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 Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Nikon D4S DSLR Camera
Nikon USA has the D4S User's Manual (PDF, English - 23.7MB) available for download.
 
B&H has the Nikon D4S available for preorder.
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Post Date: 3/4/2014 12:51:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
Just Posted: Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Review
 
As I hinted last week, especially for the price, I think that you are going to be very pleased with the image quality this lens delivers.
 
This lens remains in high demand and short supply. If you are interested in adding this lens to your kit, preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/4/2014 12:15:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Lowepro:
 
Maximize your capacity, protection and travel ease with new Pro Roller x-Series AW rolling camera bags from Lowepro.
 
Petaluma, CA – March 3, 2014 – Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective, high-quality gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, launches a trio of rolling camera bags that maximize the amount of pro-sized gear photographers can pack, protect and transport: the Pro Roller x-Series AW.
 
“We’ve taken our proven and award-winning rolling bag design to the next level with this series,” said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. “Now pros and enthusiasts can travel from location to location with the maximum amount of camera, video or lighting gear and rely on high-impact-resistant protection and incredible ease of use.”
 
MaxFit System for Maximum Capacity
At the core of this new design is Lowepro’s patent-pending MaxFit System of adjustable, interior dividers. This micro-fitting structure makes it easy to closely pack pro bodies, large lenses and all essential accessories in a deep and roomy interior while maintaining superior protection in a streamlined form factor.
 

 
The Pro Roller x-Series AW offers the flexibility to move dividers and travel with a variety of kits depending on shooting needs – from Pro DSLR to video, and lighting to audio.
 
High-impact Protection
The hardshell exterior of this rolling bag design is constructed of long-wearing balllistic nylon to provide gear with high-impact protection when moving on city streets and from the rigors of airline travel.
 
Built-in Weather Protection
A patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover adds another layer of protection – in this case from the elements – and may be deployed from a hidden pocket at the back of the bag.
 
Travel-friendly to the Max
The Pro Roller x200 and x100 are sized to meet standard airline carry-on requirements (each measures less than 45 linear inches / 114.3 centimeters). All bags feature a compact and secure TSA-approved lock with locking zippers. And all include one of Lowepro’s inventive solutions – a Reserve Pack that unzips from the hard case to provide extra versatility for those times when a ‘plan B’ is needed.
 
Thoughful Details for Professional Use
The Lowepro design team kept ease of use in mind as they added these thoughtful details: vibration-absorbing wheels with an ABEC-5 rating for a smooth glide; a deep laptop pocket at the front of bag for quick access; see-through interior pockets for extra accessories like cables, filters, headphones and batteries; removable accessory pouches to keep small accessories within easy reach (two pouches included with x300 AW and x200 AW models; one with x100 AW model); and a no-drop front pocket to stash and grab essentials like a smartphone, travel documents and keys.

  • Pro Roller x300 AW fits: 1-2 Pro DSLRs with grip, 8-10 lenses (up to 600mm), accessories and small personal items, and up to a 17" laptop.
  • Pro Roller x200 AW fits: 1-2 Pro DSLRs with grip, 6-8 lenses (to up 600mm), accessories and small personal items, and up to a 17" laptop.
  • Pro Roller x100 AW fits: 1-2 Pro DSLRs, 4-6 lenses (up to 400mm), accessories and small personal items, and up to a 15" laptop.

Specs and U.S. MSRP for Pro Roller x-Series AW rolling camera bags:
 
Pro Roller x300 AW
Interior Primary Camera Compartment (WxDxH):
15.6 x 6.9 to 8.5 x 22.4 in. / 39.7 x 17.6 to 21.6 x 57 cm
Exterior (WxDxH)
17 x 11.6 x 25.4 in. / 43.3 x 29.5 x 64.5 cm
Weight: 14.6 lbs. / 6.6 kg
U.S. MSRP: $479.99
 
Pro Roller x200 AW
Interior Primary Camera Compartment (WxDxH):
12.9 x 6.2 to 7.7 x 20.1 in. / 32.8 x 16 to 19.5 x 51 cm
Exterior (WxDxH)
14 x 9 x 22 in. / 35.5 x 22.9 x 55.9 cm
Weight: 12.7 lbs. / 5.8 kg
U.S. MSRP: $399.99
 
Pro Roller x100 AW
Interior Primary Camera Compartment (WxDxH):
12.4 x 6.2 to 7.7 x 16.1 in. / 31.5 x 16 to 19.5 x 41
Exterior (WxDxH)
14 x 9 x 19.3 in. / 35.5 x 22.9 x 49 cm
Weight: 10.1 lbs. / 4.6 kg
U.S. MSRP: $369.99
 
B&H carries the new Lowepro Pro Roller X-Series AW camera bags.

Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 3/4/2014 10:51:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Camera Control Pro 2.17.0 full version / trial
 
Precautions:

  • This updater software updates Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 –2.16.0 to 2.17.0.
  • Camera Control Pro 2.13.0 – 2.16.0 must be installed before running this Updater Software.
  • When this updater software is run, it may be necessary to enter the product key again to confirm ownership of a previous version of the software.
  • On a Macintosh running Mac OS X version 10.7–10.9, run this updater software and then enter the application’s product key.
  • Turn off all virus-scanning software and exit Camera Control Pro 2, or any other application that may be running, before proceeding with this installation.
  • You must have Administrator authority to run this updater software on a Windows computer. You must enter the Admin password to run this updater software on a Macintosh computer.
  • This updater software cannot be used to install a different language version, or to modify the language version, of the application currently installed.

Updates included with this release, 2.17.0

  • Support for the D4S has been added.
  • When both of the following conditions are met, and the Transfer only JPEG to PC option in the Storage tab is checked, users can now transfer only JPEG copies to the computer:
  • RAW + FINE, RAW + NORMAL, or RAW + BASIC is selected for Image Quality (D4S only)
  • PC + CARD is selected for Record to

Download:
Camera Control Pro 2.17.0 - Windows | Macintosh
 
Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.5.0
 
Precautions:

  • This software is provided to those who agree to the terms of the software license at the bottom of this page. When the user selects the Accept and begin download option outside of the frame, agreement to the terms of the software license is inferred. Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating download of this software.
  • Turn off all virus-scanning software and exit the Wireless Transmitter Utility, or any other application that may be running, before proceeding with this installation.
  • You must have Administrator authority to run this software on a Windows computer. You must enter the Admin password to run this software on a Macintosh computer.
  • When this software is used in combination with the WT-4, be sure that firmware Ver. 1.1 has been installed on the WT-4, and that Thumbnail Selector Ver. 1.3.0 has been installed on the computer. In addition, if using the D3 be sure that the camera’s A and B firmware are Ver. 2.02. If using the D300 be sure that the camera’s A and B firmware are Ver. 1.10. If firmware/software version(s) are older version(s), be sure to download the latest version(s) from our website and perform the necessary updates.
  • WT-4 Thumbnail select mode and Print mode are not supported.
  • When this software is used in combination with the D7100 and UT-1, be sure that firmware version 1.1 has been installed on the UT-1 (installation requires D7100 at this time).
  • When installing this software under Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, a Windows Security dialog will be displayed two or three times. Click Install to continue with the installation.
  • When installing this software on a computer running Windows XP, a warning message regarding software installation will be displayed. Click Continue Anyway to continue with the installation.
  • When installing this software on a computer to which the WT-4 Setup Utility has already been installed, uninstall the WT-4 Setup Utility before installing this software.
  • Those upgrading from the WT-4 Setup utility or the Wireless Transmitter utility 1.3.0, and to which any of the following apply, must create network profiles again after installing this software before it can be used.
  • Those using the D4 with the WT-5 or an Ethernet connection in image transfer mode or camera control mode.
  • Those using the WT-4 (except for connection to an FTP server in transfer mode)
  • Be sure to read the sections below before downloading this software.

Precautions for use with the UT-1

  • Modes are limited to the connection modes supported by the UT-1:
  • Transfer Mode and PC mode
  • Thumbnail Mode and Print Mode are NOT supported
  • When the Wireless Transmitter Utility is launched to create a network profile for use with the D4, D800, D800E, or D7000, always select the WT-4/ UT-1 (functions as a WT-4) option in the Select hardware dialog. When the UT-1 is used with the WT-5, select the WT-5 (Wireless LAN) option.
  • When using the UT-1 with the D4, always set Network> Choose Hardware in the camera setup menu to WT-4.
Modifications enabled with this version (1.5.0)
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Support for the D4S has been added.

Additional updates to the Windows version

  • Support for 64- and 32-bit versions of Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise has been added.

Additional updates to the Macintosh version

  • Support for OS X version 10.9.1 has been added.
  • Mac OS X version 10.6.8 is no longer supported.

Download
Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.5.0 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H has the Nikon D4S available for preorder.

Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera available for $477.93 with free shipping. Compare at $646.95.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the camera deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Nikon USA warranty and is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.3%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/4/2014 7:29:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 03, 2014
Westcott Modern Vintage 9x12' Backgrounds
B&H has Westcott Modern Vintage 9x12' Backgrounds available for $66.63 with free shipping. Regularly $88.13 - $103.03.
 
