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 Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality test results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
 
The EF-S 10-18 is a very good value, with decent image quality, very light weight and a feature without comparison in this focal length range: image stabilization. If your kit is missing an ultra-wide focal length lens, it is very likely that you would find this lens worth adding.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 9:56:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with AF-S 24-120mm Lens
From Nikon USA:
 
To users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
We have received indications from some users that when photographing scenes in which a bright light source, such as the sun or high-intensity lighting, is at a certain position along the top border of the frame, flare with an unnatural shape may sometimes occur in images captured with the D750 digital SLR camera.
 
For those who have already purchased a D750 and would like to have their camera serviced to correct this issue, Nikon service centers will service cameras as indicated below. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
 
Identifying affected products
To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, click Check Your Serial Number below and enter your D750's serial number as instructed. Results for the serial number entered will be displayed. If these results show that your camera is one of those affected, instructions for requesting service will be displayed. If your camera is not one of those affected, rest assured that you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.
 
Check Your Serial Number
 
Please note that even if a camera's serial number identifies it as one affected by this issue, a black dot inside the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera, like that shown in the photo below, indicates that the measures to resolve this issue as indicated below have already been applied.
 
Nikon D750 Black Dot
 
Resolution
If your camera is affected, as confirmed with serial number check above you will be provided with information on requesting service from your nearest Nikon service center. The service center will inspect and service light-shielding components, and adjust AF sensor position, to resolve the occurrence of unnaturally shaped flare free of charge. This service will not have any effect on autofocus precision, or on the performance of other camera functions.
 
Please understand that even with these measures, all digital SLR cameras may experience flare when backlit scenes are being captured.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.
 
Please be assured that Nikon is continuously working and taking measures to further improve the quality of its products. Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 9:12:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon Imaging Plaza YouTube Channel:
 
Changing your lens might change your life dramatically. We want you to feel how differences in camera lenses effect your photographs and images.
 
Explore the wide variety of unique lenses as a young tourist takes a walk around Tokyo and Yokohama.
 
Gear Featured
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 7:13:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 19, 2015
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From PocketWizard:
 
Sports Photographers around the world can now have Custom IDs installed in their Plus III radios.
 
So. Burlington, VT – January 16, 2015 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, announces the immediate availability of Custom IDs for Plus III radios. In light of the recent retirement of the MultiMAX Transceiver, we felt it was very important to offer a Custom ID solution for Sports Shooters and other photographers who shoot in crowded venues.
 
What is a Custom ID? It is a private digital code that no one can trigger but you. It is a premium service offered exclusively by PocketWizard. In hyper-crowded shooting environments, such as large sporting events, Custom IDs give you the confidence to know that your remote flash or camera can only be triggered by you and not any other photographer. It is a unique code installed on top of an existing PocketWizard frequency replacing one of your normal Channels with your new custom code and frequency combination.
 
No other manufacturer offers such a valuable service. Custom ID’s are $95 per ID per unit and this service is only available directly through LPA Design, the manufacturer of PocketWizard products. There is no set-up fee and the customer is responsible for all shipping costs.
 
Plus III Custom IDs are compatible with MultiMAX Custom IDs. MultiMAX firmware version 7.50 and later has a feature for moving a Custom ID to a different frequency. Plus III Custom IDs are set to fixed frequencies. You will need to match your MultiMAX frequency to the Plus III. Learn more here: http://wiki.pocketwizard.com/index.php?title=Multiuser_Environments
 
How do you get a Custom ID?
 
You must first own at least two Custom ID-capable radios like the Plus III or MultiMAX. LPA Design only sells radios through dealers, but the Custom ID service can only be performed at LPA Design (that’s how we guarantee unique IDs). We recommend you buy your Plus III radios from your favorite PocketWizard dealer and drop-ship them directly to LPA Design for Custom ID installation. Please send an email to info@pocketwizard.com with your contact information prior to ordering the radios. We will contact you for payment and final shipping arrangements when we receive your radios.
 
B&H carries PocketWizard Plus III transceivers.
Post Date: 1/19/2015 3:24:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Everyone has different needs when it comes to image processing. Whether your final output is a website, a digital c-print or an inkjet print tailoring your workflow is essential to insuring the quality of your work. In this class X-Rite’s Jeff Lazell uses his decade of experience as a production manager in NYC premier wedding and portrait studio to help you build an effective, color managed post-production workflow.
 
