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Post Date: 8/27/2014 12:02:12 PM CT Posted By: Sean
(via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera Body
available for $5,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,496.95. Note:
This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty; however, the seller advertises that a 3-year warranty is included.
Post Date: 8/27/2014 10:26:49 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 8/27/2014 9:14:46 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From DXO: DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 supports the Nikon D810 and surpasses 20,000 available Optics Modules August 27, 2014
- DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 for Mac and Windows, the image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 9 to offer support for the Nikon D810 (Elite Edition only) and to surpass the milestone of 20,000 available DxO Optics Modules. Unparalleled highlight management and color rendering
Thanks to its exclusive DxO Smart Lighting feature, DxO Optics Pro optimizes the overall contrast of an image by intelligently adapting to its contents. Details in the four different light ranges, once thought to be unrecoverable, are revealed, even when the information was missing in the original RAW files. This makes it the perfect tool to use with the Nikon D810, which offers a great depth of color and very large dynamic range, resulting in subtle gradations of tone in both highlights and shadows. 20,000 Optics Modules available for unequaled optical corrections
DxO Optics Pro v9.5.2 also adds 894 new camera/lens combinations to its library of DxO Optics Modules, thus providing support for Konica Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for numerous Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras.
DxO Optics Pro has surpassed the milestone of 20,000 DxO Optics Modules. Developed in the laboratory through an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain all the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens. This database, unique in all the world, allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
With five laboratories throughout Europe, DxO Labs has greater capacity for calibrating and measuring cameras and lenses, thus ensuring an even higher production rate of DxO Optics Modules. Availability and prices
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro for Mac and Windows are immediately available at photo resellers at the following prices:
- DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $169
- DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $299
carries DXO Optics Pro 9
Coincidentally enough, B&H just uploaded a video called Intro to DXO Optics Pro 9 Photo-Editing Software.
Post Date: 8/27/2014 8:26:21 AM CT Posted By: Sean
has the Lexar 32GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive
available for $9.99 with free shipping. Regularly $22.95.
Post Date: 8/27/2014 8:14:48 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From EyeFi: Photo hobbyists can now use Eyefi Cloud on IFTTT for automating how and where photos are published and shared.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., August 26, 2014 — Eyefi, the global leader in connecting digital cameras across devices and to the Internet, today announced an official integration with IFTTT
(short for If This Then That). Photo hobbyists now have a fast and simple way to take photos with their digital camera, wirelessly transfer and automatically sync them to Eyefi Cloud, and trigger customized and automated actions in IFTTT that simplify their workflow. Photo hobbyists can also now connect their cameras to over 125 Channels to quickly and easily trigger actions for how and where their photos are published and shared, how they are stored and how they integrate with other applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Evernote.
"As a photographer, I want to spend time behind the lens taking pictures, not in the office mired in the details of photo management," said Sergey Sus, recently named a Top Socially Influential Photographer. "Eyefi Cloud integration with IFTTT automates many of the manual tasks involved with organizing and posting photos to multiple social networks so I can share instantly and organize them the way I want without being burdened with multiple steps."
IFTTT enables anyone to create powerful connections with one simple statement: if this then that. Now Eyefi Cloud members can access the Eyefi Channel on IFTTT and create custom "Eyefi Recipes" that integrate with more than 125 other Channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Dropbox. Custom recipes help hobbyists save time by automating tasks that would otherwise be manual. For example, an Eyefi Recipe can be created so that if a photo in Eyefi Cloud is tagged "social," then it will automatically be posted to Twitter, Facebook or other networks, rather than having to individually post each photo. This gives photographers of all skill levels the ability to share pictures the moment they are captured, across the major social networks. In addition Eyefi Recipes can be created to send favorite pictures from social networks to a personal photo library. For example, if a photo on Instagram is tagged #myfavorite then it will automatically be uploaded to Eyefi Cloud.
"We are constantly improving digital camera connectivity, and our integration with IFTTT supports that," said Sam Hui, Vice President Products at Eyefi. "Eyefi Cloud integration with IFTTT eliminates manual tasks, enabling digital cameras to directly connect to the Internet and social networking applications with ease."
