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 Monday, July 3, 2017
B&H has the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod available for $339.00 with free expedited shipping after $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $439.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 19.8 lb
  • Max Height: 66.9"
  • Min Height: 3.5"
  • Folded Length: 21.3"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.6 lb
  • Quick Power Leg Locks
  • 90° Center Column
  • Easy Link Attachment
  • Rotating Bubble Level
Post Date: 7/3/2017 6:48:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, use coupon code PXUSA10 at AdoramaPix to save 10% on photo prints, photo books, wall decor, Hudson albums, greeting cards & custom calendars.
Post Date: 7/3/2017 5:49:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Pro Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $369.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $699.95.
 
Free Included Items (Total Value: $327.63)
 
  • Dracast Barndoors for LED500
  • Dracast DLS-805 Air-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast Softbox for LED500
  • Dracast 360-Degree Swivel Mount
  • Dracast 60-Degree Honeycomb Grid for LED500 Panel
Product Highlights
 
  • 3,200-5,600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with V-Mount Batteries
  • 12 x 6 x 2" Panel, Weighs 4 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
 Sunday, July 2, 2017
For those residing in the USA, Independence Day (aka, the 4th of July) is often celebrated with freinds, family, grilled food and fireworks. With so many fireworks displays occurring this week (either in a city center or in your own backyard), you may want to brush up on your fireworks photography techniques before the colorful bursts paint the night sky.
 
Fireworks Photography Tips
 
Post Date: 7/2/2017 3:00:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 30, 2017
From LEE Filters:
 
Two years in the making, the ProGlass IRND range from LEE Filters sets a new standard in neutral-density filters. ProGlass IRND filters were originally designed for the film industry, to meet the exacting needs of the world’s leading cinematographers, and have already been hailed as the best neutral-density filters on the market. Now, they are available to the stills photographer, in sizes to fit the LEE Filters Seven5, 100mm and SW150 systems.
 
Advances in coating technology mean that the filters, which are manufactured from 2mm-thick, optically flat glass, are available not only in strengths of two (0.6ND), three (0.9ND), four (1.2ND) and six (1.8ND) stops, but also in ultra-long 10 (3ND) and 15-stop (4.5ND) versions. Not only this, but all filters in the range – whatever their strength – are designed to be free of color casts, with extremely accurate stop values, ensuring consistency in all shooting conditions and allowing for absolute precision when exposing images. Their neutrality also means less time spent tweaking color balances in postproduction.
 
In addition, filters in the ProGlass IRND range are designed to block both infrared and ultraviolet pollution. As a result, blacks are rendered truly black, whites are clean, and results reveal a crispness that is second to none. The 6, 10 and 15-stop versions of the ProGlass IRND filters come with a foam seal to prevent light leaks during long exposures, and should be placed into the filter slot closest to the lens. While the 2, 3, 4 and 6-stop versions do not feature a foam seal, it is still recommended also to place them into the slot closest to the lens.
 
All filters in the ProGlass IRND range can be used in conjunction with other filters, including neutral-density grads and the polarizer.
 
MAP Pricing
ProGlass IRND Filter (Seven5 System) – $200.00
ProGlass IRND Filter (100mm System) – $230.00
ProGlass IRND Filter (SW150 System) – $450.00
 
B&H will carry the LEE Filters ProGlass IRND Filters.
Post Date: 6/30/2017 3:37:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.
 
The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey. The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet. The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.
 
“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design: protection and comfort. An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.
 
ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND BENEFITS
 
  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits a tablet or a laptop (10 = 10” tablet, 13 = some 13” laptops)
  • Easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories
  • 3-point harness for stabilization with tuck-away waist belt
  • Secure your bag by linking the zipper pulls together
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pocket for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry handles
  • Fully customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK weather resistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
PhotoCross 10
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.5” H x 4.8” D (18 x 31.8 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 15.9” H x 6.3” D (28 x 40.5 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet compartment: 8.2” x 11” x 0.6” (20.8 x 27.9 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 61” (155 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 7.5 liters
PhotoCross 13
 
  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 14.2” H x 5.5” D (24 x 36 x 14 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 12.6” W x 17.7” H x 7.1” D (32 x 45 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop compartment: 9.1” x 13” x 1” (23 x 33 x 2.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 63.8” (162 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 11 liters
MindShiftGear has the PhotoCross sling bags in stock.
Post Date: 6/30/2017 7:35:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tamron USA:
 
