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 Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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B&H has posted a great articlce on their Explora site called "44 Tips to Improve Your Photography."
 
Yes, it's a fairly lengthy read as each tip is supported with a small 2-4 sentence paragraph, but the author (Todd Vorenkamp) has done a good job compiling the list and concisely explaining why each one is important.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 9:47:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The 5D III and 70-300 L Visit the San Juan Mountains
After spending a late September day scouting from Crested Butte to Durango and back north to near Telluride with practically no pictures captured, the sun finally broke through an opening in the heavy clouds that had produced rain and the season's first snow for most of the day. This is the breathtaking scene that was presented to me.
 
Capturing attractive landscape images with a telephoto lens is sometimes so easy that it almost feels like cheating. I safely pulled off the road, setup and quickly shot until the sun went back behind the curtain of heavy clouds.
 
Looking for a fall foliage photography trip? Few locations are better than the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. The aspen trees play a starring role in this spectacular landscape.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:46:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM available for $344.00. Compare at $399.00 after $100.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:36:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rode VideoMic Pro with upgraded Rycote Lyre Suspension System
From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is announcing an upgrade to its number one selling microphone worldwide, the VideoMic Pro.
 
Originally released in 2010, the VideoMic Pro quickly became an industry standard on-camera shotgun microphone for professionals and enthusiasts alike. With its small form factor, superior audio quality and industry first +20db level boost, it was the perfect companion for DSLR cameras as they became the go-to device for high definition video capture.
 
Determined to raise the bar again in 2015, RØDE’s all new VideoMic Pro will feature the acclaimed Rycote Lyre suspension system, along with an upgraded microphone capsule, improving both the physical characteristics and audio performance of the microphone.
 
Already implemented on the VideoMic and VideoMic GO, the Rycote Lyre suspension system is widely regarded as the best microphone shock mounting solution available. Featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, it is far more effective at minimising unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions. Virtually indestructible, the Rycote Lyre will never sag, snap, wear out or require rethreading to maintain its effectiveness.
 
Completing the upgrade is an all-new microphone capsule, giving the 2015 VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise, ensuring crystal clear audio capture over a wider dynamic range.
 
“The VideoMic Pro was a revelation for DSLR users the world over, making broadcast quality audio accessible to everyone at an affordable price” comments Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales and Marketing Director. “Now we’re taking it to another level. With the Rycote Lyre upgrade, and an upgraded capsule, it’s now even better value for such an amazing broadcast quality product.”
 
The VideoMic Pro featuring Rycote Lyre suspension is shipping to authorised RØDE dealers now.
 
B&H carries the RØDE VideoMic Pro.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 8:09:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Post Date: 5/19/2015 7:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens
Hot Deal: For a limited time, B&H has the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for Canon (review) available for $269.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/19/2015 6:10:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 18, 2015
Benro MoveOver12 Slider Kit and MoveUp4 Jib
From Benro:
 
May 13, 2015 – North White Plains, NY – Benro announces the addition of SystemMove, which includes camera movement tools such as a travel jib and camera sliders.
 
Benro’s lightweight travel jib, known as the MoveUp4, features a folding design making it compact and well suited for traveling. It can support up to 8.8 lb and has a vertical reach of 6 feet making it ideal for HDSLR as well as mid-size professional cameras.
 
The family of camera sliders ranges from an entry-level single rail option up to the fully featured carbon fiber rail MoveOver12, which can support just above 26 lb.
 
“Its no secret that adding camera movement increases your production value and we’ve made it our priority to make the tools to do so more accessible. Having a jib and slider in your toolkit is a must these days, especially when aiming for that cinematic look,” said Brian Hynes, Benro’s brand manager for marketing.
 
