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 Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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Use promotion code PXLOVE8X8 at AdoramaPix to receive an 8x8 Photo Book (14 pages) for $14.00.
 
Or you can promotion code PXLOVMTL25 to get 25% Off custom metal prints.
Post Date: 2/4/2014 10:22:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D800 SLR Digital Camera available for $2,332.71 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95.
 
Note: This is most likely a grey market item and not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 2/4/2014 9:27:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Capture NX
From Nikon:
 
Updates included with 2.4.6
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions:

  • Support for RAW images captured with the D3300 has been added.
  • Advanced settings, such as Sharpening, under Camera Settings > Picture Control in the Develop section of the Edit List palette can now be adjusted, even when Unchanged is selected for Picture Control when RAW images are opened.
  • The following modifications and additions have been applied to White Balance > New WB in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette.
  • An Auto 1 option has been added to White Balance > New WB options. Capture NX 2 adjusts white balance for colors similar to those achieved in images captured with a camera's Auto 1 (Normal) * white balance setting.
  • However, only RAW images captured with the following cameras are supported.
  • The D7000 and later digital SLR cameras
  • Advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses
  • The COOLPIX A as well as the COOLPIX P7100 and later COOLPIX cameras that support recording in the NRW format
  • *Auto white balance setting with cameras that do not offer an Auto 2 (Keep warm lighting colors) option
  • Adjustment units available with the Tint option have been changed from 1 to 0.01 for more precise specification.
  • The adjustment range for Fine Adjustment when Direct sunlight is selected for Daylight has been expanded from 4132–7042k to 2500–7042k.
  • Adjustment using Fine Adjustment and Tint is now possible when Recorded Value, Auto 1, Auto 2, or Underwater is selected.

The following issues have been resolved:
 
Windows version only

  • An error occurred when XMP/IPTC files created with Capture NX 2.4.3 or earlier were opened:
  • Details specified in the Print layout dialog and page setup dialog displayed with selection of Page Setup... in the File menu were not applied.

Macintosh version only

  • When image files saved to a disk formatted using the FAT32 architecture were edited and saved, editing details were not applied.
  • Support for Mac OS X version 10.6 has been eliminated

Download:
Capture NX 2.4.6 - Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/4/2014 6:35:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 03, 2014
Promote Systems Promote Control DSLR Controller
From Promote Systems:
 
Major Firmware Update 3.0 for Promote Control Brings Video Control, Improvements in Time-Lapse and Bulb Ramping Support
 
HOUSTON, Texas — February 3, 2014 — Promote Systems, designer and manufacturer of electronic accessories for DSLR cameras, announced today a major firmware upgrade for the company’s flagship DSLR remote control, the Promote Control. The Promote Control has long enriched photographers’ creative arsenal with advanced techniques including high-speed HDR bracketing, Focus Stacking, Time-Lapse, high-precision Bulb Ramping with ISO control. Firmware Version 3.0 now adds an exciting video mode, support for Sigma SD1/SD1 Merrill cameras and significant improvements in Time-Lapse and Bulb Ramping modes, making a great device even better.
 
The new firmware upgrade is available as a free download at http://promote-control.com/support.
 

 
OVERVIEW OF KEY NEW FEATURES
 
Video mode
The Promote Control’s new Video mode allows you to remotely control Canon digital SLR cameras capable of Live View video recording. You can remotely control aperture, ISO, shutter speed and even perform a rack focus while recording.
 
Repeated Time-Lapse
You can now automatically repeat a Time-Lapse sequence at pre-defined intervals. This highly requested feature is an invaluable addition to the Promote Control’s Time-Lapse mode allowing easy set-up of long-term projects such as capturing the construction of a building or showing the changing season. The Promote Control gives you the flexibility to set intervals as long as several hours or as short as 1/10 of a second, take an unlimited number of frames and create HDR Time Lapses. In addition, for exceptional results, the device can also be paired with most third-party dollies and motion control heads.
 
FULL LIST OF NEW FEATURES
 
Video (NEW!)

