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 Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,849.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:50:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via Deals-All-Year) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,759.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 50-1000mm Cine Servo Lens
B&H has the Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0 - T8.9 Lens available for preorder.
 
Unfortunately, the $70,200.00 lens does not qualify for free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 10:40:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-44WL Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi
B&H now has the Tascam DR-44WL Handheld Recorder with Wi-Fi in stock with free expedited shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wi-Fi Enabled Control and File Transfers
  • Stereo XY Condenser Microphone
  • 2x Combo XLR Inputs
  • 4-Track Multitrack Mode
  • 24-bit/96kHz Recording
  • Dual-Level Recording
  • Dual-Format Recording
  • Record to SD Cards
  • Windscreen, Mic Grip, Shoe Mount Adapter
  • microSD Adapter, microSD Card, Case
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:10:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Photoshelter:
 
Having trouble navigating copyright and social media sites' terms of service? You're not alone - this daunting task can be a tough one. In this special webinar panel with copyright expert Bill Cramer, founder and CEO of Wonderful Machine, and Kristine Hsu of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts we'll discuss the key facts you need to know regarding copyright and what can be hidden in those lengthy terms of service on some of the most popular social media sites. Cramer and Hsu will dive into case studies from recent court cases involving photographers and their work, the best workflow practices to get your copyright registered, and much more.
 
Lead by PhotoShelter co-founder Allen Murabayashi, this free 1 hr webinar will cover:
 
  • How often you should register your images for copyright
  • What to do when someone has infringed your copyright
  • Fair Use: what is it, and when is it legal?
  • The in's and out's of image protection on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
Register now for this free webinar panel happening Thursday, Oct. 23 at 2:30pm ET.
 
Register Now
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/22/2014 8:01:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera
From Canon USA:Features MP4 and AVCHD 1080/60p Recording, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Face-Detection Autofocus (AF), Redesigned Viewfinder and OLED Panel, Built-In Canon Log Look-Up Table, and Wireless File Transfer
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 21, 2014 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest edition to the Canon Cinema EOS line of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS cameras and the second-generation version of the popular Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera.
 
Designed for economical film and video productions such as documentary and remote broadcast crews, wedding and event coverage, indie film productions, as well as film schools and business and government users, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, features advanced image processing, AVCHD and MP4 1920x1080/60p recording, uncompressed YCbCr output from HDMI, and many other new and enhanced capabilities for improved picture quality, operability, and convenient handling. Delivering a cinematic look with shallow depth of field and high sensitivity in low-light environments, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera weighs just 2.5 lbs. and is compatible with over 103 Canon EF Series lenses, including STM models which can deliver smooth and silent autofocus during filmmaking.
 
“Canon’s commitment to the advancement of tools for visual expression takes another major step forward with the introduction of the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Drawing on input from Canon’s global community of Cinema EOS camera users and from digital filmmakers using Canon EF lenses – 100 million of which have now been produced worldwide – the Company has added new capabilities to the EOS C100 Mark II from its predecessor that powerfully leverage our considerable expertise in optics, imaging, and digital signal processing. The result is an improved, affordable Super 35mm CMOS digital camera that is designed to provide outstanding HD image quality, operational performance, ergonomics, and workflow convenience.”
 
Design Enhancements
Optimized for one-person operation, the new EOS C100 Mark II camera has a mobile core design enabling users to choose their preferred style of shooting. The existing design has been enhanced to include a large-size detachable eyecup for the camera’s large 68-degree tilting 0.45-inch 1.23 megapixel color EVF (electronic viewfinder). Clearly marked red trigger buttons on the camera body, top handle, grip, and a built-in mono microphone on the camera body - for times when the top handle is not attached - can be used to capture basic sound for audio notation or as an aid to audio syncing during post.
 
Another major redesign of the new EOS C100 Mark II over its predecessor is an innovatively hinged 3.5-inch 1.23 megapixel OLED display panel, delivering 100 percent field-of-view coverage, wide color range support, and improved viewing even in bright sunshine. The new hinge design - which folds the panel shut when stowed, protecting the OLED surface - opens 180 degrees to reveal function keys and a joystick. The panel can open even further to 270 degrees to deploy against the side of the camera to provide monitoring for directors and other production personnel. Additional design improvements on the camera body include 17 assignable recessed function buttons, dual SD card slots with a transparent cover, and a simplified battery insertion and removal release.
 
