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 Monday, February 13, 2017
by Sean Setters
 
Over the Valentine's day holiday this year, the National Retail Federation estimates that consumers in the US will spend roughly $2 billion on floral arrangements. As such, I think it's safe to say that many of our site visitors will be purchasing flowers very soon (or have already done so) to show appreciation for a special loved one on this special occasion.
 
Unfortunately, unless a potted plant is gifted, the floral arrangement will not likely look as pristine and beautiful in the days/weeks following February 14th as the effects of time takes its toll on each once-vibrant petal. Yes, you may put a preservative in the water to stretch the life of your floral gift as long as possible, but ... that solution is not nearly as long-lasting as another available to you.
 
Your camera holds the easy solution for extending the practical life of your floral gift. By using your camera, you can capture the fleeting beauty of your loved one's flower arrangements and immortalize your thoughtfulness in the form of a print. A print represents the physical manifestation of a memory – in this case, a very good one – that can pay heartwarming dividends year-round.
 
You can employ your DSLR and a general purpose lens, a large window (or strobes) and a collapsible/muslin background to create a traditional still life photo of your bouquet. Otherwise, you can attach your macro lens to commemorate the beauty of a single flower. The possibilities are endless, and your loved one will likely enjoy displaying their new sentimental print on a prominent wall.
 
Make plans now to photograph the flowers you are going to give (if they will not remain available to you) or have already given. Pick out your favorite (or a few of them) and get those prints on order for the second wave of gifting.
Post Date: 2/13/2017 12:25:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
by Joe Papeo
 
When am I am on assignment to cover a concert, I am generally photographing two bands, the opener and headliner, and usually get to shoot the first three songs of each act. Photographers tend to wait inside venues longer than they are taking photos, unless they are shooting directly for the band. We are usually anticipating the start of the show, trying to do things to pass the time. Sometimes we know other photographers there on assignment, but not always. And that gives you a chance to meet new people. Usually, it’s the fans standing against the rail waiting for their favorite band to start who strike up a conversation with you. They have waited for hours outside on the entrance line, sometimes in extreme heat, or extreme cold, to get the best spot up front. But then about 15 minutes before show time someone like me walks in, and gets right in front of them. And they want to know how…why…who they are.
 
So we strike up a conversation. These die-hard fans love music, and they, lots of times, have some type of camera on them, taking photos to keep as memories and to share with their friends on social media. And the question I always get from these fans is “How do I do what you do? How did you get started?” So today I am here to tell you the best way to be on my side of the rail.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/13/2017 11:41:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Notice of Recognition of Extraordinary Loss
 
This is to announce the recognition of extraordinary loss for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 (from April 1 to December 31, 2016), as below.
 
Recognition of Restructuring Expenses
 
As announced in “Notice of Restructuring” released on November 8, 2016, Nikon Group is currently under a fundamental company-wide restructuring to improve its corporate value as shifting from a strategy pursuing revenue growth to one pursuing profit enhancement.
 
In accordance with this restructuring, the Group recorded extraordinary loss of 29,790 million yen, mainly incurred from inventory write-downs/write-off in Semiconductor Lithography Business, as restructuring expenses for the nine months ended December 31, 2016.
 
Also, restructuring expenses in Imaging Products Business and the expenses related to “Results of Solicitation for Voluntary Retirement,” which is released today, are expected to incur in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year.
 
As a result, the total amount of restructuring expenses for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017 will be approximately 53,000 million yen, which is 5,000 million yen increase from the previous estimate of approximately 48,000 million yen in “Notice of Restructuring” released on November 8, 2016.
 
Impact on Consolidated Financial Forecast
 
The impact of the recognition of restructuring expenses has been reflected in the consolidated financial forecast for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, as announced today in “Revision of the Financial Forecast for the Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2017”.
 
Related Material
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/13/2017 10:53:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO – February 13, 2017 – Nikon Corporation announced today that sales of the long-awaited DL series of premium compact camera, the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, will be canceled.
 
A June, 2016 release was originally planned for the DL series. However, with the identification of issues with the integrated circuit for image processing, release of the three cameras was delayed indeterminately.
 
Since then, everyone involved has worked very hard to develop products with which our customers will be satisfied. However, it has been decided that sales of the DL series will be canceled due to concerns regarding their profitability considering the increase in development costs, and the drop in the number of expected sales due to the slow-down of the market.
 
