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 Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Expired: Adorama has the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 HSS TTL Battery-Powered Monolight with Built-in Radio Remote System available for $549.95 with free shipping. Regularly $749.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • An option to trigger the flash through a synchro socket of 3.5mm type and photocell.
  • Extremely fast shutter speeds of up to 1/10000 s (t0.1, at 1/256 power).
  • Integrated Flashpoint R2 receiver and the connection for the Navigator receiver.
  • Bowens mount
  • LED light modelling at 10W power.
  • Maximum flash output of up to 600 WS.
  • Power supply ensured by 8700mAh battery allowing for up to 500 full-power flashes.
  • Stable flash color temperature (5600K 200K).
  • Stroboscopic flash function and synchro with short exposure times
B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter available for $699.00. Regularly $799.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal Stabilized 2.7K Camera
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • 720p HD App-Based Monitoring
  • Gimbal Control Dials on Transmitter
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Auto-Takeoff / Auto Return Home
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 23 Minutes Flying Time
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 1:27:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Induro GIT505XXL Grand Series 5 Stealth Carbon Fiber Tripod with Tenba Daypack Kit available for $539.95 with free shipping after a $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $938.95.
 
The tripod itself sells for $799.00 ($699.00 after a $100.00 mail-in rebate), making this less expensive kit (with a free backpack valued at $139.95) a really nice deal.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 88.2 lb
  • Max Height: 81.3"
  • Min Height: 5.5"
  • Folded Length: 27.6"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 7.8 lb
  • Flat, Modular Magnesium Alloy Platform
  • Aluminum Top Plate & Weight Hook
  • Twist Locks
  • Includes Tenba Discovery: Large Daypack
Through 11/22, use coupon code FALLROGO at LensRentals.com to get your second rental at half off.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Fine Print: Valid for orders placed through 11/8-11/22/16. Discount applies to the 2nd most expensive item.
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 12:27:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Yesterday we published a quote from the Nikkei Asian Review which stated that Nikon planned to cut 1,000 jobs from its shrinking semiconductor and digital camera businesses, choosing instead to focus on growing markets. Other articles I found seemed to support Nikon's financial troubles.
 
However, Nikon later published a press release which seemed to discredit the Nikkei Asian Review story (thanks AKH). Here's the full text of that release:
November 8, 2016 – There were media reports such as in The Nikkei this morning regarding Nikon's restructuring plan centering on headcount reduction during several years. Nikon has made no announcement in this regards.
 
Although Nikon is constantly studying various management options including headcount rationalization for strengthening company’s profitability mainly of Semiconductor Lithography and Imaging Products Businesses, nothing has been decided at this time.
 
Should any facts pertaining to this matter are decided, Nikon will immediately make an announcement.
If that's where the story had ended, we would all simply assume that The Nikkei Asian Review had been incorrect because of a grievous miscommunication. But in a bewildering move, Nikon then published a Notice of Restructuring (thanks Alaska) which confirmed the cutting of 1,000 jobs. Here's the relevant quote from that notice:
November 8, 2016
...
Based on the above initiatives to rationalize headcount, Nikon will be announcing a voluntary retirement program of approximately 1,000 employees. Eligible applicants and detailed conditions will be announced once officially finalized.
With contradictory official documents being published within hours on the very same day, we are left scratching our heads. What is going on with Nikon's public relations and communications divisions?
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Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/8/2016 6:37:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
You have 20 minutes to capture a complete set of homecoming pictures. And, there is a complication. Actually, three of them. A palomino horse, a blue roan (black) horse and a dog are to be included in most of the photos. And, one of the horses "needs" to be bridal-less for a segment of the shoot.
 
It was a crazy day (I know, that is not unusual), but high on one daughter's priority list was getting pictures of herself dressed up for homecoming. Having been through this scenario before, I knew what to expect. Primarily, there would be no time remaining for those pictures. I also knew about the desire to include the animals, but the specifics had not yet been communicated to me (even though I had asked).
 
Oh, I forgot to mention – it was lightly raining and with horses involved, the shoot was of course outdoors. Looking on the bright side, the heavy cloud cover made lighting easy with no harsh shadows and a reasonable level of dynamic range in the scene which included a black dress along with the black horse. Also positive is that with animals in the picture, the subject always seems to find it easier to smile naturally.
 
None of the subjects remained completely still at any point, meaning that my timing, framing, focus distance, etc. was always being challenged. In the end, I "borrowed" 10 minutes from the next-scheduled homecoming event and came away with an adequate number of keeper-grade photos. And, I thought that I would share one of them with you today.
 
For low light outdoor portraits with a variety of subject framing required, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens was my choice. It was a rather easy choice for me to make. It has only good portrait focal lengths in it and a nice range of them. The wide max aperture was ready for the low light levels and that this wide aperture was available over the entire focal length range, meant that I could lock in an exposure and, as long as the light levels did not change, all images would have identical brightness. While a right-on exposure was my intent, any adjustments needed could be globally applied for very fast post processing. The wide aperture combined with the telephoto focal length range created a nice background blur, making the subjects stand out in the scene. Being weather sealed made the light rain a non-issue. The Canon EOS 5Ds R behind this lens allowed me to shoot with framing slightly loose if I needed to, with cropped images still having very high resolution remaining.
 