  • Perform a rack focus.
  • Remotely start, stop and change exposure (aperture, speed and ISO) both before and while recording.
  • Supported cameras: Canon digital SLR cameras capable of Live View and video recording.

HDR

  • Automatic switch to Bulb exposure in HDR mode - now with more cameras (Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, 1Dx and more).
  • Reverse order for HDR bracketing - take bracketed frames from highlights to shadows (longer to shorter exposures respectively), or vise-versa.
  • Optional HDR bracket shifts (e.g. shoot an HDR sequence not around your Mid exposure, but shifted up or down).

Time-Lapse

  • Repeated Time-Lapse - automatically repeat a Time-Lapse sequence e.g. every 24 hours, ad infinitum.
  • Time-Lapse intervals as short as 1/10 of a second.
  • "Time-Lapse exposure setting mode" Setup Setting - elect to set exposure on camera or with Promote Control.

Bulb Ramping

  • ND filters can now be specified up to 10EV and with 0.1EV precision.
  • Enhanced precision of interval timer.
  • Curve shifting - begin the ramping portion sooner or later than originally programmed
  • Pause ramping - pictures will continue to be taken, but exposures will remain the same while ramping is paused.
  • Intervals can be measured from end of previous exposure to the start of next one. This prevents interval overruns, but may have an effect of your video speeding up or slowing down due to changing the effective interval (when ramping into longer or shorter exposures respectively). Due to this side effect, this interval measuring mode can also be used intentionally for interval ramping.

Other

  • "Save/restore camera settings" Setup Setting. If enabled, exposure will be restored to settings from before sequence began.
  • Mode switching shortcuts - assign keyboard shortcuts for your favorite Promote Control modes.
  • Battery status indicator.
  • Nikon/Canon silent / quiet shutter modes are now supported.

SUPPORTED CAMERAS
 
All modern Nikon and Canon DSLRs, as well as select Sigma and Sony cameras. For a full list, go to http://www.promote-control.com/compatibility.
 
B&H carries the Promote Control DSLR Remote Controller.

Post Date: 2/3/2014 5:55:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Sigma:
 
Sigma Corporation of America to Release Two MTF Charts for Measurement of Lenses
 
Company releases the data of Geometric and Diffraction MTF charts for Global Vision Lenses
 
RONKONKOMA, N.Y., — February 3, 2014 – 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 that the company will now release a Geometrical MTF (Modulation Transfer Function) chart in addition to a Diffraction MTF chart when measuring the performance of all new Global Vision lenses.
 
MTF charts are important because they help photographers better understand the optical quality of lenses. Sigma has traditionally released Diffraction MTF data because it takes the diffraction quality of light into consideration, which can dramatically affect the data outcome. Diffracted light exists at every aperture, giving photographers a more accurate measurement of how the lens will perform in real life. Although Geometric MTF data is easier to measure and calculate since it does not consider the diffraction quality of light, it tends to show higher values in the graph and less defined results.
 
“As a family-owned organization, we hold ourselves and the products we design to a very high standard,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our customer’s expect high quality products and by sharing both MTF charts for all our new lenses, we are able to help guide them in making the most informed purchase decisions based on how our lenses will perform in actual photography situations.”
 
As a leader in technology and innovation, Sigma Corporation is committed to showing the true value and quality standards of all Sigma Global Vision lenses. Every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped from the factory in Japan. By making both MTF charts available, Sigma is providing its customers with accurate measurements of its lenses and giving photographers a chance to see the full potential of Sigma’s lenses.
 
B&H carries Sigma lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/3/2014 1:44:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Hot Deal: Until March 31, Adobe is once again offering their Photoshop Photography Program to all photographers - no previous version of Photohop is required for registration.
 
That's Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month with a 1-year commitment whether you currently own Photoshop or not.
 
For what its worth, I'm a Photoshop Photography Program member and love it. In my opinion, the software is well worth the small monthly fee. [Sean]
Canon Speedlite Selfie
Well, the flashes did not take their own picture, but they at least self-lit this one. You may recognize the above image from the recently-posted Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash review. I thought you might want to know a little more about the somewhat unusual image.
 