June 30, 2017, Commack, New York- Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of a new high-speed zoom lens, SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A032), for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a fast F/2.8 zoom that achieves top-level image quality. The new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units) provides rapid autofocusing with improved accuracy and the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class (CIPA level of 5 stops). The use of specialized, high quality glass materials (offering greater optical transmittance) for the lens elements assures superior color reproduction and greater sharpness, while the application of Tamron's exclusive nanotechnology-based eBAND Coating substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that are prone to occur in backlit photography, successfully improving the overall. optical performance of the lens. Additionally, model A032 provides the added conveniences of protective Fluorine Coating,Moisture-Resistant Construction and a locking lens hood. Photographers can use this new high-speed zoom lens for wide-ranging purposes, including landscape, portrait, news, travel and many others. The Tamron SP 24-70mm G2 in Nikon mount will be available in August and the Canon mount in September at $1199.
 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
1. Sophisticated design delivers superb performance and ultra-high image quality
The use of specialized, high quality glass materials assures accurate color reproduction and superior sharpness, perfect for today's high-pixel-density cameras. The optical construction (17 elements in 12 groups) uses 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) elements, 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements, 3 GM (Glass-Molded aspherical) and one hybrid aspherical lens element. Together they minimize axial chromatic aberrations, transverse chromatic aberrations, spherical aberrations and distortion, and allow a compact design that achieves superior image quality.
 
2. eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties and reduces ghosting and flare
The new A032 features Tamron's original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology combining a nano-structured layer that has an extremely low refractive index with conventional multiple-layer coatings to provide superior anti-reflection performance. The optimal application of this eBAND Coating in combination with Tamron's BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating successfully and substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that can occur when photographing backlit subjects.
 
3. New Dual MPU (Micro-Processing Unit) control system provides faster and more precise autofocus and improved Vibration Compensation
This innovative control system uses a Dual MPU design with enhanced computing capacity. The MPUs have powerful, built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that achieve quicker and more precise AF performance, and more consistently powerful Vibration Compensation. The features combine to provide outstanding performance at night and in low light. High performance MPU for AF dramatically improves autofocusing accuracy and speed The A032 is equipped with its own MPU (micro-processor unit), with embedded DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks that enable high-speed digital signal processing, achieving both excellent responsiveness to signals from the camera and high-precision AF performance.
 
Dedicated MPU delivers the highest vibration compensation ability in class (CIPA level of 5 stops).
 
The new A032 is equipped with Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system. Adding an MPU dedicated to VC processing unleashes a new-generation algorithm, ensuring the highest vibration compensation abilityin the class (CIPA level of 5 stops). Even in low light or with slow shutter speeds, photographers can enjoy shake-free handheld shooting with ease and comfort.
 
4. Fluorine Coating and Moisture-Resistant Construction
The Fluorine Coating applied on the front element surface is water-and oil-repellant and allows safe and easy removal of fingerprints, dirt and smudges. The coating also provides an enhanced level of durability, and will sustain its effectiveness for years. In addition, seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to prevent infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops to provide Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.
 
5. Lens hood equipped with a new, convenient locking mechanism
The lens hood is equipped with a locking mechanism that prevents detachment due to unintentional contact during use.
 
6. Compatible with TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory
The new A032 is compatible with the optional TAMRON TAP-in ConsoleTM, an optional accessory product that provides a USB connection to a personal computer, enabling users to easily update the lens firmware as well as customize features including fine adjustments to the AF and VC.
 
7. Electromagnetic diaphragm system now used also for Nikon-mount lenses
An electromagnetic diaphragm system, which has been a standard feature for Canon-mount lenses, is now employed in Nikon-mount lenses. More precise diaphragm and aperture control is possible because the diaphragm blades are driven and controlled by a built-in motor through electronic pulse signals.
 
8. Manufacturing innovation with thorough attention to details based on the rigorous quality standards worthy of the SP series
Tamron has enhanced the SP series lenses to fulfill high-level photographic requirements and provide the pleasure of ownership. While introducing a new exterior design, Tamron reviewed the SP series standards. The new SP series has been developed by setting rigorous standards for design, manufacturing and quality that apply to the optical design and mechanical design as well as such wide-ranging areas as the product's robustness and improvements in a variety of individual functions. For this model, Tamron has introduced a unique MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) tester, which was developed exclusively for Model A032, and reviewed the management method. This has helped to achieve a more consistently superb optical performance, making it a lens that fulfills the demand for higher image quality that is compatible with the latest high-pixel cameras. To maximize the optical performance of the SP series, Tamron will continue to enhance the accuracy of the component parts of each lens element unit and improve the mechanical precision of the entire lens, thereby achieving a high overall performance.
 
