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 Monday, April 6, 2015
Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Surge Protector with 8 ft. Cord
Ok, it's a bit of a stretch to call a surge protector a necessary photography tool. But I suppose a good surge protector could help keep the images on your computer safe, so maybe it isn't that much of a stretch after all?
 
With that in mind, Amazon is featuring select Belkin Surge Protectors as its Gold Box Deal of the Day.
 
Note: I picked just picked up the Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Surge Protector with 8 ft. Cord [pictured above] to help protect and better organize the components of my entertainment center. [Sean]
Category: Belkin Deals
Post Date: 4/6/2015 12:21:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Defrozo Kickstarter Campaign:
 
Defrozo is a free, all-in-one platform that helps photographers better display and market their work online.
 
We’re a team of web developers keen on photography, and we’re building software to help any photographer fulfill a dream - make money doing what they love most.
 
One login to showcase your photography, organize your workflow, manage your clients, sell prints, and discover growth hacks tailored specifically to photographers? Meet Defrozo.
 
Why do you need Defrozo?
 
Time-consuming website management. Troubles with hosting. Custom equals expensive. Multiple subscriptions to stay in control of. Limited time to devote to the business side of things. No affordable tool to manage your client base. Defrozo is born out of many pains.
 
With Defrozo you get a single login to access all the tools you might need to organize your images, create your portfolio, manage your workflow and client base, and sell your work online. Everything done via a simple, drag-n-drop interface and integrated system, so that you could spend less time clicking the buttons and more time taking photographs.
 
What makes Defrozo stand out?
 
Entering the pond with some big fish like PhotoShelter, Zenfolio, ShootQ in it may seem doomed. But we all remember the David vs Goliath story, right?
 
Defrozo is the first universal platform available for free to include every tool a photographer might need to start their business from scratch or grow their established brand. In other words, Defrozo will have all the features offered by the leading software solutions under one roof, and more. Reinventing the wheel? No. Integrating odd wheels and gears into a sophisticated mechanism to drive your career? Yes.
 
Free forever
 
We’re not here to build a startup and sell it to some big dawg in the business. We believe we have an idea that will be a game change in the world of photography services. When we’re talking about our goal we imagine office workers that will be finally able to become full-time photographers, entrepreneurs that will find new ways to drive referrals to their business, as well as end customers that will receive unmatched service at no additional cost.
 
This is why the free version of Defrozo will always include the full spectrum of features. There will be an opportunity to upgrade for users requiring more customization and storage space in each functional module.
 
To fit photographers’ needs at any stage of their career, there will be three plans available:
 
Defrozo Plans
For more information, check out the Defrozo Kickstarter Campaign.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 11:32:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spring 2015 Site Update
In case you didn't notice, I made some changes to the site recently. While the changes may not be very noticeable to you, they were very significant structural changes, implementing "responsive design". If you are on a mobile or similar low-res device, the site is hopefully now easier to read and navigate (with more improvements needed and coming soon).
 
Note that display resolutions below approximately 750px wide may not see 100% crop sample images at the intended 100% size. Simply rotating your device to landscape/horizontal orientation may provide enough pixel width to show these images correctly.
 
Combine all of the technology used on the site with the number of browsers available along with their different implementations of "standards" and you get a very complex development scenario. Then add in a vast array of device models using those browsers and the complexity is further increased. While I have been testing on Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE at various resolutions, I cannot realistically test each of the tens of thousands of pages on the site even on a single browser. It was not unusual to make numerous changes, testing each as I went and later finding something unrelated not working. Such as IE and Firefox not properly reducing sample images posted on the main news page (that one showed up this morning). Sometimes changes had to be rolled back until the problem went away with different strategies then required.
 
I lean toward the optimistic side of being a realist and I'm rather confident that problems remain. I will attempt to correct these as quickly as possible. Please report any issues that you encounter. Bonus points awarded to HTML/CSS experts if you can tell me specifically how to fix the problem you found. :)
 
To answer the "What-is-coming-next?" question, finishing the Sigma 24mm Art Lens remains my highest priority for this week.
 
Also, our first copy of the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens arrived on Friday. I had the privilege of carrying it for hours on Saturday while shooting a track meet. The size and weight of this lens make it a joy to use. Also a joy was seeing the AI Servo AF performance this lens turned in – it was as good as from any lens I've used on the track including for capturing the fast sprints. Watch for the 400 DO II's standard test results to hit the site this week.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 11:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon 11-24L visits Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn, NY
Jane's Carousel is a standout landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY. While it is hard to miss the carousel house, the highly-styled words in the concrete are not as obvious. Ultra-wide angle lenses are great for emphasizing the foreground and I decided to emphasize the not obvious in this case, the words:
 
"Jane's Carousel made by Philadelphia Toboggan Co in 1922"
 
Jane's Carousel is a very popular location and, while not a necessity, keeping people out of your frame is challenging (an understatement). To start, visiting on a cold winter weekday will reduce the visitor population. Next, taking enough frames to allow all parts of the scene to be captured without people or their shadows in them is key. Fortunately, I had two images that when combined, showed no humans outside of the building. In post, I combined these two exposures to show only the sans-people parts.
 