B&H carries X-Rite Color Management products.
Post Date: 1/19/2015 1:42:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $4,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,999.00 after $800.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and as such would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/19/2015 11:22:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light
For today only, B&H has the Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light available for $59.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Guide Number: 69' / 21 m at ISO 100
  • Eighteen High-Output LEDs
  • Six Levels of Brightness Adjustment
  • Constant Light & Flash Modes
  • Left & Right Only Illumination Modes
  • 1.6" Backlit LCD Display
  • Clear, Frosted, Blue, & Amber Diffusers
  • Eight Adapter Rings from 49-77mm
  • Stand/Tripod Mount Inclu
Post Date: 1/19/2015 9:09:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Finding Southwest USA Landscape in Pennsylvania
My life does not currently afford me to constantly be flying to exotic locations, so I'm continuously looking for opportunities closer to home to give photo gear a workout. One landscape type not readily found in my home base of Pennsylvania is the water-eroded bare-earth look so common in the American Southwest. After gaining permission to photograph at a local limestone quarry after hours, I came upon a huge screenings pile (a small mountain really). The fine stone was fast-eroding and the erosion created a very Southwest-appearing landscape.
 
After scouting the pile and trying many good perspectives, I came to prefer this one. I moved in close to one of the wider areas of non-erosion and framed to let the strongly-contrasting lines (courtesy of shadows from a late-day sun) move through the frame in a pleasing manner. I didn't use the widest focal length available to me to prevent the background details from becoming too small.
 
If I hadn't told you, where would you have said this image was captured?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
27mm  f/11.0  1/30s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/19/2015 9:06:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
The excellent Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer bundle deals that are currently live are scheduled to end in less than two weeks. Be sure to take advantage of them before they expire January 31.
 
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer & Photo Paper Bundles
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/19/2015 8:42:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
At the 2:40 min mark in this video, a quote from actor W.C. Fields came to mind, "Never work with animals or children." Lucky for us, those subjects provide ample opportunities for great pictures (but they may require a great amount of patience that W.C. Fields seemingly lacked).
 
From the Karl Tayler YouTube Channel:
 
A Harris Hawk in flight… What a fantastic first shoot for the new studio!
 
It was great to welcome Robert and his incredible friend Freyja the hawk back. This time though we had all the space needed to nail the shot that I couldn’t achieve last year in our previous studio.
 
Relevant Gear
 
Post Date: 1/19/2015 8:18:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Take a peek at this video montage of all of our Explorer of Lights who presented at the Canon booth!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/19/2015 7:43:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through tonight, use coupon code BUNDLEUP50 at CanvasOnDemand.com to receive 50% off your entire purchase.
Post Date: 1/19/2015 6:27:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 17, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $2,749.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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From PocketWizard:
 
You must be using PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later before installing the latest firmware.
 
Canon MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 – 7D Mark II (beta)
The current Canon ControlTL beta firmware version is 6.726 and is available through the PocketWizard Utility right now. It adds support for Canon's latest DSLR, the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, and corrects a few issues. See the release notes for more information.
 
Nikon MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 – D750 / SB-500 (beta)
You should install the latest camera firmware, C:1.01, in your Nikon D750 before continuing.
 
The current Nikon ControlTL beta firmware version is 3.707 and is available through the PocketWizard Utility right now. It adds support for Nikon's latest DSLR, the Nikon D750, as well as the SB-500 Speedlight. It also corrects a few issues. See the release notes for more information.
 
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 1/17/2015 10:02:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 16, 2015
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens
DigitalRev has the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens (review) available for $619.00. Compare at $769.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/16/2015 1:57:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
The Flex is a 10”x10” flexible light panel with 166 LED diodes which are dimmable 5600k daylight balanced, or there’s a model with 3200k tungsten LEDs.
 
B&H carries the Wescott Flex LED Light Panel.
Post Date: 1/16/2015 12:39:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 7D II Captures Bald Eagle in Flight in Front of Conowingo Dam
I generally prefer to avoid the hand-of-man in my wildlife images and when setting up at the Conowingo Dam I positioned myself to best avoid the dam, wires and other non-natural objects in my backgrounds. But ... those man-made objects were not always avoidable and ... the Conowingo Dam is a big reason why the eagles are there in the first place. And, it is a landmark among bird photographers. It is not unusual to find half a million dollars worth of gear on the shoreline below this dam. So, I find it fitting to include the dam in the background of a bald eagle image. In this example, I like the even pattern of the heavily blurred dam in the background.
 
The 7D II performed very well this day. I used the 600 L II IS lens for maximum reach and used the 1.4x III extender some of the time. The 1344mm effective angle of view proved challenging for tracking the erratically-flying eagles and I eventually removed the extender. However, some of my favorite shots of the day would not have been nearly as good without the extender in place. So, the with or without extender decision must be weighed in light of circumstances.
Post Date: 1/16/2015 11:52:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
 
With some significant steps up in speed, flexibility and responsiveness from previous EOS 5D Series cameras, you'll see why the Canon EOS 5D Mark III deserves your serious consideration.
 
B&H has a Canon EOS 5D Mark III Bundle that's available for $2,499.00 after rebate.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/16/2015 9:40:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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