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 Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tamrac 3380 Aero 80 Photo/Laptop Backpack (Rust)
B&H has the Tamrac 3380 Aero 80 Photo/Laptop Backpack (Rust) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $131.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits D-SLR Camera, 2 Lens Kit
  • Fits Laptop with a Screen up to 17"
  • PolyTek with ProTek Trim
  • Foam Padded Interior
Post Date: 3/31/2015 4:38:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 30, 2015
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Place your printing orders ahead of the holidays so you won't get caught short. As we are every year, we will be closed from April 4th through April 11th in observance of the Passover holiday.
 
We urge you to please plan ahead for your printing needs and place any order now that you might anticipate needing for anytime in early April. Don't disappoint your clients or your family and friends – stock up on prints and books so you won't get caught empty handed!
 
P.S. – The AdoramaPix.com website will be up and running so you can place orders during the break.
Category: AdoramaPix News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 2:13:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through tomorrow, use coupon code CarrotCake45aff at CanvasOnDemand.com to receive a 45% discount on your canvas print order.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 9:34:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
The balance of the standardized test results (distortion, flare and vignetting) along with measurements and product images (standard and eye candy) have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
Note that the first image quality link in my last Sigma 24 Art post inadvertently showed results for the 7D Mark II instead of the full frame 1Ds Mark III. If you didn't catch that, check the Image quality results again.
 
As I said in the last post, my goal is to complete this review within a week. Stay tuned.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with "coming soon" being the expectation for arrival.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 9:26:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Triggertrap Timelapse Pro App
From Triggertrap:
 
Triggertrap Timelapse Pro is an advanced companion app to the hugely successful Triggertrap Mobile App, offering flexible and powerful modular timelapse creation to iOS users for just £3.99.
 
Retaining the same user friendly format and beautiful design that has made Triggertrap Mobile such a hit with photographers, Timelapse Pro inspires timelapse photographers to create stunning images, customisable to their specific needs and situation. The app enables users to create timelapse sequences composed of so-called ‘Intervalometer’ and ‘Delay’ modules. These modules can be configured, mixed and matched. Several modules can be added to each timelapse sequence. Users can reorder and delete modules as they please, adding even more flexibility to their sequence. Photographers can also create and save as many timelapse sequences as they like, giving the option to save favourite settings for different scenarios.
 
Timelapse Pro takes all this power and enables photographers to dig even deeper into the fascinating world of timelapse. The app has been created in response to the needs of Triggertrap’s community of timelapse photographers, and the intrepid team of Triggertrap developers will continue to add features that fill the gaps in the timelapse photographer’s toolkit. Put simply: Timelapse Pro enables photographers to take epic, complex timelapses in an uncomplicated fashion.
 
Timelapse Pro is available to buy in the App Store from today for just £3.99 ($4.99). Users combine the app with a Triggertrap Mobile kit to use the app with their camera, expanding the photographer’s existing camera gear on to a world of new timelapse options.
 
Features:
 
  • Create multiple timelapse sequences with custom names for quick access.
  • Intervalometer module. Select the intervals between shots and either how many exposures photographers want to take or the duration you’d like to take exposures for.
  • Delay module. Insert delays between intervalometer modules that last seconds, minutes, or even hours.
  • Add as many modules to your timelapse as you like, allowing you to build more complex sequences.
  • Reorder your modules to suit your needs.
  • Power Saver mode that darkens screen while the timelapse is running to save power.
  • Battery Threshold. Stops activity when your battery hits the threshold so you don’t kill your device’s battery.
  • Available on iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer, including iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.
Check out our Triggertap Mobile Dongle Review for more information.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 9:26:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through April 6, use coupon code BLOOM at FractureMe.com to save 20% on your fracture glass print.
Post Date: 3/30/2015 7:02:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 10-BL Blue Slate
Limited time only – Adorama has select Think Tank Photo Retrospective Shoulder Bags on sale right now.
 
Retrospective Bag Sale
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Think Tank Retrospective 30-BL (Blue Slate)$194.75$109.95
Think Tank Retrospective 20-BL (Blue Slate)$174.75$89.95
Think Tank Retrospective 10-BL (Blue Slate)$165.75$89.95
Post Date: 3/30/2015 6:55:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang Teasing New Lens
From the Samyang Optics Facebook Page:
 
With immense focus and unparalleled features, #SamyangOptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 3/30/2015 6:38:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 29, 2015
B+W Circular Polarizer Filter
B&H just made the 52mm circular polarizer filter choice easy! They have the B+W 52mm Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter on sale for $42.95 (Reg $82.95). This deal is for today only or while supplies last.
 
This is one of the best CP filters made (this is what I use) and at this price, I doubt the supply is going to last for long. Act fast!
Post Date: 3/29/2015 7:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 27, 2015
Canon and Nikon Rebates
Most of the currently active Canon and Nikon camera, lens and flash rebates are expiring tomorrow. We have been given no indication whether or not these rebates will be extended, so if there is a rebated item on your to-buy list, now is a good time to order it. Get the rebate details here:
 
Canon Camera and Lens Rebates
Nikon Camera and Lens Rebates
Post Date: 3/27/2015 12:44:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II
I mentioned that I used a NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II for the capture of my yesterday-posted royal tern photo. Today I posted a short review of that useful tool.
 
