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 Monday, January 26, 2015
Thyme with Frost Macro
Lingering bitter cold with grey overcast skies can really put a damper on photographic aspirations (especially if you enjoy shooting lush, vivid landscapes). The solution? Try shooting macros!
 
If you can stand the cold, then there are lots of wonderful outdoor subjects that are likely very close by and just begging to have your camera pointed at them – icicles, frost and snowflakes, just to name a few. The image at the top of this post is from an herb garden on my front porch.
 
Black Peppercorns Macro
 
If you'd rather avoid the cold entirely, setting up a small indoor macro studio doesn't require much space. In fact, you could easily use your dining room table or similar [even smaller] surface. And there are tons of things in your home that would work well as macro subjects – spices (like sea salt, peppercorns, etc.), toys and flowers are only a few examples. And as Bryan has noted before, buying flowers will likely make your wife or significant other very happy. By the way, an off-camera flash paired with a small softbox makes an excellent tool for macro photography.
 
Dollar Coins Macro
 
Want a real challenge? Try your hand at shooting jewelry. With gemstones and curved, metallic, mirrored surfaces, jewelry can be an especially challenging subject to illuminate attractively (Hint: using several well-placed white (or other colored) reflectors can help accentuate jewelry's appearance).
 
Want to take your macros a step further? Try focus stacking (my technique can be found midway down the post).
 
Recommended Gear
 
  • DSLR Camera – Just about any modern DSLR will work just fine. One feature that can be especially useful for macro photography is 10x Live View as it can really help you achieve critical focus when your depth of field is very small.
  • Macro Lens (or Extension Tubes at the very least) – Check out Bryan's Canon Macro Lens Recommendations to figure out which macro lens is right for you (if you don't already have one). If you're on a tight budget, or you'd like to expand your macro capabilities, you might want to try using extension tubes to increase the magnification of your current lens collection (we recommend the budget-conscious Kenko extension tubes).
  • Tripod – A good, solid support system is essential for many types of macro shooting. A tripod will allow you to use longer shutter speeds while maintaining a sharp image. It will also allow you to lock down your framing of static subjects so that you can achieve the ideal composition.
  • Flash and Small Softbox (optional) – It's true that with a stable platform you can capture [static] macro images with just about any light source. However, a flash with a small softbox will open up many creative possibilities while also allowing for faster and easier image capture.
Shooting macros can be a fun and fulfilling activity when other types of photography are less enjoyable or satisfying. So be creative and have fun with small, everyday things!
Post Date: 1/26/2015 8:24:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens Review.
 
This is one of my favorite portrait lenses. The look that this lens can deliver is very unique (in a good way). The 7D II's high density sensor is showing the limits of this lens' wide open capabilities.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/26/2015 8:32:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 23, 2015
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From the NPPA:
NEW YORK, NY (January 23, 2015) – The remaining six staff photographers at Sports Illustrated magazine were all laid off yesterday.
 
Staff photographers Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John W. McDonough, and Al Tielemans were informed of the decision around noon Eastern time on Thursday.
 
Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith confirmed the move this morning to News Photographer magazine.
 
"It's true," Smith said. "There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers."
See the entire article on NPPA's website.
Post Date: 1/23/2015 12:51:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality test results from the EOS 7D Mark II and 60D have been added to the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
 
Direct links: 7D II | 60D
 
B&H has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2015 11:01:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From the Canon Professional Network:
"Travel photographer and Canon Explorer Joel Santos has recently been using the newly launched EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM wide-angle zoom. As he reveals to CPN Editor David Corfield, the lens has quickly become a firm favourite...
 
The biggest endorsement any photographer can give a piece of equipment, is to actually go out and buy it. For Joel Santos, the new EF16-35mm wide-angle zoom was a recent purchase that has already been proving its worth."
See the entire article at the Canon Professional Network.
 
For what it's worth, this is also Bryan's favorite wide-angle zoom. Check out his full review for more details on this great lens.
 
B&H carries the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and it qualifies for a $100.00 mail-in rebate through January 31.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/23/2015 9:34:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
The "Where is the Canon 400mm DO II review?" and "Where is Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens Review?" questions are becoming more frequent. Those are indeed good questions as these two lenses are sitting at the top of my priority list. Unfortunately and unusually, I have not been able to get my hands on either of these lenses for long enough to adequately evaluate them. That I'm delayed on these reviews is not likely going to delay your acquisition of either lens as they are simply not available right now. High demand has been completely consuming the Sigma 150-600 production and that is likely the same reason the Canon 400 DO II is not available. What the production level of each lens is remains a question.
 