We sincerely apologize to all those affected by this decision, especially those customers who waited so long for the cameras to be released, retailers and others whose business will be affected, for the inconvenience this decision may cause.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/13/2017 10:36:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
What sets a professional photographer apart from everyone else is the ability to create the perfect light. Los Angeles-based portrait photographer Sue Bryce has spent decades creating contemporary fashion-inspired portraiture that makes everyday women look like Vanity Fair fashion models. And she built an international reputation using natural light almost exclusively. Recently, though, she has fallen in love with the Profoto B1.
 
“I started seeing studio lights the way I see, use and master natural light. I bounce and zig-zag it the same way I do with natural light. The B1 is extraordinary, and it has the ability to dial down to low, soft light with big modifiers so I can create the exact same daylight I have been working with for the last 27 years. I can shoot at any time of the day and still control the light”.
 
B&H carries the Profot B1 Off-Camera Flash.
Post Date: 2/13/2017 8:34:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 10, 2017
From the Canon Digital Learning Center:
Written by Ken Sklute and Dave Henry
 
North America will experience a wonderful astronomical event on August 21, 2017 - a total eclipse of the sun. This hasn’t happened in the United States in 38 years and is the first one to race across the entire country since 1918! This will be the first total eclipse in North America in the digital photography era, and that means that everyone from novice to professional photographers will be able to photograph it.
 
We are embracing this rare phenomenon and will publish articles, photos and videos between now and August to give you the necessary photographic skills and background information to capture this eclipse.
 
Considering the path of totality and partial eclipse phases, almost a half billion people will have the opportunity to view at least a partial eclipse. Millions will undoubtedly travel to the narrow path of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s estimated that about 225 million people live within a day’s drive of the path of totality.
 
Areas north and south of the totality path will see a partial eclipse. The partial eclipse will be visible as far north as the Arctic, and to the south as far as Ecuador and Brazil.
 
You don’t need to be a seasoned pro. Anybody will be able to shoot this with the proper precautions but if you really want to do it up right, you’ll need to plan ahead.
Read the entire article on the Canon Digital Learning Center.
Post Date: 2/10/2017 1:12:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
B&H has the Glidecam Ultra-Shot available for special order with free standard shipping (expected availability: 2-4 weeks).
Category: Glidecam News
Post Date: 2/10/2017 8:43:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The balance of standardized test results, (vignetting, flare and distortion) along with specs, measurements and many product images (including the standard comparison images) have been added to the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review page.
 
The lenses shown in this 24-70mm lens comparison image are, from left to right:
 
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E AF-S VR Lens
 
B&H has the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM Lens in stock. This lens is also included in the Sony Trade-in Savings Event. Trade in a camera or lens (even something of very low value) and get an additional $330.00 off of this lens in addition to the trade-in value.
Posted to: Sony News
Post Date: 2/10/2017 7:32:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, February 9, 2017
A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur tomorrow night at approximately 07:44 p.m. Eastern Time / 4:44 PM Pacific Time.
 
Unfortunately, this particular eclipse is unlikely to yeild any spectacular photo opportunities as the moon will only pass through the outer edge of the Earth's shadow making it much less impressive than a total lunar eclipse. Therefore, you might want to leave your camera in the bag, turn your head to the sky and simply enjoy a slight darkening of the Snow Moon (i.e., a full moon in February).
 
Read more at SpaceWeather.com.
Category: Eclipse News
Post Date: 2/9/2017 1:05:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
February 9, 2017 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President) and its equity-method company Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. (Takashi Tanzawa, President and CEO) are pleased to announce that their products receive the iF Design Award 2017 for the product discipline. iF Design Award is a globally prestigious design award sponsored by iF International Forum Design GmbH since 1953.
 
iF Design Award consists of several disciplines such as product, communication and packaging. This time, 5,575 entries from 59 countries were evaluated by renowned experts.
 
iF Design Award Winners
 
  • Nikon D5 Digital SLR Camera
  • Nikon D500 Digital SLR Camera
  • KeyMission 360 Action Camera
  • ECLIPSE Ti2 Inverted Research Microscope
  • Nivo-i Digital Imaging Solution
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/9/2017 5:54:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
TOKYO, February 9, 2017—Canon Inc. announced today that six Canon product designs were recognized by iF International Forum Design GmbH with prestigious 2017 iF Design Awards.
 
