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 Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT
 
  • If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
  • The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
  • Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update
Updates included with this release C:1.10 - dated August 26, 2014
 
  • When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
  • When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system. They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
  • Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
  • The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
  • The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons has been revised.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
  • When NEF (RAW) recording > Image size in the shooting menu was set to RAW S (Small), the number of shots possible with uninterrupted shooting (buffer capacity, C-REM) displayed by the camera differed depending upon the NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth setting selected.\
  • When Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take pictures with Record set to PC+CARD, and Secondary slot function in the camera's shooting menu set to Overflow, the shutter could not be released when the memory card in the primary slot became full.
  • When Image review in the playback menu was set to On, images were sometimes not displayed in the monitor when the shutter was released while exposure meters were off.
  • When images were output to an HDMI device, resolution seemed insufficient with display in full-frame playback mode (did not apply to playback zoom display).
  • When images, captured with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, were automatically displayed in the monitor immediately after capture, auto distortion control was sometimes not applied.
  • When the multiple exposure function was used to capture images with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, auto distortion control was not applied to the recorded images.
  • When an image to which an image comment had been added was copied to White balance > Preset manual, only the first 24 characters of the image comment were copied.
  • If log-in to the FTP server failed when network settings were applied with Wired LAN selected for Network > Choose hardware in the camera's setup menu, and FTP upload selected as the connection type and IP address acquisition set to Obtain automatically with the Connection Wizard, the IP address displayed when the camera tried again to obtain it automatically was "000.000.000.000".
  • When a movie recorded at a frame rate of 30p, 25p, or 24p was played back on a TV to which the camera was connected via HDMI with HDMI > Output resolution in the the camera's setup menu set to 1080p (progressive), display on the TV was distorted.
  • When a file containing an IPTC preset (IPTC information) that included double-byte characters in its profile was copied to the camera, the camera froze when attempting to view the contents of the IPTC preset.
  • When Add items was selected for My Menu, OK was displayed even for items that cannot be added.
  • When Language in the setup menu was set to Arabic, text and icons in some menu displays overlapped, and text was positioned too far to the right.
Download:
Nikon D4S Firmware C:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
 
Update Instructions (English) - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera.
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Post Date: 8/26/2014 9:21:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
B&H has the Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 6:50:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 25, 2014
Lexar 32GB Professional 1066x Compact Flash Memory Card (UDMA 7)
Post Date: 8/25/2014 3:01:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Samyang 50mm T1.5 AS UMC Lens
From Samyang (translated):
 
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC has been designed for cameras with full-frame sensors or smaller. The lens offers a field of view of 46.2 degree, and due to the wide T1.5 (f / 1.4) aperture, it allows users to shoot in low light while providing excellent image quality and a shallow depth of field. The optical lens design consists of nine lenses arranged in six groups (including one aspherical and one hybrid aspherical). To ensure high contrast and faithful color reproduction, lenses are covered with anti-reflex multilayer coatings UMC.
 
Strengths
The Samyang 50 mm T1.5 features a beautifully smooth bokeh. With an eight-bladed aperture, objects outside the depth of field are extremely soft, which professional filmmakers and photographers specializing in portrait photography will especially appreciate.
 
The new Samyang 50 mm T1.5 AS UMC Cine Lens will be first unveiled at Photokina 2014. Samyang cordially invites you to visit its booth No. A-025 in hall 2.1 at the fair in Cologne on 16 - 21.09.2014.
 
B&H carries Samyang Cinema Lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:56:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Stingray on Caribbean Ocean Floor
Underwater photography is very challenging, but with some tips, that challenge is minimized. Check out the just-posted Underwater Photography Tips for Snorkeling to jump start your learning.
Post Date: 8/25/2014 7:34:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, August 24, 2014
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera available for $799.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 8/24/2014 9:19:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 22, 2014
PhotoShelter
PhotoShelter is offering a free How to Sell Prints Guide via email.
 
From PhotoShelter:
 
Get tips to sell prints & increase your profits
 
In this guide, How to Sell Prints, learn how to sell and market your photography, price your work right, plus get tips to sell everything from products to self-published books.
 
In this guide, you’ll also learn:
 
  • Insights from a master fine art printer on which prints sell best
  • How to identify which audiences are most likely to purchase prints
  • How to calibrate your monitor and manage color profiles to ensure quality printing
  • How to draw in more print sales through incentives, coupons and discounts
  • Plus more!
Also get tips from photographers succeeding with prints sales. Get their insights to market your work better, and learn why having your prints set up for sales online can make all the difference.
Post Date: 8/22/2014 8:53:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Congrats to B&H Photo - Video for recently being named Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2014 E-tailer of the Year. Digital Imaging Reporter, an imaging industry magazine, has a couple of articles about B&H on their site:
 
Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2014 E-tailer of the Year: B&H Photo – Video – Pro Audio
Strategy Session: So What Does B&H Really Stand For?
 
