile requires a qualifying Creative Cloud or Photoshop Photography Plan subscription:
 
  • Creative Cloud Photography plan
  • Creative Cloud complete plan
  • Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition
  • Creative Cloud for teams complete plan
Sync a collection
 
Lightroom mobile is organized around Collections. Images within Collections will be synced and be available in Lightroom mobile.
 
Download Lightroom mobile
 
Visit the Google Play store and download Lightroom mobile. Once you login with the same Creative Cloud account, you’ll see all of your synced Collections.
 
Check out your photos at lightroom.adobe.com
 
In addition to Lightroom mobile, we’ve also launched Lightroom web, a new way to view and share your images from any web browser. Available at http://lightroom.adobe.com.
 
System Requirements
 
  • Processor : Quad Core CPU with 1.7 GHZ ARMv7 architecture
  • RAM : 1 GB
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB
  • Android Jellybean, KitKat, or Lollipop
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5) is only $9.99 per month.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/15/2015 7:01:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Lexar Professional 128GB microSDXC 1000x Memory Card
From Lexar:
 
New Cards Provide High-Performance Capture, Play Back, and Transfer of Photo Files and 1080p Full-HD, 3D, and 4K video
 
Milpitas, CA – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the new Lexar Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards, offering read transfer speeds up to 150MB per second.* Designed for sports camcorders, tablets, and smartphones, the new microSD cards leverage Ultra High Speed II (U3) to provide faster capture, play back, and transfer of photo and video files. The cards are also an excellent choice for photographers needing multiple memory cards for extended use to capture aerial content with a quadcopter.
 
Available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards can quickly capture, play back, and transfer extended lengths of the highest quality 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video, making it easy to preserve more than 15 hours of your greatest moments and then relive the action.*** As with all Lexar Professional cards, a lifetime copy of Image Rescue software is included to recover any lost or deleted files, and each card is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.****
 
“As the many uses for microSD cards grow and evolve, we want to provide users with the best possible workflow solution,” said Adam Kaufman, director of memory card product marketing, Lexar. “The Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards allow users to enjoy the benefits of the latest UHS-II devices, while also performing at the maximum speed threshold of UHS-I devices, and provide exceptionally fast file transfer when used with the included reader. Whether it’s with a tablet, smartphone, or quadcopter, the new Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will capture and move content faster than ever before.”
 
“While the new UHS-II technology allows us to boost read performance in our microSD product line by more than 50%, we’ve retained full backward compatibility to older SD 2.0 and UHS-I SDR-104 hosts, allowing consumers to have full use in older devices while benefitting from the higher read speeds of the new interface,” said Wes Brewer, vice president and general manager, Lexar. “This ability, combined with a unique reader, sets the high performance Lexar Professional microSD cards miles apart from others in the market.”
 
The Professional 1000x microSDHC and microSDXC UHS-II cards are backwards compatible with UHS-I cameras and readers at UHS-I speeds, as well as non-UHS-I devices at Class 10 speeds. Lexar Professional 1000x microSD UHS-II cards will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2015 with a MSRP of $59.99 (32GB), $109.99 (64GB), and $189.99 (128GB).
 
B&H carries Lexar memory cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 1/14/2015 10:27:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Capturing a Partially Cloudy Partial Lunar Eclipse at 1200m
It seems that, every time there is an astronomical event scheduled, the sky turns cloudy where I am. I'm sure that this is one of Murphy's laws, but ... sometimes everything works out anyway.
 
This particular lunar eclipse was happening early in the morning and I setup my gear the evening before. After checking the weather report immediately prior to going to bed, I turned off the alarm. The odds of the cloud cover clearing were very low and I decided that a clear mind from a solid night of sleep was the wiser decision.
 
Fortunately, my Mother-In-Law was wiser than I was (or more excited about the event) and, upon seeing some clearing in the sky, she called me at 4:30 AM. I crawled out of bed, dressed warmly, hauled the ready-to-go gear out to the front yard and found a chair to sit on. I established the focus distance and changed the lens to MF. I then established the exposure needed to keep the moon very slightly darker than blown (mostly avoiding pure white/blinkies on the LCD). The clouds indeed cleared (mostly) by the time of the event and I was able to capture many good shots.
 
