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 Thursday, July 24, 2014
I Dropped My Canon 5D Mark III into the Caribbean Sea
That's right. I dropped my Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens attached into the Caribbean Sea. Fortunately, it was in an Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing.
 
As I have mentioned, my landscape photography plans did not work out as well as planned on my recent St John, USVI photo trip, but I had a backup plan. St John has some of the world's best snorkeling locations, and as I am sure that you are aware of by now, I have a problem with seeing something amazing and not being able to capture it photographically. The Ewa-Marine underwater housing is a very cost-effective way to make high quality underwater photography possible using your existing DSLR kit. The UB-100 model fits most DSLR cameras and small to medium-sized lenses with 77mm or 82mm filter threads.
 
Underwater snorkeling photography is both physically demanding and skill-challenging. I have never deleted as many bad pictures as I did on this trip, but I have no regrets and look forward to the next opportunity to shoot underwater as it is great fun and also rewarding.
 
Imagine swimming through a school of little fish so thick that you can't clearly see beyond several feet (with motion sickness becoming a real issue) – until a 3-4' (1m) tarpon shows up, clearing a path around it. As the fish appears, you dive down to attempt a level perspective and attempt to get good framing as the huge fish passes close by. Occasionally, you get it right and have a unique image to add to your portfolio.
 
Watch for an upcoming review of the Ewa-Marine U-B 100 Underwater Housing along with underwater snorkeling photography tips.
 
This housing has been difficult to find in stock, but it is available right now at B&H.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
22mm  f/11.0  1/500s  ISO 1600  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 7/24/2014 10:48:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
RODE NT-USB Microphone
From RODE:
 
RØDE is excited to announce its newest microphone, the NT-USB -- a studio-grade microphone with the convenience of a digital USB interface. The NT-USB is fully compatible with MacOS, Windows and iPad.
 

 
While RØDE’s Podcaster USB microphone was released in 2007, its primary focus is to provide broadcast-quality voice recording, with its end-address configuration. The NT-USB on the other hand is a highly versatile side-address microphone that is ideal for recording musical performances in addition to spoken applications such as podcasting and voice-over.
 
The microphone is fully compatible with all mainstream recording applications on both Windows and Mac OS based computers, as well as the Apple iPad using RØDE Rec, GarageBand, or any other recording app that accepts an external microphone. Use on the Apple iPad requires a suitable USB connection adaptor, such as the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
 
The body of the NT-USB features a zero-latency stereo headphone monitoring (3.5mm) jack, which allows users to monitor the microphone input in realtime, along with dials to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the computer/iPad audio and the microphone input.
 
A premium pop-filter is included, which fits onto the base of the mic, positioning the filter the ideal distance from the capsule to minimise plosives (hard ‘B’, ‘T’ or ‘P’ sounds that produce a harsh sound) during singing or speech. Also provided is a high-quality stand mount with industry standard 3/8” thread, desktop tripod stand that allows the NT-USB to sit at a comfortable height on a tabletop, and a pouch for storage of the microphone when not in use.
 
The NT-USB is supplied with an extended 24 month warranty, which is free of charge to customers that register their microphone.
 
B&H has the Rode NT-USB USB Microphone available for preorder.
Category: RODE News
Post Date: 7/24/2014 7:16:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens available for $1,550.53 with free shipping. Compare at $1,886.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 7/23/2014 10:57:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From LensRentals:
 
Get 15% off this summer when you reserve your order a week in advance. Just place your order at least 7 days in advance of the arrival date and save!
 
Enter the code SUMMER15 during checkout and get 15% off on your order.
 
Details:

  • Order must be placed 7 days in advance
  • Eligible arrival dates: 7/28/14 – 8/29/14
  • May not be combined with other offers

To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.

Post Date: 7/23/2014 10:51:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Refurbished Nikon Coolpix L620 Digital Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon Coolpix L620 Digital Camera available for $79.99 with free shipping. Compare at $179.00 new.
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Post Date: 7/23/2014 7:08:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme PRO SATA SSD (Solid State Drive)
Amazon has the SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SATA Solid State Drive available for $279.99. Compare at $369.99.
 
Amazon also has the SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB SATA SSD on sale – just $149.99. Compare at $195.99.
Post Date: 7/23/2014 6:17:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 22, 2014
SanDisk Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Expiring Today: B&H has reduced pricing on SanDisk Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drives.
 
SanDisk Cruzer Extreme Sale

ItemOrig. PriceSale Price
SanDisk 64GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive$88.67$45.17
SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive$50.10$26.60
SanDisk 16GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive$29.99$19.89

Post Date: 7/22/2014 2:20:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S Lens for Nikon
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S Lens for Nikon in stock with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 7/22/2014 2:03:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera
eBay (via PhotoVideo4Less) has the Nikon D7100 DSLR with 18-55mm Lens available for $879.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,096.95 for body-only.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 10:33:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kingston SSDNow v310 Solid State Drive
From Kingston:
 
Features:

  • New V310 Solid-State Drive Joins SSDNow V Series Family
  • Boosts System Responsiveness and Speed
  • Large 960GB Capacity Allows To Migrate Entire Hard Drive

Fountain Valley, CA – July 21, 2014 – Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced its latest addition to the SSDNow V300 series, the V310. The Kingston SSDNow V310 solid-state drive dramatically boosts system responsiveness while also offering 960GB capacity to store all movies, music, games, files and applications.
 
