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 Friday, May 29, 2015
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Now through June 4th, use coupon code PXSPSALE50 at AdoramaPix to get a 50% discount on all greeting card orders.
 
This would be a great opportunity to stock up on custom made Thank You, Birthday or Holiday cards.
Post Date: 5/29/2015 1:43:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
eBay (via redtagcamera) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,449.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 5/29/2015 1:04:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From X-rite:
 
Webinar – Adobe Lightroom Tricks & Tips
Date – June 9th 2015, 15:30 GMT
Guest Speaker: Richard Curtis – Adobe Principle Solutions Consultant
 
The Session will walkthrough features of Lightroom from version 4 to CC and focus on key points in the workflow that can make a huge difference to your photographs. Of course the Creative Cloud Photography plan is much more than the desktop apps, so we will be looking at integrating Lightroom mobile and Adobe slate into the image making process.
 
Richard Curtis is a Principal Solutions Consultant at Adobe and is focused on the Digital Imaging Solutions in the UK (Lightroom and Photoshop). Richard is also a Photographer with an interest in street, travel and landscape photography, and has been making images for over 20 years.
 
Richard will also be joined by Andrzej Szkorupinski from X-Rite Photo Europe, who will be discussing colour workflow with the ColorChecker Passport.
 
Register Now
Post Date: 5/29/2015 6:57:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 28, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
What’s New with Version 1.27.0
 
  • The codec now supports NEF (RAW) photos shot with the D810A and Nikon 1 J5.
  • Fixed issue in which NEF (RAW) images could no longer be displayed after file info had been edited in the “Details” tab of the Explorer “Properties” window.
Download: Nikon NEF Codec Version 1.27.0
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Post Date: 5/28/2015 1:25:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Cabela's Gift Card
eBay (via svmgiftcards) has a $50.00 Cabela's Gift Card for only $40.00 with free shipping.
 
Note: If you found yourself chilled while photographing this past winter, you may appreciate the great outdoor clothing and gear that Cabela's carries.
Post Date: 5/28/2015 12:28:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens
From the Lomography Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens Kickstarter Campaign:
 
Swirl to Freedom with the World’s First Petzval Bokeh Control Lens
 
Bokeh Like a Boss
Using the Bokeh Control Ring on the New Petzval 58, you’re totally free to determine the strength of the swirly bokeh in your photos. You can now get the characteristic swirly bokeh effect in ways it has NEVER been possible before. This revolutionary component is the first of its kind on a Petzval lens!
 
58mm Focal Length and Maximum f/1.9 Aperture
The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.9 and is a 58mm lens, which is a fantastic all-round focal length for portraits, landscapes and photos of your cat doing jumping jacks. We promise you will love shooting every scene with your New Petzval 58 in hand.
 
Premium Russian Glass Optics in a Beautiful Brass Body
The New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens features the finest quality Russian glass optics. Available in a brass or black finish, it’s designed to perfectly mirror the look of original 19th century Petzval lenses.
 
Look Back to the Future
Joseph Petzval invented his revolutionary Petzval optic in 1840 — a hugely popular portrait lens that changed the world of photography. Now, 175 years later and building on our success with the Lomography New Petzval 85mm Lens in 2013, the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens is here to join the growing Lomography Art Lens Family. The lens has been specially developed to work with modern analogue and digital cameras and is available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts (it’s also compatible with multitudes of other cameras such as the Sony A7, Fuji X-Pro 1 and Micro 4/3 Cameras using adapter mounts).
 
For more info, check out the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens Kickstarter Campaign.
Post Date: 5/28/2015 11:49:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B+W 82mm XS-Pro UV Haze MRC-Nano filter
Amazon is featuring the B+W 82mm XS-Pro UV Haze MRC-Nano filter as a Amazon Lightning Deals and is available for $76.99. Compare at $96.00.
 
Features:
 
  • This filter uses our XS-Pro Digital mount which is especially suited for DSLRs with wide angle and zoom lenses. It has a front thread for additional accessories. All XS-Pro Digital mounts are made of brass and are matte black to prevent reflections.
  • MRC Nano has an improved outer (8th) layer over regular MRC. The nanotechnology based characteristic (lotus effect) produces a better beading effect with water making the cleaning of this filter even simpler and faster than ever before.
  • Manufactured from Water-White Schott Glass
For what it's worth, B+W's XS-Pro lineup has become a personal favorite of Bryan's. They feature a ring that's thin enough not to cause noticeable vignetting on most wide-angle lenses yet still thick enough to be compatible with standard lens caps.
Post Date: 5/28/2015 9:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens
Image quality results from a second lens have been added to the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens review page.
 
The results from the first Tamron 28-300 VC we tested were ... not good. The second lens is "clearly" superior to the first and the results from this lens are now shown as the default sample "1". Here is a comparison between the two Tamron 28-300mm VC PZD lenses.
 
Here is an interesting image quality comparison: Tamron 28-300mm VC PZD Lens compared to the Canon 28-300mm L IS Lens.
 
