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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that the “SIGMA Mount Conversion Service” and “SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM” won TIPA Awards 2014.
 
SIGMA Mount Conversion Service
 
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Photo Service
 
While photographers might be attracted to a new format or different brand camera, the ownership and investment in legacy lenses of a specific mount may stop them from exploring new options for their image making. The SIGMA Mount Conversion Service offers the opportunity to change the mount on a specific set of SIGMA brand lenses, regardless of the mount, to Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Micro Four thirds and Sony E-mount. Pricing depends on the type and focal length of the original lens. Service details are handled by the local SIGMA representative or distributor within each country, worldwide, and takes from two to four weeks to complete.
 
SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM/ SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM
 
Name of Award: TIPA Awards 2014 Best Entry Level DSLR Lens
 
The amazingly compact (2.8 x 3.4 inches) and affordable 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (27-300mm equivalent) lens is exclusively for APS-C sized sensors. It is smaller and lighter than the previous version and offers a closer focusing distance to boot. It also has a newly incorporated SLD glass element plus 3 aspheric elements among its 16 elements, 13 groups construction. The lens incorporates an optical stabilizer (OS) system for those cameras that do not have OS built-in, with automatic panning detection to shift the OS to one axis. It has a close focusing range of about 1.5 feet throughout the focal length range, making it extremely versatile for close-up photography.
 
Note: Sigma also received a "Best Design" award for its dp Quattro camera lineup.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM lens.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:45:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Tamron:
 
Incorporating Tamron’s cutting-edge eBAND Coating and three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements, the Tamron 150-600mm delivers superior imaging performance, while the latest built-in VC (Vibration Compensation) system broadens users' horizons by achieving sharper handheld shooting.
 
April 23, 2014, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, has announced the innovative ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm, SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011), has been awarded the TIPA 2014 Best Expert DSLR Lens Award.
 
BEST EXPERT DSLR LENS Award:
 
Reason for winning TIPA award (from original statement)
 
The Tamron 150-600 mm lens, for full-frame and APS-C DSLRS (with 1.5Xmagnification factor) incorporates VC (Vibration Compensation, Tamron’s image stabilization technology), a fast USD (ultrasonic silent drive), and eBAND (extended bandwidth and angular dependency) coating, for flare and ghosting reduction. The lens employs 20 elements in 13 groups, with the front group containing 3 ED glass elements. The circular, 9-bladed diaphragm provides exciting bokeh effects and maintains the circular shape even at 2 stops down from maximum aperture. The included SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron uses optical data to correct any distortion, light falloff and chromatic aberrations.
 
Check out Bryan's full review of the Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for more information.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/23/2014 7:33:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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CanvasPeople is having a Mother's Day Sale where you can get 70% Off you're entire cart. But don't wait – order by April 26 to ensure delivery before Mother's Day!
 
Available Sizes and Sale Prices

SizeStandard
Wrap
Thick
Wrap
8x10$15.00 -
11x11$20.70 -
11x14$21.00 $27.00
16x16$24.90 -
9x27$26.10 -
16x20 $28.20 $34.20
18x24$31.50 $37.50
20x30$33.60 -
24x36-$41.70
20x48-$43.20

Post Date: 4/22/2014 12:45:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX AW110 All Weather Camera
From Nikon:
 
Updates included with this release, 1.1

  • An issue that resulted in deviation in the timing of movie video and sound has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused latitude and longitude information displayed with Data imprint to be incorrect has been resolved.
  • An issue that, in some rare cases, caused the camera to freeze while shooting with acquisition of GPS position information has been resolved.

Download the Nikon COOLPIX AW110 Firmware 1.1.
 
The COOLPIX AW110 has been replaced by the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/22/2014 10:55:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT

  • If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
  • The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
  • Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update

Updates included with this release C:1.01 - dated April 22, 2014

  • When Custom Setting f1 (Multi selector center button) > Playback mode was set to View histograms, the histogram was not displayed correctly for the image played back in the monitor, even when the center button on the multi selector was pressed, when the following conditions were met. This issue has been resolved.
  • Image quality was set to NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal, or NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic.
  • An option other than "Overview data" or "RGB histogram" was selected for photo information displayed with full-frame image playback.
  • With full-frame image playback with "Highlights" or "RGB histogram" display selected, image chroma (saturation) changed with flashing of highlights. This issue has been resolved.
  • When images captured with Color space set to Adobe RGB were enlarged with playback in the monitor, image chroma (saturation) changed. This issue has been resolved.
  • When Rotate tall in the playback menu was set to On, and an image captured in "tall" (portrait) orientation was enlarged slightly (playback zoom-in button pressed once or twice) with monitor playback, the image did not appear to be very sharp or clear. This issue has been resolved.
  • With capture of a Compressed RAW image, followed by a Lossless compressed RAW image, with Image quality set to NEF (RAW), the camera was sometimes unable to correctly record the second RAW image. This issue has been resolved.

