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 Friday, October 2, 2015
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From the Adobe Photoshop Blog:
"Mars has monopolized the media as of late – and for good reason. 20th Century Fox’s new epic sci-fi film “The Martian” will be released October 2nd, perfectly aligned with NASA’s announcement this week of the possibility of life-giving water on the arid planet’s surface.
Add these recent headlines together and suddenly the fourth planet from the sun is feeling a little closer to home. But long before Mars was a big deal in the news, French photographer Julien Mauve created “Greetings from Mars”– a photo series that captures the red planet through the eyes of a few space-tourists. We caught up with Julien to get the behind the scenes details of the photo shoot, learn more about why he created the series, and see why sometimes the best ideas are a little out of this world."
Check out the Adobe Photoshop Blog for the entire article and don't miss Julien Mauve's website for all of his Mars themed portraits.
Post Date: 10/2/2015 5:42:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
LEE Filters Starter 2 Filter Set
For a limited time, B&H has the LEE Filters Starter 2 Filter Set available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $260.00.
Product Highlights
  • Includes Filter Holder
  • Includes Coral Grad 3 Resin Filter
  • Includes .6 ND Resin Graduated Filter
  • Made to the Highest Standards
  • Hand-Made and Inspected
  • Coral Filter Adds Warmth to the Image
  • ND Filter Lowers Effective ISO
  • Hard Edge Filters
  • Includes Rugged Cordura Pouch
  • Excellent for Film or Digital
Post Date: 10/2/2015 5:14:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 1, 2015
Reikan Focal v2 Splash Screen
From Reikan:
We're delighted to announce the FULL release of Reikan FoCal 2 for Windows and Mac bringing a whole host of exciting new features.
Here's a taster of what FoCal 2 can do:
  • Compare your results - With FoCal 2, you can now compare the results of your tests with the results from thousands of other FoCal users to see how your equipment is really performing.
  • Review your previous tests - You can review the detailed results of previous tests you’ve run for comparison. This includes most of the tests you’ve run with FoCal 1 as well.
  • Faster and more accurate results - Get accurate results in less time with the new analysis algorithms in FoCal 2.
  • Analyse more - You can dig deeper into the performance of your camera and lens with the extra information such as Astigmatism Factor, as well as reviewing more details about each shot taken.
  • Improved look and feel - The user interface is easier to understand, with new tabbed windows, more logical operation and comprehensive keyboard control.
  • Voice Prompts - FoCal 2 even talks to you! Calibrate any camera without needing to sit looking at the computer screen – any changes you might need to make at the camera are spoken out loud.
  • Free Upgrade - FoCal 2.0 is a free upgrade for all holders of a FoCal 1 license, so there’s nothing more to pay to get all these new features!
For more information, check out the Reikan FoCal Blog.
Category: Reikan News
Post Date: 10/1/2015 11:11:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
Nikon Ambassador and naturalist, Ron Magill, shares tips for photographing birds from the Wings of Asia Aviary at Zoo Miami.
Gear Used
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Post Date: 10/1/2015 8:01:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
October 1, 2015 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) is pleased to announce that the Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015, on the second floor of its head office in Shinagawa, for the 100th anniversary of Nikon's foundation in 2017.
The Nikon Museum is the first facility where the histories, products, and technologies of all of Nikon's enterprises are exhibited.
Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) was established in 1917, and since then has been providing unique value based on its opto-electronic and precision technologies throughout the world.
The purpose of the Nikon Museum is to exhibit the technologies and traditions from our foundation as well as the innovations and evolution of Nikon.
The Nikon Museum will comprise 580 m2 of exhibition space, displaying valuable Nikon products: the "NSR-1505G2A" step-and-repeat system with a movable wafer stage, approximately 450 Nikon cameras from the "Nikon Model I," which is the first Nikon camera released in 1948, to the latest digital cameras, microscopes, measuring instruments, and others that have supported many innovations in science and industry.
In the museum shop, various goods will be available, including items limited to the Nikon Museum such as postcards, Japanese-style washcloths, clear plastic folders, tote bags, original packaged "Nikon Yokan" (a Japanese sweet), and items limited to an online shop in Japan such as tumblers.
