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 Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Lowepro Pro Roller Attache X50 Case
Hot Deal: B&H has the Lowepro Pro Roller Attache X50 Case available for $99.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $269.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits D-SLR Camera 3-5 Lens Kit
  • Holds Laptop with a Screen up to 14"
  • Removable, Reserve Shoulder Bag
  • Exterior and Interior Pockets
  • Padded Grab Handle
  • Retractable Handle
  • Built-in Wheels
Post Date: 2/3/2015 12:47:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Senal MS-66-K DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone
For today only, B&H has the Senal MS-66-K DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone Kit available for $49.00 with free shipping. Regularly $99.00.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • Hypercardioid for Maximum Side Rejection
  • Pen-Sized Electret Condenser Mic
  • Lightweight & Compact
  • 3-Stage Gain Adjustment Switch
  • 100 Hours of Battery Life
  • Coiled 1/8" Cable
  • Camera Shoe-Mount & Windscreen
  • Boompole Mountable Shockmount
  • Includes Batteries
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
Post Date: 2/3/2015 11:28:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Imaging USA 2015 Exhibition Floor
by Sean Setters
 
I decided to attend the opening day of Imaging USA 2015 this past Sunday. I had never been to the event promoted as "...the largest annual convention and expo organized by pro photographers, for pro photographers" so I was eager to see what it had to offer.
 
This year's event was held in the beautiful and usually spacious Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. I say "usually spacious" because just about any event venue will become a bit crowded with approximately 15,000 people moving about.
 
I originally intended on shooting a few video interviews while I was at the event. I packed my EOS 7D Mark II, EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM and a couple of external audio recorders into a small Tamrac bag. I also brought my tripod to complete the single-operator interview setup.
 
Unfortunately, the event proved to be too crowded, too cramped and too noisy for me to capture the interviews I wanted to get (I tried a couple but was unsatisfied with the results). Therefore, you'll simply find some images I took using the 7D II + EF-S 24mm throughout this post. The image found above illustrates just how crowded the event was. Keep in mind, everything's relative – if attending something like a PhotoPlus Expo, you may have little more than elbow room.
 
My first stop was the Canon booth, positioned right in front of the entrance leading into the exposition hall. Canon had one of the largest booths and they had a lot of great gear and presenters on hand to keep you entertained and informed. In addition to the super telephotos they had available to test out, they also had the hard-to-find EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM on hand so that visitors could get a first glimpse of Canon's newest big white lens offering (under close supervision, of course).
 
Imaging USA 2015 Canon Booth EF 400mm DO IS II USM
 
My first impressions? It's very well built and AF locks on very quickly. If this lens's MTF charts are any indication of the IQ that's possible, this is going to be a very popular lens for those who don't want to carry the DO lens's f/2.8 (non-DO) big brother (a difference of almost 4 lbs).
 
Along with the various gear Canon had brought to the show, they were also hosting various pro photographer presentations and conducting a Live Learning session in the back of the booth.
 
One part of the booth I found particularly interesting was the Canon Professional Services section. As a service to (Gold and Platinum) CPS members, pros could have their Canon DSLRs cleaned for free at the show. And not only that, you could actually watch the CPS techs clean the bodies right in front of you.
 
Imaging USA 2015 Canon Booth CPS Cleaning
 
Another stop high on my list was the Tamron booth. Their new SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD had just started shipping a couple of days before the show and I wanted to get my hands on the lens.
 
Upon picking up the lens to mount it to my gripped 7D II, I was actually surprised by the beefiness of the lens. It's actually quite heavy. I had seen the specs, but actually holding the lens in your hand puts those specs into perspective. That said, I don't think it's inconveniently large and heavy and it balances fairly well on a gripped DSLR body. But if you're looking for small, light and inconspicuous wide-angle lens....this won't be it. Also, the zoom ring was a little stiffer than most of my other lenses. It wasn't a bad thing, just noticeably different.
 
Imaging USA 2015 Tamron 15 30 f2.8 VC
 
I did take a few images with it, but I didn't shoot enough with it to get a good sense of how it would perform in the real world. I think Bryan's full-review will be the best reference when it comes to this lens's performance (when the review becomes available, of course).
 
Another stop that was on the top of my priority list was the LensRentals booth. There, they had a Freefly Movi M5 set up and available for testing (and that was lots of fun). I was also fortunate enough to meet and talk with Roger Cicala, a friend of the site and a guy I admire greatly. His LensRentals blog is always an informative and entertaining read – I highly suggest checking it out if you aren't in the habit of doing so already. One of his latest posts featuring eccentric Sidney Cotton was especially interesting.
 