Specifications, measurements and standard product images along with a variety of on-camera imagery are also now available for this lens. Here is an interesting size comparison: Tamron 28-300mm VC PZD Lens vs. Canon 28-300mm L IS Lens.
 
The price differential is nearly as large. B&H has the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens in stock.
Post Date: 5/28/2015 8:46:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW Backpack (Pine Green)
For a limited time, B&H has the Lowepro Pro Runner 200 AW Backpack (Pine Green) available for $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits D-SLR Camera, 3-4 Lens Kit
  • Weather-resistant 600D Ripstop PU
  • Moisture-Wicking Backpad
  • Hideaway Tripod Mount
  • Padded Inserts / Adjustable Dividers
  • All Weather AW Cover and Rain Flaps
  • SlipLock Attachment Loops
  • Exterior and Interior Pockets
  • Backpack Harness
  • Tuck-away Waist Strap
Post Date: 5/28/2015 7:13:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Elements 13
For a limited time, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for Mac and Windows (DVD) available for $62.99 with free shipping. Regularly $92.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Advanced Image Enhancement Tools
  • Additional Quick Edit Effect Variations
  • Integrated Learning Channels
  • Enhanced Direct Social Network Sharing
  • Friendly and Intuitive Editing Interface
  • Blend Facebook Profile and Cover Photos
  • Crop and Composition Tools
  • Black and White Photo Effects
  • Easily Mix and Merge Multiple Images
  • Efficient Tagging and Searching Tools
Post Date: 5/28/2015 6:58:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera
Adorama has the Refurbished Nikon D4 DSLR Camera available for $2,995.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $5,996.95 for a new Nikon D4s (next model).
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Post Date: 5/27/2015 12:51:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon USA:
 
As Part of Nikon’s “I AM Generation Image” Campaign, Nikon Will Offer Free Newlywed Portraits Outside of the NYC Marriage Bureau Captured by Nikon Ambassador Joe McNally
 
MELVILLE, NY – On June 4 and June 5, Nikon will bring the Nikon Wedding Truck Studio to New York City Hall (Office of the City Clerk), offering couples getting married the timeless keepsake of amazing images to help commemorate the start of the next chapter in their story together. Nikon is working with famous photographer and Nikon Ambassador Joe McNally to convert a truck into a fully functional photo studio, where couples getting married at the Office of the City Clerk that week are invited to get a professional portrait session at no cost.
 
“One of the most memorable and marvelous experiences l have had was capturing the wedding of my friends getting married at City Hall. People of all types were there to announce and share with the world that this was their beloved,” said McNally “Working with Nikon to bring this pop-up studio to life gives us a chance to celebrate this real emotion and provide couples with a stunning set of wedding photos to help remember their special day.”
 
The Nikon Wedding Truck Studio is part of Nikon’s “I AM Generation Image” Campaign, which inspires people to make their stories stand out through incredible imagery. Nikon will provide participating couples with high-quality portraits to keep and share with friends and family to remember their wedding day. McNally will be shooting with the Nikon D750 DSLR camera, NIKKOR lenses and Nikon Speedlights, giving couples the highest quality images as wedding-day keepsakes.
 
“A wedding is a joyous occasion and deserves to be documented, so that our children and grandchildren can experience the happiness and true emotions of a couple’s special day. High-quality images help to re-tell the story of that day to later generations, as if they were actually there,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “With the help of amazing images captured by Joe McNally, these newlyweds will receive beautiful images that will stand the test of time.”
 
The event will take place on June 4 and June 5 outside of the Office of the City Clerk, near 141 Worth Street in New York City. The portrait sessions will be free of charge, provided on a first come-first serve basis. Couples will leave with their images so that they can be shared with their loved ones.
 
Participating couples must have a valid New York State marriage certificate validating that they were married at City Hall during the week of June 1 to June 5 2015.
 
B&H carries Nikon DSLR camera equipment.
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Post Date: 5/27/2015 12:21:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive with New Design
From WD:
 
New My Passport Drives Now Feature Up to 3 TB Capacity, Easier Backup Software and Personalization Options
 
IRVINE, Calif. – May 27, 2015 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB1 and in four stylish colors2 - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue. WD is also introducing a new optional accessory – WD Grip Pack – a soft band, available in a variety of colors, which encircles the drive, offering consumers an easy way to personalize their My Passport drives.
 
“With more photos being taken than ever before, it’s critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere,” said Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD. “The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before. Consumers can keep all their content in their pockets, while expressing their personal styles with the colors and WD Grip Pack.”
 
My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and 500 GB capacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption3 – delivering a high level of security with no impact to write-speed or CPU activity. If your My Passport Ultra falls into the wrong hands, the 256-bit AES hardware encryption protects users’ files, folders, photos, videos and music with a password known only to them. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. My Passport for Mac portable drives are available in capacities of 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and also feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption with USB 3.0 connectivity.
 
Sold separately, the WD Grip Pack accessory for My Passport Ultra is available in five colors (smoke, slate, grape, sky and fuchsia) and, when wrapped around one of the four colors of My Passport Ultra drives, enables consumers to create a total of twenty possible color combinations. The WD Grip Pack comes with a color-matched 18-inch flat USB 3.0 cable, creating a stylish complete solution.
 