Preorders: B&H | Adorama
Post Date: 6/30/2017 5:28:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 29, 2017
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro Rycote available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ideal for Video & DSLR Cameras
  • Integrated Rycote Lyre Shockmount
  • Matched Pair, 1/2" Condenser Capsules
  • XY Stereo Configuration
  • Level Switch: -10 / 0 / +20 dB
  • High-Pass Filter Switch: 75 Hz
  • Kevlar-Reinforced Braided Cable
  • 1/8" (3.5mm) Output Connector
  • 9V Battery Powered
  • Includes Foam Windscreen
Post Date: 6/29/2017 10:16:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 28, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Dave Henry and Ken Sklute A total solar eclipse is truly amazing and is absolutely the most majestic natural phenomenon for earth! That’s right… for earth! It’s nature’s gift to earth. Nothing beats it. Nothing! The thrill, however, began months ago when you decided that you weren’t going to let this eclipse pass you by. After all, it’s the kind of challenge all photographers live for. The challenge that expands our photography skill sets and allows us to photograph something new.
 
Afterwards you’ll sit back and reflect on what it was exactly that enabled you to get such great images and you’ll soon come to the realization that it was all in the planning.
 
That’s usually the case in almost everything we do.
 
It was over a hundred years ago that Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” What he meant is that a prepared person, with the right skills at the right place at the right time, can take advantage of an opportunity and create something.
See the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
 
B&H carries solar eclipse photography gear.
Through midnight tonight, B&H has the YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with Intel RealSense, GCO3+ 4K Camera, Wizard Wand, and Backpack available for $1,099.99 with free shipping. Regularly $1,899.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for Aerial Photo and Video
  • Capture Up to 4K Video/12MP Still Photos
  • RealSense Collision Avoidance System
  • 3-Axis Gimbal Pans Full 360°
  • ST16 Ground Station/Transmitter
  • 7" Touchscreen to View/Operate Camera
  • Autopilot Functions
  • Wizard Wand for Two-Operator Control
  • Folds Up for Easy Transport
  • Includes Two Batteries / Backpack
Note: The YUNEEC Typhoon H Hexacopter with GCO3+ 4K Camera (without Intel RealSense and bundled items) is also discounted and available for $799.99. Regularly $1,299.99.
 Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 
From The Film Look YouTube Channel:
 
Here is a cool trick to store light stands if you don't have a lot of room in your studio!
 
Amazon carries bungee cords.
Post Date: 6/27/2017 3:09:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
It appears that a major player in the memory card market is about to go the way of the woolly mammoth. Jay Hawkins, Micron's consumer products group vice president announced on the company's blog yesterday that it would be discontinuing the Lexar brand.
 
I have many Lexar compactflash memory cards and they've always served me well. In fact, I have a Lexar Professional CF card installed in both my 5D III & 7D II right now. [Sean]
 
From the Micron.com Blog:
Micron Technology today announced that it is discontinuing its Lexar retail removable media storage business. The decision was made as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to focus on its increasing opportunities in higher value markets and channels.
 
The Lexar portfolio includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers.
 
Micron is exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business.
 
The company will continue to provide support to existing customers through this transition period. Customers should contact their Lexar sales representative to discuss specific requirements.
 
I’d like to thank our team members and partners for their contributions to the Lexar business. As difficult as this decision is, the company is making this adjustment in its business to ensure it continues to be well-positioned for the future.
If you'd like to purchase a Lexar memory card while you can, B&H has several in stock.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 6/27/2017 11:34:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K 7" HDMI/6G-SDI Recording Monitor available for $595.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $895.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1920 x 1200 Touchscreen LCD
  • Records UHD 4K/HD Up to 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes and Avid DNx Codecs
  • HDMI and 6G-SDI Video Inputs
  • Dual SD Media Card Slots Supports UHS-II
  • Two Mini XLR Inputs with Phantom Power
  • On-Screen Histogram and Audio Levels
  • Focus Peaking & Zebra
  • Dual LP-E6 Hot-Swappable Battery Slots
  • AC Adapter Included
Note: Adorama has the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 4K 7" HDMI/6G-SDI Recording Monitor available for the same price.
From Lensbaby:
 
Create soulful, striking portraits with our Velvet 85 art lens. Compose impressionistic masterpieces with a soft overlay at bright apertures, straight out of camera. Use darker apertures to bypass glow and make images with a crisp, film-like aesthetic.
 
Building on the strengths of our bestselling Velvet 56 lens, Velvet 85 combines lustrous skin tones with the added compression and sublime bokeh of high-quality 85mm portrait lenses. Use its macro capability to capture the most compelling details.
 
Velvet 85 is currently available for pre-order and will begin shipping July 11th in the order in which they are received.
 
B&H will carry the Lensbaby Velvet 85mm f/1.8 lens.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 6/27/2017 7:31:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Macphun has Aurora HDR 2017 on sale for $79.00 (regularly $99.00). Included with your purchase: 26 presets by Trey Ratcliff.
Post Date: 6/27/2017 6:20:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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