Earlier this year, Eyefi announced Eyefi Cloud, a private photo-centric cloud service that makes newly captured photos instantly available on a smartphone, tablet, PC or smart TV. Eyefi Cloud is designed for photo enthusiasts who require the superior image quality provided by digital cameras but are frustrated with the time-consuming processes required to enjoy those photos on multiple devices. Eyefi Cloud, along with the Eyefi Mobi wireless SD card and Eyefi Mobi apps, allows every picture taken to be instantly organized and accessible, anytime anywhere—to enjoy, curate and share securely and privately. B&H
carries Eyefi wireless memory cards
Post Date: 8/27/2014 8:05:48 AM CT Posted By: Sean
London, UK, August 27, 2014 – Canon today announces its activity programme at Visa pour l’Image 2014, the annual festival of photojournalism held in Perpignan, France. Championing the festival for 25 years, Canon is a long-running supporter of the illustrious event and will showcase its leading range of products and services at the show, whilst offering expertise to the 3,000 accredited professional photojournalists registered to attend.
Canon will be running an exciting interactive programme of events throughout the 7 day festival that highlights the very best in photojournalism and reflects the company’s passion for powerful images. The Canon programme will include:
Canon experience zone
The Canon experience zone at the festival will display Canon’s vast range of professional products – from image capture through to printing – with the opportunity for photographers to experience the latest products for themselves. Accredited photographers can also visit the CPS depot where there will be the opportunity to have their equipment checked, cleaned and have small repairs undertaken, all for free.
Creative inspiration for attendees
Canon continues to work with an impressive line-up of leading industry professionals, focussing on promoting the best in photojournalism. As part of the seminar line-up, Canon Ambassador Ziv Koren will be hosting a technical workshop, which will provide attendees with an overview of using the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X in low-light. Seminars will take place in the Palais des Congrès, with the full programme to be announced on the Canon Professional Network site (http://cpn.canon-europe.com) in the coming weeks.
The work of other Canon Ambassadors will be showcased throughout the festival, including Canon Explorer Sarah Caron who will be displaying iconic images from her forthcoming book Movida Massala, which celebrates Pakistan’s diverse and rapidly evolving fashion industry.
In partnership with Canon, experts and photojournalists from Getty Images will also be hosting a series of roundtables, showcasing the award-winning photojournalism the company is renowned for, as well as providing insight, expertise and advisory into how aspiring photojournalists can stand out in today’s competitive landscape.
Evening screenings of exhibitors’ and photographers’ work will take place daily throughout the festival at the Campo Santo and Place de la République.
Canon Female Photojournalist Award: Viviane Dalles
Canon has again sponsored the Female Photojournalist Award 2014, which will be presented at Visa pour l’Image. Supported by ELLE magazine, this year’s award is granted by Canon to Viviane Dalles, for her project, Teenage mothers in North of France. Dalles will receive a grant at the award ceremony on 6th September 2014, to support her portfolio of work. All entrants have been judged on both previous works and plans for future projects. In addition, the 2013 winner, Mary Calvert, will be exhibiting her work on the War Within at the festival.
Celebrating the Ian Parry scholarship
In honour of the 25th anniversary of the esteemed Ian Parry scholarship, an exhibition of iconic images from the entrants will be showcased at the festival, all of which will be printed on Canon’s imagePROGRAF large format printer. Canon will also provide the 2014 winner with an EOS 5D Mark III to aid them with their chosen assignment, alongside the main grant provided to allow them to shoot their project.
Post Date: 8/27/2014 7:40:16 AM CT Posted By: Sean
is featuring special pricing on select Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX Cameras
with up to 50% off. Eligible Refurbished Cameras
- Nikon COOLPIX AW110
- Nikon COOLPIX L27
- Nikon COOLPIX L28
- Nikon COOLPIX L610
- Nikon COOLPIX L620
- Nikon COOLPIX P510
- Nikon COOLPIX S800c
- Nikon COOLPIX S1100PJ
- Nikon COOLPIX S1200
- Nikon COOLPIX S3500
Post Date: 8/27/2014 6:55:41 AM CT Posted By: Sean
is now shipping the Nikon D810 DSLR Filmmaker's Kit
with free expedited shipping. Nikon D810 Filmmaker's Kit Includes:
- Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
- AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
- AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens
- AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
- Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder
- ME-1 Stereo Microphone
- Tiffen 58mm Variable ND Filter
- Tiffen 67mm Variable ND Filter
- HC-E1 18" HDMI Cable
- Two EN-EL15 Li-Ion Batteries
Post Date: 8/26/2014 6:16:32 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Eric Stoner has written an informative article
for the Canon Digital Learning Center with helpful tips for capturing better cycling photos.