Those of you asking about the new Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens will be happy to know that we have one in house and have standardized testing of this lens as our current top priority. Stay tuned for more information, but ... this is a really tiny lens considering the super zoom focal length range covering a full frame image circle.
 
Contrary to some current rumors, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens has not been discontinued. According to Sigma Corporation of America, "The 24-105mm is most definitely not discontinued." This rumor most likely arose from the fact that this lens is very hard to find in stock right now. Sigma assured me that this lens is very much a part of their current line. "We are behind on production but are working on catching up." Sigma is experiencing "... really high demand and fulfilling all the orders across the world has been tough." That is good news to me as I really like the 24-105 OS Art Lens.
 
Find these four lenses at B&H:
 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens
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From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that the lens firmware update for the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports SIGMA, CANON and NIKON is available through SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
 
The latest firmware enables the lens to offer improved Optical Stabilization in OS mode 2, which is optimized for panning photography. By taking advantage of the new OS algorithm in OS mode 2, it provides effective compensation, not only in horizontal direction, but also vertical and diagonal directions.
 
For those customers who own the following product, please update the firmware of the lens via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
[Product]
 
  • Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA, CANON and NIKON
Should the version of SIGMA Optimization Pro not be updated to Ver. 1.2 yet, please be sure to update it before operating any lens firmware update.
 
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page;
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en/
 
B&H carries the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens.
Post Date: 1/23/2015 7:34:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon USA has uploaded three tutorial videos in its new series, "Demystifying HD Video on a DSLR Camera." The first video in the series, "Lesson 1 – Introduction to Storytelling" is shown above.
 
Demystifying HD Video on a DSLR Camera Series
 
Post Date: 1/23/2015 6:40:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 22, 2015
Winter Photography Tips: I Don't Shoot Black and White, Except
While I love black and white in interior and graphic design, I am about as interested in creating black and white images as I am in watching black and white movies. I view black and white photography as a last resort for not being able to find good color. If a scene does not lend itself to a color photo, I usually move on, looking for one that does.
 
I need to emphasize the "I view" part of that sentence. I am only referencing my personal interest level in black and white photography. Everyone has their own photographic interests and if B&W photography is your thing, I say "Go for it!" If everyone was exactly like me, this would be a boring world.
 
Photography has very few "laws" and my black and white aversion is not one of them. One exception I make to my no-monochromatic rule is when a found scene is monochromatic and winter landscapes often qualify as that. For example and as illustrated in this image, a blanket of snow over a hardwood forest under a cloudy sky is a common monochromatic winter scene. You are looking at a full color image and in this case, I'm into black and white.
 
When shooting a monochromatic scene, there are two colors to work with. Thus, contrast, lines and focus take on an elevated importance in composition. With the entire scene in sharp focus, my eye is drawn directly to the area of strongest contrast which in this case is the cluster of front-most tree trunks. The balance of these trees aid in leading the viewer's eyes to this location or to the similar trunks diminishing in size in the background.
 
Trees laden with snow pull the image toward the white side of black and white and capturing such requires a sense of urgency as often the snow does not remain on tree branches for long. A light wind clears the branches as does some direct sunlight warming the branches enough to cause the snow to become slippery, inducing its fall. Sometimes the best time to photograph a snowstorm is while it is happening and the falling snow also pulls the image even further toward white. Protection for your camera during the snow storm can be as simple as the umbrella used for this image capture.
 
Summary: Use this winter to increase the depth of your black and white (or monochromatic) portfolio.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/20s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/22/2015 10:48:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens review.
 
Like the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens in many regards, the 40 STM is a great bargain. With a $50 mail-in-rebate (essentially 25% off) currently available (USA only), now is a great time to acquire this lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/22/2015 9:37:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Canon:
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., January 22, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the company will return as a Sustaining Sponsor to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival (January 22 - February 1, 2015). Nestled in the mountains of Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival celebrates the best of independent film; as part of the Festival sponsorship, Canon will offer a special slate of programming dedicated to the filmmakers who push creative boundaries behind the camera.
 
