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 Friday, September 18, 2015
Pinnacle Imaging Systems
From Pinnacle Imaging Systems:
Belmont, CA – September 16, 2015 – Today, Pinnacle Imaging Systems(TM), developer of the next generation of still and motion imaging technology, announced that it has acquired the intellectual property, products and trademarks developed by Unified Color Technologies(TM) with plans to expand beyond consumer-focused HDR software solutions to offer its technology as embedded HDR solutions for digital still and video camera designs. Pinnacle Imaging Systems will also continue to support and develop its award-winning still-image HDR applications, HDR Express(TM), HDR Expose(TM) and its Photoshop plug-in 32 Float under the Pinnacle Imaging Systems brand.
“This is an exciting time for our team as we are expanding our core color technology IP, which has long driven our consumer software applications, to now address video and embedded hardware designs,” said Alfred Zee, President & CEO of Pinnacle Imaging Systems. “With our technology embedded in next generation still and video cameras, system designers requiring improved video quality will be able to deliver the most accurate color and tonal rendition possible for real-time HDR capture.”
Enabling Color-Safe Real-Time HDR Video Capture
Throughout the history of digital imaging, photographers and filmmakers have been bound by the inherent contrast or dynamic range limitations of their capture devices, none of which were actually capable of rendering the contrast ranges that are visible to the human eye. It’s this uniquely human capability that continues to drive the demand for high definition, high dynamic range imaging and video, and Pinnacle Imaging Systems’ proprietary Beyond RGB(TM) color technology provides the most true to life results for those looking to maintain exacting color rendition consistent with that seen by the human eye.
By licensing its color technology to hardware developers, Pinnacle Imaging Systems will enable the next generation of video cameras to shoot real-time high dynamic range video that is completely safe from disorienting color shifts during video processing. For developers looking to deploy real-time, color-accurate high dynamic range video capture, Beyond RGB is the only color technology available today that can ensure color rendition as perceived by the human eye.
“HDR video capture is the new frontier for improving video quality and data capture for recognition. Currently, demand for HDR video is being driven from the top-down with digital content creators looking for HDR capabilities to be embedded into cameras and production equipment, and consumers seeking HDR-capable smart TV’s and set top boxes. Eventually that demand will trickle down into consumer mobile devices over the next three to five years,” said Ron Tussy, Principal Analyst, The Imerge Group. “Embedded HDR tone mapping will not only improve the quality of video, but is also a critical underlying technology necessary to improve data for applications such as depth mapping and recognition in automotive ADAS as well as security/surveillance applications. Pinnacle Imaging Systems, with their proprietary IP, is the only provider of embedded HDR video that keeps all the color data intact and does so without a color shift.”
Post Date: 9/18/2015 8:07:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens (review) available for $2,959.00. Compare at $3,599.00.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 9/18/2015 5:45:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Polsen VM-150 DSLR/Video Microphone
For a limited time, B&H has the Polsen VM-150 DSLR/Video Microphone available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.95.
Product Highlights
  • Compact Directional Condenser Microphone
  • Integrated Shockmount with Shoe Mount
  • 1/4"-20 Socket for Use with Boom Pole
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad
  • Switchable Low Cut Filter @ 80 Hz
  • Power Indicator & Signal Overload LEDs
  • 3.5mm Mini Plug Output Connector
  • 8" Coiled Cable
  • Windscreen & AAA Battery Included
Post Date: 9/18/2015 5:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 17, 2015

From Nikon USA:
Nikon Ambassador and naturalist Ron Magill shares his advice on macro photography from Zoo Miami.
B&H carries the Nikon D750, AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR & R1 Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.
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Post Date: 9/17/2015 10:35:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and 1Ds III along with flare, distortion and vignetting test results, MTF measurements and specs/measurements are now available on the Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens page.
If you have used Tokina's other zoom lenses featuring the push/pull AF/MF switching mechanism, this lens will feel familiar in your hands.
B&H has the Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens in Nikon mount in stock with the Canon mount available for order.
Post Date: 9/17/2015 9:27:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens
Announced a little more than a month ago, Rokinon's new pro-grade XEEN Cinema Prime lenses are now $300.00 off with free expedited shipping at B&H.
Post Date: 9/16/2015 1:59:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.00.
Note: It's my understanding that Canon has discontinued production of this lens and has been allowing retailers to slash its price in order to reduce inventory. This would be a good chance to pick up a decent general purpose lens at a reduced price. [Sean]
Post Date: 9/16/2015 1:33:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From now until October 2nd, use code 100-OFF-15 at LensRentals to save $100 off a rental of $500 or more.
Fine Print:
  • Must use code 100-OFF-15 at checkout
  • Order must have arrival date of 10/2/15 or earlier
  • One use per customer
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Post Date: 9/16/2015 11:32:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens
For a limited time, B&H has the Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $449.95 with free expedited shipping. Originally $599.95.