Download the Nikon D4S Firmware C:1.01
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/22/2014 10:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens
B&H has the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX Lens (review) for $629.00 with free shipping. If memory serves me correclty, the going-price for this lens in January was almost $700.00. [Sean]
Post Date: 4/22/2014 9:29:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Review
 
With excellent image quality and great design, this lens becomes the easy 50mm AF lens choice. AF consistency remains this lens' biggest weakness.
 
With the demand this lens is seeing right now, I suspect that the 50 Art is going to be hard to get for some time. Preorder the Sigma 50 Art Lens now at B&H for earliest access.
Post Date: 4/22/2014 7:51:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
 
To perfectly illuminate some materials can be very challenging!
 
In this latest video, Urs Recher and Karl Taylor look at the techniques for capturing extremely shiny objects like chrome and silver.
 
They show you an expert dual flash technique to reveal perfect contrast, illumination and form.
 
B&H carries Broncolor products.
Post Date: 4/22/2014 7:56:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SLIK SHB-808 Ball Head
From SLIK:
 
The SLIK SHB-808 has the strong, sturdy, and easy to use underpinnings of the original PRO Ball Head 800 but ads new features such as panoramic markings so it’s now much easier to take multiple pictures and stitch them together later to form long, continuous panorama photos. To assist in this SLIK has added a separate pan lock knob to the SHB-808 so that the cameras can be turned (panned) horizontally without loosening he ball that is locking the camera in place. This makes perfectly level panning a breeze.
 
Using the same quick release system as the PRO 700 DX tripod head, the Ball Head 800 has one of the fasted and easiest quick release plates in the industry. SLIK made a circular quick release plate that can secure the camera to the tripod pointing in any direction, making attaching your camera (once the SLIK quick release plate is attached) more intuitive than most other heads that have squared off or angled plates. Tension on the lock for the circular quick release plate is adjustable.
 
Precision machining, polishing of all moving parts and an over-sized, easy grip release knob for fine tension adjustments combine for smooth accurate operation.
 
Specifications:
 
Capacity: TBA
Platform Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm)
Bottom Diameter: 2.2 in (55mm)
Height: 5.1 in (130mm)
Weight: 26.50 oz. (751g)
Camera mounting screw: U1/4 (U3/8 Quick Release plate available as an additional accessory)
Tripod Mounting Thread: U1/4 or U3/8
Controls: Ball Lock/Release, Pan Lock/Release, Ball Tension Control
Warranty: 3 Years
 
B&H carries SLIK products.
Category: SLIK News
Post Date: 4/22/2014 6:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 21, 2014
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From LensRentals:
 
Meet Lenscap and Lenscap+
 
The Lenscap protection plans are optional add-ons that limit your liability in the case of a covered event causing damage or total loss of products on your rental.
 
Simply, if a covered event occurs to equipment protected by a Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to the lesser of the cost to repair the equipment or 10% of the replacement cost.
 
What is Covered by the Standard Lenscap Plan?
 
Effectively, the standard Lenscap protection plan replaces the pre-existing Lensrentals Damage Waiver program and covers accidental damage to our equipment as long as you can return it to us. It even covers bear attacks. In the case of damage, your liability will never exceed 10% of the replacement cost of the damaged equipment, no matter how expensive the repair actually is.
 
What is Covered by the Lenscap+ Plan?
 
Lenscap+ offers the same protection as the standard plan for accidental damage to the equipment, but additionally protects you against certain situations that make it impossible to return the equipment that you rented.
 
Was the equipment stolen? You’re covered. Is it at the bottom of the ocean after it fell overboard? You’re covered. Did it get sucked up in a tornado? You’re covered. Did it fall off an aircraft (seriously)? You’re covered.
 
Just like with the standard Lenscap plan, your liability is limited to 10% of the replacement value of the covered equipment.
 
Coverage Recap

No ProtectionLenscapLenscap+
Max Liability100%*10%*10%*
Drops 
Spills 
Bear Attacks 
Theft  
Fire  
Lightning  
Windstorm  
Earthquake  
Flood  
Fell from Aircraft  

* Liability limited to maximum of $100,000. Amounts in excess of $100,000 are 100% liable.
 
