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 Thursday, July 2, 2015
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR
From Nikon:
 
An Everyday Lens That's Anything But Ordinary: The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Offers Advanced Photographers Powerful Versatility
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, including Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The resulting lens gives a wide variety of photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further and tell their story with clarity and precision.
 
“The NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with an extremely useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This new lens is a great companion for Nikon’s high-performance, lightweight series of DX-format DSLR cameras.”
 
DX-Format Versatility
Make no mistake, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is premium glass for those who desire a fast and highly capable wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features a popular, wide 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal range, which makes it ideally suited for a variety of shooting disciplines. From wide-angle landscapes, tight portraits or for those looking for an all-in-one tool for travel, this lens does it all. The large f/2.8 - f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease, with the creative flexibility afforded by a shallow depth-of-field. Whether photographing friends’ faces or a festive plate full of local flavor, the 16-80mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to create that dramatic separation between subject and background that emphasizes and flatters a subject. For creative close-ups of everything from passion-projects to flowers, the lens has a very useful minimum focusing distance of merely 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5x zoom range.
 
To further enhance its low-light capability, the new NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization*, helping to create sharp images while shooting handheld or in challenging light. As an added benefit to landscape and wildlife photographers, this lens features VR with automatic tripod detection, to counteract vibration when mounted on a tripod.
 
Latest Optical Technologies
The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F/2.8-4E ED VR boasts some of the best optical innovations from Nikon, and is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem, to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces instances of ghosting and flare for the highest quality images. The front and rear elements also integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. This is also the first Nikon DX lens to feature an electromagnetic diaphragm; this innovation electronically adjusts the aperture within the lens, resulting in consistent exposure during high speed shooting.
 
The new NIKKOR 16-80mm lens features robust construction while retaining a lightweight and compact body. The lens features four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspheric elements to further combat instances of ghost, flare and chromatic aberration. The lens is constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-blade diaphragm to create a circular, natural bokeh for a pleasing out of focus area of the image. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
 
Price and Availability
The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,069.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/2/2015 6:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Vello Ringbox available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $89.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Diffuses Flash into Ring-Shaped Light
  • Compatible with Most DSLRs and Flashes
  • Attaches to Lens and Flash Head
  • Collapses Down to 8"
  • Magnetic Rod Setup
  • Weighs 1 lb
  • Zippered Carrying Bag Included
Post Date: 7/2/2015 6:40:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 1, 2015
MindShift Gear FirstLight Backpacks
From MindShift Gear:
 
MindShift Gear’s First Light Outdoor Photography Backpacks Feature Extreme Comfort, Airline Compatibility, and Big Glass Capacity
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – MindShift Gear’s First Light backpack series addresses the most pressing needs of outdoor photographers who travel and trek, especially those who carry their 200mm to 600mm “Big Glass” lenses. These high capacity backpacks come in three sizes and feature contoured, adjustable torso harnesses with 11 adjustment points for extreme comfort whether running through an airport or traversing a mountain. Designed to comply with airline carryon size requirements, First Light backpacks are built with ballistic nylon bottoms for durability, room for a laptop and personal gear, and in the two larger sizes, a dedicated pocket for hydration reservoirs.
 
“We heard loudly and clearly from outdoor photographers that they wanted dual-purpose backpacks they could use to transport their gear safely on airlines and also for carrying their largest lenses comfortably for hours while deep into their treks,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer Doug Murdoch. “We were able to design backpacks sized to fit three different camera gear configurations that are the best made, most durable, most comfortable, and most reasonably priced in the market.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Dedicated 3L hydration pocket on side (30L & 40L only)
  • Tablet or laptop fits into front pocket (20L & 30L = up to 15” laptop; 40L = up to 17” laptop)
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Better weight distribution for a more comfortable load enables easier all day use on the trail
  • Seamless rain cover (included) doubles as a ground cloth
  • When attached, rain cover allows small to medium tripods to be carried on front or side positions
  • 2 front stuff pockets for travel or trail essentials; extra layers, a light jacket, headlamp, gloves, chargers
  • Adjustable high-density closed-cell foam dividers for large telephoto lenses, traditional photo gear, or personal items
  • Large water bottle or accessory pocket with drains and cinch cord for security
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Ballistic nylon bottom panel for durability in harsh environments
  • Shaped aluminum torso stay for additional support
  • Grab handles on 3 sides make it easy to hoist into an overhead bin, car, or trunk (2 handles on 20L)
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Shoulder straps and waist belt wrap to front for compact storage in overhead compartment
  • Whistle integrated into sternum strap buckle
  • Compatible with MindShift Tripod Suspension Kit, Lens Switch Case, and the filter cases
GEAR PROFILE
 
