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 Thursday, July 10, 2014
Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera available for $549.99 with free shipping. Compare at $619.00 refurbished.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 10:17:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sahara Desert Dust takes out My St John, USVI Landscape Photography
See the aqua blue water in this photo? Caribbean blue may be my favorite color and this is the color that I hoped to capture a lot of on my recent St John, USVI photography trip. I mentioned in the 100 Megapixel Francis Bay, St John, USVI Sunset post that I faced a big challenge to my landscape photography on this trip. That challenge was dust blowing nearly 5,000 miles from the Sahara Desert to the Virgin Islands, causing haze.
 
To get the brilliant blue color I like so much requires white sand under clear water and a clear sky with an overhead sun. The white sand and clear water are generally abundant on this island, but the haze caused by dust took out the clear sky requirement and with the exception of about one day, the blue water did not pop like I wanted during my trip. Since that one day was partly-to-mostly cloudy, shooting was only good for part of that day. Some clouds are of course desired for adding interest to an otherwise solid blue sky, but too many clouds become an issue.
 
This picture of Ram Head and Booby Rock was captured during a break in the clouds with part of Ram Head, the distant sea and the island under shade from the clouds. I shot a variety of compositions of this scene, but liked the panoramic captured handheld at 53mm the best.
 
Often, an extremely wide angle of view captured using a circular polarizer filter will result in an unevely darkened sky, and I have been asked about the evenly polarized skies in this image. The key was that this image was captured at 12:48 PM under a very high sun. With the sun was high in the sky, the 90 degree angle of strongest sky darkening is at the horizon – the entire horizon, making wide panorama skies captured using a polarizer filter look great (if significantly more sky was included in this photo, you would start to see the sky lighten toward the top of the frame). I frequently shoot under a high sun for this reason. Use a circular polarizer filter to create mid-day amazement.
 
Even without landscape photography being greatly successful on this trip, I had success in another area of photography and will share some of those results soon.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
53mm  f/11.0  1/50s  ISO 100  14829 x 3805px
Post Date: 7/10/2014 9:55:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From DxO:
 
07/10/2014 – DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint v2.1.7 are now available! These two upgrades allow both software products to integrate perfectly with Adobe Photoshop CC (2014 edition).
 
DxO FilmPack: All the quality and emotion of fine arts photography
 
Acclaimed by professionals for the fidelity of its analog film renderings, DxO FilmPack lets photographers apply to their digital images all the characteristics of the analog films that have made photographic history, as well as many original looks, filters, tones, and visual effects. All of these renderings and effects can be infinitely combined and customized for unlimited creativity.
 
Coming in two editions, Essential and Expert, a single DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 license lets the software be used as a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and DxO Optics Pro.
 
DxO ViewPoint: the indispensable companion to wide-angle lenses
 
DxO ViewPoint fixes even the most complex problems with perspective, and easily restores the natural shapes of subjects located on the edges of images. Taking advantage of all of DxO Labs’ know-how in terms of optical calibrations, the software corrects barrel, pincushion, and fisheye distortions. DxO ViewPoint supports all photographic equipment, much of which also benefits from the automatic corrections provided by DxO Optics Modules.
 
DxO ViewPoint is available as a standalone application for OS X and Windows, and as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, Adobe Lightroom, and Apple Aperture — all with the same license.
 
Availability
 
The Essential and Expert editions of DxO FilmPack v4.5.2 and DxO ViewPoint 2.1.7 for Mac and Windows are available at photo resellers.
 
B&H carries DxO FilmPack 4 and DxO ViewPoint 2.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 8:44:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack and BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod
From Manfrotto:
 
Upper Saddle River, NJ – July 10, 2014 – Manfrotto, a manufacturer of premium photo and video accessories, unveiled a new travel backpack in its Advanced bag collection: the MB MA-BP-TRV BeFree backpack. Billed as the perfect travel companion to the Manfrotto BeFree tripod, this new backpack features a unique carrying slot in the extendable side-padded pocket that is designed to fit the BeFree and other compact travel tripods.
 
The interior of the backpack was created to provide durability, flexibility and ease of use for travel-minded photo enthusiasts to carry their photographic gear and personal belongings in one compact bag. As part of the Advanced bag collection, the travel backpack features hard-wearing fabrics and professional features.
 
The backpack employs the Manfrotto Camera Protection System (CPS), which is designed to provide protection at its most vulnerable spot—the center of the bag, where the lenses are stored. The CPS consists of specially structured 3D foam encasing dividers that reduce shock and absorb and dissipate the force of impact.
 
It also has a rugged, durable bottom half that’s made of high-density nylon as well as nylon material on the top. It’s carbon detailing ties it in with Manfrotto’s Italian heritage.
 
The all-in-one carry solution is divided into two main compartments. The upper section is dedicated to personal belongings, while the bottom section has a quick side access. It can fit a DSLR with attached lens, two additional lenses, flash and accessories. Additionally, a 13-inch laptop can be stored in a back compartment. The bag can also be converted into an everyday backpack by removing the main compartment divider. And its extendable side-padded pocket makes it possible to add additional space to the bag by unzipping the pocket to insert a travel tripod.
 
Manfrotto’s Advanced bag collection includes six basic bag designs, each in various sizes, including active backpacks, tri-backpacks, gear backpacks, active slings, shoulder bags and holsters. Manfrotto’s new BeFree travel backpack is available now at Manfrotto Authorized Resellers.
 