Visual Expression
Previously available only as an optional upgrade for earlier Cinema EOS models, Dual Pixel CMOS AF is a standard feature on the new EOS C100 Mark II, providing enhanced autofocusing capability. The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology helps provide smooth and consistent autofocus, so that focus transitions are natural looking and subjects can remain in focus even as they move off center. In addition, the compatibility of Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon EF autofocus lenses combines outstanding optical tools with a wide range of creative options. It’s ideal for shooting sports, weddings and many more productions where focus pulling by a single operator is not feasible, such as when the video camera is attached to steadicams or drones. The EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes Face-Detection AF , a first in the Cinema EOS camera line, which utilizes contrast detection AF to maintain focus across most of the image plane, an advantage in one-person electronic news gathering (ENG) situations.
 
Imaging and Recording
Central to many of the new features of the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is its advanced Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor. The Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor separates the RGB output from the camera’s 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the EOS C100) for noticeably improved image quality. The Canon DIGIC DV4 processor also includes a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds. (high-sensitivity recording on the camera ranges from ISO 320 to 80,000).
 
Another important benefit of the Canon DIGIC DV4 processor is Full HD recording in both the high-quality professional format AVCHD or the popular web-friendly MP4 format at a variety of bit rates (up to 28 Mbps and 35 Mbps, respectively), resolutions, and frame rates (up to the smooth look of 59.94p) to suit practically any production need. For special-effect requirements, slow and fast motion MP4 recording at up to 1920x1080/60p can also be performed.
 
Users can choose from multiple formats that support MP4 or AVCHD to suit a wide variety of production, post, and output needs. The EOS C100 Mark II camera’s dual SD card slots can record in one or both formats simultaneously for back-up, or convert AVCHD and MP4 files into smaller MP4 files for web upload. Extended clip times can be achieved by recording continuously from one card to the other without a break. In addition, a Data Import Utility application is included that can seamlessly join divided files to help reduce work during editing and to import video file data from an SD card inside the camera or a card reader.
 
As with the other cameras in Canon’s Cinema EOS line, the new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera includes Canon Log as a recording choice, providing maximum dynamic range for post-production color grading. New, however, is the addition of a built-in LUT (look-up table), enabling users to view the camera’s live video signal in Wide DR (dynamic range) or the BT.709 (TV standard) color space on the OLED or any external monitor connected to the camera’s locking HDMI output (this feature can be turned off in the menu). Uncompressed video output (with time code data and 2:3 pull-down markers superimposed) can be output via HDMI to an external recorder.
 
Connectivity Innovations
The addition of wireless file-transfer capabilities further expands the versatility of the new EOS C100 Mark II camera for multiple production applications, including transferring time-critical news video or backing-up files. Utilizing dual 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, the camera can transfer video files via FTP server for instant relay, or send MP4 video to the web browsers of laptops or tablets for viewing and storage (even on PC’s lacking playback software). Remote control of the camera is also enabled via a compatible smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The new EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera also includes compatibility with the optional multi-functional Canon RC-V100 Remote Controller, which can be used to adjust image quality and other important operations from a distance, a handy feature for shooting from a jib arm, drone, or other inaccessible location.
 
In addition, the optional Canon GP-E2 EOS GPS Receiver can be connected to the EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera using a USB cable to record location and time information during shooting, a helpful feature for editing and archiving.
 
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera is scheduled to be available at the end of December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $5,499.00.
 
B&H has the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:52:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From science.nasa.gov:
 
Sunsets are always pretty. One sunset this month could be out of this world. On Thursday, Oct. 23rd, the setting sun across eastern parts of the USA will be red, beautiful and … crescent-shaped.
 
"It's a partial solar eclipse," explains longtime NASA eclipse expert Fred Espenak. In other words, the New Moon is going to 'take a bite' out of the sun.
 
A total eclipse is when the Moon passes directly in front of the sun, completely hiding the solar disk and allowing the sun's ghostly corona to spring into view. A partial eclipse is when the Moon passes in front of the sun, off-center, with a fraction of the bright disk remaining uncovered.
 
The partial eclipse of Oct. 23rd will be visible from all of the United States except Hawaii and New England. Coverage ranges from 12% in Florida to nearly 70% in Alaska. Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the crescent.
 
The eclipse will be especially beautiful in eastern parts of the USA, where the Moon and sun line up at the end of the day, transforming the usual sunset into something weird and wonderful.
 
Read the entire article on science.nasa.gov or check out the video above! If you live in the USA, check out this location table to find out when you can expect to see the partial eclipse.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 2:21:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens Kit
Right now, there's a $600.00 instant rebate and free expedited shipping on the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens Kit at B&H.
 