This shows 6 Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash units lighting themselves. The flashes were triggered from a Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter mounted on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR with settings of ISO 100, f/11 and 1/200. I used a Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens set to 57mm.
 
The six flash units are in their included shoe stands and their heads are angled to -7 degrees (slightly downward). The flashes are sitting on a black back-painted glass desk surface. I am standing on a stool with my feet just under the glass table top and leaning forward until the center AF point was centered in the reflection of the lens. Yes, reflections of me in the glass were an issue. I partly resolved this problem by wrapping a black fleece jacket around my legs.
 
You would not believe how well this setup lights up dust and other imperfections in the glass. I microfiber-cloth-dusted immediately before and a couple of times during this shoot. But the strong angled light across the black surface still found lots of dust and made it glow. Photoshop's Dust and Scratches noise filter quickly removed most of the dust problem. I used the history brush to restore details that were removed with the dust (including the flash names).
 
Here is another similar image: Speedlite Art
Post Date: 2/3/2014 8:33:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From RØDE:
 
The RØDE invisiLav is designed to aid the concealing of the Lavalier and smartLav microphones.
 
Its soft construction absorbs noise and vibration, while the wide, flat profile provides coverage from the elements and allows for versatile mounting. There's two mounting points in scenarios where a redundant mic is required, and cable management on the side.
 
Available in either a pack of three or a bulk pack of ten, the invisiLav comes with pre-cut, skinsafe adhesive that can be used to stick the invisiLav to either the body or to fabric. The invisiLav itself is also made from a medical grade skin safe material so it can be mounted on the body without fear of irritation.
 
B&H carries the RØDE invisaLav.
Category: Roade News
Post Date: 2/3/2014 7:04:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 31, 2014
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Via CamRanger:
 
January 31, 2014 – CamRanger LLC is pleased to announce a firmware update for the award winning CamRanger. The newest update allows the photographer or videographer to simultaneously broadcast images or live feed to multiple iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Mac or Windows computers. The CamRanger allows advanced wireless camera control of over three dozen Canon DSLR and Nikon DSLR cameras and wireless tethering to an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows computer, including the option of wireless shooting into Lightroom. The CamRanger provides advanced remote control of the Canon or Nikon DSLR camera including changing settings, touch focus, remote live view, setting up advanced bracketing, intervalometer (time-lapse), automatic focus stacking, movie recording, as well as rating, comparing and viewing images.
 
The firmware update for the CamRanger allows the photographer to take photos from either the camera or from an iPad (or iPhone, Android device, Mac or Windows computer) and have clients, directors, colleagues, or students view the images or live feed from their own device using the “CamRanger Share” application which is specific for each platform. If the photographer or videographer has watermarks turned on then the person using the CamRanger Share app will see watermarks as well on their own device. Dave Pawlowski, lead developer, states, “We are pleased to provide the sharing feature to our customers as it will be a great help to photographers in the studio and classroom.”
 
In addition to adding the ability to share images the firmware update allows the photographer to bridge into an existing WiFi network. The CamRanger creates its own WiFi network, but if the photographer wants to bridge into a network to extend the WiFi range, or post images to the Internet or FTP server immediately, then this feature gives the photographer this option.
 
The CamRanger firmware update is available for no additional charge at CamRanger.com. The associated software is found at CamRanger.com. The CamRanger retails for $299.99 and is designed, developed and supported in the USA.
 
B&H carries the CamRanger.
Category: CamRanger News
Post Date: 1/31/2014 2:20:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refubished Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens available for $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new.
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Post Date: 1/31/2014 1:09:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Flag Kickstarter Page:
 
Flag is a phone and tablet app that prints your photos and mails them to you, your family or friends, for free.
 
Ad Supported Photo Printing
 
You can’t hang an iPad on a wall, you can’t mail an iPhone in a birthday card, and not every friend and relative uses the same social networks you do. That's why we love to print photos.
 
Unfortunately printing is expensive, often of poor quality, and not as flexible or fun as finishing photos with apps and filters. Flag is an app for iPhone that will change that.
 
Flag will be beautiful, clean and simple.
 