Product Highlights
  • 24.1MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processor
  • 3.0" 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080i Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Multi-CAM 4800DX 39-Point AF System
  • Native ISO 6400, Extended to ISO 25600
  • 5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • 2016-Pixel RGB Sensor, Active D-Lighting
  • Compatible with WU-1a Wireless Adapter
  • DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
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Post Date: 9/16/2015 6:20:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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The 2015-2016 Schedule Includes New Portrait & Lighting Workshop and Other Popular Courses, Offers Educational Opportunities for Those Who Want to Take Their Photos to the Next Level
MELVILLE, NY (September 15, 2015) - Today, Nikon Inc. has announced the 2015-2016 Nikon School class schedule, featuring exciting interactive programs for every level of photographer. This year, Nikon School is returning to some of the top cities nationwide to help educate and inspire photo enthusiasts to embrace their passions and tell their stories visually.
Nikon School will host more than 50 classes from October 2015 to June 2016 in 13 locations across the country, and kicks off in Boston on October 17 with the DSLR Video 2-Day Workshop. The classes, offered in full or half-day sessions, cover a wide range of photography disciplines for photographers of all levels. Classes range from instruction on the basic elements of photography to intricacies of lighting, improving portraits or getting the most out of DSLR video. The programs are taught by industry experts, including Reed Hoffmann, Carey Wagner, Michael Schwarz, Nick Didlick, Bob Pearson and Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey.
“The classes offered by Nikon School are uniquely designed to teach new skills and offer creative direction as well as engage participants to challenge themselves,” said Mark Suban, Senior Manager, Nikon Professional Services at Nikon Inc. “The Nikon School courses will provide advice and insights to help those that want to share their passions and interests through photography and better tell their stories visually.”
A new addition to this year’s schedule is the Portrait & Lighting Workshop, a one-day course that combines classroom instruction with hands-on shooting. This advanced workshop will help photographers learn the importance of light and how to modify it to create a great image. Nikon School will also offer popular classes like Basics of Exposure and Camera Controls, a course for those either new to the world of photography or ready to step up from a point-and-shoot camera or smartphone device. This class will teach beginners how to properly frame a shot and use the various menus and controls at their disposal. On the other end of the spectrum, for more advanced photographers looking to explore the world of videography, the 2-Day DSLR Video Workshop will provide guidance for real-world shooting techniques. This class will include lighting tips, selecting proper equipment and the best ways to incorporate audio.
To get more information on Nikon School or access the most updated schedule, please visit:
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Post Date: 9/16/2015 5:19:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 15, 2015
MindShift Gear BackLight 26L Backpack
MindShift Gear’s New BackLight 26L Photo Daypack Provides Rapid Access to Outdoor Photography Gear
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – With the October release of the BackLight 26L photo daypack, MindShift Gear continues its commitment to providing outdoor photographers with rapid access to gear. The BackLight’s back panel opening allows quick gear access, especially when taking the pack off is not an option. The zippered rear opening reduces the amount of dust, mud, ice or other elements coming in contact with gear or the pack while keeping the shoulder harness clean.
The BackLight 26L has nine liters of daypack capacity providing plenty of space for personal gear, including separate dedicated compartments for a 10” tablet and 15” laptop. It comes in two colors, Charcoal and Greenfield.
“The BackLight was designed to address the needs of traveling outdoor photographers,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer. “It holds a standard-size DSLR and four to six standard zoom lenses plus a flash, or two large mirrorless cameras and five to seven lenses plus a flash.”
Features and Benefits
  • Daisy chain, ice axe loops and additional lash points for expanding your carry capacity
  • Includes tripod/monopod mounting system on front or side
  • Padded waist belt for all day comfort on the trail with webbing rail for attachment of additional MindShift accessories
  • Quick fit waist belt adjustment for rapid and convenient fitting
  • Adjustable neck strap keeps the back panel against your chest providing unencumbered access to your gear
  • Integrated insert with customizable dividers allows you to maximize the space for photo gear, personal gear, or a combination of the two
  • 2 large water bottle pockets with cinch cord fit a 32 oz. Nalgene
  • Side compression straps with locking SR buckles for additional lash points
  • Air channel and lumbar support on rear-panel for all-day comfort
  • Ergonomic zipper pulls are easily gripped with gloves or chilled fingers
  • Highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, 420D Velocity and 420D high-density nylon for long lasting durability and strength
  • Front stuff pockets for trail essentials: headlamp, gloves, and chargers
  • Top zippered pocket for quick access to essentials
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing filters, batteries, cables, etc.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included, folds flat for use as a ground cover
  • Compatible with MindShift’s Tripod Suspension Kit, Filter Nest, Filter Hive and Switch Case
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. Features the highest-quality abrasion-resistant YKK RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, hexa-mesh pockets, high-density closed-cell foam, PE board reinforcement, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 20.3” H x 7.9” D (29 x 51.5 x 20 cm)
Interior Camera Compartment: 10.2” W x 19.3” H x 5.9” D (26 x 49 x 15 cm)
Laptop Pocket: 10” W x 15.3” H x 1”D (25.5 x 38.8 x 2.5 cm)
Tablet Pocket: 9.3” W x 10.2” H x 0.6” D (23.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm)
Total Volume: 26L
Weight: 3.9 lbs (1.8 kg)
The MindShift Gear BackLight 26L is scheduled to be available in October.