Kit Includes:
 
  • Nikon D750 FX DSLR Camera
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Zoom Lens
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon Deals
Post Date: 10/21/2014 1:26:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera available for $5,359.68 with free shipping. Compare at $6,496.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 1:18:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the SmugMug Blog:
 
Today we’re announcing the latest SmugMug for iOS App, the app that gives you easy photo uploading to your SmugMug galleries from your iPhone or iPad. Finally, you (and your fans) have the power to view all your galleries and archive your mobile photos in a place you know they’ll be safe.
 
The app helps bridge the gap between the photo galleries on your camera and on your computer, so you have access to both when you’re away. Here’s how it works.
 
All Your Beautiful Photos in Your Pocket
 
The free, completely redesigned SmugMug for iOS app lets you take all your galleries with you, anywhere. You can:
 
  • Browse all your own SmugMug folders and galleries (including private and unlisted ones)
  • Upload photos to your SmugMug galleries
  • Save galleries for offline viewing
  • Mark galleries as favorites for easy, instant access
  • Save and share photos and videos via SMS, email, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Follow other SmugMug users and browse their public galleries, too
Grab it now for free from the App Store.
Category: SmugMug News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 11:59:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR + EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens available for $1,849.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,299.00 after $200.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 11:29:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apple 27
B&H has the Apple 27" iMac with Retina 5K Display and the new Mac mini available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:18:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
Adorama has the following Rode microphones on sale with free shipping:
 
Item:Reg. PriceSale Price
Rode NTG-2 Dual Powered Directional Condenser Shotgun Microphone$269.00$209.00
Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone$229.00$179.00
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:07:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and product images have been added to the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Lens in stock.
Post Date: 10/21/2014 8:00:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon
From brandchannel:
"Canon USA last week launched 'See Impossible,' a new tagline and logo as part of a multi-year branding campaign.
 
Much in line with the industry shift towards 'age of you' and human storytelling, the accompanying ads focus on the people, rather than the camera.
 
As Adweek noted, 'Canon's campaign centers around a new microsite, which houses a series of digital videos that highlight how customers use a range of products. One 45-second clip shows how an author used the technology to self-publish her book. Going forward, Canon will expand the site's content to include submissions from consumers and clients.'
 
'We're going to use it as a messaging vehicle, but we're also going to use it internally to organize and marshal our resources in a way that's much more customer-centric than just strictly approaching everything from a product viewpoint that we've done over the years,' said Michael Duffett, VP and general manager of marketing at Canon USA.
 
brandchannel spoke with Duffett to get more of the strategy behind the new branding, positioning and campaign for the world's 37th most valuable brand."
See the entire article – Seeing the Impossible: 5 Questions with Canon USA's Michael Duffett – on brandchannel.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/21/2014 6:54:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 20, 2014
The Canon 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Strikes Gold at Maroon Bells
I'm just back from an intensive 9-day photo trip to Colorado. Overall, the trip was great, though the weather was not cooperative for about half of the daylight hours. Bad weather can create the dramatic skies that are highly desired for landscape photos, but rain, snow and heavy fog can be especially challenging when distant mountains are a primary subject.
 
At the top of my distant mountains list were the Maroon Bells, a pair of fourteeners (Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak) located in the Maroon Bells Scenic Area near Aspen. These tree-less, maroon-colored peaks are generally considered the most-photographed mountains in North America. They are most-photographed for good reasons. The mountains are beautiful, the scene in front of them, including Maroon Creek Valley and Maroon Lake, is beautiful and the access is very easy. Getting this picture into the portfolio, however, was definitely not easy.
 
I mentioned that access to the beautiful Maroon Bells scene is easy. The hike from the relatively-small parking lot to Maroon Lake is a short one. I carried about 50 lbs. of gear to the lake in a Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Backpack and a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker worn as a front pack. But, this hike is the easy part of getting this photograph.
 
There are basically two ideal sections of the Maroon Lake shoreline to shoot from with a limited number of photographers fitting into them. Getting the perfect location requires you to be there before the other photographers wanting the same easy-to-get-to location (just getting a parking space can be a challenge). Factor a 30 minute drive from the nearest hotel to the early arrival time requirement at the parking lot (a limited amount of campsites are available closer to the location) and the result is a very early AM alarm. By the time this photo was taken, there were nearly 100 photographers standing beside Maroon Lake, and I assure you that many did not have optimal shooting positions (just hanging out with this many friendly, enthusiastic landscape photographers makes this trip worth the effort).
 