  • FirstLight 20L: Holds 1 standard-size DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses. Holds 2 large Mirrorless DSLRs and 5–7 lenses plus a flash. Maximum lens size: 200–400mm f/4 detached or 300 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 30L: Holds 1 gripped DSLR and 4–6 standard zoom lenses, and 1 flash. Maximum lens size: 500mm f/4 lens detached or 400 f/2.8 attached.
  • FirstLight 40L: Holds 2 gripped DSLRs with 6–8 standard zoom lenses and 1–2 flashes. Maximum lens size: 600mm f/4 lens detached or a 500mm f/4 attached.
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating; the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has the highest quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon, 210D nylon, 320G DuraStretch mesh, nylon webbing, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, belly-o mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
 
FirstLight 20L:
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 18.7” H x 7” D (29 x 47.5 x 17.8 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 10.8” W x 17.5”H x 5.3” D (27.5 x 44.5 x 13.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 4.4lb (1.9kg)
 
FirstLight 30L:
Exterior Dimensions: 12” W x 19” H x 8.7” D (30.5 x 48.3 x 22 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 11.2” W x 18.1”H x 7.1” D (28.5 x 46 x 18 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 15” laptop
Weight: 5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)
 
FirstLight 40L:
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 21.7” H x 9” D (35 x 55 x 22.9 cm)
Interior Dimensions: 13.4” W x 20” H x 7.3” D (34 x 51 x 18.5 cm)
Front Pocket: fits up to 17” laptop
Weight: 6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
 
MindShift Gear has the FirstLight 20L, FirstLight 30L and FirstLight 40L in stock and ready for delivery.
Post Date: 7/1/2015 12:49:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Adobe's new Dehaze feature announced with the release of Photoshop CC 2015 and Lightroom CC 2015 will not be available to Lightroom 6 users. However, those Lightroom 6 users are not out of luck.
 
Prolost is offering a free Dehaze plugin for Lightroom 6.1.
 
From Prolost:
Dehaze for Lightroom 6.1
 
A series of presets that give you intuitive, visual access to the new Dehaze control added in Lightroom 2015.1, without requiring a Creative Cloud subscription.
Download
Prolost Dehaze plugin for Lightroom 6.1
Post Date: 7/1/2015 11:52:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Nikon has just released a couple of insightful videos where lens designers are asked various questions about NIKKOR lenses and lens design.
 

I believe there's an error in the second video (1:00 mark) where the "#5 Favorite Lenses" title is used instead of a more appropriate one ("Favorite Lenses" is already covered in the first video).
 
However, the information following "#5 Favorite Lenses" is very poignant as the designer compares the design process to climbing a mountain.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/1/2015 9:24:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
Also available, DxO FilmPack v5.1.4 and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.6 are now fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015
 
Paris – July 1, 2015 – DxO, one of the world leaders in digital imaging technology, announces the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro v10.4.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1.4, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.6 for Mac and Windows. These three updates allow these DxO solutions to support the Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras, and to allow DxO FilmPack 5 and DxO ViewPoint 2 to integrate perfectly with the 2015 edition of Adobe Photoshop CC.
 
Enhanced Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R images
Renowned for its unequaled management of highlights, outstanding color rendering, and the spectacular results of its ultra-high-quality PRIME denoising feature, DxO OpticsPro 10 now supports RAW files from Canon EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras. Digital noise is removed; details and color saturation are preserved, particularly in dark areas; and textures are preserved, even when shot at the highest sensitivities — perfect tools for these two extremely high-resolution cameras from Canon, which offer a wide range of sensitivities and high accuracy.
 
