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 Wednesday, January 21, 2015

 
From the RØDE Microphones Vimeo Channel:
 
RØDE is pleased to announce the RØDELink fully digital wireless audio system. Using a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, RØDELink provides a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).
 
The first product offering in the RØDELink system is the Filmmaker kit, which includes a camera-mounted receiver, beltpack transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone.
 
B&H has the RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit available for preorder for only $399.00 with free shipping (competing products in that market segment cost about 50% more).
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 6:50:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
For the next 3 hours, eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,266.20 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty.
 
Update: eBay seller AllNewShop has a 5D Mark III auction that's even lower!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 6:29:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Power of Otus f/1.4: Bee on Orange Sunflower
Sunflowers, with their large size and bright colors, make great photo subjects. Add a bee to take the overall composition one step further.
 
For this image, I moved in close to the foreground flower, keeping it completely in the frame which places the center about 1/3 into the frame. I then moved to position a similar flower in the background. Again, that flower is fully contained in the frame and the green leaves anchor the bottom of the composition.
 
The shallow depth of field created by the combination of an 85mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture draws a viewer's eye directly to the bee and to the sharp flower petals (with strong contrast also pulling the viewer's eye to this location).
 
This image is razor sharp across the back of the bee (thanks to the Zeiss Otus 85), but details quickly soften in front of and behind that plane of sharp focus.
 
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
85mm  f/1.4  1/640s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/20/2015 1:29:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Westcott Omega Reflector Kit
B&H has the Westcott Omega Reflector Kit in stock.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Innovative 10-in-1 Design, 38 x 45"
  • 2:3 aspect ratio removable center frame
  • White, Silver, Sunlight, Black Surfaces
  • 1-Stop Diffusion Core
Post Date: 1/20/2015 11:30:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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

 
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
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