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 Thursday, February 20, 2014
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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'.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/19/2014 7:28:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 18, 2014

 
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Master Craftsperson is a title awarded to experts with exceptional techniques and knowledge, who can serve as role models for next-generation technicians. Their high degree of skills and abundant knowledge are still indispensable, even with today's highly automated manufacturing. This video introduces their invaluable techniques as well as the passion they have for their work.
 
Want to learn more? Check out the Nikon's Master Craftspersons site.
 
[via Imaging-Resource]
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/18/2014 1:59:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lensbaby Composer
Focus Camera has the Refurbished Lensbaby Composer (for Canon / Nikon) available for an in-cart price of $129.95. Compare at $199.95 new.
 
Interested? Check out Bryan's full review of the Lensbaby Composer.
Post Date: 2/18/2014 12:25:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kata Revolver-8 PL Backpack
B&H has the Kata Revolver-8 PL Backpack available for $79.88 with free shipping. Regulary $249.88.
 
Note: This looks like a very unique pack that may not be for everyone. Be sure to read the B&H reviews to find out what others thought about this pack before purchasing.
Post Date: 2/18/2014 11:33:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oben BC-139 Ball Head
Just Posted: Oben BC-139 Ball Head Review
 
Add the Oben BC-139 to your short list. It is a great ball head with a great price.
Post Date: 2/18/2014 10:07:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lexar Professional 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card 1000x (2-Pack)
B&H has the Lexar Professional 32GB CompactFlash Memory Card 1000x (2-Pack) available for $189.95 with free shipping. Regularly $250.40.
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From Nikon:
 
This service provides software for upgrading Nikon 1 AW1 firmware to A:1.01 / B:1.00.
 
Updates included with this release

  • An issue that prevented updating of the camera’s A-GPS file using the latest A-GPS file has been resolved.

Download: Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon 1 AW1 Mirrorless Waterproof ILC.

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Post Date: 2/18/2014 7:50:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Gitzo GT3542L Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
From Gitzo:
 
We are proud to inform you about the official launch of our new Mountaineer tripods – Gitzo’s most popular, ‘all-purpose’ carbon tripod family.
 
Mountaineer tripods have been developed further to incorporate the latest Gitzo technology which increases rigidity, improves performance and ease of use for professional photographers.
 
Stiffer legs and structure
 
More than ever, our priority is to ensure that Gitzo tripods allow photographers to get sharper images no matter what weight of equipment, length of lens or duration of exposure is being used: that means making them as rigid as possible.
 
New Mountaineer tripods are more rigid than the preceding Carbon 6X models, thanks to the newly developed, innovative Carbon eXact tubes. The new tubing optimises fiber composition for each tube size, including HM (High Modulus) carbon fiber composition (a denser fiber made up of finer individual fibers) in the narrower tubes. Carbon eXact tubes have larger diameters that strengthen the tripods even further, particularly the narrower tubes used for the lower leg sections.
 
The Mountaineer top spider and column lock are also redesigned for greater rigidity.
 

 
Benefits of the new Mountaineer range
 
Stiffer legs and structure

  • Carbon eXact contains High Modulus carbon fiber and has larger tube diameters
  • The top spider and column lock are redesigned for enhanced rigidity
  • New models are significantly stiffer than predecessors and competitors

Enhanced usability and comfort

  • G-lock Ultra: softer to use, protects against dust or grit
  • New Ground Level Set and leg angle selectors are easier and faster to set up

B&H carries Gitzo tripods.

Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 2/18/2014 7:17:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 17, 2014
Senal MS-77 DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone Kit
B&H has the Senal MS-77 DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone Kit available for $119.96 with free shipping. Regularly $149.95.
 
Kit Includes:

  • Senal MS-77 DSLR/Video Mini Shotgun Microphone
  • Shoe-Mount Adapter
  • Shockmount
  • Foam Windscreen
  • 7" Coiled Cable

Post Date: 2/17/2014 1:35:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens (review) (Canon / Nikon) available for $429.99 with free shipping. Compare at $569.00.
Post Date: 2/17/2014 1:18:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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