25,000 available DxO Optics Modules for unrivaled optical corrections
DxO OpticsPro v10.4.2 also adds 789 new camera/lens combinations to its DxO Optics Modules library, thus offering support to lenses from Canon, Samsung, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, Voigtlander and Zeiss for numerous Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony cameras.
 
Developed in the laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain all of the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This database, the most unique in the world, allows DxO OpticsPro to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unparalleled level of quality.
 
Compatible with the 2015 edition of Adobe Photoshop CC
Praised by professionals for the high fidelity of its analog renderings, DxO FilmPack allows users to reproduce the characteristics of the films that made photo history. Its ultra-simple interface allows users to apply numerous original renderings, filters, tonings, and visual effects — all of which can be combined in an infinite number of ways — all while preserving the image quality, thanks to DxO FilmPack’s RAW format support.
 
DxO ViewPoint fixes even the most complex perspective problems and easily restores the natural shapes of subjects located on the edges of images. Benefitting from all of DxO’s optical calibration know-how, it corrects barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortion.
 
DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint can be used both as standalone applications as well as plugins for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom, Aperture, and DxO OpticsPro. As either a standalone application or as a plugin for DxO OpticsPro, they allow users to directly process TIFF, JPEG, or RAW images. As plugins, they offer an extremely flexible workflow with Adobe and Apple solutions.
 
Prices and availability
DxO OpticsPro v10.4.2, DxO FilmPack v5.1.4, and DxO ViewPoint v2.5.6 are immediately available at photo resellers.
 
Photographers who acquired a DxO OpticsPro 9 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 10. Photographers who purchased a DxO FilmPack 4 license on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 5. All owners of DxO ViewPoint who acquired a license on or after August 1, 2013, are entitled to a free upgrade.
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 10, DxO FilmPack 5 and DxO Viewpoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 7/1/2015 9:02:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Photoflex Acquired by PROMARK Brands
From Photoflex:
 
We have some very big news to share with you, our valued customers. Promark International, Inc., a leader in photographic tools, has added Photoflex to their growing family of brands. Together, Promark and Photoflex will focus on delivering high quality, industry-defining lighting solutions for photographers of all skill levels.
 
Here at Photoflex headquarters, business will go on as usual. Photoflex will continue to develop photographic lighting tools and work hard to meet a wider set of customer needs with the support of Promark International.
 
We look forward to growing the Photoflex brand and continuing the momentum we have gained over the last 30 years in the industry. Thank you for your continued support.
 
- Photoflex Team
 
Other PROMARK Brands
 
  • Photogenic Professional Lighting
  • Radiopopper
  • Norman
  • Smith-Victor Corporation
  • Speedotron
  • Quantum
  • Cool-Lux
  • Logan
  • Dot Line Corporation
B&H carries the Photoflex, Radiopopper, Photogenic, Smith-Victor, Cool-Lux, Norman, Speedotron, Quantum, Logan and Dot Line Corporation brands.
Category: Photoflex News
Post Date: 6/30/2015 2:52:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of B&H Wedding Tips, professional NYC Wedding Photographer Ryan Brenizer shares his post production workflow from start to finish. Ryan walks us through his best practices including his post wedding media management, Lightroom tips, and tricks to sharing your work with your clients.
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix.
Post Date: 6/30/2015 9:30:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Litepanels 1x1' Mono LED Tungsten Flood Light (100-240VAC)
B&H has the Litepanels 1x1' Mono LED Tungsten Flood Light (100-240VAC) available for $746.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,346.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • One 12 x 12" Fixture
  • 50° Tungsten Flood
  • Only 1.75" Thick
  • Virtually No Heat
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • Included 100-240VAC Power Supply
  • 3 Lbs
X-Rite ColorMunki Display
For a limted time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorMunki Display available for $89.00 with free expedited shipping after $30.00 mail-in rebate (expires today). Regularly $169.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Ergonomic: 3 Integrated Functions
  • Advanced Filter and Optical Systems
  • For Virtually All Modern Displays
  • Field-Upgradeable for Future Technology
  • Rotating Diffuser Arm / Tripod Mount
  • Easy and Advanced Modes
  • Ambient Light Measurement/Smart Control
  • Flare Correct
  • Intelligent Profiling for Color Accuracy
  • Automatic Hardware Adjustment
Post Date: 6/30/2015 6:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 29, 2015

 
From the Zacuto Vimeo Channel:
 
Zacuto announces the customizable Gratical X micro-OLED EVF! The Gratical X is perfect for the shooter who wants only a few key features.
 
