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 Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Nikon D810A DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
The D810A Provides New Features Specifically for Astrophotography, Nikon Also Announces Availability of D750 Filmmaker’s Kit
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new D810A, a DSLR optimized for astrophotography and other scientific applications. By modifying the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength, Nikon has created a camera that gives photographers the ability to capture the diffuse nebulae in the night sky and to create colorful, breathtaking celestial images. The D810A shares its architecture with the powerful and professional high-resolution Nikon D810 DSLR and includes other new features designed uniquely to help capture the cosmos, letting users achieve sharp and vibrant images of the universe.
 
“The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The camera’s distinctive feature set and powerful imaging capabilities make it an appealing option for those who are ready to discover the fantastic cosmic features that are hidden among the stars.”
 
I AM Star Struck: DSLR Optimized for Astrophotography
The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.
 
In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810’s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio.
 
The D810A also adds a new Virtual Exposure Preview Mode, which displays an estimated preview image and is available when shooting at shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds when in Live View. The brightened preview image represents a 30 second exposure, simplifying focusing and composition.
 
The Best of Both Worlds
The Nikon D810A is based off of the Nikon D810 architecture and retains all of the features that make it a powerful tool for creating images. Users will be able to produce photos of the heavens in super high resolution thanks to the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. The image sensor works in tandem with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 Image processing engine to deliver images with low noise and a dynamic range that is nothing short of stellar. The D810A also features an Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Mode, letting the electronic front curtain act as a shutter when in live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This feature minimizes vibrations to attain maximum sharpness when shooting subjects at very slow shutter speeds. The camera also features a durable magnesium alloy body that is sealed against dirt and moisture, giving users peace of mind when getting away from the city lights means a trek off of the beaten path.
 
The Nikon D810A is compatible with a wide range of high quality NIKKOR lenses and accessories, including wireless infrared remotes, cable releases and the new WR-1 wireless remote system. Additionally, Nikon’s Capture NX-D software is available as a free download, and it will feature a new option for Astro Noise Reduction for use with D810A image files.
 
Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit
For users who are looking to take advantage of the Nikon D750’s advanced video capabilities, Nikon is now offering a Filmmaker’s Kit that includes everything needed to get started in the world of cinema. The kit contains three NIKKOR lenses in popular focal lengths, including the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens; all which provide stunning HD clarity and excellent depth of field control for filmmakers. The kit also contains two additional EN-EL15 batteries, an ME-1 Stereo Microphone, one Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops) for superior control of light. In addition, the Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit features custom foam inserts, which are ideally sized for use in a hard case for transporting equipment to your next video production.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon D810A will be available in late May 2015 and pricing will be announced at a later date. The Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit will be available in late February for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,999.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810A and D750 Filmmaker's Kit available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/10/2015 7:57:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Sigma has just announced a lens that closely resembles another highly successful model in their lineup, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. If these two lenses share similar image quality, the 24 Art is a certain hit.
 
From Sigma:
 
Sigma Corporation of America Introduces New 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens at CP+ Imaging Show
 
Latest Global Vision Art lens offers highest-quality optical performance in its class
 
YOKOHAMA, Japan — February 10, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s iconic Art line-up. The announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015, which begins on Feb. 12 in Yokohama, Japan.
 
The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well. The 24mm also excels at indoor photography in low illumination thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded aperture blades. The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. The 24mm incorporates both "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field. Moreover, the optimized power layout includes aspherical elements that are positioned in the rear of the lens for improved wide open performance. This helps to ensure minimal distortion through the correction of axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. The new lens element design also delivers excellent peripheral brightness.
 
“The Sigma Art lenses are recognized by photographers for world-class performance, and the new 24mm F1.4 DG HSM will be a significant contribution to our selection of fast aperture prime lenses which is quickly becoming a strong force in the industry” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma is redefining the expectations of fast-aperture full-frame prime lens performance, especially wide-open, and the results the 24mm F1.4 will deliver will be up to the exacting standards set by the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM .”
 
Other updates to this lens include a new full-time manual focusing mechanism that switches to manual focusing, simply by rotating the focus ring, even when AF is being used, first introduced on the 50mm Art. This allows the photographer to make focus adjustments quickly and easily. As with all new lenses under the Global Vision categories, every 24mm will be tested using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” in the company’s factory in Japan.
 
Other lenses in the Art line include 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM, 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, 19mm F2.8 DN, 30mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN.
 
The 24mm F1.4 is compatible with Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens’ firmware and change focus parameters as well as manual focus over-ride using Sigma's Optimization Pro software. It is also compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service. The lens will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts, and timing, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
 
Ordering the Sigma 24 Art Lens
 
Hopefully the fulfillment process for this lens is more expediant than we are currently experiencing with the 150-600 Sports and 24-105 Art lenses. While many lenses are introduced to relatively low demand, my expectation is that this is not one of them.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts on their site, but preorders are not currently being accepted.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/10/2015 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 9, 2015
Lens Decentering
I mentioned that reviewing the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens was one of my top priorities and a friend came to my rescue by providing a copy of this lens to test. I have good news and bad news to report.
 