After walking the exposition floor for several hours, I was exhausted but I'd had great time. If you ever get a chance to attend an Imaging USA event, don't hesitate to do so. Even if all you do is walk around the exposition floor, it'll be well worth your time. This years event runs through this evening (with the Exhibition Hall opening at 11:30am Central Time).
Category: Imaging USA
Post Date: 2/3/2015 9:34:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 Bundle
Through February 11, Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Premiere Elements 13 are $30.00 off (including the Elements bundles). See details below.
 
Adobe Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Photoshop Elements 13$92.99$62.99
Premiere Elements 13$89.99$59.99
Photoshop Elements 13 & Premiere Elements 13 Bundle$134.99$104.99
Post Date: 2/3/2015 8:05:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,564.99 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 it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/3/2015 6:34:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 2, 2015
Vanguard Havana Shoulder Bag and Backpack
From Vanguard:
 
The Havana line of travel camera bags will let you maneuver effortlessly through city streets, navigate your commute, or stroll down the beach. With easy access to your gear, you'll be able to snap a photo at a moment's notice. This versatile pack will hold and protect your gear - or, you can take out the padded camera insert and dividers to make it your everyday carry-all. Its timeless design is discreet, spacious, and comfortable, allowing you to embrace your leisure time without distraction.
 
The line includes:
 
  • Havana 21 Shoulder Bag
  • Havana 36 Shoulder Bag
  • Havana 33 Messenger Bag
  • Havana 38 Messenger Bag
  • Havana 41 Backpack
B&H has the Vanguard Havana Travel Camera Bags available for preorder.
Category: Vanguard News
Post Date: 2/2/2015 2:18:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $4,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $7,148.00.
 
Note: These are likely grey market items and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
SanDisk Ultra II Solid State Drive (SSD)
eBay (via NewEgg) has the SanDisk Ultra II 240GB Solid State Drive available for $89.99 with free shipping. Compare at $109.00.
Post Date: 2/2/2015 12:18:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Azden WLX-PRO VHF Wireless Lavalier Microphone System
Today only or while supplies last: B&H has the Azden WLX-PRO VHF Wireless Lavalier Microphone System (F1/F2 Frequencies) on sale for $99.00 with free shipping. Regular price is $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2 Selectable Operating Frequencies
  • 300' Range of Operation
  • Camera-Mountable Receiver
  • Bodypack Transmitter
  • Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic
  • Camera Shoe Mount
  • Mono to Stereo Adapter Cable
Post Date: 2/2/2015 8:14:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canvas On Demand Logo
Through midnight Tue 2/3, use coupon code 50CUPID at CanvasOnDemand.com to get 50% Off your entire order.
 
As I have said before, I have numerous Canvas On Demand prints as large as 40x60" hanging throughout the studio and house. All are very nicely done. This really is a great deal. And, if you order multiples of the same canvas, the price becomes even more amazing. Select your favorite pic and give them a try!
Post Date: 2/2/2015 8:00:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
AdoramaPix Logo
Through 2/8, AdoramaPix has several promotion codes available for select Valentine's Day gifts.
 
ProductCodeDiscount
8x8 Hard Cover Photo BooksPX88PB40% off
Photo Greeting CardsPXPGC4040% off
CollagesPXCOL2020% off
Metal Heart Shaped PrintsPXHSPM2020% off
Acrylic Heart Shaped PrintsPXHSPA2020% off
Post Date: 2/2/2015 7:36:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 1, 2015
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Adorama has the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM in stock.
 
This lens has been in extremely short supply. If you've been wanting to add it to your kit, don't hesitate to add it to your cart (it may not be in stock very long).
Post Date: 2/1/2015 6:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 31, 2015
Imaging USA Logo
From Imaging USA:
 
Professional Photographers of America Reporting Record Attendance Numbers
 
Nashville, Tenn. – January 30, 2015 – Imaging USA, PPA’s photographic convention and tradeshow, opens this Sunday at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville. The show runs through Tuesday, February 2.
 
This year, the show looks to be the event’s biggest yet in its history. Well over 9,000 photographers have already registered for the show, with 4,000 to 5,000 more on-site registrations expected at the event. The demand has surpassed the Opryland hotel to capacity, with registrants now directed to overflow accommodations.
 
“This will be our biggest event in our 146-year history,” said PPA CEO David Trust. “More importantly, it will be our best. The response this year has been fantastic. We can’t wait for photographers to enjoy the charm of Opryland and the Music City and get all the photography fuel and deals on gear they need to be more in 2015.”
 