Main exhibition contents
  • A Century at Nikon
    Nikon was founded in 1917 with the aim of establishing an optical industry in Japan that would not be dependent on European technology. We present you with a broad overview of Nikon's diverse history from its foundation to the present day.
  • Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot
    Nikon's integrated manufacturing system that starts with optical materials is a major strength of the company. Our Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot represents the quintessence of optical materials manufacturing technology developed for cutting edge semiconductor lithography systems. This Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot is also the symbol of the Nikon Museum.
  • Theater
    "LUX CENTURIAE - A Century of Light" is a symphonic suite composed by the Japanese composer Kaoru Wada, for Nikon's 100th anniversary. Its four movements – "Genesis", "Rebirth", "Breakthrough", and "Ascending" – depict Nikon's first 100 years and its future.
  • Universe of Nikon
    From high precision measurements in nanometers to outer space measured in light years, Nikon's product line-up spans a remarkably wide range. We invite you to take part in our interactive image zone to experience Nikon's new universe.
  • Lens Laboratory
    The Lens Laboratory, which was supervised by the Japanese photographer Hideyuki Abe, for both children and adults gives you hands-on experiences to learn about the characteristics of light and lenses, the basics of lens design, and other topics. This science space also lets you experience the fascinating world of Nikon's latest lenses for SLR cameras.
  • Spirit of Nikon
    We present the roots and spirit of Nikon's first 100 years through the themes "Optics as a source", "In pursuit of precision", "Passing on proven skills", "Quality and reliability", "Consistency and innovation", and "The best of the age". We hope you will gain an appreciation for Nikon's unique origins and its growth as a company.
Note: Please see for more details on exhibition contents.
Outline of a facility
NameNikon Museum
LocationShinagawa Intercity Tower C, 2F, 2-15-3, Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-6290, Japan
Access7 min. walk from the Konan Exit of JR Shinagawa Station
10 min. walk from Keikyu Shinagawa Station
Opening hours10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (last admission at 5:30 p.m.)
ClosedSundays, Japanese national holidays, and other days determined by the Museum
ContactTEL: +81-3-6433-3900  FAX: +81-3-6433-3901
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Post Date: 10/1/2015 7:18:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Roland SD-2u SD Recorder
For a limited time, B&H has the Roland SD-2u SD Recorder available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $499.00.
Product Highlights
  • Record Directly to SD/SDHC Cards
  • Built-In Stereo Mics
  • Built-In Speaker System
  • 2x Combo XLR/TRS Mic Inputs with 48V
  • 1x 1/8" Mic Input
  • Stereo RCA Line Inputs
  • Playback Speed and Key Adjustment
  • Built-In Tuner and Metronome
  • Includes Wireless Remote
  • Battery or AC Powered
Post Date: 10/1/2015 5:58:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 30, 2015

From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
The Nikon European Film Festival is back! We're delighted to have Asif Kapadia, writer/director of AMY, as Chair of the Jury, along with fellow #NikonFF jury members Raindance founder Elliot Grove and Emmy-nominated photographer/filmmaker Pieter ten Hoopen.
This year's theme for short films of up to 140 seconds is 'Everyday Moments' and the Grand Prix is a Nikon D810 plus a networking trip to Cannes. The four other prize categories are Best Narrative, Technical Excellence, Best Student Entry and People's Choice.
Watch as Asif introduces the new competition and find out full entry details at Submissions open on 13 October, so start shooting now.
Post Date: 9/30/2015 9:17:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Profoto:
Profoto releases a new firmware upgrade for the B1 and the B2 Off-Camera Flashes, adding workflow improvements and enabling TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS.
September 30, 2015 – When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 was the world’s first off-camera flash to do TTL with both Canon and Nikon cameras. Earlier this year, the B1 was followed by the B2. The B2 is smaller and more portable than the B1, but offers the same TTL functionality as the B1.
The B1 and the B2, as well as the Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) and the Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon) that are needed to use the flashes in TTL Mode, operates on software that can be upgraded by the photographer themselves.
On September 30, Profoto will release the latest version of the firmware. The new upgrade brings a series of improvements, most noticeable is the one that enables TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R.
Below is a list of all the improvements. The upgrade and the full release notes will be available from that day for registered users at as of September 30.
Note that flashes as well as Air Remotes have to be upgraded for these new improvements to work.
