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 Thursday, March 17, 2016
From LensRentals.com:
 
Spring is finally here and we are kicking it off with a St. Patrick's Day celebration! Please enjoy 10% off all orders until the end of March! Reserve your rental, have it arrive by March 31st, and use code LUCKY10.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Fine Print
  • Must use code LUCKY10 at checkout
  • Arrival date must be 03/31/16 or earlier
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Post Date: 3/17/2016 8:00:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From EPI:
 
27’’ Monitor Delivers 50 Percent More Color Than Traditional LED Displays
 
Fremont, California – March 15, 2016 – Today EPI (North America brand license partner for Philips Monitors) announces the world’s first quantum dot-based monitor (E-line 276E6ADSS) is now available in North America. The new 27-inch monitor delivers 99% Adobe RGB color - 50 percent more color than traditional LED displays - thanks to Color IQ technology from QD Vision. The new E6 is ideal for entertainment, gaming, professional photography and design. It combines Color IQ optics with full HD resolution, resulting in a professional quality display at the price of mainstream monitors. The Philips 27-inch Quantum Dot display is now available on Amazon for $299.
 
QD Vision's Color IQ solution uses an innovative new semiconductor technology called quantum dots to precisely and efficiently convert light, delivering bluer blues, greener greens and redder reds. The result — vibrant, dynamic, “you-gotta-see-it-to-believe-it” color.
 
Most of today's high-end monitors are capable of displaying only 95% of the Adobe RGB color gamut, while mainstream models are often limited to showing 70% of the Adobe spectrum. Using QD Vision's Color IQ solution, the Philips 27-inch Quantum Dot Display will deliver over 99% of the Adobe RGB spectrum - more than 100% of the standard sRGB color gamut - but at a fraction of the price of commercial displays.
 
The IPS-ADS display offers 1920 x 1080 resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, 1000:1 static contrast, 5ms response time and 178°/178° viewing angles, making it possible to view the display from almost any angle. Unlike standard TN panels, IPS-ADS displays give you remarkably crisp images with vivid colors, making them ideal not only for photos, movies and web browsing, but also for professional applications that demand color accuracy and consistent brightness at all times. Ports include; VGA, DVI-D, HDMI (with MHL) and a 3.5mm audio output jack.
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Category: Phillips News
Post Date: 3/17/2016 7:52:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, use coupon code PADDY50 at CanvasOnDemand.com to get 50% Off your entire order.
 
Fine Print: Campaign is valid until 03/17/16 at 11:59 PM EST. Cannot be combined with other offers. Excludes the purchase of gift cards. Discount does not apply to shipping rates. We reserve the right to change this promotion at any time.
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Post Date: 3/17/2016 7:43:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (review) available for $239.00 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 3/17/2016 7:15:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has special St. Patrick's Day pricing with promo code LUCKYCHARM on select refurbished DSLR cameras and lenses.
 
Note: The promo code is required to be entered in-cart to see special pricing on all items except for the 5Ds / 5Ds R cameras.
 
Canon Store Deals
 
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 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM1,239.20401.78837.42
Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-55 IS STM1,079.20384.58694.62
Canon EOS Rebel T6s + EF-S 18-135 IS STM959.20150.68808.52
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-135 IS STM799.99201.60598.39
Canon EOS Rebel T6i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM719.99130.95589.04
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55 IS STM, 75-300 III719.98367.25352.73
Canon EOS Rebel T5i + EF-S 18-55 IS STM639.99184.40455.59
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 + EF-S 18-55 IS STM559.99247.20312.79
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM799.99228.80571.19
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM239.99115.90124.09
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM187.99102.1585.84
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III159.9992.8567.14
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Post Date: 3/17/2016 5:54:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, March 16, 2016
From Adobe:
 
Support for the following cameras has been added. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
 
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4
Download: Windows | Macintosh
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Post Date: 3/16/2016 2:38:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom CC 2015.5 and Lightroom 6.5 are now available on Adobe.com. Our focus with this release was to add support for new cameras and lenses, and also fix many bugs that existed in previous versions of Lightroom.
 
Thank you for all your feedback and passion for Lightroom.
 