From the Canon Digital Learning Center
As a cycling enthusiast, I also really enjoy the opportunity to photograph a pro cycling event. Since 1985, there has been a pro cycling race in my hometown of Philadelphia every June. It’s sort of a yearly ritual for me to photograph the event and this year was no exception.
Preparation is a major key to great sports photography and it certainly pays to do your homework before an event like this. Learning the road course BEFORE the race is the key to knowing where the best shots may occur. Knowing where the sun will be at certain locations on the course will prove valuable, so driving the race route will allow you to pre-visualize your shots..."
Read the entire article at the Canon Digital Learning Center
Post Date: 8/26/2014 3:11:30 PM CT Posted By: Sean
has a new, wonderfully fun and useful page dedicated to learning about Canon lenses. It's called... The Canon Lens Experience:
Stories from the Masters & Interactive Learning Tools
On the page you'll find 5 sections:
- Virtual (Focal Length, Aperture, Tilt-Shift, Image Stabilization & Macro)
- Lenses (Prime, Special & Zoom)
- Why Canon
In the Experiences
section, B&H interviews professional photographers in various photographic genres. One of my personal favorites was an interview with Gregory Heisler on portrait photography, but many other well-known photographers are included covering architectural to wildlife photography and everything in between.
The Virtual section
allows the user to see how various aspects of a lens can make or break a shot. See how scenes change as the focal length, aperture or tilt is varied. You can also see a demonstration of the helpfulness of image stabilization and the benefits of using macro lenses.
section allows you to scroll through Canon's vast number of lenses and see a short summary of each lens. The product line is organized into three parts – Prime, Special & Zoom lenses.
The Why Canon
section is simply a link to a previously published B&H Explora article called "Everything You Need to Know about Canon Lenses."
. The article does a good job explaining the design elements of a lens and the significance of various things such as coatings, fluorite glass, aspheric lenses and diffractive optics.
And as you might have guessed, the Glossary
provides a resource for explaining all those obscure sounding words related to photography. Abbe Number, anyone?
Overall, the The Canon Lens Experience
page is an enjoyable way to learn about Canon lenses. Take a look – I think you'll agree!
And for a more in-depth look at specific lenses, you might want to check out this handy resource
Post Date: 8/26/2014 2:10:17 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Capturing good butterfly pictures can be challenging. Perhaps the biggest two challenges to butterfly photography are constant, significant subject motion and tattered wings.
Butterflies are seldom still and often have a mild fear of humans. Add a little wind to their lightweight, wing-dominated bodies and even a stationary butterfly has motion.
Tattered wings are often best overcome by finding a new subject. It is hard to get a great butterfly picture without a near perfect wings and butterfly wings seem to deteriorate rapidly in their short lives. Even good quality subjects can require significant post processing to make wing repairs.
Raise your own subjects and these two challenges are erased. Well, erased for a short period of time at least. The kids have taken such an interest in monarch butterflies that we now have milkweed (the monarch caterpillar's food source) growing amongst a section of our house landscape. I'm not sure what others think about these "weeds" in our landscape, but ... the girls collected some monarch eggs this summer and raised them indoors, out of the reach of predators. Last week, the monarch metamorphosis moved from the chrysalis stage to the butterfly stage.
A bit of warning is given before the butterflies hatch – the color of the chrysalis turns from bright green to transparent, showing the dark butterfly tightly packaged inside. But, it takes a watchful eye to see the chrysalis open as this event occurs very quickly. Once open, the monarch pumps its wings up rather quickly and then appears to remain the same – and motionless – for a long enough period of time to capture many photos.
I was ready for this particular hatching. I had the milkweed leaf holding the chrysalis in a Delta Grip-It Clamp
that was sitting on the kitchen island. A moderate distance behind the main subject was a cardboard box with a sheet of printer paper taped onto it.
A Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Flash
was mounted to a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens
and the lens was mounted to a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR
. A Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
was in its shoe stand and configured as an optical remote slave to the ring flash.
The perfect-condition butterfly hatched and hung motionless from its chrysalis while I went into action.
The lighting I used for the butterfly image series I captured on this day, and a great technique for lighting in general, was separated by layer. The ring lite was providing the main subject layer lighting and the slave 600EX-RT took care of the background light with brightness levels individually controlled from the ring lite. With a white background and a set of Rogue Flash Gels
, I was able to create a large variety of background colors for the images, but this particular shot's background was simply a green notebook. A variation I incorporated into some images, to create a less-even background color, was to use a coarsely crinkled sheet of aluminum foil as a reflector beside the printer paper.