Added AirTTL Compatibility With Canon EOS 5DS And EOS 5DS R
The problem with over-exposure that many experienced when using the new Canon models in TTL Mode is corrected with this new upgrade.
Improved Canon Integration for Faster Shooting in Manual Mode
The improvement is especially noticeable with fast cameras such as Canon EOS 1D-X. The improved integration also makes it possible to select TTL or Manual Mode in the camera menu. (This was previously only possible to do on the Profoto Air Remote itself.)
Option To Deactivate Auto Power-Off On All Units
Normally the B1 and the B2 shut down after 60 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. This automatic function can now be deactivated from the Air Remote, making it easy to set up the lights well before for a shoot and activate them later by a simple button press from the remote.
Improved Display Sleep Function On Air Remotes
In previous firmware versions the Air Remote display turned black after 30 seconds of inactivity. With this new upgrade the display dims down partially after 20 seconds but stays readable for another 100 seconds before turning black.
Minor Bugfixes
In addition the upgrades include over 15 minor fixes, making the system more stable and contributing to an even greater user experience.
B&H carries the Profoto B1 and B2 Off-Camera Flashes and Air Remote.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 9/30/2015 6:22:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lastolite EZYBox 24
B&H has the Lastolite EZYBox 24" Softbox available for $65.55 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $214.50.
You'll need a speed ring to mount this softbox to your studio strobes or alternately the Hot Shoe Mark II Bracket for use with shoe-mount flashes.
Note: Orders placed now at B&H will be processed once they return from holiday vacation, October 7.
Post Date: 9/30/2015 5:47:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Bronze) available for $154.99. Regularly $179.99.
This item comes with the following free items ($334.95 value):
  • Sony Sound Forge Pro 11 Audio Waveform Editor for Windows or Mac
  • Auray WRW-DR40 Custom Windbuster for Tascam DR-40
Tascam DR-40 Product Highlights
  • Compact Design
  • Adjustable Condenser Mics
  • Records to SD/SDHC Media
  • WAV/BWF and MP3 Recording
  • XLR and 1/4" Combo Inputs
  • Phantom Power
  • USB 2.0 Connector
  • Integrated Speaker
  • 3.5mm Headphone/Line Output
  • Battery, AC, or USB Power
Note: Orders placed now at B&H will be processed once they return from holiday vacation, October 7.
Post Date: 9/30/2015 5:40:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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With at least one week's notice on your rental scheduled to arrive before 10/16, use promo code FALL15 at to save 15% on your order.
Fine Print
  • Must use code FALL15 at checkout
  • Order must be placed 7 or more days before the selected arrival date
  • Arrival date must be 10/16/15 or earlier
Want to try the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM? They have it...
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Post Date: 9/29/2015 2:43:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced + 2 Free WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Drives
eBay (via BuyDig) has a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced + 2 Free WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Drives Bundle available for $999.00 with free shipping.
The Phantom 3 typically sells for $999.00 on its own but the included WD portable hard drives are worth about $160.00 [total] and provide lots of space to store HD videos.
Post Date: 9/29/2015 6:29:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 28, 2015
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From now until October 6, use coupon code APX25 at AdoramaPix to receive 25% off your order (all products qualify for discount).
Please note that AdoramaPix is currently closed for holiday break and will reopen for business on October 7. Orders placed now will begin processing once the AdoramaPix staff returns.
AdoramaPix Products
  • Prints
  • Photo Books
  • Collages
  • Cards
  • Calendars
  • Canvases
  • Metal Prints
  • Acrylic Prints
Post Date: 9/28/2015 12:21:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Nikon Asia YouTube Channel:
Go behind the scenes of the Exploring NIKKOR Lenses: Mongolia series with filmmaker, Mike Rogers. Find out how he and his crew set up and establish the scenes using a range of Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses.
Watch the entire series here:
Lenses Used for Filming Mongolia Series
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED
B&H carries Nikon NIKKOR lenses.
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Post Date: 9/28/2015 11:05:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
Through October 12, the Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens qualifies for a standard $30.00 mail-in rebate and an additional $30.00 Columbus Day mail-in rebate for a total savings of $60.00.
Post Date: 9/28/2015 10:03:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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