Bugs Fixed in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5
 
  • Bug fixes related to Panorama Merge
    • Scared that pesky sensor dust spots will ruin your perfect pano? No problem, remove spots in 1 image and then merge to pano. Lightroom takes care of the rest.
    • Boundary Warp gets better as we fixed a bunch of bugs
    • Removed the ‘auto’ projection option. Turns out, it always picked the same projection mode.
  • Other Bug Fixes
    • Rename failed if raw+jpeg pairs were copied to a second location
    • Shooting tethered, shutter button will not move to top of the screen
    • The video cache was not correctly limited to the size set in Preferences
    • Photomerge fails with virtual copies
    • Droplets no longer work with Export Actions
    • Impromptu slideshow gave error message “video support is disabled”
    • Import didn’t work if you weren’t signed in
    • Certain dates couldn’t be entered in Edit Capture Time dialog (1966, 1969, 1999, etc.)
    • Videos wouldn’t play on some systems
    • Slideshow module wouldn’t work on some systems
    • Fixed a ton of sync errors. Faster sync to the Lightroom iOS and Android apps
    • Scrolling through images in Loupe view with your mouse is back! (sorry that it went away in the first place)
    • Slideshows are back in high-resolution. Fixed a bug that caused them to appear much lower res than expected
    • Books are made for browsing. We’ve reinstated scroll bars so that you can browse faster in the Book module
    • Incorrect value for EXIF:ColorSpace in exported TIFFs
    • After export shortcut CTRL+ALT+S not working in Develop
    • Crashes when tethered to Canon cameras (5dm3, 5ds, 1dsm3)
    • SDK broken edit_field’s validate function, disabling existing plugins
    • Months in non-English configurations show in English
    • Secondary Window blocks mouse clicks even when closed after switching desktop spaces
    • Can’t import DNG files from Parrot Bebop drone
    • Watermark loses setting after Edit dialog opened
New Camera Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5
 
  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • Canon EOS 1300D (Rebel T6, Kiss X80)
  • Nikon D5
  • Nikon D500
  • Olympus PEN-F
  • Olympus SH-3
  • Panasonic DMC-CM10
  • Panasonic DMC-GF8
  • Panasonic DMC-ZS100 (DMC-ZS110, DMC-TZ100, DMC-TZ101, DMC-TZ110, DMC-TX1)
  • Samsung NX3300
  • Sony Alpha a6300 (ILCE-6300)
  • Yuneec CGO4
New Lens Profile Support in Lightroom CC 2015.5 / 6.5*
 
Canon EFSIGMA 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM A016
Canon EF-MBower 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MRokinon 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 16mm f2 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS
Canon EF-MSamyang 24mm f1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 85mm f1.4 AS IF UMC
Canon EF-MSamyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS
Nikon FNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon FNikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
Nikon FNikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Nikon FNikon AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED

* Only Canon & Nikon compatible lens profile additions are shown. For a full list of new lens profiles, click here.
 
Installation Instructions
 
Please select Help > Updates to use the update mechanism in the Creative Cloud app.
 
Direct download links: Win | Mac
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/16/2016 2:29:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
 
If you are shooting APS-C format and have been wanting an aperture wider than f/2.8 in focal lengths wider than 18mm, your only option has just arrived.
 
B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 3/16/2016 8:42:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Just posted: UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head Review.
 
You may have noticed the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head showing up on the gear list for the Philadelphia Skyline picture I posted yesterday. I have been using this head for a couple of months now and ... it is truly "unique" – in a good way.
 
B&H carries the UniqBall UBH 45X Ball Head, expected in stock soon.
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Post Date: 3/15/2016 9:17:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the AEO Photo Lightning Strike! Pro 4.0 Lithium Shutter Trigger available for $249.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $319.95.
 