Post Date: 9/15/2015 2:56:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Sports Shooter Academy Vimeo Channel:
Matt Brown, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim director of photography and Sports Shooter Academy co-founder, gives a behind-the-scenes peek at his remote camera setups for covering baseball.
B&H carries Pocketwizard radios.
Post Date: 9/15/2015 7:45:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-In-One Inkjet Printer
From Epson:
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 15, 2015 – Epson America, Inc. today introduced its next generation of ultra-slim, ultra-powerful Expression Small-in-One wireless photo printers. Designed to suit the needs of busy households and creative enthusiasts, the Expression Premium series including the Expression Premium XP-530, XP-630 and XP-830, leverages a Claria Premium five-ink system to deliver superior quality, borderless prints up to 8” x10” and documents with sharp text. The Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One printer features six-color Claria Photo HD inks to deliver photo enthusiasts with vivid, professional-quality borderless photos up to 11” x17”.
The Expression Small-in-Ones offer auto two-sided printing to save paper as well as easy to use creative tools for printing lab-quality photos. Designed as complete wireless solutions, the printers feature built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n1 and Wi-Fi Direct for network-free printing, as well as a variety of solutions to easily print from iPhone, iPad, Android, smartphones and tablets2 while at home or on the go. Plus, enjoy PC-free printing3 with built-in memory card slots and USB ports. Each feature-rich Small-in-One also allows users to edit, scan and share photos directly to Facebook or the cloud4. All models are compatible with the Epson Creative Print app to easily print Facebook photos and create custom cards, coloring books, stationary and more.
“We understand that families typically lead hectic, on-the-go lifestyles, and as such require a versatile printing solution – one that is affordable, but packs a punch in terms of features and performance,” said Monika Dees, senior product marketing manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. “The latest Expression printers make it easy for busy families and photo enthusiasts to stay connected, creative and productive.”
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones offer superior photo quality with a versatile set of features to meet a range of creative printing needs:
  • Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One – The newest addition to the Expression Photo family features the Claria Photo HD ink system and a larger 4.3-inch LCD screen to print stunning, professional quality photos up to 11”x17”, with borderless 4”x6” photo printing in as fast as 11 seconds5. The XP-960 comes equipped with an innovative fold-over scan lid that allows documents and photos to stay in place for high quality scans and a rear paper feed for specialty paper such as card stock, envelopes, labels and more.
  • Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One – The feature-rich XP-830 delivers superior photo quality and versatility with a 30-page Auto Document Feeder and auto 2-sided printing, copying, scanning, and faxing to save time. Print vivid, borderless 4”x6” photos in as fast as 12 seconds5 using the intuitive 4.3" touchscreen, or print on specialty paper6, a variety of sizes of photo paper and CDs/DVDs with dedicated input trays. The printer also features an auto-extend and retract output tray for added convenience so prints don’t end up on the floor when printing remotely.
  • Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One – The ultra-powerful XP-630 delivers superior photo quality and convenient features for fast, easy printing. The XP-630 prints vivid, borderless photos up to 8" x 10", and provides dedicated trays for printing photos and DVDs. Plus, save time with auto two-sided printing. Other features include a 2.7" LCD as well as built-in USB port and memory card slot2 for PC-free printing.
  • Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One – Perfect for busy families, the ultra-slim XP-530 delivers superior photo quality for vivid, borderless prints up to 8" x 10”. Use the built-in memory card slot2, plus lined paper and calendar templates, for simple, PC-free printing. Or, easily print Facebook photos, coloring books, stationery and more with Epson's Creative Print App.
Pricing and Availability
The Expression Photo and Premium Small-in-Ones are now available through photo specialty, major e-tail and retail stores nationwide:
Expression Printer EditionsPrice
Epson Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One$299
Epson Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One$199
Epson Expression Premium XP-630 Small-in-One$149
Epson Expression Premium XP-530 Small-in-One$129

B&H carries the following:
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Post Date: 9/15/2015 6:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,295.06 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
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Post Date: 9/15/2015 6:05:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From NIkon:
Nikon D7100
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the display to darken when images were viewed by pressing the (playback) button.
  • Fixed an issue with the menus for some languages where continued scrolling would cause the camera to freeze.
  • Fixed issues with the virtual horizon displayed using the Viewfinder virtual horizon option.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D7100 Firmware v.1.03

Nikon D5200
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.02 to 1.03
  • Reduced noise (horizontal lines) in movies shot with 1280×720; 60p or 1280×720; 50p selected for Frame size/frame rate.
  • Fixed an issue with the camera freezing when the Clean image sensor option was used.
Download Nikon D5200 Firmware v.1.03
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Post Date: 9/15/2015 5:37:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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