As is generally the case with landscape photography, I had to embrace what the weather provided me and in this case, some remaining clouds moved across the moon at times during the eclipse. The brightness of the moon was much for the clouds to remain visible in the frame most of the time (except when the moon was very obscured), but I wanted to show the clouds in some images with the moon only slightly obscured. Thus, I used an HDR technique involving two exposures stacked and merged in Photoshop.
 
The result of this particular image is that the eclipsed portion of the moon is not as dark (due to the presence of the clouds) as those captured without clouds, but the clouds appearing to radiate from the moon yields a different look to this infrequent occurrence.
 
Obviously, for this lunar eclipse, I opted to fill the frame with just the moon vs. including a landscape in the frame. The 600mm f/4L IS II is a much-appreciated part of my kit, and this was an instance where the 2x extender proved useful.
 
A larger 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.
Post Date: 1/14/2015 9:47:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Following the old adage in photography, learn one light before you add more, join Bob Harrington as he shows you ways to use one light creatively and efficiently to get you on your way to lighting mastery.
Post Date: 1/14/2015 7:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX S3700 & S2900
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of two new slim and stylish COOLPIX S-series cameras, a line of compact digital cameras that incorporate advanced functions in a refined design, the COOLPIX S3700 and the COOLPIX S2900.
 
The S3700 has an elegant, compact body with a depth of approximately 20.1 mm. It offers an effective pixel count of 20.1-million pixels, and is equipped with an 8x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 25 mm to telephoto 200 mm angles of view (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format), and utilizes Dynamic Fine Zoom to increase zoom capability up to approximately 16x. It is equipped with a variety of advanced functions suited to portrait photography, including Smart Portrait mode, which offers an array of effects that users can enjoy applying prior to shooting, as well as Glamour Retouch, which allows users to add various effects that enhance the faces of human subjects after images are captured. In addition, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support allow users to easily transfer images to a smart device. This means that users can not only preserve beautiful images of vacations and special events, but it expands the ways in which they enjoy connecting with others.
 
The S2900 offers an effective pixel count of 20.1-million pixels, and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 26 mm to telephoto 130 mm angles of view (equivalent focal lengths in 35mm [135] format) and utilizes Dynamic Fine Zoom to increase zoom capability up to approximately 10x, all in a slim body with a depth measuring approximately 19.8 mm. 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom makes it easier for users to enjoy zoom photography equivalent to approximately 260 mm (equivalent focal length in 35mm [135] format). In addition to an array of in-camera image editing functions, the S2900 is equipped with a number of functions that make capturing beautiful images easy while leaving everything up to the camera, including Scene Auto Selector, with which the camera identifies the subject and shooting conditions to automatically enable the optimal scene mode, and Target Finding AF, with which the camera automatically focuses on the most suitable subject when the user simply frames a photo.
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Post Date: 1/14/2015 7:41:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX L32 and L31
From Nikon:
 
Two compact digital cameras that enable capture of beautiful photos with simple operation
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of two new COOLPIX L-series cameras, which are developed for ease of use and equipped with functions that make these digital cameras fun to use. The COOLPIX L32 makes shooting simple and processing images enjoyable, and the COOLPIX L31 offers simple operation that can be quickly mastered by even those new to digital cameras.
 
The L32 is a model that offers simple operation and superior image quality with an effective pixel count of 20.1-million pixels and a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths, from the wide-angle 26mm to the telephoto 130mm (equivalent angles of view in 35mm [135] format). The 3-inch, approximately 230k-dot TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating built into the camera ensures clear viewing with both shooting and image playback. In addition, the camera is equipped with a Glamour Retouch function (offering 8 effects) that allows users to create memorable portraits with the addition of a variety of effects to the faces of human subjects after photos are taken.
 
The L31 is a model that enables reliable, worry-free automatic shooting. It offers an effective pixel count of 16.1-million pixels*, and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths, from the wide-angle 26mm to the telephoto 130mm (equivalent angles of view in 35mm [135] format).
 