For full information on both plans, please view our FAQs and Rental Agreement.
 
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: 4/21/2014 9:47:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Profoto:
 
Join Profoto and renowned wedding and lifestyle photographer Jared Platt as we head out into the Arizona desert. The desert is an uncommon shooting location, for sure. But the tips and tricks Jared will share are useful for any photographer wanting to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions.
 
“If you can light it in the Arizona desert, you can light it anywhere,” says Jared.
 
The webinar will take place on April 23 at 7PM CET (April 23 at 10AM Los Angeles, 1PM New York, 6PM London, 7PM Paris / April 24 at 1AM Beijing, 2AM Tokyo, 3AM Sydney).
 
Sign Up Now
 
B&H carries Profoto products.
Post Date: 4/21/2014 8:19:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 18, 2014
Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet
eBay (via NewEgg) has the Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet (32GB, Orig. Version) available for $119.99 with free shipping.
 
Note: I've owned the original Google Nexus 7 since it first came out (I preordered it, in fact). It's been an excellent tablet that I still use daily. At this price, the 32GB tablet is a steal.
 
Some of my favorite apps to use with the device include:

[Sean]

Post Date: 4/18/2014 3:12:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6 E FL ED VR Lens
eBay (via RobertsCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 E FL ED VR Lens available for $14,999.88 with free shipping. Compare at $17,896.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 2:02:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Western Digital My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive
Use coupon code SAVE12HDD ($12.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Hard Drive + Lexar 32GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive for $67.00 with free shipping. Compare at $69.00 without flash drive.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
DigitalRev has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon/Nikon (review) available for $789.00. Compare at $899.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 4/18/2014 10:22:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Toshiba:
 
First compliant with the high-speed UHS-II interface standard
 
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it will launch the world's fastest microSD memory cards, compliant with UHS-II, the ultra high speed serial bus interface defined in SD Memory Card Standard Ver. 4.20. Sample shipments for set manufacturers of smartphones and other mobile devices, and for chipset vendors, start today.
 
The new microSD memory cards will be available in 32GB and 64GB capacities. The maximum read speed of 260 MB per second and the maximum write speed of 240MB per second in the 32 GB cards and the maximum read speed of 145MB per second and the maximum write speed of 130MB per second in the 64 GB cards, are all the fastest transfer rates in the industry.
 
Compared to Toshiba's current 32GB microSD UHS-I cards, the write speed is improved approximately 8 times, while the read speed is improved approximately 2.7 times. The faster transfer speeds can contribute to shortening the time it takes to download large data movie and music files to smartphones and tablets. It will also allow camera users to shoot digital still images continuously at high speed.
 
In recent years, with the development of high-function smartphones and tablets, the trend is towards higher resolution photos and movies, and multi-function applications, leading to demand for larger external memory and faster transfer speeds. Looking to the future, Toshiba will continue to meet market demands by enhancing its line-up of UHS-II compliant microSD memory cards.
 
Outline of New Products

Part NumberCapacityMaximum Transfer SpeedUHS Speed Class
ReadWrite
THNSX032GAJCM4 32GB260MB/s240MB/sU3
THNSX064GBK5M464GB145MB/s130MB/sU3

Key Specifications

Part NumberTHNSX032GAJCM4 THNSX064GBK5M4
Capacity32GB64GB
Maximum Read Speed260 MB/s145 MB/s
Maximum Write Speed240 MB/s130 MB/s
UHS Speed ClassUHS Speed Class 3
Interface2Lane Half-Duplex
Data rate = 3.12Gbps(HD312)
Full-Duplex
Data rate = 1.56Gbps(FD156)
Power Supply VoltageVDD1=2.7 to 3.6V, VDD2=1.7V to 1.95V
Compliant StandardSD Memory Card Standard Ver.4.20
File FormatFAT32exFAT
External Dimensions15.0mm(L)×11.0mm(W)×1.0mm(T)
Weight Approx.Approx. 0.5g

B&H carries Toshiba memory cards.

Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 10:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang Hints at Lens Releases for April 28, 2014
Samyang dropped a not-so-subtle hint about some product announcements scheduled for April 28. The picture above was posted to the Samyang Europe Facebook page about 3 hours ago.
 
If the picture is any indication, maybe we can expect a cinema lens or two?
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 8:33:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera available for $658.81 with free shipping. Compare at $796.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/18/2014 8:19:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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