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 Monday, February 24, 2014
Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
For the next 8 hours, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $1,189.00. Compare at $1,499.00.
Post Date: 2/24/2014 5:17:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 128GB MicroSDXC Memory Card
From SanDisk:
 
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, Feb. 24, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the new 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card, the world’s largest capacity microSD card. Smaller than the size of a fingernail, the new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card enables consumers to use their phones and tablets as if storage limitations were never a concern, allowing users to capture thousands of songs and photos, and hours of video on a single, removable card.
 
“SanDisk’s high-performance 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC memory card will reshape the way users interact with their devices,” said Stuart Robinson, director, Handset Component Technologies, Strategy Analytics. “Until now, consumers had to spread out their content between multiple products because the memory on those devices was not able to hold enough data in one place. This 128GB microSD card is going to be popular as the preferred removable storage option, giving users fast, secure and reliable access to their personal data archives.”
 
Ideal for Today’s Smartphone and Tablet Users
Designed for Android smartphones and tablets, the new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card provides consumers the highest storage capacity available in a removable form factor. Ideal for shooting Full HD video and high-quality pictures, the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card delivers twice the speed of ordinary microSD memory cards and offers the highest video recording performance available.
 
“The new SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card again demonstrates how SanDisk continues to expand the possibilities of storage so that consumers can benefit from our latest technology advancements,” said Susan Park, director, retail product marketing, SanDisk. “With 128GB of removable storage, consumers will enjoy the freedom to capture and save whatever they want on a smartphone or tablet, without worrying about running out of storage space.”
 
An Enhanced SanDisk Memory Zone App – Smarter Ways to Organize, Optimize, and Backup Android Smartphones
A new version of the SanDisk Memory Zone app (available on the Google Play store in beta) lets users easily view, access, and backup all of their files from their phone’s memory in one convenient place. As a part of the SanDisk Memory Zone app, SanDisk is releasing OptiMem, a new feature that allows Android users to enhance their phone’s internal memory by automatically transferring some of their old photos and videos to their microSD card. OptiMem will continuously monitor the user’s mobile device memory levels, and inform them whenever the internal memory falls below a pre-defined threshold.
 
Technological Breakthrough
Compared to when the microSD card format was first launched in 2004 with 128MB of capacity, SanDisk has increased storage capacity of microSD cards 1,000 times over in less than a decade with the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card. To enable 128GB of storage on a removable microSD card, SanDisk developed an innovative proprietary technique that allows for 16 memory die to be vertically stacked, each shaved to be thinner than a strand of hair.
 
“The technology used to design the 128GB Ultra microSDXC card is well in line with what mobile users expect, and demonstrates SanDisk’s commitment to mobility,” said Christopher Chute, research director, Worldwide Digital Imaging, IDC. “Being able to fit this much capacity into a microSD card smaller than a fingernail is a game changer, and expands the possibilities of what people can do with their mobile devices. The 128GB Ultra microSDXC card frees users from constant concerns around storage limitations.”
 
Pricing and Availability
The family of SanDisk Ultra microSD memory cards is available worldwide in capacities ranging from 8GB to 128GB with MSRPs of $29.99 to $199.99. In the U.S., the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card is available exclusively at BestBuy and Amazon.com.
Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 2/24/2014 12:57:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Flickr Blog:
 
It’s not every day a photographer can make you look twice at a photo and seriously marvel at it. But for 18-year-old Laura Williams, nearly 200,000 people viewed Laura's self-portrait in awe and bewilderment — making it a viral sensation.
 
“I like the idea of creating an image that’s perhaps a little less obvious, like an illusion,” Laura tells The Weekly Flickr in the accompanying video. “One that really intrigues the viewer and tries to trick the eye. It’s something I strive to do, and I love it!”
 
Check out the entire article over on the Flickr Blog.
Post Date: 2/24/2014 7:25:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has published part III of his informative blog posts explaining how you can optically evaluate lenses at home. The third and final installment in the series provides examples of "problem lenses" and shows what kind of improvement can be achieved with optical adjustmets.
 
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Post Date: 2/24/2014 6:07:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 21, 2014
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From Adobe:
 
Please note — Camera Raw 8.4 and DNG Converter 8.4 are no longer officially supported on the following platforms: Mac OS 10.6.x (Snow Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista.
 
Welcome to the Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6/CC plug-in release candidate on Adobe Labs. A “release candidate” label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. Camera Raw 8.4 RC for CS6 update includes support for many new cameras and lens profiles. A release candidate build of DNG Converter 8.4 is also provided.
 
The Camera Raw plug-in provides easy access within Adobe Photoshop CS6 to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. For more information on the Camera Raw plug-in, please visit the Camera Raw pages on Adobe.com.
 
The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.
 
Download
Camera Raw 8.4 for CS6: Windows (ZIP, 150 MB) | Macintosh (DMG, 129 MB)
Camera Raw 8.4 for CC: Windows (ZIP, 106 MB) | Macintosh (DMG, 69 MB)
 
For a limited time, Adobe has the Photoshop Photography Program available for $9.99/mo (with 1 year commentment) without previous ownership requirements.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/21/2014 5:43:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AdroamaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens available for $349.00 with free shipping. Compare at $496.95 new.
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Post Date: 2/21/2014 12:31:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo’s newest About A Photograph video features the story behind photojournalist John Stanmeyer’s award-winning photo of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti City at night, their phones raised in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia. The international jury of the 57th annual World Press Photo Contest recently selected his image as the World Press Photo of the Year 2013. The video can be found at http://blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph/
 
In the video, Stanmeyer relates that, “This is a perfect example of modern day migration and the issues of modern day migration and our ability and desire to reconnect with our loved ones back home…It’s about hope.”
 
