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 Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $196.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 1/13/2015 11:24:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through 12/19, AdoramaPix has several active coupon codes which allow you to save 25-40% on various custom photo products. See below for details.
 
  • Use coupon code PXRNGPOS to save 25% on all Metal, Canvas and Poster Prints
  • Use coupon code PXRNGYBK to save 30% on all Photo Books
  • Use coupon code PXRNGCAL to save 40% on all Photo Calendars
Post Date: 1/13/2015 10:13:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens Takes on Ricketts Glen Falls
Ricketts Glen State Park, near Benton, PA, has 28 named falls including the namesake Ricketts Glen Falls. If you don't mind climbing down from the trail and don't mind placing your tripod in the water, Ricketts Glen Falls is an easy location to get a keeper. Pick a cloudy day and use a circular polarizer filter.
 
What is the ideal exposure duration for motion-blurred water? That answer is both situational and personal preference. In this location, my personal preference is around half a second. Experiment to learn what works well and what doesn't. Watch the details in the water (typically air bubbles) go from sharp to smeared to an indistinguishably smooth color as exposure times increase. When the right amount of blur is obtained, that is the right shutter speed.
 
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.
Post Date: 1/13/2015 9:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sennheiser EW100ENGG3* Wireless Microphone System with Tascam DR-44WL Recorder
Adorama has the Sennheiser EW100ENGG3* Wireless Microphone System with Tascam DR-44WL Recorder Bundle available for $799.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $729.95 without Tascam DR-44WL Audio Recorder ($299.99 value).
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Sennheiser EK 100 G3 Diversity Receiver
  • 1 x SK 100 G3 Bodypack Transmitter
  • 1 x ME 2 Clip-On Microphone (Omnidirectional Pick-Up Pattern)
  • 1 x SKP 100 G3 Plug-On Transmitter
  • 1 x CL 1 Jack Cable
  • 1 x CL 100 XLR Cable
  • 1 x CA 2 Camera Adaptor
  • 6 x AA Batteries
  • Operating Instructions
  • Sennheiser 2 Years Limited Warranty
  • Tascam DR-44WL 4-Channels Handheld Audio Recorder
  • 32GB Class 10 SDHC Card
 Monday, January 12, 2015
Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens
B&H has the long rumored and hinted about Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 1/12/2015 11:31:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Dealing with Wind During an Independence Pass Sunset
Independence Pass is at 12,095' elevation on the Continental Divide in the Sawatch Range in Colorado. The top of a really tall mountain is often a great location choice for photographing (or just watching) a sunset, but the best photo (or view) is not always directly into the sun to the west. Really great sunsets also light up the eastern sky and on this particular evening, a storm to the east provided great color over the stark landscape at this pass.
 
A wide angle landscape photo composed of rock and clouds and captured on a tripod generally would not need ISO increased to 200 to maintain a 1/25 second exposure just to retain sharpness. But, the wind was ripping across the top of this mountain and I was not comfortable even with this 1/25 shutter speed.
 
There are various ways to deal with wind when photographing, but a solid tripod setup is the first key. Without any other protection from the wind available at the location I was shooting from (such as a vehicle or building), I opted for my frequently-used technique of holding my coat open around the camera and much of the tripod. The coat greatly reduces the amount of wind hitting the camera, yielding a potentially much sharper image – though it leaves me quite cold sometimes. The picture lasts far longer than my coldness.
 
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
16mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 200  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/12/2015 10:00:45 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Rectangular Softbox (16 x 22
For today only, B&H has the Impact Luxbanx Duo Small Rectangular Softbox (16 x 22") available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $134.95.
 
Note: You'll also need to pick up the speed ring that's compatible with your lighting gear.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Strobe, LED, Fluorescent Lights
  • Also Compatible with Quartz Lights
  • Maximum Quartz Wattage: 750W
  • Heat-Resistant Textured Silver Interior
  • Removable Inner Baffle, Front Diffuser
  • Fits Speed Rings for Most Popular Brands
  • Optional Fabric Grids
Post Date: 1/12/2015 6:49:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Category: Tamron Rebates
Post Date: 1/12/2015 6:18:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 11, 2015
Christmas Cactus Flower: Background Color by Gel
Once a year (though always well after its namesake Christmas holiday), our Christmas cactus blooms. The plant itself is nothing special to look at, but the flowers are quite beautiful.
 
The biggest challenge for this annual photo opportunity is finding a pleasing background to go with the flower. I've done the easy on-white and on-black options many times and I've used various color cards behind the flower. I needed a new option and the Rogue Flash Gels provided just that.
 
I placed the cactus pot on my shooting table (I'm using an Elinchrom model). This table has a white Plexiglas surface with a large sweep up the back. An off camera Canon 600EX-RT with a Rogue FlashBender Softbox installed was placed on the table in front of the selected flower and a second 600EX-RT was positioned to light the back of the table independently. Both flashes were sitting on their shoe stands and the flashes were triggered by an ST-E3-RT Remote Transmitter.
 