Flag’s ‘peekable thumbs’ view addresses the challenge of displaying photos on phones and tablets without compromise or waste. You can see the whole of a portrait or landscape image, without tapping to open it up, by tilting your device. (NB: unlike this animation our test code is buttery smooth).
 
Flag allows anyone (within the US to start) to print and mail a pack of 20 photos each month for free. You can keep the prints yourself, or send them to the people you love. If you want more than 20 a month you can buy as many as you need.
 
To make photo printing fun – for the first time by our reckoning – we’ve designed a photo finishing system ready for the 21st century. Museum quality (Giclée) printers, German 220 gram photo paper from sustainable sources, laser cutters, and robots with carbon fiber arms will allow Flag to deliver prints, for free, that are better than any you can pay for today. We want to turn your memories into mementos you can be proud of.
 
Read more Flag on the project's Kickstarter Page.
Post Date: 1/31/2014 12:46:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The Canon Professional Network has an Infobank article called "Exposure settings: ISO speed in the digital age" which explains the history and develpment of our photographic light-sensitivity standard.
 
I found the article both interesting and informative, so I thought I'd share it. [Sean]
Post Date: 1/31/2014 10:03:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW Bag
Ritz Camera has the Lowepro Toploader Pro 70 AW available for $39.99. Compare at $61.99.
Post Date: 1/31/2014 7:19:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Eye-Fi:
 
Eye-Fi Labs Gives Mobi Customers Early Access to Upcoming Offerings
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 30, 2014 — Eye-Fi (www.eyefi.com), the global leader in wireless memory cards, is offering all Eye-Fi Mobi users a sneak peek of its new mobile apps and cloud service designed to blend the best of digital camera photography with the full benefits of mobile Internet access. Users of the Eye-Fi Mobi card, the first SD card that automatically transfers photos from digital cameras to smartphones or tablets, can preview the new applications and services for iOS, Android or Kindle devices through Eye-fi Labs. In addition, Eye-Fi is offering a limited number of free Eye-Fi Mobi cards to qualified new users who wish to experience these products.
 
"The new capabilities we are previewing are a natural extension of the current Eye-Fi Mobi card and mobile apps and provide a unique and compelling way to link digital cameras with the power of the cloud," said Sam Hui, VP of product management of Eye-Fi. "We will work closely with customers to gain insights that we will use to refine the products with the goal of delivering a delightful end-to-end experience when the products are generally available."
 
Eye-Fi Labs is a customer engagement platform that permits Eye-Fi to directly engage consumers and partners as part of an agile product development process. Eye-Fi Labs provides consumers early access to preview and evaluate new Eye-Fi technology in order to refine and enhance products prior to their commercial release.
 
To participate in Eye-Fi Labs, customers must possess an Eye-Fi Mobi card. Eye-Fi is offering a limited number of Eye-Fi Mobi cards to qualified new users. To register for the preview or to view qualification criteria see: http://www.eye.fi/labs/beta
 
Since its launch in late 2013, Eye-Fi Labs has made several beta software releases available, including the Mobi Desktop Receivers for Windows PCs and Apple Mac platforms. Eye-Fi reserves the right to alter any of capabilities provided in Eye-Fi Labs and may or may not make them available commercially to the general public.
 
B&H carries Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Cards.
Category: Eye-Fi News
Post Date: 1/31/2014 6:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 30, 2014

 
From SmugMugFilms Youtube Channel:
 
A behind-the-scenes look at how photographer Jessica Ambats captures the beauty of flight. Jessica specializes in air-to-air photography, a high-stakes type of aerial photography that involves shooting from an airplane with the doors removed while the plane being photographed flies as close as 20 feet away*.
 
* Do not try this at home. ;-)
Post Date: 1/30/2014 1:52:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $409.00 new.
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Post Date: 1/30/2014 11:27:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with ColorMunki Smile Color Calibration Bundle
B&H has an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with ColorMunki Smile Color Calibration Bundle available for $149.00 with free shipping. Regularly $188.00 when purchased separately.
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera with 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon D610 DSLR with 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens available for $2,049.00. Compare at $2,496.95.
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Post Date: 1/30/2014 6:44:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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