Jillian Edelstein, jury member from the UK/South Africa said: “It’s a photo that is connected to so many other stories—it opens up discussions about technology, globalization, migration, poverty, desperation, alienation, humanity. It’s a very sophisticated, powerfully nuanced image. It is so subtly done, so poetic, yet instilled with meaning, conveying issues of great gravity and concern in the world today.”
 
John Stanmeyer, born in Illinois, is a founding member of the VII photo agency. Living in the Far East for over 12 years, he has witnessed throughout that time nearly every major historical event in Asia, photographing the rapid changes taking place throughout the entire region. Working globally, he has focused on the plight of refugees from the Ugandan civil war, spent months chronicling the effects of the 2004 Tsunami and documented the mental healthcare crises in Asia.
 
He has been the recipient of numerous honors including the prestigious Robert Capa award, named Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards and in 2008 received the National Magazine Award for this in-depth essay on the global Malaria epidemic.
 
Think Tank Photo's “About a Photograph video series features some of the world’s leading photographers recounting the stories behind their images that captured global attention. Each short video focuses on the forces that led up to that perfect moment in time when subject, story, setting, equipment, and photographer converged.
Post Date: 2/21/2014 6:57:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 20, 2014
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens available for $389.99 with free shipping. Compare at $496.95.
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Post Date: 2/20/2014 1:55:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Just Posted: Oben CT-2491 Carbon Fiber Tripod Review
 
There are a huge number of tripods availabe right now. The Oben CT-2491 is a better choice than most.
Post Date: 2/20/2014 8:09:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has written two very information blog posts explaining how you can optically evaluate lenses at home. The posts should allow you to detect a "...decentered or optically maladjusted lens in 10 minutes or so."
 
Part three of the series (expected in the next few days) will provide several examples of "problem lenses."
 
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Post Date: 2/20/2014 7:55:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G NIKKOR ED VR DX Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G NIKKOR ED VR DX Lens available for $209.95 with free shipping. Compare at $396.95 new.
Case Logic SLMC-202 Compact Systems Camera Medium Kit Bag (Black)
Amazon has the Case Logic SLMC-202 Compact Systems Camera Medium Kit Bag available for $5.99. Compare at $17.50.
 
This bag may work well for those who have taken advantage of an EOS M deal in the past year.
Post Date: 2/20/2014 6:42:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
Learn from one of the world’s foremost authorities on Digital Asset Management, Peter Krogh.
 
In this webinar, Peter Krogh will answer the photographer's plea “Just tell me what to do!” when it comes to storing, organizing, and optimizing your workflow within Adobe Lightroom.
 
Peter will focus on how to maximize your use of Lightroom as an image cataloging tool. This is for those looking to tame their out-of-control, unorganized file system and truly understand Lightroom’s organization power.
 
In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • How to approach image file storage in a simple and safe way
  • The advantages of the DNG file format
  • What to do when you’ve outgrown your photo library
  • How to organize your photos with metadata tags, apply them to entire shoots, and when to use custom tags
  • Finding images quickly using filters
  • How to use Lightroom Projects to create photobooks, slideshows, web galleries, videos and more
  • About the publishing service within Lightroom

Peter will also be giving away free copies of his book, Digital Asset Management for Photographers, to 10 lucky attendees!
 
Register Here

Post Date: 2/19/2014 3:38:05 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW
B&H has the Lowepro Pro Messenger Bag 160 AW available for $99.95 with free shipping. Regularly $174.95.
Post Date: 2/19/2014 3:32:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Custom SLR Hand Strap
From Custom SLR:
 
First introduced in an exclusive pre-release opportunity during Custom SLR's Air Strap Kickstarter campaign, the Hand Strap brings a new way for photographers to carry their camera with added flexibility and security.
 
February 19, 2014 – Custom SLR, a photography accessories company in Silicon Valley, today launched its latest product, the Hand Strap, providing a new way for photographers to carry their camera without putting stress on their neck and shoulders.
 
“We are excited to expand our strap line beyond camera sling straps and continue to create products that improve the shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, chief operating officer of Custom SLR. “The hand strap is a highly requested product from photographers who want the added security of a strap without having to wear anything on their shoulders.”
 
The Hand Strap allows photographers to carry their camera in their palm with a comfortable and secure grip. By keeping their finger close to the shutter button, photographers have easy access and instant engagement. With its added flexibility and security, the Hand Strap is perfect for those who are constantly on the move. Some other features include:

  • Ergonomic fit and design
  • Silicone prints on the back for better grip
  • Made from a comfortable neoprene material
  • Works with most SLR cameras with hand strap mount or battery grip
  • Compatible with the Custom SLR C-Loop Strap Mount
  • Easily transitions to a tripod with the M-Plate Pro + Hand Strap Attachment

The Hand Strap was first introduced through an exclusive pre-release opportunity during Custom SLR’s successfully-funded Air Strap Kickstarter campaign. The Hand Strap is now available to the general public for purchase on CustomSLR.com for $14.95.
 
B&H carries Custom SLR products.

Category: Custom SLR News
Post Date: 2/19/2014 1:28:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Delkin Devices SensorScope 3 Cleaning Kit
B&H has the Delkin Devices SensorScope 3 Cleaning Kit available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $104.95.
Post Date: 2/19/2014 1:26:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Check out Devin Graham's latest promo video for Mountain Dew called "Snowlercoaster."
 
It looks like Devin used Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs, an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II, an EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II, a Glidecam stabilizer and several GoPro cameras to create the video. Want more information? Check out the behind the scenes video below.
 
Post Date: 2/19/2014 8:04:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
In this video, Carli Davidson shares her experiences as a pet photographer and how the Nikon D4 helped her capture the much loved images of dogs shaking in her book entitled 'Shake'.
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Post Date: 2/19/2014 7:28:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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