Canon is pleased to share that at least 52 of the 188 films premiering at this year's Festival – over 27 percent – were shot using Canon equipment, up from the approximately 20 percent last year. Eli Roth's Knock Knock, Amy Berg's Prophet's Prey, The Overnight, The Wolfpack, Misery Loves Comedy, Cartel Land, Call Me Lucky, Fresh Dressed, How to Dance in Ohio, Most Likely to Succeed, The Hunting Ground, Tig, and The Nightmare are a few of the many shot-on-Canon projects set to screen during the festival.
 
"We are honored that so many creative filmmakers have chosen our equipment to bring their visions and stories to audiences. We look forward to supporting them and connecting with them at the Sundance Film Festival," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "Sundance provides us with the opportunity to directly interact and support many up and coming filmmakers, and we are excited to return as Sustaining Sponsors to this year's festival."
 
In 2015, Canon will invite Sundance Film Festival filmmaker attendees to flex their creative muscle at the Canon Creative Studio (427 Main Street; open Saturday, January 24-Monday, January 26, from 11am-6pm). At this daily hub - exclusive for cinematographers, directors, producers, and crew - guests can explore how Canon supports all aspects of filmmaking - from production design, to image capture, through edit and workflow. The space features an equipment demonstration area with on-site staff to walk guests through Canon's full line of Cinema EOS cameras and lenses, including the new Cinema EOS C100 Mark II.
 
The Canon Creative Studio also features informal panel discussions with top Sundance filmmakers, including horror-great Eli Roth (Hemlock Grove, Hostel), VFX legend Robert Legato (The Wolf of Wall Street, Hugo), and award-winning cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Cake, Fruitvale Station).
 
The Canon Live Learning team will offer hands-on workshops with Canon's latest filmmaking tool – the EOS C100 Mark II camera with Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus – including a demonstration of this camera on a DJI Ronin 3-Axis Stabilized Handheld Gimbal System.
 
The Canon Creative Studio will serve as host to the Canon Crew Party (details below) on Sunday, January 25. This will mark Canon's third annual celebration of filmmakers who work behind the lens of the 2015 Sundance Festival films.
 
Canon's Festival activities will culminate on Monday, January 26 with a special hosted screening of Bending the Light as part of Canon's corporate presentation and not an official selection of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. This documentary honoring the artistry of creating a lens and the visual artists who use them from acclaimed director Michael Apted (The 'Up' series, The World is Not Enough, Gorillas in the Mist). The 60-minute film explores the relationship between master craftsmen who shape lenses and the masters of light who use these lenses for image capture – each an artisan in their own right. Bending the Light features never-before-seen footage from inside Canon's lens factory in Japan and intimate interviews with award-winning photographers and cinematographers, including Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC (Get on Up, The Help), who will participate in a Q&A immediately following the screening.
 
Click here to see the full schedule of events for Canon's activities at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. All events take place at Canon Creative Studio (427 Main Street) unless otherwise noted.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/22/2015 8:17:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
From Tamron:
 
Tamron's state-of-the-art lens design features an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and eBAND Coating for outstanding detail and performance from the center to the edges of the frame over the entire zoom range.
 
Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces the release of a groundbreaking F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.
 
Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the world's first F/2.8 high-speed standard zoom lens to include image stabilization, followed by the development of the unique SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009), SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004), and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) lenses, all of which have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts around the globe. Now, we have developed SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) to expand the world of imaging possibilities in the wide-angle range.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Superior, class leading imaging performance using an innovative XGM lens element
    With an optical construction consisting of 18 elements in 13 groups, including, for the first time, an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element placed in the front group, and several Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and LD (Low Dispersion) elements used throughout the optical system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently corrected enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout its entire zoom range from corner to corner.
  • Enhanced sharpness with exclusive VC image stabilization when shooting handheld in low light or at night
    In response to popular demand, Tamron has created the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide- angle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). The VC allows shooting at slow shutter speeds and in low light conditions, and effectively compensates for minor camera shake, whilst maintaining class leading optimal performance.
  • eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties
    In addition to further optimizing Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, the eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating has also been employed in this lens. This combination offers superior anti-reflection properties especially important in ultra-wide-angle lenses which are particularly susceptible to flare and ghosting due to their wide angle of view, and provides superior quality and crystal-clear images by minimizing unwanted light reaching the sensor.
  • 15-30mm zoom covers both ultra-wide and semi-wide-angle focal lengths
    At its ultra-wide-angle settings this lens can capture, in a single photograph, broad landscapes that cannot be taken in fully by the human eye. At its semi-wide-angle focal lengths, it's ideal for travel and street photography. In short, this unique lens utilizes the zoom function to provide maximum shooting flexibility with a wide range of subjects.
  • Fascinating background "bokeh" throughout the wide-angle range due to its fast constant F/2.8 aperture
    Utilizing its shallow depth of field at F/2.8, it enables users to capture beautiful bokeh effects even at wide coverage angles. Its advanced optical formula and 9-bladed circular diaphragm are designed with defocused photography in mind - perfect for creating images where subjects stand out from their natural, blended backgrounds.
  • Proven fluorine coating utilizing Tamron's industrial lens expertise is used on the front element
    Fluorine coating, with an established track record in Tamron's industrial lenses, such as those used in automotive cameras, has been applied to the front element. It repels water and dirt, and makes it easier to remove smudges.
  • Flexible, high-performance focusing with USD
    USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) delivers high torque, high precision, and virtually silent autofocus action. A full-time manual focus mechanism permits fine focus adjustments instantly without needing to exit AF mode.
  • Lens hood designed to prevent light from striking lens at all focal lengths
    This unique lens hood provides effective shading of the front lens surface over the entire zoom range to minimize flare. It utilizes the unique characteristics of the optical system in which the front lens group recedes as you zoom in from 15 mm to 30 mm.
  • Double-hood structure provides additional strength
    A double-hood structure has been incorporated into the lens design to improve the durability of the zoom mechanism.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their crisp, high-resolution imaging - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
Date of Launch: Gradually launching from January 30, 2015
Dedicated Tamron Page: http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/lineup/a012/index.html
 
Note: B&H doesn't have the lens available for preorder yet and the product pages do not indicate a price. However, Adorama has the lens available for preorder for $1,199.00 with free expedited shipping.
 
Update: Adorama's product page says, "NEW ITEM, NOT RELEASED YET. This Item is currently in Developement and has not been released yet. The price has not been set yet."
 
So either one of two things has happened:
 
  • Adorama has filled in an expected MSRP for the lens, but it isn't the official price (to be updated later) or
  • Adorama has published the actual MSRP but has not updated the status of the item
It seems that you can go through the preorder process at Adorama, so the second possibility may be the answer.
Post Date: 1/22/2015 6:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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From Adobe:
 
We are hard at work on the next major release of Lightroom, and wanted to share some information on operating system requirements in order to give everyone time to prepare for the release.
 
In order to leverage the latest operating system features and technologies, Lightroom 6 will require Mac OS X 10.8 or above, or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance.
 
If you are on Mac OS X 10.7, or a 32 bit version of Windows, you will continue to be able to install and run Lightroom 5 and use Lightroom mobile. However, you will not be able to install Lightroom 6 until you upgrade to a supported operating system.
 
If you are currently running Mac OS X 10.7, Apple offers a free upgrade (here) to a more current operating system. For Windows users, Microsoft has a how-to reference (here) to help you determine whether you are running a 32 or 64 bit version of Windows.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 2:06:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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FromNikon:
 
Updates included in this 2.0.2 download
 
  • Support for the D5500 has been added.
  • Preview images can now be rotated.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
 
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
Download Nikon Picture Control Utility 2.0.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 11:20:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens review.
 
Since I am primarily shooting full frame cameras, I don't have many EF-S lenses in my kit. However, I have the 15-85. This lens is a great choice for general purpose use. If you have interest in this lens, now is the time to buy. The $100.00 mail-in rebate expires Jan 31st (USA only)
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 10:23:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Ice-Covered White Pine Tree
As I write this, those of us in the mid and upper latitudes of the northern hemisphere are in the dead of winter and many of us are envying those near-to and opposite the equator from us. Many photographers regard winter as the photographically-challenging season and many went into deep hibernation weeks ago.
 
When the photography challenges become big, the best photographers are still able to make great images and the rest can learn to do so. One of the aspects of photography that I love most is that none of us will ever completely master every aspect of photography, yet winter is a prime time for growth. I admit that winter is not my favorite season for photography (and I'll include early spring in this regard), but winter is still a great time to photograph and a great time to further your photographic skills.
 
The key to winter photography (and to photography in general) is to embrace the opportunities available to you and to maximize the imagery potential of them.
 
Sean and I have been gathering ideas to wake you from your slumber and to motivate you. Over the next couple of months, we will be randomly posting winter photography tips to prevent your skills from languishing through the cold, dark season.
 
This series of posts will be tagged Winter Photography Tips. Bookmark that link for reference throughout this winter and put a reoccurring note in your calendar for future winters.
 