Users start with the bright and brilliant Gratical electronic viewfinder and then customize to fit their individual needs. The Gratical X will start at an attractive price point of $1650. Upon activation, the unit will have HDMI and SDI inputs, display adjustments, color bars, blue gun.
 
Additional software features like pixel to pixel zoom, peaking, false color, LUTs, zebras, frame store, HDMI and SDI outputs and many more can be purchased a la carte. Zacuto will also offer feature bundles with built in savings.
 
B&H has the Zacuto Gratical X available for preorder with an expected availability later next month. B&H also carries the feature-packed Zacuto Gratical HD and Gratical HD Kits.
Category: Zacuto News
Post Date: 6/29/2015 12:50:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar Professional 128GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC
Several Lexar and SanDisk memory cards are currently marked down for Independence Day. See below for more information.
 
Memory Card Deals
 
Memory CardOrig. PriceSale Price
Lexar Professional 128GB 800x CompactFlash UDMA 7$196.69$169.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 800x CompactFlash UDMA 7$83.67$72.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 1066x CompactFlash UDMA 7 (2-Pack)$195.70$160.99
Lexar Professional 128GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC (2-Pack)$133.34$119.99
Lexar Professional 64GB 1000x UHS-II SDXC (2-Pack)$78.12$62.99
SanDisk 128 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$164.99$119.99
SanDisk 64 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$73.49$59.99
SanDisk 32 GB Extreme 120 MB/s CompactFlash$48.95$39.95
Post Date: 6/29/2015 10:33:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Last month, real estate photographer Scott Hargis showed us what kind of gear he takes with him on every shoot. In this video, Scott gives us a behind-the-scenes look at putting that gear to use while photographing a home interior.
Post Date: 6/29/2015 9:05:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 26, 2015
Tamrac 5588 Expedition 8x Backpack
Adorama has the Tamrac 5588 Expedition 8x Backpack available for $179.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $319.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Pro Digital or Film SLR Kit
  • Fits 17" Screen Laptop Computer
  • Padded 900D PolyTek Backpack
  • Dual Hinge Divider System
  • Dual "Wing" Pockets
  • Memory & Battery Management System
  • QuickClip Tripod Attachment System
  • LockDown Rain Flap
  • M.A.S. and S.A.S. Compatible
  • Carry Handle and Harness System
For what it's worth, this is my primary, pack-almost-everything bag that I take with me on almost every major shoot. Fully packed with gear it isn't light, but the shoulder straps and waist belt make it comfortable to wear especially over short to moderate distances. Make no mistake, this is a big bag (take a good look at the "packed" photo above). The quality of the bag is excellent and it has held up extremely well over the 3 years I've been using it; I do not regret my decision to purcahse this bag (even at full price). [Sean]
Post Date: 6/26/2015 12:26:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto B2 To-Go Kit
Adorama has a Profoto B2 To-Go Kit + Extra Battery ($229.00 value) available for $1,895.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $2,195.00.
 
Note: While the $300.00 instant rebate can be found at all authorized Profoto retailers, the extra battery ($229.00 value) makes this kit an especially good deal.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • B2 250 AirTTL Power Pack - Fast, powerful and easy to use battery pack. Compact and lightweight enough to be carried on your belt or shoulder
  • B2 Head - Small and light enough to put on a stand, a monopod or even on a bracket on your camera
  • Li-Ion Battery x 2 - This powerful and exchangeable battery provides 215-50, 000 flashes in a single charge depending on flash output
  • B2 Carrying Bag - A handy little bag that houses the B2 battery pack. Carry it on your belt, shoulder or hang it on a stand with the stand strap
  • B2 Location Bag - Custom shoulder bag with side pockets. Fits both battery pack and two heads. Stands and umbrellas can be attached outside the bag with a clever strap system
  • Battery Charger - 2.8 A (Recharges the Li-Ion Battery in one hour.)
Post Date: 6/26/2015 10:04:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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