My Passport Ultra’s built-in WD Backup software is a simple-to-use application with focus on reducing frustration when setting up a backup plan to preserve data. Since 31% of devices have had malware at some point, having your data safely backed up onto a secondary device like a My Passport drive is critical to preserving precious data.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable drives are available today at select retailers, including Amazon (My Passport Ultra) and distributors. My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac have a Manufacturer’s Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) ranging from $79.99 up to $199.99 depending on capacity (3 TB capacity available next month). Both the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac will offer a 3-year limited warranty. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at support.wdc.com/warranty. WD Grip Pack accessories will be available in June and will have an MSRP of $12.99.
 
B&H carries the new WD My Passport Ultra drives.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 10:51:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens Compared to the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens
I'm deep into reviews of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Contemporary lenses. While their names differ by only one word and their image quality appears very similar, these two lenses are dissimilar in many ways. Here is my list so far:
 
  • Sports lens is nearly 2x more expensive
  • Sports lens is significantly more-ruggedly constructed
  • Sports lens is significantly heavier – including the hood, measured in-use weights are 6.96 lbs (3.16kg) compared to 4.49 lbs (2.04kg)
  • Sports lens is moderately larger in both length and diameter (especially with the hoods in place) and the zoom extension is a bit longer
  • Contemporary lens has a 1/3 stop wider aperture over a small subset of the focal length range
  • Contemporary lens has a larger zoom ring with no contour in diameter mid-ring
  • Sports lens has a more-serious manual focus ring that is significantly larger with much more grip surface
  • Contemporary lens utilizes smaller (but still large) 95mm filters vs. 105mm
  • Contemporary zoom ring rotates 146° vs. the Sport's 126°
  • Sports lens has very rigid aluminum hood with rubberized end and thumbscrew lockdown vs. bayonet mount lightweight plastic hood
  • Both lenses feature a rubberized push/pull zoom grip surface, but the Sports has a ridge for a more-sure pull-back grip
  • Sports model has a smoother and stronger non-removable tripod mount ring and foot with a better-positioned lock knob, click detents at 90°, a much larger (and removable) foot with 3 threaded inserts (vs. 1) and dual neck strap attachment points
  • Contemporary model has a removable tripod mount ring with a rubber-like replacement ring
  • Sports model has a classier look
  • Contemporary lens has a lower profile switch bank
  • Based on side-by-side testing at multiple times, my perception is that the Contemporary focuses slightly faster, but the Sports has been more consistently accurate at the wide end
  • Sports lens has integrated shoulder strap on the back of its case while Contemporary lens has removable neck strap that attaches to opposite sides of its case
  • Sports lens has dust & splash proof "construction" while the Contemporary has a dust & splash proof "mount"
  • Sports lens has two FLD (“F” Low Dispersion with performance similar to flourite) and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements vs. one FLD and three SLD glass elements
  • Sports lens has 24 elements in 16 groups while the Contemporary has 20 in 14
  • Sports lens gets water & oil repellent coating on both front & rear elements while the Contemporary gets this coating on the rear element only
I hope to have these full reviews completed soon.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder (Sigma mount is in stock).
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens in Canon mount in stock with other mounts available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 9:32:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From PPA:
 
PPA’s See The Difference Campaign Educates Consumers on the Value of Hiring a Professional Photographer
 
Atlanta, Ga. – May 26, 2015 – Photographers looking for a new way to help their clients See The Difference between professionals and amateurs need look no further than Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
 
Consumers may not have all the necessary information to understand the difference between a professional and an amateur photographer. PPA’s See The Difference campaign shows consumers “the difference” when evaluating photographers. PPA photographers can also download free videos, logos, customizable brochures, and other educational materials to share with their clients.
 
PPA has rolled out six new videos to help photographers educate their clients and prospects. Whether a photographer specializes in wedding, high school senior or family photography, these new videos will help consumers see the value in hiring a professional.
 
  • #PhotoFail Wedding Video – Brides-to-be read true horror stories and talk about why it’s so important to use professional photographers to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments.
  • Moments You Can’t Get Back Video – Real moms share heart-wrenching stories about their families and discuss how professional photographers helped them preserve family memories.
  • See The Difference Professional Photographers Make Video – Real moms and newlyweds discuss the benefits of using PPA photographers and are surprised when their photographers walk in with framed photos from a recent session.
  • High School Seniors Video – Real high school seniors explain what they are looking for in senior portraits and how hiring a professional photographer gave them great photographs!
  • Wedding Video – Newlyweds talk about the importance of investing in professional photographers because at the end of their big day, their wedding photos were all they had left.
  • Family Portraits Video – Real families talk about how their photographers captured their families’ unique personalities and the importance of preserving moments they will cherish forever.
Learn more about how PPA photographers can leverage this campaign as well as what else PPA is doing to reach and educate consumers with See The Difference and consider joining PPA.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 9:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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