At 11mm, it is hard to keep your own shadow out of the frame. By using the self-timer, I was able to step back before the shutter released. The camera's own shadow was the remaining problem. With a clean foreground, I was able to remove the shadow in post processing without difficulty.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 9:20:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Deadline for Tamron lens users residing in the USA to create their exhibit entry on www.myphotoexhibits.com for a chance to win a Tamron lens is August 31, 2015
 
From Tamron USA:
 
Commack, N.Y., April 3, 2015 - Tamron USA announces its fourth “My Travel Exhibit” photo contest, offered exclusively to Tamron USA lens users. Entrants will create a 3D virtual exhibit showcasing 8-14 of their best images in a travel theme on Tamron’s unique photo-sharing exhibit site, myphotoexhibits.com. Tamron judges will select the winning exhibit based on overall image quality and originality of the collection. The winning exhibit will be featured on the Tamron USA website and in the Tamron eNewsletter. The winner will also receive his/her choice of one of three full-frame, image-stabilized Tamron lenses:
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A012, $1199 value)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A007, $1299 value)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A009, $1499 value)
The contest officially launched on April 1, 2015. Entrants without a computer or Internet access may send in entries of 8-14 images up to 8.5×11 by mail. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015; complete contest rules are available at http://tamron.myphotoexhibits.com/contest.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/6/2015 8:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Commercial photographer Jay Morgan of The Slanted Lens provides tips for shooting video in a manufacturing facility.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 6:49:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 3, 2015
Canon Professional Services
From Canon Professional Services:
 
Canon Professional Services will host a CPS Lounge at ShutterFest 2015 featuring complimentary Clean & Check service on current Canon professional gear for all ShutterFest 2015 attendees.
 
The Clean & Check service will be performed on site by our Canon factory trained service technicians and is limited to (2) Canon EOS DSLR bodies or Canon EF/EF-S lenses. All items will be taken on a first come, first served basis and same day service is not guaranteed.
 
Equipment evaluation loans of Canon professional gear will be available for walking tours to all ShutterFest 2015 attendees. All loans are available on a first come, first served basis and must be returned at the completion of the tour and no later than 5:00 pm. Photo ID is required for all loans and CPS will retain your ID for the duration of the loan.
 
Pro Market representatives will be available to answer technical questions and offer product demonstrations.
 
The CPS Lounge is located in Midway Suite #3. Be sure to visit Canon’s booth (in spaces 54-58) on the ShutterFest 2015 show floor.
 
Location:
St. Louis Union Station Doubletree
1820 Market St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
 
Dates and Hours of CPS Operations:
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2015 2:10:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash (review) available for $139.95 with free shipping. Compare at $224.95 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2015 12:42:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $599.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2015 12:29:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera available for $299.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $519.00 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/3/2015 8:32:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 4/3/2015 7:18:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger
For today only, B&H has the Vello FreeWave Stryker Lightning & Motion Trigger for Canon available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Note: Coincidentally enough, I have one of these and have been playing around with it over the last couple of days (it's actually mounted to my 5D III right now). It's a fun little device. It's a good, relatively low-cost tool for aiding in the capture of lightning strikes. [Sean]
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/3/2015 7:02:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
B&H has the newly announced Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens available for preorder.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 4/3/2015 6:52:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Foba Superball Ball Head with Quick Release
B&H has select Foba Ball Heads on sale for 20% off with free expedited shipping.
Category: Foba Deals
Post Date: 4/3/2015 6:40:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the LensRentals Blog:
"Most of you know I've been very impressed with Sigma's new Art lenses. Their 35mm f/1.4 Art I still think is the sharpest 35mm prime lens made. The 50mm f/1.4 Art is also superb.
 
When I heard about the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art lens, I had some mixed emotions. I was excited that we might get a 24mm lens of similar quality to their 35mm. But the logical side of me thought that perhaps Sigma had bitten off a bit more than they could chew this time. Designing a wide-aperture 24mm lens is much more difficult than designing a fast 35mm lens. Even the best 24mm f/1.4 lenses (I consider the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L to be the best current offering, although that's arguable) still have distortion, aberrations, and some edge softness.
 
But when our first five copies of the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 arrived, I swiped them from intake and took them over to the testing lab for a quick look and MTF testing on our optical bench. We already had results from the Canon 24mm f/1.4 L, the Nikon 24mm f/1.4 ED AF-S, and the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lenses in our database to compare them to."
See the entire article on the LensRentals Blog.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 4/3/2015 6:31:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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