All-access registration passes as well as expo-only tickets are still available at ImagingUSA.org/Register.
 
Imaging USA is the longest-running international photographic convention, tradeshow and image exhibition in the world. The event dates back to 1869, when PPA began organizing its annual convention and tradeshow, ran by professional photographers for professional photographers.
 
More than 10,000 photography enthusiasts will descend upon the Music City for three days of photography education and inspiration as well as some exclusive photography-related shopping.
 
Highlights of this year’s event include the three-day Imaging Expo tradeshow, featuring more than 600 booths, giving photographers the opportunity to demo and purchase the latest products at deeply discounted and tradeshow-only prices. The event also includes more than one hundred speeches, presentations and hands-on demonstrations by some of the most respected names in the industry. Photographers will also find mentoring opportunities, portfolio reviews and 10,000+ photographers to network with and create career-spanning relationships—a real bonus for photographers, who typically work for themselves. There is also three days of more intimate, pre-convention classes for an extra learning opportunity.
 
New to Imaging USA this year will be a new mobile app and game, extended viewing hours for the International Photographic Competition (IPC) exhibit, a special, exhibit of super-sized images from record-breaking, acclaimed landscape photographer, Peter Lik, the PPA Charities 5K run, fundraiser and shoe drive, and an opening night Super Bowl viewing party, sure to be the biggest around.
 
It’s not too late to register. Photographers have the option to sign up for an Imaging USA all-access pass, or join PPA as a Professional Active member. PPA offers a free full-registration to Imaging USA as a perk for new members. Professional Active PPA memberships are available for $27.92 a month.
 
There is also an expo-only option available to those who just want to check out the tradeshow. Complimentary expo passes are available online by using the promo code TSC2015.
 
Visit ImagingUSA.org for complete program and registration information.
 
Note: If you go to Imaging USA, you might just see me there! I plan on checking out the Expo tomorrow. [Sean]
Post Date: 1/31/2015 11:54:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Earth Logo
Google has just announced that Google Earth Pro, formerly $399.00 per license, is now free. Google Earth allows users to "View satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, galaxies far in space, and the deepest depths of the ocean." The Pro version takes these capabilities up a big notch.
 
From Google:
 
Google Earth Pro includes the same easy-to-use features and imagery as the free version of Google Earth, but with additional professional tools designed specifically for business users. [And I suspect for some photographers]
 
  • Utilize data layers to locate your target demographic
  • Compute distances and areas using measurement tools
  • Use Movie Maker to produce media collateral
  • Print high-resolution images for presentations and reports
  • Import large vector image files to quickly map GIS data
  • Map addresses with the Spreadsheet Importer
Learn more about Google Earth Pro, including comparison charts with the standard version, here.
 
Getting Google Earth Pro for Free, Step-by-Step:
 
Post Date: 1/31/2015 9:03:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 30, 2015
 Ruggard Memory Card Case
Ever think you would like to try a nice SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card case? You know, something nicer than the basic little plastic SD card cases? If so, B&H has a deal to share with you.
 
Today only, get the Ruggard Memory Card Case (holds up to 8 SD cards) for only $7.95 with free shipping. This case is normally priced at $17.95, making the deal price an approximately 55% discount.
Post Date: 1/30/2015 11:09:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX Lens available for preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/29/2015 4:55:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Winter Photography Tips: Go Shadow Hunting
Normally, the ground is covered in detail including grass, leaves, sticks, stones, etc. and that detail is generally on the dark side of brightness. When it snows, those details are covered over and the ground becomes a smooth bright white palette mostly void of detail except possibly an even snow texture. As all kids know so well, what a blank white palette needs is something on it.
 
Shadows are a great option for that something. Especially helpful in this pursuit is that winter brings a low angle sun that casts long shadows even at mid-day. Additionally helpful is that the deciduous trees are bare in the winter and cast clean shadow lines (instead of complete shadows from a leaf canopy).
 
While trees cast great shadows, there are plenty of other options. Look for shadows beside fences (as shown in this example). Make your own shadows using your body (for a shadow selfie) or anything else your creativity can come up with.
 
This winter, if you are fortunate enough to live or travel to a location where there is snow on the ground, take advantage of that blank white palette. And remember, the clock is ticking after a snow storm. Fresher is better in the case of snow.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
55mm  f/11.0  1/80s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/29/2015 9:01:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sony 128GB SDXC Memory Card
Post Date: 1/29/2015 8:15:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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