B&H carries the new Manfrotto Advanced Bag Travel Backpack and BeFree Tripods.
 
Update: Manfrotto is offering up to a $100.00 rebate if purchasing the backpack and tripod together - see this form for details. (thanks Yoderz)
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 7:43:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Toronto Star YouTube Channel:
 
Toronto Star photographer Randy Risling shows many ways that photographers can ruin the intimate moments of a wedding.
Post Date: 7/10/2014 7:22:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon:
 
Asana, Canon, Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP Announce Formation of New Cooperative Patent-Licensing Agreement
 
TOKYO, July 10, 2014—Asana, Canon Inc., Dropbox, Google, Newegg and SAP today announced the formation of the License on Transfer (LOT) Network, a cooperative patent-licensing agreement that will cut down on patent troll litigation and the growing practice of patent privateering.
 
Patent litigation reached an all-time peak last year, with more than 6,000 lawsuits filed. Most of those suits came from non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls—companies that don’t have a business outside of licensing and litigating patents.
 
More than 70 percent of the patents used by trolls come from still-operating companies. Indeed, in a growing trend called privateering, companies are selling patents to trolls that then use those patents to attack other companies. In some cases, those companies arrange to get a cut of revenue generated from the trolls’ suits.
 
The LOT agreement is a new kind of royalty-free cross-license meant to address these growing systemic problems. Member companies receive a license when the patents are transferred out of the LOT group. That means that companies retain their right to enforce a patent so long as they retain ownership of it. However, as soon as it is sold, a license to the other members becomes effective, protecting them from attacks by the troll to which the patent was sold.
 
The agreement includes several other provisions that preserve a patent portfolio’s value, including carve-outs for certain M&A transactions and change of control.
 
The initial members of the LOT Network range from early-stage startups to established technology companies. Together they own almost 300,000 patent assets, generate more than $117 billion in revenue and employ more than 310,000 people.
 
"The LOT Network is a sort of arms control for the patent world," said Allen Lo, deputy general counsel for patents at Google. "By working together, we can cut down on patent litigation, allowing us to focus instead on building great products."
 
"Startups need to overcome many risks before they can become mature, thriving companies. The LOT Network is a powerful and creative new idea that will help ensure that patent abuse need not be one of them," said Dustin Moskovitz, cofounder of teamwork software provider Asana.
 
"The LOT Network provides a unique mechanism for reducing patent troll threats while maintaining a portfolio’s primary significance and value," said Kenichi Nagasawa, director and group executive of Canon Inc.’s Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters. "Through the further expansion of the LOT Network, I look forward to the patent system restoring its sound functionality."
 
"We believe that patents should never be used to stifle innovation," said Brett Alten, IP counsel at Dropbox, "The LOT network is a creative solution to fight patent abuse that becomes more effective with each company that joins. The more participants there are, the better off we’ll all be."
 
"Newegg has a very strong history of successfully battling patent trolls, and the License on Transfer Network is another valuable tool that helps protect participants from frivolous patent litigation," said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. "We’re very happy to join forces with Google and other leading technology companies to preserve the spirit of innovation that’s so vital to our collective well-being."
 
"The structure of the LOT Network helps protect innovative patent owners from unwarranted litigation, without stifling valid, beneficial uses of patents, such as cross-licensing," said Anthony DiBartolomeo, senior vice president and chief IP counsel at SAP. "As long as a company owns their patent they retain all their rights to it."
 
More information is available at http://www.lotnet.com.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 7/10/2014 6:42:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Zoom H5 Handy Recorder
B&H has the new Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System in stock and available for purchase with free expedited shippping.
 
Product Highlights

  • Modular Mic and Input System
  • Includes XY Microphone Module
  • Four Simultaneous Inputs
  • Uses SD Memory Cards
  • Compatible with H6 Mic Modules
  • Optional Shotgun Mic and XLR/TRS Inputs

Post Date: 7/9/2014 12:31:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Kit
eBay (via DigJungle) has a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM & EF 75-300mm III Lens bundle available for $539.99 with free shipping. Compare at $749.00.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR Camera (review)
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (review)
  • Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens

Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Body (review) available for $2,793.93 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating is at 99.3%. We received information that some buyers received the wrong product when purchasing from this merchant. Be sure to keep all supporting documents if taking advantage of this offer. eBay does seem to trust "BigValueInc" enough to continue listing their auctions as "Daily Deals" and we had a good first-hand experience with them.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/9/2014 10:51:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
The complete set of standard test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review page.
Post Date: 7/9/2014 9:19:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Check out the Von Wong blog for the behind-the-scenes and final images.
Post Date: 7/9/2014 7:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens
The Canon EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens is availble for purchase at DigitalRev. Stock is ordered at the time of purchase with a delivery estimate of two weeks.
 
They also have the Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2014 1:45:52 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
If you're looking to step up to full-frame goodness, this is about as inexpensive as it gets for a currently produced full-frame camera. [Sean]
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2014 1:19:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2014 1:02:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Asus Google Nexus 7 32GB FHD Tablet
eBay (via DigJungle) has the Refurbished Asus Google Nexus 7 32GB FHD Tablet available for $159.99 with free shipping. Compare at $229.00 new.
Nikon D800E DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D800E DSLR Camera available for $2,399.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/8/2014 10:11:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $639.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/8/2014 10:10:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with product images have been added to the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens Review page. Flare results will be available soon.
Post Date: 7/8/2014 8:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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