MoveUp4 Jib features:
 
  • Folding Design – The MoveUp4 Travel Jib folds up into a small, portable package making this ideal for filmmakers who need travel friendly gear. Its compact design pairs nicely with smaller tripods and lightweight cameras, therefore reducing the overall amount of equipment required to enhance your production value.
  • Vertical reach – With a vertical reach of just over 6 feet, the MoveUp4 Travel Jib can achieve sweeping shots for that cinematic look.
  • Accessory Mounting – Threaded mounting points allow you to attach a monitor arm to view your shot live while operating from the back of the jib.
  • Carrying Case – Each MoveUp4 Travel Jib comes with its own carrying case for easy transportation and protection.
MoveOver4 Slider features:
 
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 bearings that run along two stainless steel embedded rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 8.8 lb (4 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and small video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Vertical mounting – The threaded end blocks (1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16) make it easy to mount your slider vertically, which helps provide more diverse movements.
  • Articulating rubber feet – Easily adjust and level your slider with the articulating rubber feet.
MoveOver8 Slider features:
 
  • Carbon Fiber Rails – Ideal for strength and lightweight support, the MoveOver8 includes two 100% 18mm carbon fiber rails.
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 quiet operation bearings that run along two carbon fiber rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 17.6 lb (8 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and HD video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Stand Adapters – Each end block includes a 3/8"-16 female adapter that when removed becomes a 5/8" port for mounting on C-stands and light stands.
  • All-Terrain Legs – Conquer any terrain and level your slider with the articulating all-terrain legs with adjustable rubber feet.
  • Carrying Case – Deluxe carrying case included for easy transport and protection.
MoveOver12 Slider features:
 
  • Carbon Fiber Rails – Ideal for strength and lightweight support, the MoveOver12 includes two 100% 22mm carbon fiber rails.
  • Flywheel with Belt Drive – Precise control flywheel with rubber track belt drive.
  • 4 Bearing Carriage – The carriage operates using 4 quiet operation bearings that run along two carbon fiber rods providing smooth movement for your shot.
  • Center mountable – Center mounting the slider is made easy using the included cheese plate.
  • Supports up to 26.5 lb (12 kg) – Supports the weight of HDSLRs and heavier HD video cameras as well as a flat base head.
  • Stand Adapters – Each end block includes a 3/8"-16 female adapter that when removed becomes a 5/8" port for mounting on C-stands and light stands.
  • All-Terrain Legs – Conquer any terrain and level your slider with the articulating all-terrain legs with adjustable rubber feet.
  • Carrying Case – Deluxe carrying case included for easy transport and protection.
  • Available in 600mm and 900mm lengths.
The MoveOver12 is also available in a kit, which comes equipped with two Travel Flat tripods, two Leveling Bases, one S8 flat base video head, one carbon fiber slider, a flywheel with belt drive control and a deluxe rolling case.
 
B&H carries the Benro MoveUp4 and MoveOver Slider lineup.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 12:07:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From CreativeLive:
 
Follow your dream of becoming a wildly successful wedding photographer! Tune in today at 9 AM Pacific for the live kickoff of The Complete Wedding Photographer Experience.
 
In this six-week class, Jasmine Star will cover every aspect of both the business and creative sides of wedding photography. Watch Now and tune in every weekday throughout the series for a new lesson.
 
Watch Live Now
Post Date: 5/18/2015 11:34:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
Still Live: eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,699.00 after $100.00 instant rebate.
 
You may also qualify for $25.98 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore does not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction claims "1 YEAR LIMITED CANON USA WARRANTY".
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 11:19:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 Lens
For a limited time, you can save up to $300.00 on select Zeiss Lenses at B&H.
 
Zeiss lenses are not discounted very often; we are unsure how long this sale will last. Be sure to take advantage of the savings while you can.
 
Update: We just received more information regarding this sale. Apparently, this is a Zeiss 125th Anniversary Promotion and runs from 5/18/2015 through 7/31/2015.
 