After nearly two hours of posing, the butterfly became active and was released outdoors. After the forth butterfly hatched in as many days, I had enough willpower to just observe the process without a camera.
Camera and Lens Settings
100mm f/11.0 1/200s ISO 100 3840 x 5760px
Post Date: 8/26/2014 1:14:53 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Canon STM lenses capture great photos and even better videos. They’re named after a new kind of technology called a Stepping Motor, which lets the lenses focus smoothly and quietly.
Want more? Check out the "Day in the Life - Behind the Scenes"
video. Relevant Reviews:
Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:29:49 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Following up on Jeff’s “The 15 Features of the DSLR That Every Photographer Should Know”
, and “The 15 Features of Photoshop That Every Photographer Should Know”
, this presentation discusses 15 of the most common mistakes that people make when taking photos. Jeff will discuss composition, proper use of flash, good focus technique and much more. As always, with Jeff, we know that his stories will be as much fun as his photos. Learn the techniques that pro sports photographers use to get better photos.
Post Date: 8/26/2014 12:09:56 PM CT Posted By: Sean
The following Nikon firmware updats are now available:
All of the firmware updates contain the following modification:
Note: Camera firmware must be updated before distortion control data can be updated to Ver. L: 2.000 or later.
- Support for distortion control data Ver. L: 2.000 and later has been added.
You can download the firmware updates using the links above. B&H
carries the Nikon D610
Post Date: 8/26/2014 10:49:33 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Nikon: IMPORTANT
Updates included with this release C:1.10 - dated August 26, 2014
- 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
- When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
- When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system. They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
- Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
- The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
- The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons has been revised.
- The following issues have been resolved.
- When NEF (RAW) recording > Image size in the shooting menu was set to RAW S (Small), the number of shots possible with uninterrupted shooting (buffer capacity, C-REM) displayed by the camera differed depending upon the NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth setting selected.\
- When Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take pictures with Record set to PC+CARD, and Secondary slot function in the camera's shooting menu set to Overflow, the shutter could not be released when the memory card in the primary slot became full.
- When Image review in the playback menu was set to On, images were sometimes not displayed in the monitor when the shutter was released while exposure meters were off.
- When images were output to an HDMI device, resolution seemed insufficient with display in full-frame playback mode (did not apply to playback zoom display).
- When images, captured with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, were automatically displayed in the monitor immediately after capture, auto distortion control was sometimes not applied.
- When the multiple exposure function was used to capture images with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, auto distortion control was not applied to the recorded images.
- When an image to which an image comment had been added was copied to White balance > Preset manual, only the first 24 characters of the image comment were copied.
- If log-in to the FTP server failed when network settings were applied with Wired LAN selected for Network > Choose hardware in the camera's setup menu, and FTP upload selected as the connection type and IP address acquisition set to Obtain automatically with the Connection Wizard, the IP address displayed when the camera tried again to obtain it automatically was "000.000.000.000".
- When a movie recorded at a frame rate of 30p, 25p, or 24p was played back on a TV to which the camera was connected via HDMI with HDMI > Output resolution in the the camera's setup menu set to 1080p (progressive), display on the TV was distorted.
- When a file containing an IPTC preset (IPTC information) that included double-byte characters in its profile was copied to the camera, the camera froze when attempting to view the contents of the IPTC preset.
- When Add items was selected for My Menu, OK was displayed even for items that cannot be added.
- When Language in the setup menu was set to Arabic, text and icons in some menu displays overlapped, and text was positioned too far to the right.
Nikon D4S Firmware C:1.10 - Windows
Update Instructions (English) - Windows
| Macintosh B&H
carries the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
Post Date: 8/26/2014 9:21:45 AM CT Posted By: Sean
This video was apparently uploaded to the Canon YouTube Channel back in July. However, it's an unlisted video – meaning it doesn't show up in the channel content or in searches. I stumbled across it on the CDLC
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:
Join Canon Digital Learning Center contributor Jem Schofield as he shows how to use the various AF Modes built into the Canon EOS 70D when recording video. B&H
carries the Canon EOS 70D
Post Date: 8/26/2014 7:17:19 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 8/26/2014 6:50:22 AM CT Posted By: Sean