The new SSDNow V310 is 10x faster than a 7200RPM hard-disk drive1. Powered by a Phison 3108 ccontroller, the drive achieves 450MB/s read and write speeds2. With no moving mechanical parts, SSDNow V310 is shock-proof, uses less energy and stays cool making it more reliable and less likely to fail than standard hard-disk drives. The large capacity of the SSDNow V310 allows enough space for a true HDD replacement so users can migrate their entire hard drive over with storage to spare.
 
“Since 2009, our V ‘Value’ series solid-state drives have delivered the best price to performance ratio as possible to enable consumers on a budget or entry-level users to experience the benefits of SSD technology. Our new V310 continues that along with providing the biggest capacity ever in a Kingston SSD," said Ariel Perez, SSD business manager, Kingston." SSDNow V310 with its large 960GB capacity is the perfect upgrade to an existing system as it improves boot speeds and application load times helping maximize one’s computer investment.”
 
SSDNow V310 is available in 960GB as a stand-alone drive or as all-in-one kits that include all the accessories needed plus software to clone files and OS to make for an easy install. SSDNow V310 is backed by a three-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
 
B&H carries Kingston Solid State Drives.

Category: Kingston News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 9:50:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this episode of Prospectives, Tim Cooper visits the B&H studio to discuss some realistic uses for HDR photography. He takes us through a few HDR composite examples and outlines the reasons for shooting high dynamic range images.
Post Date: 7/22/2014 9:01:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
Just posted: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review
 
The 12mm extreme-wide-angle rectilinear focal length makes this lens unique and gives the photographer the ability to capture very unique images.
 
B&H has the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens in stock.
Post Date: 7/22/2014 8:00:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Hoya EVO Antistatic Filter
From THK:
 
JULY 22, 2014 – Huntington Beach, CA. - (July 22, 2014) - Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is proud to introduce the new Hoya EVO ANTISTATIC series of professional photographic filters.
 
Hoya engineers have developed a new ANTISTATIC coating that acts like a force field around the filter to repel dust. Perfect for environments where dust is common, these filters require less frequent cleaning and maintenance than traditional filters. Additionally, the hardened, antistatic top-layer is water repellent, stain and scratch resistant, and cleans easily when smudges or fingerprints are introduced to the surface.
 
The new EVO ANTISTATIC professional filters are made in Japan using hand selected silicates that are carefully smelted and blended to yield high performance optical glass. Hoya then uses extreme care and precision to apply the Improved 16-layer Super Multi-coating formula which greatly reduces or eliminates reflections on the surface of the glass and yields a 99.8% light transmission rate. This means the filter has virtually no effect on the color balance, contrast, or clarity of the final image.
 
The filters in the new EVO ANTISTATIC series* utilize a lightweight, one-piece, low-profile aluminum frame to house the glass. This one-piece design allows the filter to maintain perfect parallel alignment to the sensor plane for maximum sharpness, while the low-profile frame eliminates vignetting when used on ultra-wide-angle lenses.
 
The new EVO ANTISTATIC series of filters consist of a Protector, UV, and Circular Polarizer in common sizes ranging from 37mm to 82mm.
 
Hoya EVO ANTISTATIC filters were developed in conjunction with Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. and intended solely for the USA distribution.
 
For a video introducing the EVO ANTISTATIC filters please go to: http://youtu.be/TwAYU0JlWP0
 
The EVO ANTISTATIC filter will be available in mid-August.
 
B&H carries Hoya filters.
Category: Hoya News
Post Date: 7/22/2014 7:14:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 21, 2014
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED VR Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED VR Lens available for $279.99 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/21/2014 4:57:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera Kit
Use coupon code BCD500PX at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon D3300 DSLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens & Adobe Software for $499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new without Adobe software.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Refurb. Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera
  • Refurb. Nikon NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 12

Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $349.00 with free shipping. Compare at $399.00.
Post Date: 7/21/2014 12:31:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Walk Through a Wedding is a year long video series in which Profoto follows wedding photographers Justin & Mary as they set out to capture a young couple's most special day.
 
In this episode, the couple describes how to create an iconic bridal party image when the originally scheduled outdoor plan falls through because of rain.
 
Gear Used:

You can find all of the Justin and Mary Wedding Walkthough videos here.

Post Date: 7/21/2014 9:40:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
DigitalRev has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera in stock and ready for shipping.
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Post Date: 7/21/2014 8:24:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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