Aspen in their brilliant yellow (and red) fall foliage colors were my other primary photography target for this trip. There are only a handful of days each year when the aspen trees are at their peak, so the timing of this trip has to be perfect. Locals can simply watch the foliage reports and make the drive (just over 4 hours from Denver) when the trees are peaking, but the rest of us need to plan ahead with airline ticket purchases, hotel reservations and vehicle rentals. My strategy was simple: plan the trip for peak foliage dates from recent years. In Aspen, this strategy worked perfectly for me. Some trees were beyond peak and some remained green, but most were at or near peak color. Though this is a highly desired location most of the year, the peak foliage definitely factored into the large crowds I encountered.
 
To get the peaks of the Maroon Bells to glow at sunrise requires a clear sky in the east during sunrise and to get a perfectly clear reflection of the peaks requires no wind. I was not hopeful during my 2 hour lakeside wait. Unlike many of the other mornings on this trip, the sky was perfectly clear. But, there was enough of a breeze blowing to create mirror-reflection-destroying ripples in the water. A moment before this photo was captured, the lake became a giant mirror and remained nearly flat for the next 3-4 hours (this duration is unusual for Maroon Lake) until the sun lit the entire valley floor below.
 
With the right scene unfolding in front of me, capturing the right framing and exposures became the next challenge. The framing was not hard (it is hard to go wrong at this location), but the exposures required more attention. With direct sunlight hitting the mountain peaks and the light-absorbing evergreens in deep shade, there was a significant amount of dynamic range to be captured. Using a multiple exposure HDR technique was the key to capturing the entire scene and all I had to do in the field was to insure that, for each final image, I had proper exposures captured for the highlights (shorter exposure) and for the shadows (longer exposure).
 
Back home in the studio, the processing work was much more difficult than capturing the right exposures in the field. Blending the two RAW images into a natural-looking HDR image was a complex process. I'd be embarrassed to say how many revisions I've made to this image, and while I have many variations that I like, I can't say that I am completely satisfied yet. This is my favorite revision today.
 
The iconic photograph of the Maroon Bells reflecting in Maroon lake with an apron of brilliantly-colored aspen trees lining Maroon Creek Valley was high on my bucket list and checking this line item off was my highest priority for this trip. No, this photo is not going to be unique (at least not completely unique). A lot of other photographers (close to 100 from this day alone) could have this or similar photos in their portfolios (if they executed and processed properly). I enjoy looking at photos taken by others, but this one is mine and there is something special about having iconic images in your own portfolio and having photos you created hanging on your walls. The memories these photos hold are part of their specialness. This particular image does not tell much of a story, but the story behind the image is big. That my father joined me on this particular trip was part of the specialness.
 
Because this shot was a priority, I allotted the most trip time (two full days and an additional half day if needed) to the Aspen area. The first morning was perfect (I shot from the side of the lake until about 11:00 AM and in the valley most of the day) and the second morning was an exact duplicate of the first until a breeze picked up just after sunrise (I moved to other shooting locations at this time – as planned).
 
Lakeside, I was simultaneously shooting with two complete tripod-based setups (one under the other when space was tight or to better protect tripod legs from accidents). With all of the effort and timing coming together perfectly and with the short duration of mountain peaks being lit, two rigs allowed me to maximize my take-home. This particular image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark III and one of the best landscape lenses ever made, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. They worked perfectly.
 
A larger version of this image is available on: Google+, Facebook, Flickr and Pinterest.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
35mm  f/11.0  .3s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 10/20/2014 12:04:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 18-55mm IS STM Lens
The Canon Store has select Refurbished DSLR Cameras on sale for 10-25% off.
 
Select Refurb. DSLRs on Sale
 
ItemReg. PriceDiscountSale Price
Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens$1,079.20$215.84$863.36
Canon EOS 70D Body$959.20$191.84$767.36
Canon EOS 60D with EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens$767.36$153.47$613.89
Canon EOS Rebel T5i with 18-55mm IS STM Lens$679.99$170.00$509.99
Canon EOS SL1 with 18-55 IS STM Lens$599.99$150.00$449.99
Canon EOS Rebel T5 with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens$439.99$44.00$395.99
Canon EOS Rebel T3i with EF-S 18-55mm IS II Lens$479.99$96.00$383.99
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/20/2014 11:57:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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