I temporarily added image quality results to the review page but have subsequently taken them down. After comparing the results from this lens to the Canon EF 100-400mm L IS II USM Lens and Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens, I was left quite disappointed. Further evaluation revealed a strong likelihood of a decentering issue with this lens.
 
Shown in the image accompanying this post is the near-top-left and the near-top-right crop from one of the test images. The top left crop is obviously very significantly sharper than the top right, which is the crop that shows in the site's image quality tests. A similar difference can be seen over the entire focal length range of this lens.
 
The bad news of course is that such an issue is showing in a lens this nice (and this new). That is very disappointing. However, I expect that Sigma will be able to resolve the problem and that leads to the good news: that top left crop from a 150mm wide open aperture is looking really nice. I remain optimistic that this is a really nice lens overall, with image quality to match the high grade look and feel of this lens.
 
We'll test another copy of this lens as soon as we can get our hands on one.
 
The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens is still not in stock, but is available for preorder B&H.
Post Date: 2/9/2015 9:09:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Genaray LED-6200T 144 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light
For today only, B&H has the Genaray LED-6200T 144 LED Variable-Color On-Camera Light available for $79.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $139.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Professional Series On-Camera LED Light
  • Stepless 3200-5600K Color Dial
  • 640 Lux Brightness @ 3 ft Distance
  • Vertically and Horizontally Stackable
  • 10 - 100% Flicker Free Brightness Dimmer
  • Magnetic Snap-On Diffuser
  • Swivel & Tilt Ball Head
  • Sony L-Series Battery Mount
  • Includes NP-F550 Battery
  • AC or DC Power Option
Post Date: 2/9/2015 7:53:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Microsoft:
 
Image Composite Editor (ICE) is an advanced panoramic image stitcher created by the Microsoft Research Computational Photography Group. Given a set of overlapping photographs of a scene shot from a single camera location, the app creates a high-resolution panorama that seamlessly combines the original images. ICE can also create a panorama from a panning video, including stop-motion action overlaid on the background. Finished panoramas can be shared with friends and viewed in 3D by uploading them to the Photosynth web site. Panoramas can also be saved in a wide variety of image formats, including JPEG, TIFF, and Photoshop’s PSD/PSB format, as well as the multiresolution tiled format used by HD View and Deep Zoom.
 
Download: Microsoft Image Composite Editor v2.0
Category: Microsoft News
Post Date: 2/9/2015 7:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens available for $247.00. Compare at $396.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 2/9/2015 7:06:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 8, 2015
Freehands Men's Softshell Photo Gloves
For today only, B&H has the Freehands Men's Softshell Photo Gloves (Large) available for $17.95 with free shipping. Regularly $34.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Zippered Memory Card Pocket
  • Fleece Lined for Warmth
  • Elastic Wrist Cinch
  • Magnetic Finger Tips
Post Date: 2/8/2015 8:22:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 5, 2015
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From Photoshelter:
 
Joe McNally has proven to be one of the most influential photographers of our time, even called “perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today” by American Photo.
 
Over the years, Joe has learned invaluable lessons about creating fantastic work, the industry, and how to transverse shifts in technology while staying relevant. Join us for this special webinar as PhotoShelter’s Allen Murabayashi and Joe discuss his career, advice he would give to those just starting in the business, an inside look at some of his work and the stories behind the images.
 
In this webinar Joe & Allen will cover:
 
  • Being successful with a “generalist” approach to photography
  • Dealing with economic downturns and financial hardships
  • Honest advice and inspiration for those just starting in the industry
  • Adjusting to the physical demands of being a photographer
  • A specific look at some of Joe’s most famous projects
Tuesday, Feb. 10th
 
12:00pm Eastern
11:00am Central
10:00am Mountain
9:00am Pacific
5:00pm GMT
 
Sign up today, space is limited!
 
Register Now!
Post Date: 2/5/2015 2:33:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Icon
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom mobile 1.3 for iPhone and iPad is now available as an update in the App Store. The goal of this update is to provide new features and bug fixes for issues identified in previous versions of Lightroom mobile.
 