Both the L32 and L31 make photographic expression, as intended, easy and enjoyable with adoption of Scene Auto Selector mode, with which the camera automatically chooses the optimal scene mode when the camera is simply pointed at the intended subject, as well as Special Effects mode and Quick Effects, which make enhancing images easy. What's more, the cameras are powered by readily available AA batteries, a common feature of L-series cameras. This means that users need not worry about whether or not batteries are charged, and can easily replace exhausted batteries.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/14/2015 7:26:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hoya 82mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter
For today only, B&H has the Hoya 82mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $189.95.
Post Date: 1/14/2015 6:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine DS Lens
B&H has the Rokinon 135mm T2.2 Cine DS Lens available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 135mm Lens
  • Full-Frame Coverage
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Standard Gearing for Focus and Iris
  • Dual Side Focus and T-Stop Scales
  • De-Clicked Aperture Ring
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Manual Focus and Aperture
  • Removable Lens Hood
  • Accepts 77mm Threaded Filter Rings
Post Date: 1/13/2015 5:47:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
CNN Logo
From CNN:
 
January 12th, 2015 – CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting.
 
The cooperation arrangement will integrate efforts from CNN's existing research partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Coordination between and among CNN, GTRI and the FAA has already begun. The FAA will use data collected from this initiative to formulate a framework for various types of UAVs to be safely integrated into newsgathering operations.
 
"Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante. “Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace.”
 
“Unmanned aircraft offer news organizations significant opportunities,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “We hope this agreement with CNN and the work we are doing with other news organizations and associations will help safely integrate unmanned newsgathering technology and operating procedures into the National Airspace System.”
Post Date: 1/13/2015 1:07:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,496.95 after $500.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 1/13/2015 1:02:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $196.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/13/2015 11:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
AdoramaPix Logo
Through 12/19, AdoramaPix has several active coupon codes which allow you to save 25-40% on various custom photo products. See below for details.
 
  • Use coupon code PXRNGPOS to save 25% on all Metal, Canvas and Poster Prints
  • Use coupon code PXRNGYBK to save 30% on all Photo Books
  • Use coupon code PXRNGCAL to save 40% on all Photo Calendars
Post Date: 1/13/2015 10:13:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens Takes on Ricketts Glen Falls
Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA, has 28 named falls including the namesake Ricketts Glen Falls. If you don't mind climbing down from the trail and don't mind placing your tripod in the water, Ricketts Glen Falls is an easy location to get a keeper. Pick a cloudy day and use a circular polarizer filter.
 
What is the ideal exposure duration for motion-blurred water? That answer is both situational and personal preference. In this location, my personal preference is around half a second. Experiment to learn what works well and what doesn't. Watch the details in the water (typically air bubbles) go from sharp to smeared to an indistinguishably smooth color as exposure times increase. When the right amount of blur is obtained, that is the right shutter speed.
 
A larger 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.
Post Date: 1/13/2015 9:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sennheiser EW100ENGG3* Wireless Microphone System with Tascam DR-44WL Recorder
Adorama has the Sennheiser EW100ENGG3* Wireless Microphone System with Tascam DR-44WL Recorder Bundle available for $799.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $729.95 without Tascam DR-44WL Audio Recorder ($299.99 value).
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Sennheiser EK 100 G3 Diversity Receiver
  • 1 x SK 100 G3 Bodypack Transmitter
  • 1 x ME 2 Clip-On Microphone (Omnidirectional Pick-Up Pattern)
  • 1 x SKP 100 G3 Plug-On Transmitter
  • 1 x CL 1 Jack Cable
  • 1 x CL 100 XLR Cable
  • 1 x CA 2 Camera Adaptor
  • 6 x AA Batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Sennheiser 2 Years Limited Warranty
  • Tascam DR-44WL 4-Channels Handheld Audio Recorder
  • 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card
 Monday, January 12, 2015
Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens
B&H has the long rumored and hinted about Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 1/12/2015 11:31:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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