Do you have winter photography tips to share? Send us your ideas for consideration!
Post Date: 1/21/2015 9:22:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Manfrotto Off Road Hiking Backpack with Hiking Sticks
From Manfrotto:
 
Collection Includes Range of Hiking Backpacks, Versatile Walking Sticks and Tripod
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has announced the launch of its new Off Road Collection, uniquely crafted and designed to meet the needs of outdoor photographers who are looking for compact and lightweight accessories to help capture their adventure and support their imaging missions. The Off Road collection includes a pair of quality, Italian-made walking sticks with camera attachment converting it to a monopod, a lightweight tripod and a collection of new hiker backpacks for photographic gear, all available in a variety of colors to match hiking gear.
 
“We’re finding that more and more professional and enthusiast photographers are honing their skills in the great outdoors, and with that in mind, Manfrotto saw an opportunity to develop and market camera supports and accessories designed specifically for their needs,” said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Marketing for Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. “We’re confident that the Off Road collection will be well received amongst these users and are excited to apply our expertise in developing versatile, high-quality, protective photographic gear, to this market.”
 
Manfrotto has partnered with Italian company Fizan, a global leader within the ski and trekking pole market with a strong heritage in the outdoor world. Utilizing Fizan’s cutting-edge lightweight tubes technology, the walking sticks and tripod have been engineered to be extremely lightweight, with the walking sticks weighing less than one pound for the pair and the tripod weighing just 1.43 lbs., making it the lightest in the Manfrotto range. The walking sticks and tripods are made of lightweight aluminum tubes and close telescopically into three sections and four sections, respectively, with a simple twist-to-lock mechanism.
 
The Off Road photographic walking sticks now make outdoor photography much simpler, as they are designed to answer the needs of passionate hikers who are sensitive to weight and desire ease of use. The poles feature a comfortable handgrip, a wrist strap and spiked-base feet with rubber covers, offering maximum stability on a variety of grounds. With an integrated camera mount and quick wheel attachment at the top of one pole, users can easily transform the stick into a monopod to conveniently capture the beautiful sights of wherever their adventure takes them. With a maximum payload of 5.5 lbs., users can simply remove the protective cap and screw the pole into the camera to attach it. Off Road walking sticks are available now for $99.00 in green, red or blue color options.
 
Designed to meet hikers’ needs, the Off Road tripods are easy and quick to set up, and are extremely compact with a diameter of just 5 cm, making it portable in any situation. The universal ¼ inch camera attachment and the new quick wheel make it possible to attach and detach your camera in seconds, and the aluminum built-in ball head and single adjustment knob are perfect for quick positioning of the camera and for easily locking all movements. The head also features an integrated leveling bubble, ensuring the correct shooting position. The feet of the tripod also have spiked bases for maximum stability. With a maximum payload of 5.5 lbs., the tripod is ideal for a wide range of cameras. The Off Road tripod is available now for $149.99 in green, red or blue.
 
To complete the new Off Road collection, Manfrotto is also introducing a line of backpacks, serving as the ideal carrying solution to comfortably store, transport and access gear while hiking in the outdoors. Manfrotto’s Off Road backpacks make it easier than ever to capture all of your special moments while hiking, with conveniently located pockets and dedicated straps to carry both the walking sticks and tripod. The backpacks are strategically designed to allow users to carry ample amount of personal belongings as well as camera gear such as an HDSLR with lenses and accessories thanks to the removable protective camera compartment and Camera Protection System. By unzipping the internal divider and removing the camera compartment, users can convert the backpack into a regular outdoor backpack for hiking. The backpacks also feature an innovative solution for carrying camera equipment on your chest to avoid strain on your neck and keep it close to your body. They also contain a padded waist belt and chest straps for added support and stability, and a breathable back system to minimize sweat and ensure comfort. Off Road backpacks will be available in January for $199.99. The 30L model comes in four colors options, including green, red, blue and gray.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto Off Road products.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 8:03:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The NTR Ribbon Microphone is another new product from RØDE. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any press release or introductory material for the mic aside from the production video seen above and the demonstration video below. It definitely looks interesting...
 

 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 130 dB Maximum SPL
  • 1.8 Micron Ribbon Element
  • Internal Shock Mounting System
  • Includes Ribbon-Securing Travel Screw
B&H has the RØDE NTR Active Ribbon Microphone available for preorder.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 7:32:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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