Release Notes
 
New Features:
 
  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Easily find your favorite images ! The new Segmented view in Collections gives you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Want to pass your device around the family to look at your photos? With Presentation Mode, you can do that without worrying about your flags, ratings and adjustments being accidentally changed.
Bug fixes:
 
  • Abnormal exit that occurred when downloading images for offline use and account token expires
  • Issues creating collections after initial login
  • Abnormal exit when editing account settings
  • When opening an image in other applications, Lr mobile incorrectly provided an .ig file instead of a jpeg file. This only occurred with Dropbox and Adobe Reader.
  • Unable to open smart previews from certain Fuji RAF raw files
Download Adobe Lightroom Mobile 1.3 from the App Store.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/5/2015 1:10:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Great news from our partners at Think Tank Photo. For the month of February, whenever you order one of their rugged, multifunction, and secure backpacks* they will give you for free your choice of one of their popular App House 8 ($44.75 value) or App House 10 ($54.75 value) tablet cases.
 
Their backpacks range from the field-oriented StreetWalker backpacks to their transportation-oriented Airport backpacks, as well as their expandable Shape Shifter and Long Glass backpacks.
 
The AppHouse shoulder/belt-mounted tablet bags are a great way to carry a digital portfolio or presentation, transmit images, or access your music, games, apps and more.
 
And don’t forget, as a friend of the site, whenever you order $50 or more of any Think Tank gear using our links you can add yet one more free item to your order, as well as free shipping! To receive your free AppHouse follow the rebate download instructions on the backpacks’ product pages.
 
* Note: this special offer does not apply to Perception backpacks.
Post Date: 2/5/2015 10:01:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samsung ATIV Book 9 15.6
Deal Zone: For today only, B&H has the Samsung ATIV Book 9 15.6" Multi-Touch Notebook Computer available for $1,399.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,899.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4500U (Haswell)
  • 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • 15.6" Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
  • 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, WiDi
  • Samsung Link, S Player+, S PhotoStudio
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Post Date: 2/5/2015 7:34:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer
B&H has the new Sekonic C-700 SpectroMaster Spectrometer in stock. The version with wireless flash triggering is available for preorder.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Measures LED, HMI, Fluorescent,
  • Measures Tungsten, Natural Light, Flash
  • 4.3" Touchscreen with 9 Display Modes
  • Displays Rosco, Lee, Fuji, Wratten Names
  • Displays CRI, White Balance Compensation
  • Multiple Light Comparison
  • CMOS Sensor and Linear Variable Filter
  • Stores 99 Full-data Measurements
  • Reads Color Temp. from (1,600-40,000K)
  • Reads 0.09 to 18,600 fc (1-200,000 lux)
Post Date: 2/5/2015 6:52:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 2/5/2015 6:33:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART Lens
Adorama has a Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART Lens Bundle (review) available for $679.00 with free shipping. Compare at $799.00. (thanks Masaki)
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Sigma 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM ART Lens
  • ProOptic 72mm Digital Essentials Filter Kit
  • Adorama Cleaning Kit for Optics
  • ProOptic Universal Lens Cap Tether
  • ProOptic Lens Wrap, 15x15" (400x400mm), Black
Update: Unfortunately, this deal has expired.
Post Date: 2/4/2015 4:37:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Consumers with Great Stories Invited to Share Photos Using #IAmNextContest for a Chance to Win a Nikon Camera and be Featured as the Next Voice of Generation Image
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. has announced the #IAmNextContest to search for the next passionate individual to share their story for a chance to be featured as the next representative of Generation Image. This contest is the latest component of the “I Am Generation Image” integrated campaign, Nikon’s platform to amplify the voices of individuals who want to stand out in a world of visual noise. In addition to being featured among seven others on Iamgenerationimage.com, the crowd-sourced winner will receive a complete Nikon D750 camera system, and a platform to tell their story to the world.
 
“Each and every one of us shares more visual content than ever before, and we all have amazing stories to share; but with all of this visual noise, it’s easy for our images and their intent to get lost. With this contest we want to invite more people to share what they are passionate about with the world and be heard,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc.
 
#IamNextContest
Whether it’s family, a project, a hobby or a charitable cause, we all have something we want to share far beyond our immediate social networks. Starting today, all members of Generation Image are encouraged to upload their photos or videos to either Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #IAmNextContest. This is a chance for these individuals to reveal to the world what they are passionate about, and have their message reach further than ever before. The submission period will close on March 3, 2015, and finalists will be announced in late March 2015. From these finalists, the community will vote for the winner whose story needs to be shared.
 
The winner will receive the same full-featured camera kit used by the other individuals representing Generation Image and will be invited to become a part of the campaign. Along with the acclaimed Nikon D750 DSLR camera, the winner will get a full complement of lenses and accessories, including the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4 VR, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G ED and telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 VR lenses, to ensure that their images are captured with maximum clarity and fidelity. The winner will also have an opportunity to be featured prominently on the IAmGenerationImage web site, which is an immersive portal celebrating this generation as the first to overwhelmingly express themselves through images on a global scale.
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Post Date: 2/4/2015 1:11:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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