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 Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
Just posted: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Review.
I was looking forward to giving this lens a try and it didn't disappoint in most areas including image quality.
The early popularity of this lens has kept it out of stock at most retailers. B&H has just received a shipment of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens and is showing in stock at the moment. I doubt that this stock will last very long – don't wait to order if you want this lens.
Other in stock options: At least one lens is available at Amazon and several are available on eBay right now.
Post Date: 3/25/2015 9:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera
Cameta Camera has the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX A Digital Camera available for $329.00 with free shipping. Compare at $399.95 refurbished.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/25/2015 7:37:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Nikon D5300 with AF-S 18-55mm VR II Lens
eBay (via PhotoVideo4Less) has the Nikon D5300 with AF-S 18-55mm VR II Lens available for $499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $796.95.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligbile for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 3/24/2015 10:46:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through Saturday, use the following coupon codes to save 30% on acrylic, metal and canvas prints at AdoramaPix:
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Post Date: 3/24/2015 9:26:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite i1 iSis 2 Automated Chart Reader
From X-Rite:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – March 24, 2015 – X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announce an important update to its popular i1iSis Solutions family of automated chart readers for prepress/premedia, photo and pressroom color management and profiling. The new i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL use i1 spectral technology to accommodate M0, M1 and M2 measurement illumination conditions which help manage the complexities of measuring optically brightened substrates now commonly used in grand format, premedia and digital press applications.
“For anyone in prepress, digital print or the graphic arts production process that spend time measuring charts, the new i1iSis2 is a must,” said Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Portfolio Manager of X-Rite. “This automated chart reader, is built on our award-winning i1 spectral technology and reads up to 2,500 patches printed on a single A3 page in just minutes, saving valuable operator and production time. Now users have the ability to capture M0, M1 and M2 in a single chart measurement cycle.”
The i1iSis 2 integrates seamlessly into a user’s workflow and is available in two models:
  • i1iSis 2 XL: Reads up to 2,500 patches on a single A3/Tabloid sheet in just 10 minutes.
  • i1iSis 2: Reads up to 1,500 patches on a single A4/Letter sheet in just 8 minutes.
The X-Rite i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL come with built-in vision systems that offer high tolerance for how charts are aligned as they are fed into the system, automatically correcting for misalignment. Barcode reading for chart identification adds further ease of use and error reduction.
With the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL, users are able to:
  • Capture full spectral data for the charts they measure;
  • Use with i1Profiler software to accommodate a variety of inks and substrates in any viewing condition using Optical Brightening Compensation (OBC);
  • Assure compliance with new ISO standards for M-Series measurement illumination conditions; and
  • Spend less time on press profiling and more on taking care of customers.
The i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL are XRGA compliant. The X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA), an X-Rite calibration standard for graphic arts instruments, includes new advances in color technology and changes required to meet ISO-13655. As XRGA-compliant instruments, the i1iSis 2 and i1iSis 2 XL ensure high quality data exchange and workflows in environments where different instrumentation is used.
For more information about the X-Rite i1 Solutions for Color Management, visit
To upgrade to the latest version of the i1iSis 2 automated chart reader, please visit
B&H carries X-Rite products.
Note: I realize this is a second generation product, but I can't help thinking X-rite missed a good opportunity to change the product's name from "iSis" to something less relevant on today's political landscape. [Sean]
Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/24/2015 8:50:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Paul C. Buff Website:
"With great sadness we announce that our founder, Paul C. Buff, passed away this week at the age of 78. He has been living with his beloved wife of 16 years, Deborah, and their extended family in their secondary home in Mobile, Alabama for over a year and passed away in this home with his family around him. Those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Paul have lost an invaluable mentor, an inspiring leader, and a treasured friend. The world has lost one of its most creative and adventurous pioneers.
In the coming weeks, we will celebrate Paul’s unique and extraordinary life, giving customers, employees, and friends the opportunity to share their tributes and memories. But first, we must take time to pause and grieve the loss of a man who had such a great impact on us all. If you wish to offer condolences in the mean time, we invite you to email them to
For years, it has been our mission to advance Paul C. Buff, Inc. in the spirit of innovation and originality upon which it was founded. With gratitude for everything that Paul has taught us, we honor his memory by continuing to serve our customers with the outstanding products, support, and Golden Rule standards that he initiated."
We wish to convey our sincerest condolences to the Paul C. Buff family, his coworkers and friends.
Post Date: 3/24/2015 7:23:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 23, 2015
Macro Rose at 1.0x Magnification and Magnified by Extension Tubes and 1.4x Teleconverter
When it comes to macros, I generally like to get as much magnification as possible. This means I'm usually shooting at minimum focus distance so my tiny subjects fill the frame.
The Canon macro lens that would give me the highest native magnification – the MP-E 65mm 1-5x Macro lens – is not part of my current kit. As such, I wanted to see just how much magnification I could get out of the gear I already had available to me, namely the EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, a set of Kenko Extension Tubes and a Kenko 1.4x Teleplus PRO 300 DGX Teleconverter.
As for the subject, I took Bryan's advice and bought some roses at a local florist. Sure enough, the flowers worked well for my test. But better yet, my girlfriend loved them. So if you're ever looking for a good macro subject, keep this in mind – your significant other will likely appreciate any excuse you have to buy more flowers.
For lighting I used one camera-mounted Canon Speedlite 580EX set to ETTL mode and diffused by a RoundFlash Magnetic Ringflash Adapter. While I knew the Roundflash would produce a rather flat look to the image, I was curious to see how the reflections of the ring light would show up in the water droplets. As you can see, it created a relatively interesting and not too unflattering reflection. However, I'm sure it's a matter of taste.
The tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III's camera settings were f/10, 1/200 sec and ISO 200 - 800 (depending on the shot).
This first example shows the central part of the rose using the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro's minimum focus distance.
Macro Rose at 100mm Macro Minimum Focus Distance
For aesthetic purposes with this particular subject, I would usually just stop right there. I don't believe getting more magnification out of this subject will improve the image, but for the purpose of this test I wanted see just how much magnification I could get out of the equipment I had at hand. Consequently, I added all three Kenko extension tubes (12 + 20 + 36).
The extension tubes reduced the minimum focus distance thereby increasing magnification with the consequence of losing infinity focus. That's not a problem, of course, as we're utilizing the opposite focus extreme. The following image shows the difference that the extension tubes make.
Macro Rose at 100mm Macro with Kenko Extension Tube Set
The central part of the rose is now considerably larger in the frame. Keep in mind, though, as our minimum focus distance decreases, so does our depth-of-field. At this point, depth-of-field is already very limited even at f/10.
For the final image, I mounted the Kenko 1.4x teleconverter behind the lens and then mounted lens/teleconverter in front of the extension tubes.
Macro Rose at 100mm Macro with Kenko Extension Tube Set and 1.4x Teleconveter
As you can see, the addition of extension tubes and the teleconverter have had a huge effect on how much magnification we can get out of the macro lens. The combination is a little cumbersome to work with, so using a tripod is highly recommended (if not completely necessary) if you are wishing to try this for yourself.
Post Date: 3/23/2015 11:26:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Need a perfect project for a weekend crafting session? Create a customized photo candle that will be sure to light up any room in your home!
Supplies Needed:
Post Date: 3/23/2015 11:54:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
"ZEISS has been producing camera lenses for more than a century – and the tradition of creating major innovations has continued to this very day. For example, the current ZEISS Otus SLR lenses are setting new standards in image quality. The first camera lenses left the Jena production facility on 21 March 1890."
Check out the entire article to learn more about the history of ZEISS camera lenses.
To find out more about currently produced ZEISS lenses, check out Bryan's ZEISS lens reviews.
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/23/2015 8:55:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,099.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,496.95 after $500.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/23/2015 8:41:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X7 Video Editing Software
B&H has Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X7 Video Editing Software for Windows available for $19.99 with free shipping. Regularly $69.99.
Product Highlights
  • Edit Up to 4K (4096 x 2304) Resolution
  • Import from File-Based Camcorders
  • Capture from Digital Tape Camcorders
  • Upscale HD Video to 4K
  • FastFlick 3-Step Movies and Slideshows
  • Multi-Track and Storyboard Editing Modes
  • Audio Editing Tools
  • DVD and Blu-ray Disc Creation
  • Mobile Device Export Presets
  • Seven 64-Bit Effects Apps Included
Post Date: 3/23/2015 8:37:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 20, 2015
Tenba DNA 11 Messenger Bag (Graphite)
For a limted time, Adorama has two Tenba bags on sale. See below for full details.
Tenba Bags On Sale
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Tenba DNA 11 Messenger Bag (Graphite)$129.95$30.00$99.95
Tenba Shootout Backpack LE (Black)$159.95$40.00$119.95
Post Date: 3/20/2015 12:42:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Canon Europe YouTube Channel:
David Noton, Canon Explorer, is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer. He shares his experience of working with the new Canon EOS 5DS - an ultra high resolution full frame DSLR.
B&H will have the Canon EOS 5Ds and 5Ds R available for preorder on Monday.
Post Date: 3/20/2015 12:17:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
Nine loyal fans will receive choice of lens, be featured on Sigma website
RONKONKOMA, NY — March 4, 2015 – Are you a loyal Sigma camera and/or lens owner? Sigma Corporation of America is giving away nine lenses to its super fans from now until December with the launch of its #SigmaSuperFan contest.
The #SigmaSuperFan contest is open to all Sigma camera and/or lens owners, and entrants will be asked to share “what motivated you to buy a Sigma product and why are you a super fan?” for a chance to be a monthly winner of their choice of three lenses. Winners may choose from the Sigma 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary, 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary or the 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, and will be notified on or about the first day of each month by a Sigma representative.
“As part of the contest, we’d like to hear from all of our loyal Sigma fans about their first encounter with Sigma, and how the relationship evolved into being a super fan,” said Christine Moossmann, Director of Marketing for Sigma Corporation of America. “Our family-owned business owes much of its success to the devotion of these photographers, and we’re using this contest as a way to engage with our community and thank them for their loyalty.”
Sigma is encouraging all U.S.-based photographers who own two or more Sigma products to enter the contest. Entries will be accepted from March 3 to November 16, 2015 on the Sigma website, and participants will be asked to fill out and submit a brief entry form. Each participant can only submit one entry, which will remain a submission throughout the duration of the nine-month contest.
Sigma encourages all fans and photographers who enter into the contest to share why they are a Sigma super fan, and photos of what they have shot using their favorite Sigma product on their social channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #SigmaSuperFan.
For a full list of terms and conditions for the Sigma Super Fan contest, please visit here.
B&H carries Sigma lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 3/20/2015 9:20:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 19, 2015
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From LensRentals:
We'll be at the 2015 NAB Show, April 11th-16th. Stop by Booth #C10418 or our table outside of Post | Production World and get our show special: $250 off any rental order of $750 or more.
Register using code LV8838 and attend the show for free!
We'll be hosting a private event for our customers during NAB week (details TBA). If you're attending please let us know and sign-up for an invitation. We'd love to spend time with you!
Post Date: 3/19/2015 2:15:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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