Product Highlight
 
  • Lightning Activated Shutter Trigger
  • Day or Night Detection of Lightning
  • Li-Ion Battery; Built-In USB Charging
  • 0.3 Millisecond Response Time
  • Manual Sensitivity Control Override
  • Compact with Low Profile Switch Design
  • Built for Storm Chasers; Low-Profile LED
  • Image Review After Every Shot
  • Locking Hot Shoe & Tripod Mount
  • Requires Camera Specific Shutter Cable
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Post Date: 3/15/2016 7:12:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Gossen DigiPro F2 Flash and Ambient Light Meter available for $249.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $324.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Incident and Reflected Readings
  • Cord or Cordless Operation
  • Multiple Flash Measurements
  • Integrated Contrast Measurement
  • Swivel Head
  • Intuitive Digital Interface
  • Memory Function
  • Simplified CINE Meter
  • Exposure Displayed in 1/2 or 1/3 Stops
  • Ergonomic One-handed Operation
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Post Date: 3/15/2016 6:33:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the ikan IFD1024-SP Featherweight Daylight LED Spot Fixture available for $549.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1024 LEDs, 5600K
  • 30°, Spot
  • Dimming Knob and Touchscreen Dimming
  • Wireless RF Remote Control
  • Yoke Mount with 5/8" Receiver
  • Integrated 4-Way Barndoor
  • Removable Intensifiers for Barndoors
  • Built-In Gel Clips and Diffusion Lock
  • 100-240 VAC Power Supply
  • Low 82W Power Draw
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Post Date: 3/15/2016 6:27:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Gitzo Series 2 GK2580TQD Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Series 2 Traveler Center Ball Head available for $699.88 with free shipping. Regularly $1,099.88.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 15.4 lb
  • Max Height: 60.6"
  • Min Height: 13.8"
  • Folded Length: 16.9"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.2 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head
  • 180° Folding Legs
  • G-Lock Twist-Lock Legs
  • D-Profile QR Plate
 Monday, March 14, 2016
B&H just let me know that they are now accepting Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II preorders.
 
  • 20.1MP 1" CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 8 fps Shooting
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • Manual Control Ring, Time Lapse Movie
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Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/14/2016 3:17:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
After researching potential Philadelphia photography locations, I decided to make the sunset and blue hour view of center city from the South Street Bridge my priority. After conveniently parking at the Penn Museum parking garage, I carried a MindShift Gear BackLight 26L full of gear a short distance to the bridge to finalize my scouting. As expected, the bridge piers could be photographed from, eliminating the potentially major mid-span issue of bridge movement caused by vehicle traffic. Satisfied with my plan, I went on to explore the great Philadelphia riverfront and some of the inner city.
 
I came back to my bridge position about an hour before sunset, setup two tripods and cameras and began taking some long exposures using 6 and 10-stop Breakthrough Photography neutral density filters, capturing the setting sun bathing the city in warm color. Warm color turned into orange in the sky for another nice set of images. But, the best was yet to come.
 
When the lights in the city became sufficiently bright relative to the sky, the images took on significantly more sparkle – exactly what I was looking for. While I have a very good idea of when this time is happening, I shoot images from before the expected time until the color in the sky is gone. I later select the image captured at the most-ideal time as it is most easily discernable in post.
 
A 30 second exposure was ideal for eliminating moving people from the image (the riverfront walkway was filled with walkers, joggers, bikers, etc.) and for blurring the water. While a far wider aperture would have provided an adequate depth of field for this image, but f/11 and f/16 create larger starburst effects from the lights. An even narrower aperture will create even larger stars, but I find the detail-softening effects of diffraction to become too strong for this purpose beyond f/16. At this capture time, f/16 at 30 seconds needed ISO 200 for the desired brightness. I could have gone to a 1-minute exposure and ISO 100, but with long exposure noise reduction turned on, that means 2 minutes per image and I wanted a faster capture rate.
 
Post processing adjustments to this Philadelphia skyline image were primarily adding saturation along with a minor curves adjustment. Often the case when photographing city lights is that some areas of the photo are illuminated more strongly than others, often the photogenic tops of skyscrapers go pure white first. To counter this issue, I captured bracketed exposures and selected a 2-stop shorter variant to put the color and details back into the triangular-shaped gridded roof-top on the BNY Mellon Center building via an HDR process. I usually remove airplane light trails, but ... the up-curving arc, to my eye, seemed to work in this image, so it remains.
 
I mentioned using two complete camera and tripod setups. I was using a pair of Canon EOS 5Ds R cameras with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens on one (capturing a wider image including the west side of the Schuylkill River) and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on the other, capturing a more-tightly framed image emphasizing the city's great architecture with the riverwalk providing a strong leading line into the frame. The two cameras in simultaneous use essentially doubled the take-home from the prime time of this day's shoot.
 
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Post Date: 3/14/2016 10:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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