Discounted Zeiss Lenses
 
ItemInstant
Savings
Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8$300.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5$200.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8$300.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2.0$200.00
Zeiss Distagon T* 28mm f/2.0$200.00
Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T*$300.00
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T*$100.00
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar$200.00
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T*$200.00
Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2$300.00
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T*$300.00

 
Check out Bryan's Zeiss Lens Reviews for more information on these high-quality, finely crafted manual lenses.
Category: Zeiss Deals
Post Date: 5/18/2015 9:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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CPS regularly updates their Tips & Tricks section with new, relevant items. The latest additions may prove useful for those who will soon be receiving their preordered EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R cameras.
 

EOS 5DS R: using the interval timer
The EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R both feature a built-in interval timer to allow you to shoot timelapse sequences without needing a separate intervalometer. If you plan to use the Interval timer, first make sure you are not in Live View mode. In Live View the intervalometer options will be greyed out so you can’t select them. Equally, if you set the interval timer to ‘On’ and then go into Live View, the timer will be cancelled. To avoid this, you should set up your camera position with Live View first and then stop Live View, before going to the menu and setting the interval timer options.

EOS 5DS and 5DSR: capturing an image during timelapse
When shooting with the EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras interval timer function, you will still be able to manually capture an image during the sequence simply by pressing the shutter button. If you try to capture an image manually, but the camera does not actually take the picture, check when the next interval image is due to be taken. The camera will prepare itself for the next interval 5 seconds before it is due to be captured. During this time, you will be unable to shoot any other images or access the camera menu.

EOS 5DS and 5DSR: ending a timelapse sequence
During an interval timer shooting session, if you have set the number of images to 0 so the camera captures continuously until you decide to stop, you may be wondering how exactly to stop the interval shooting. If you have an interval frequency of greater than 5 seconds between images you may be able to access the menu and select ‘disable’ to end the interval shooting. However, if you are shooting images every 3 seconds, for example, you should simply turn the camera off to end the interval. This will not corrupt any images or risk losing the last image provided you wait until all image writing has been completed before opening the card slot door.

EOS 5DS R: interval timer image review
Using the interval timer built into the menu of the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R makes it simple to capture timelapse sequences without needing any additional accessories. When using the timelapse function you will find that the shooting frequency is quicker than once every five seconds, so there is no image review between shots, even if image review is turned on in the menu. This can make it tricky to judge your exposure and ensure the light levels are not changing enough that you need to adjust the exposure. If you do need to keep an eye on the exposure, look instead at the exposure scale on the top plate of the camera – if you make a note of where it was when you started the timelapse, you will be able to see if the exposure has gone up or done and therefore decide if it needs adjusting between frames.

Be sure to check out the rest of CPS's Tips & Tricks for even more information covering a wide variety of camera functions.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 5Ds / 5Ds R available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/18/2015 8:56:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode we get to join Andrea at The Palm in Dubai on sunny shoot for Cadillac cars. To match and even overpower the strong sunlight, Andrea uses Profoto flashes and Profoto Off-Camera Flashes. The light is controlled and shaped with softboxes and Hard Reflectors. And the result is stunning.
 
Gear Used:
 
Post Date: 5/18/2015 8:43:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this Wedding Tips Episode, videographer Adrian Toto touches base on wedding videography for photographers interested in expanding their skill sets.
 
Need some gear to fill out your wedding photography kit? B&H has you covered.
Post Date: 5/18/2015 7:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kensington Trackball 4-Button USB Expert Pro Mouse
For a limited time, B&H has the Kensington Trackball 4-Button USB Expert Pro Mouse available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • DiamondEye Optical Tracking Technology
  • Scroll Ring for Comfortable Operation
  • Detachable Wrist Pad
  • Compatible with Windows 8
Post Date: 5/18/2015 6:39:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
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Inside the Guide you’ll find:
 
  • How to prep for portfolio reviews
  • Which marketing tools you should invest in
  • The best way to get a photo editor’s attention
  • How to build solid relationships with photo editors
  • How to monetize your images after the shoot
Post Date: 5/18/2015 6:27:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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