Established in 1953, the iF Design Awards are recognized internationally as one of the most prestigious awards within the field of design, with outstanding industrial designs chosen from all over the world each year. This year 5,575 entries from 59 countries and regions were judged by internationally active design experts across seven disciplines: product, packaging, communication, service design, architecture, interior architecture, and professional concept.
 
This year marks Canon's 23rd consecutive year of winning iF Design Awards. Encouraged by the recognition of the Company's design excellence, Canon will continue striving to realize products that combine the highest levels of performance and design.
 
iF Design Award Winners
 
  • EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera
  • PowerShot G5 X Digital Compact Camera
  • imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 Large-format Inkjet Printer
  • 3rd generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE Multifunction Office Systems
  • i-SENSYS LBP350/LBP710 Series Laser Printers
  • XEED 4K500ST/4K501ST Projector
B&H carries the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, PowerShot G5 X & imagePROGRAF PRO-1000.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/9/2017 5:45:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 8, 2017
The first thing you reach for when a rainbow shows up is of course a camera, but ... what is the first lens you reach for? Probably one with wide angle focal lengths, enabling you to get as much of the rainbow in the frame as possible. That is often a great choice, but ... what if the landscape does not support a wide angle composition?
 
Especially if you find rainbows intriguing (where else can you find the entire visible spectrum separated and displayed brilliantly?), you will, over time, likely accumulate many average rainbow photos. These will have a narrow arc of color running through the image with whatever scene happens to be in front of you at the time, including houses, streets, power lines, etc. The rainbows always look great, but eventually ... something more is needed for the image to be worth keeping. With plenty of average rainbow images on my hard drives, I now often keep driving, working, etc. while admiring a rainbow as a so-so landscape is no longer a good enough supporting background.
 
Especially when facing a rainbow with a just-average landscape surrounding it (or, when there is a partial rainbow), consider grabbing a telephoto lens to photograph it. With a narrower angle of view than wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses can make great images with a less scenic background available, allowing the rainbow's beauty to be isolated from less-desirable surroundings. If the sun is high enough, a short telephoto focal length (70mm in that example) can even keep some of the arc in the frame. Zooming in to 150mm permits more surroundings to be excluded (an entire town in that case).
 
For the image I'm sharing here, I zoomed to the longest focal length I had available. A benefit of that 400mm focal length was that the amazing colors of the rainbow filled a much higher percentage of the frame than a wide angle focal length would have provided. It also made the sheets of rain more prominent within the rainbow.
 
Yes, an even longer focal length would have filled an even higher percentage of the frame with color and 600mm through 800mm focal lengths should also be considered for rainbow capturing at times. But, as mentioned, I didn't have a longer lens available. However, a benefit from having 50 megapixels of resolution is that this image can be cropped considerably and still retain very high quality, a result that can still be output to a large size. While I contemplated cropping (and still may create that variation), I decided to share this one as-captured with additional elements supporting the color. I like the ocean providing a base and context for the storm and the shading variations to the sides of the rainbow help indicate the heavy storm's presence.
 
The heavy, dense rainstorm approaching over the Atlantic was a welcomed sight on this afternoon (from an imaging perspective at least). The direct sunlight reaching the storm created an intense display of color that lasted long enough to ... allow me to create more images than I needed. I admit to capturing some wide angle images of this scene with the lens I was already using prior to reaching for one of my favorite telephoto zoom lenses. After installing and adjusting a circular polarizer filter, I captured a variety of images, including both camera orientations, a variety of focal lengths and sometimes with clouds passing in front of the rainbow worked into the compositions.
 
This rainbow image was captured in North Caicos, but aside from the water color, it could have been over any large body of water. I mentioned that wind was an issue on this entire trip and, with a storm approaching, the wind was especially strong while photographing this rainbow. With the sun at my back and the wind in my face, I left the lens hood in the pack. The filter was completely shaded by the lens and large hoods become a source of vibration in the wind. I sat on the ground with my elbows on my knees, my left hand holding tightly over the lens mounted to a retracted Really Right Stuff TVC-34L Carbon Fiber Tripod. With the camera's eyepiece pressed against my eyebrow, the setup was completely locked down and my sharp image rate was nearly 100%.
 