That B&H won the award does not surprise me – B&H is definitely my favorite retailer. You can visit their website here.
Post Date: 8/22/2014 8:20:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR Lens and Adobe Lightroom 5 available for $429.99 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new.
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Post Date: 8/22/2014 7:22:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02
 
Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
 
Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
 
Download the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Firmware v1.02.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 8/22/2014 7:17:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, August 21, 2014
Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing
Just Posted: Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing Review
 
The very useful Ewa-Marine U-B 100 has been difficult to find in stock this spring and summer, but B&H is showing this item as being in stock at this moment.
 
 
On a side note ... I've been spending a very large number of hours re-architecting the 10-year-old technology this site is built on – to stop the server meltdowns that are happening too frequently. The site's content and functionality should not be changing as I incrementally roll out updates, but please report any errors you find as the changes are very intrusive. The end result will be a better experience for you.
Post Date: 8/21/2014 8:38:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3300 with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $429.99 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new.
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Post Date: 8/21/2014 6:28:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
B&H has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera in stock with free expedited shipping.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/20/2014 7:28:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
Go behind the scenes of 'Dream Park': a short-film shot exclusively with the Nikon D810 by award-winning director Sandro Miller. Find out how he made the most of the camera's features such as its dynamic range, low light capabilities and Full HD 1080/60p, Flat Picture Control and Power Aperture.
 
Check out the short film Dream Park on YouTube.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 8/20/2014 1:18:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Photographer's Ephemeris Web App
I own the Android version of The Photographer's Ephemeris and have found it quite useful on a number of occasions. It's a great tool for planning landscape photography outings. [Sean]
 
From photoephemeris.com:
 
As previously announced, On 2 September 2014, Google will permanently turn off the Google Maps for Flash API, and TPE for Desktop will be no more – at least the Adobe AIR app will be no more.
 
Its replacement is already available and waiting in the wings: our new Desktop web app. You can find it at: app.photoephemeris.com
 
We’d encourage you to head over there today and get started. You can export your saved locations from the Adobe AIR app and import them straight into the web app and carry on planning your shots without interruption.
 
You’ll need an up-to-date web browser that doesn’t block cookies or use of local storage. We’ve tested with:
 
  • Firefox 30, 31
  • Chrome 36.0.1985.125
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Safari 7.0.5
  • Opera 23.0
So, don’t wait until the last minute: start using the new web app today and let us know what you think via the Support tab on the right hand side of the page. [thanks Mark]
Post Date: 8/20/2014 8:30:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 19, 2014
WD My Passport - Anniversary Edition
From Western Digital:
 
IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 19, 2014 – To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, is introducing a sleek new design for the world’s most popular external hard drive lines. More than 60 million My Passport drives have been sold in the past 10 years, providing approximately 42,000 petabytes of content protection for consumers worldwide. The My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive and My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive represent a decade of refinement for WD’s enduring portable drive line. They feature elegant metal exteriors, up to 2 TB capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.
 
The My Passport Ultra – Metal Edition and Anniversary Edition drives incorporate a unique and innovative radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which provides attractive styling and extra protection against the everyday knocks experienced in the hands of today’s mobile consumer. In addition, the drive offers users hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use of the drive in the event of loss or theft. For additional content protection and remote sharing, the My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive includes WD SmartWare Pro software with Dropbox integration, allowing users to back up content from their computer to the drive and from the drive to the cloud, and retrieve content from their Dropbox account to the My Passport drive. These features make the My Passport drive an ideal choice for backing up, protecting, storing and enjoying digital content on the go.
 
“Ten years is a milestone by any consumer technology standard, and having the opportunity to consistently reinvent a product line like My Passport to suit the changing needs of consumers and creative professionals is something we are especially proud of,” said Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD’s Content Solutions unit. “We thank all of our customers for their ongoing feedback over the years, which has helped make My Passport the most popular external hard drives ever.”
 
Pricing and Availability
My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition drive is available from the WD store at select retailers and distributors. My Passport Ultra - Anniversary Edition drive is anticipated to be available in limited quantities beginning early September 2014. My Passport Ultra - Metal Edition 1 TB drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) of $89.00 and 2 TB has an MSRP of $139.00. Both drives will offer a regional 3-year limited warranty.
 
B&H has the WD My Passport Ultra - Limited Anniversary Edition and Metal Edition drives available for preorder.
Post Date: 8/19/2014 2:41:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24
B&H has the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LED Backlit 24" IPS LCD Monitor available for $629.00 with free shipping. Compare at $699.99.
 
Product Highlights:

  • 16:10 Aspect Ratio
  • 1920 x 1200 Native Resolution
  • 1000:1 Static Contrast Ratio
  • 178°/178° Viewing Angle
  • HP DreamColor Engine
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports (Integrated)
  • DVI-I, Display Port 1.1, HDMI 1.3
  • Anti-Glare/Anti-Static
  • 30-Bit LCD Panel Technology
  • Security Lock-Ready


 
From Vimeo:
 
Mike Greenberg of Konspiracy Studios joins host and planet5D writer Hugh Brownstone to show you how to balance a MoVI M5 in under three minutes.
 
B&H carries the Freefly MoVI M5 3-Axis Motorized Gimbal Stabilizer.
Post Date: 8/19/2014 9:22:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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