By placing a Rogue Flash Gel on the background flash, the white shooting table background became the gel color. The background color could be changed by simply replacing one gel with another and the currently selected color could be made brighter or darker by simply adjusting the flash output (done directly on the ST-E3-RT). I worked through various color options provided in the gel kit and decided that the pink color complemented the Christmas Cactus flowers best. As you see here.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook.
Post Date: 1/11/2015 7:27:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 10, 2015
Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 ZE Lens and Lines in the Sky are Enough
Sometimes, for me at least, clouds alone are enough for an image. In those situations, I'm usually looking for something dramatic or unique (and sunrises or sunsets most frequently qualify as such). While I wouldn't go as far to say that these clouds are dramatic, they are definitely unique.
 
The lines of clouds were so broad that they completely filled a 15mm full frame format DSLR angle of view. While I captured many images of these clouds, I settled on this one to share. What I like is the larger clouds diminishing to smaller ones (due to perspective) as they angle through the frame into the distance.
 
With unique clouds in the frame, it is unlikely for an image to be repeatable.
 
Sometimes, for me at least, clouds alone are enough for an image. In those situations, I'm usually looking for something dramatic or unique (and sunrises or sunsets most frequently qualify as such). While I wouldn't go as far to say that these clouds are dramatic, they are definitely unique.
 
The lines of clouds were so broad that they completely filled a 15mm full frame format DSLR angle of view. While I captured many images of these clouds, I settled on this one to share. What I like is the larger clouds diminishing to smaller ones (due to perspective) as they angle through the frame into the distance.
 
With unique clouds in the frame, it is unlikely for an image to be repeatable.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
15mm  f/8.0  1/25s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/10/2015 8:50:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 9, 2015
Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite Flash
You've likely heard about Yongnuo's EF 50mm f/1.8 II clone, but this news is even bigger – B&H now carries Yongnuo products (including the aforementioned lens).
 
Now, instead of purchasing directly from Chinese importers (which can lead to long shipping times), you can now purchase your budget-friendly Yongnuo items from B&H. And better yet, if there is any issue with your Yongnuo product, B&H's customer service can take care of it. If you're wanting to try Yongnuo gear, this is the retailer you want to purchase from.
Categories: B&H News, Yongnuo News
Post Date: 1/9/2015 12:21:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Some Subjects Beg to be Centered in the Frame
Some subjects beg to centered in the frame and one of the first of such subjects that come to my mind are products. Products are often rendered large in the frame, showing as much detail as possible in the space allocated for them on a web page, product catalog, etc. Today's product is a smart phone – an iPhone 5 to be specific.
 
I first shared this iPhone photo in the Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash review and obviously, the ring flash is the source of the bright reflection. Ring lite flash reflections in my photos is not usually my preference, it probably does not help sell the product in this case and I typically avoid these, but ... sometimes creatively using the open and close parenthesis reflection can work for at least an artistically creative purpose.
 
This phone and the glass under it is on are both black and highly reflective. To avoid other reflections on the phone and glass, I had a piece of black velour material between me and the subject and the ambient lights were turned off to create a black room. To get the flash reflection perfectly centered, I utilized the reflection of the MR-14EX's focusing lights while working straight overhead.
 
Working in the dark with only the focusing lights made perfectly aligning and centering the subject with the camera perfectly positioned over the phone a big challenge. I'll just say that more than 1 photo was required to get it right. I might have very slightly tweaked the image borders in Photoshop also – when the borders of an image are solid white or black in color, it is easy to manipulate the image boundaries.
 
The overall result in this case is an image that you probably have not seen before (other than in the aforementioned review).
 
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm  f/13.0  1/200s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/9/2015 11:37:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM Lens
Through this weekend, DigitalRev has the Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM lens for Canon / Nikon (review) available for $709.00. Compare at $874.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/9/2015 10:26:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamrac 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black)
For today only, B&H has the Tamrac 5546 Adventure 6 Backpack (Red/Black) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Post Date: 1/9/2015 10:20:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canvas On Demand
For today only, use promo code FIRESIDE45 at Canvas On Demand to get 45% off your entire purchase.
Post Date: 1/9/2015 10:01:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR with Adobe Lightroom 5 available for $279.99 with free shipping. Compare at $309.99 refurbished without software.
 
Note: This is a factory refurbished and certified item and comes with a 90-day Nikon warranty.
 
Nikon D3200 Features:
 
  • 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED III Image Processor
  • 11-Point Autofocus
  • HD 1080p Video
  • Live View
  • Up To ISO 12800
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 6:56:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
To users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
On December 29, 2014, we announced that we were looking into measures to address the issue reported by some users, namely that when photographing scenes in which an extremely bright light source, such as the sun or high-intensity lighting, is positioned near the top edge of the frame, flare with an unnatural shape sometimes occurs in images captured with the D750 digital SLR camera.
 
To correct this issue, Nikon will inspect and service at no cost the camera’s light-shielding components and adjust the AF sensor position. We plan to initiate this service at the end of January and will announce further details, including instructions for requesting servicing, shortly.
 
Please direct inquiries regarding this matter to Nikon Customer Relations by phone at 1-800-Nikon US (1-800-645-6687), 9AM–8PM EST, Monday to Friday (closed certain holidays) or online here.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused, and ask for your continued patience and understanding.
 
Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
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Post Date: 1/9/2015 6:20:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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