You'll need an appropriate backdrop support system with these backdrops. If a smaller backdrop will fit your needs, you might want to check out Westcott's convenient X-Drop Kit.
Post Date: 3/3/2014 2:00:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamrac 5587 Expedition 7x Backpack
Use promo code TAMF1FtN at Focus Camera to get 20% off any Tamrac product.
 
Use this coupon for an excellent deal on the Tamrac 5587 Expedition 7x Backpack ($55.99 Off). I personally use the next slightly larger bag in the series – the 5588 – and I've been very happy with it. But the 5588 is probably too big for most people's needs. ;-) [Sean]
Post Date: 3/3/2014 1:17:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
B&H has the Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs available for $289.88 with free shipping. Regularly $389.88.
Post Date: 3/3/2014 1:12:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oben BC-139 Ball Head
B&H has Oben tripods, monopods, ball heads and straps on sale for 10% off.
 
Check out Bryan's review of the CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod and the BC-139 Ball Head for his experience with Oben products.
Post Date: 3/3/2014 12:48:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens
B&H has the Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $499.00.
Post Date: 3/3/2014 12:12:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc)h as the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,716.79 with free shipping. Compare at $1,896.95.
 
Caveat Emptor:
Note that the camera deal listed here is not advertised as coming with a Nikon USA warranty and is likely a grey market item. The auction indicates that a warranty is included, but that warranty may be a BigValueInc warranty. If such, BVI's warranty only covers parts for 1 year and labor for 90 days.
 
BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.3%. That is a good rating (and has been improving), but not a stellar rating. We have received a couple of reports of buyers receiving the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant, so be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay trusts "BigValueInc" enough to list their auctions as "Daily Deals". We have had a good first-hand experience with them (here and here).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/3/2014 10:24:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pocketwizard Plus III in Bowens Yellow
From Pocketwizard:
 
Photographers benefit from seamless integration between flash, radio trigger and exposure and lighting control
 
White Plains, NY – February 28, 2014 – In a joint announcement, Bowens, PocketWizard and Sekonic have aligned to create a complete wireless triggering solution for electronic flashes that will be first introduced in the U.S. market. Now most Bowens Gemini monolights will accept an optional PocketWizard module, which enables photographers to wirelessly trigger their flash with industry-standard, and widely used PocketWizard radios and Sekonic light meters.
 
Compatible components within the system are Bowens Gemini 500R, 500Pro, 750Pro, 1000Pro & 1500Pro series of monolights with PocketWizard module, all existing PocketWizard radio’s and today’s Sekonic L-478DR and L-758DR exposure meters. In addition, other (earlier) Sekonic meters can be used with an optional PocketWizard transmitter. All take advantage of PocketWizard 32 channels and 4-zone system.
 
Bowens USA President, Jan Lederman, brought the three technology leaders together to create a powerful alliance for the photographic flash market. When asked what prompted this he responded, “With the rapid advancement of photographic technology in our digital world, it is a natural evolutionary step to marry these technologies. Our goal is to provide a complete wireless environment in which photographers have greater and more accurate control of lighting in a more effortless way.”
 
To commemorate the alliance, PocketWizard is introducing a new Plus III Transceiver in the “Bowens’ signature yellow” color.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
Bowens products are available for purchase and rent from a growing list of specialty camera and video retailers as well as rental houses across the United States.
 
B&H carries Bowens, Sekonic and Pocketwizard products.
Post Date: 3/3/2014 7:26:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens
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Post Date: 3/3/2014 6:50:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 01, 2014
Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Lens
Amazon (via Photo4Less) has the Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC USD Lens for Canon (review) available for $999.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,199.00 after rebate.
 
The Nikon version is even less expensive – just $951.99 (sold through Amazon via seller DavisMAX).
 
Note: I do not believe this purchase would qualify for Tamron's new $100.00 rebate on this lens. However, you're more than welcomed to submit the rebate form and see what happens.
Post Date: 3/1/2014 11:45:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 70-200mm SP Di VC USD Lens
Tamron just announced a new $100.00 mail-in rebate on two of its most popular lenses:

ModelRebate Amount
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00

The rebate period lasts from March 1 to March 31.

Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 3/1/2014 7:36:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 28, 2014
PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver
Adroama has the PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver available for $134.00 with free shipping. Regulalry $149.00.
Post Date: 2/28/2014 3:35:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Adorama has Radiopopper Transmitters, Receivers and Accessories on sale up to 30% off.
 
Want a low-cost triggering option? Check out the Radiopopper Nano Triggers and Receivers.
Post Date: 2/28/2014 3:16:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic Touch-Screen Litemaster Pro L-478DR & L-478D Light Meters
Adorama has the Sekonic Touch-Screen Litemaster Pro L-478DR & L-478D on sale – now only $359.00 and $305.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00 & $339.00.
Post Date: 2/28/2014 3:09:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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