B&H has the NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II in stock.
Post Date: 3/27/2015 9:28:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Urban Approach 15 Backpack and Urban Approach 10 Shoulder Bag
Looking for a shoulder bag or backpack for your EOS M or compact DSLR camera system, one that can also hold a tablet or laptop?
 
Think Tank Photo has just released the Urban Approach 15 backpack, the first backpack designed specifically to hold a complete mirrorless or compact DSLR camera, as well as a 15” laptop, up to a 10” tablet, smart phone, and extra space for gear and personal items. The Urban Approach 5 shoulder bag holds one medium to large mirrorless or compact DSLR body with lens attached, one to three additional lenses, and an 8” tablet. The Urban Approach 10 shoulder bag holds one medium to large Mirrorless body or compact DSLR with lens attached, two to four additional lenses, and up to a 10” tablet.
 
And don’t forget that with our special arrangement with Think Tank, when you place an order for $50 or more you will automatically be able to receive a Think Tank item for free!
 
New Products
 
Post Date: 3/27/2015 6:21:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality results from the 1Ds III and 7D II have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
I am a member of the waiting-for-the-24-Art-Lens club. I have been very anxious to see what level of performance this lens would turn in. Though the chart used in the image quality test is tough on a lens' performance, it mirrors what I am seeing in real world results. While I am not amazed by this lens' wide open performance, it is at least as good as the FAR-more-expensive Canon 24mm f/1.4L II and it is razor sharp when stopped down slightly.
 
Here are some comparisons:
 
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/1.4L II Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Canon 24mm f/2.8 IS Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. EF-S Canon 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Nikon 24mm f/1.4G Lens (different camera systems)
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art vs. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 EX Lens
 
I hope to have this full review completed in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
 
Initial inventory of the 24mm Art lens did not satisfy preorders. B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder with "coming soon" as the expected arrival date.
Post Date: 3/26/2015 10:04:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon 7D II and 100-400 L II Get Close to a Royal Tern
There was a small flock of royal terns on the Captiva, Florida beach just north of Blind Pass and Sanibel Island. It would have been easy to stand and capture distant photos of the flock resting in the sand, but I was looking for something better. By lying down in the sand and moving forward slowly, the beautiful birds allowed me to get quite close without showing any signs of stress. So close that I had to zoom out somewhat to get the framing I selected for the bird in this photo.
 
That the 100-400 L II focuses so closely is a big benefit when the subject is small and you want to fill the frame with it or a portion of it. The close focusing is also useful in situations such as this one – when I got too close. As I said, there was a flock of birds and I was photographing various birds as their positions and behaviors warranted my attention.
 
A low shooting position often has the benefit of a clean background (the sky in this case) and provides a nice angle on most small birds and animals located on the ground. To make shooting while lying flat in the sand easier, I utilized a NatureScapes Skimmer Ground Pod II. To help darken the sky in the background, I used a circular polarizer filter.
 
Early and late in the day sunlight often provides the best lighting for bird photography, but nice images can be made at other times of the day. This royal tern photo was taken at 11:44 AM. At this time of the day, the sun is near its highest point, making shadows harsh and the color temperature of the light cool. By carefully timing the shutter release, I was able to catch bird positions that minimized shadows (especially on its head) and that included a catchlight in the eye. Sunlight reflecting on sand also helps minimize shadows (though not as well as the snow that was on the ground at home on that date does).
 
With a white bird in full sunlight and under a cloudless sky, the exposure decision was easy. Lock in manual mode settings that included a shutter speed fast enough to stop any movement present (there was lots of action happening), an aperture that provided adequate depth of field and an ISO setting that caused the brightest areas of the photo to be *just* below blown (pure white) in brightness.
 
The 7D Mark II and 100-400 L II performed extremely well on this trip. The alert among you will notice that the reported full size pixel dimensions for this image are larger than those native from the 7D Mark II. I framed this bird tight to the top of the frame and used Photoshop's content aware fill to extend the canvas, creating more sky in the final image. This tactic created a modestly higher resolution image overall. Another option for increasing resolution would have been to capture a similarly-focused second frame with more upward angle, taking in much more sky for later stitching to the bird image.
 
I spent hours focusing on these birds and will try to share some additional images when I get time.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 3/26/2015 8:38:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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From AdoramaPix:
 
This March marks a year since we moved AdoramaPix to our new home in Brooklyn, New York. The motto on the Brooklyn flag is, "in unity, there is strength." It has been a year of growth and we remain dedicated to working with our clients to bring you the best printing and products at the best value in the industry.
 
Take this opportunity to celebrate our first year in Brooklyn!
 
Promo Code: PXEVSP30
Expires: 03/29/15
Post Date: 3/25/2015 6:49:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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