Rainbows are made possible by the right weather conditions and ... the weather can be unpredictable. But, when your next rainbow shows up, consider chasing it with your telephoto lens.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 2/8/2017 9:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.2.4 to 1.2.5 Fixed the following issues that affected Nikon Transfer 2 under macOS Sierra:
 
  • Image data copied using Nikon Transfer 2 under macOS Sierra version 10.12.2 could sometimes be corrupted.
  • Nikon Transfer 2 would quit unexpectedly when users attempted to transfer photos or movies.
  • Users could not select slots in the Source panel when transferring pictures from cameras with two memory card slots.
  • Pictures taken using the Smart Photo Selector available with cameras in the Nikon 1 series would be transferred as individual images rather than as a group.
Download: Nikon ViewNX-i 1.2.5 (for Mac OS)
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/8/2017 9:52:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Earlier this year, we reported that XUME Adapters had been quietly acquired by Manfrotto. A spokesman for XUME told us at the time:
"XUME is a Manfrotto product as of September 2016. They haven't done a lot of press yet but will be doing an official re-launch soon."
It appears that Manfrotto is now ready to begin actively marketing the XUME adapters alongside its new lens filter lineup.
 
From Manfrotto:
 
Providing precision and ease to capture every shot
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. (February 7, 2017) – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has launched a new, groundbreaking Manfrotto Lens Filter Suite, a combination of Manfrotto’s successful high-quality lens filters and innovative Manfrotto XUME magnetic adapters. The new Manfrotto Lens Filter Suite enables professional and amateur photographers and videographers to avoid the hassle and frustration of changing filters while subjects wander or light slips away. With the Manfrotto Filter Suite, photographers instantly and precisely connect the filter to their lens so that they never miss the perfect shot. The Manfrotto Lens Filter Suite is comprised of a Manfrotto Lens Filter, a Manfrotto XUME Lens Adapter and Filter Holder plus an optional Cap (available only for 77mm diameter). It is the perfect choice for long exposures, wedding photography, macro, architectural photography, fine art photography – any style requiring the use of filters.
 
Manfrotto’s camera lens filters are built to the highest quality standards. They feature flawless multi-coating which minimizes reflection and maximizes light transmission, consistently delivering the effects photographers wish to achieve. Each filter is provided with a practical, reusable storage case, ensuring the highest level of protection off-camera. Depending on the model, Manfrotto filters feature reliable water-repellent, oil-repellent and anti-static characteristics.
 
  • UV filters block out UV light, preventing it from entering the lens, reducing blurring, haziness and blue casting.
  • Circular Polarizer filters enhance color, contrast and saturation as well as removing undesirable reflections from non-metallic surfaces.
  • Neutral Density filters help control exposure times by reducing the amount of light hitting the camera sensor without altering the color of the scene.
  • Protect filters provide maximum protection against scratches, oil and moisture, without affecting overall image quality.
Manfrotto XUME Adapters are the revolutionary magnetic solution which securely locks filters onto lenses, quickly and easily. Photography gear stays safe in-use with the filter magnetically secured to the lens. Manfrotto XUME accessories are safe for the lens’ focus mechanism, media cards, drives or other electronics.
 
Unique to the market, Manfrotto’s XUME Adapters:
 
  • Install in an instant.
  • Are secure; no moving parts and completely safe to use.
  • Have very low profile rings and are completely unobtrusive.
Manfrotto XUME Filter Holders and Manfrotto XUME Lens Adapters are now available nationwide in eight sizes: 49mm, 52mm, 58mm, 62mm; 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. The Manfrotto XUME CAP is available only for the 77mm size. Manfrotto Filters range in price from $19.99 to $134.99 and Manfrotto Xume Adapters range in price from $10.99 to $34.99.
 
B&H carries the following products:
 
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 2/8/2017 7:50:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Sigma Corporation of America recently clarified its Gray Market Service Policy which went into effect January 1, 2017. In it, Sigma USA warns that not only will it refuse to repair gray market items for free under warranty, but that it will charge a $250.00 service fee on top of the parts and labor costs for repairing gray market goods. See below for Sigma USA's new official Gray Market Service Policy (we bolded part of the last sentence for emphasis).
 
From Sigma:
Gray Market
As of January 1, 2017, any product that is not imported by the Sigma Corporation of America or purchased from an unauthorized Sigma USA Dealer will not be serviced under warranty regardless of the service required. The Sigma Corporation of America Service department will service these products for a minimum $250 charge in addition to the required parts and labor charges at the owner's expense.
B&H, Amazon and Adorama are all authorized Sigma retailers.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/7/2017 10:58:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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