As the animals were not overly cooperative, I tried to work with the positions that were available at any given time. Of course, the handler's position was partially dictated by the animal's position and ... there was a constant challenge to keep the subjects in attractive and complementary positions while keeping the background aligned in a pleasing manner. We didn't quite get the left hand position right, but all things considered, it was good enough.
 
Notice the low-to-the-ground camera position? There had been a long drought and the grass was thin with lots of brown spots showing. By shooting from low to the ground, the grass appeared thicker with a better-colored foreground being the result. As I was shooting downhill slightly, the low camera position was also complementary to the subjects.
 
After we finished, Brittany's hair was flat (due to the light rain), over two inches of her heels were covered in mud (shoes sunk into the grass) and the dress was dirty (the horse gets the blame for this one), but ... she made it to the big event and the photos I sent her later that evening made her day. So, all was good in the end.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
95mm  f/2.8  1/200s
ISO 400
7643 x 5095px
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Store has select refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses on sale. See below for details.
 
Discounted Refurbished Gear
 
Refurbished ItemOrig. PriceSavingsSale Price
Canon EOS 5DS R Body3,119.20120.202,999.00
Canon EOS 5Ds Body2,959.20160.202,799.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,719.20270.201,449.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II1,439.20190.201,249.00
Canon EOS 6D Body1,359.20210.201,149.00
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20359.21879.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM1,199.19269.20929.99
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20349.21729.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM & 55-250 IS STM959.98299.99659.99
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20109.21849.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99170.00629.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 IS STM, 75-300 III719.98349.99369.99
Canon EOS M3 + EF-M 18-55 IS STM639.9961.00578.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + 18-55 IS II & 55-250 IS II639.99160.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + 18-55 IS II & 75-300 III599.98299.99299.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99230.00329.99
Canon EOS M3543.9945.00498.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Body519.9940.00479.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 + EF-S 18-55 IS II439.99180.00259.99
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Body439.99110.00329.99
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM519.9980.00439.99
Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM639.9950.00589.99
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS559.99210.00349.99
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM799.99150.00649.99
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM383.99144.00239.99
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.99110.00129.99
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM519.99300.00219.99
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9990.0069.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM319.9950.00269.99
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM100.7911.0089.79
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM335.9936.00299.99

Refurbished gear from the Canon Store comes with a retail-matching 1-year warranty.
Expired: Adorama has the Rode VideoMic Pro available for $179.00 with free shipping. Regularly $229.00.
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Post Date: 11/8/2016 5:35:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 7, 2016
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 8:27:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom YouTube Channel:
 
Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less from longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:47:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, you can get Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 or Premiere Elements 15 for only $69.99 at B&H. Regularly $99.99.
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:41:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $1,849.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:31:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Zoom H4n Pro 4-Track Recorder Recorder available for $169.00 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Four-track simultaneous recording
  • High-fidelity mic preamps
  • Built-in X/Y stereo microphones, adjustable between 90deg and 120deg
  • Record up to 140 dB SPL with X/Y microphones
  • Two mic/line level inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Stereo 1/8" Mic In mini phone jack
  • +24 or +48V phantom power for main inputs and Plug-in power (2.5V)
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Post Date: 11/7/2016 6:27:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Sigma 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 Cine lenses, designed for the exacting standards of 6K and 8K cinematographers, are scheduled for availability next month. The lenses will be produced in EF, E and PL mounts, but only the EF and E mounts will be available initially.
 
Unfortunately, pricing information has yet to be released.
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Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 5:57:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Originally announced and available to iOS users on October 5, 2015, Adobe's Android version of Photoshop Fix has finally been released.
 
Here's a quick rundown of the app:
 
Image Retouching & Restoration
 
Adobe Photoshop Fix enables powerful, yet easy image retouching and restoration on your Android phone. Heal, smooth, liquify, lighten and make other edits and adjustments that give you the precise look you’re after. Access edited photos within other Adobe mobile and desktop apps by signing in to Adobe Creative Cloud to further refine them or use them in other creative projects – it’s all powered by Adobe CreativeSync.
 
Photoshop Fix Features
 
  • Retouch and restore photos using tools that give you the exact look, structure and feel you want:
    • Face-aware Liquify – Make dramatic edits to facial features. Create a bigger smile, slim down those cheeks or edit other facial points with remarkable ease.
    • Liquify — Push, pull, rotate, swell or reshape any area to create subtle or drastic effects.
    • Heal and patch — Fix imperfections using content from surrounding areas and then blend the result.
    • Smooth — Simply paint to smooth or sharpen skin, landscapes or other content.
    • Lighten and darken — Add or remove light from specific parts of a photo.
  • Edit and adjust photos using a variety of essential tools:
    • Color — Desaturate to remove all color or to create a mix of color and black-and-white.
    • Paint — Get precise effects with an eyedropper that lets you sample colors, an adjustable brush and an eraser.
    • Adjust — Add vignettes and control exposure, contrast and saturation
    • Defocus — Blur part of a photo to draw attention to your key subject.
  • Send your images directly to Photoshop CC on the desktop so you can refine them and take them further. Fix converts all your edits to layers and packages your image as a PSD file.
You can download Photoshop Fix for Android from the Google Play store. The iOS version can be downloaded from the iTunes App store.
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 11/7/2016 5:31:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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