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 Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens
Adorama has some excellent bundle deals with the Canon EOS 6D right now. See the details below.
 
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera Bundle – $1,249.00 after rebate
 
  • Canon Canon EOS6D
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
Canon EOS 6D + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Bundle – $1,749 after rebate
 
  • Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printer
  • Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13x19", 50 Sheets
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 5:41:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Dell 27
Right now, Dell.com has the Dell 27" Ultra HD 4K IPS Monitor available for $524.99. Regularly $699.99.
 
Directions: Use one of the links above and enter P2715Q into the search box to find the monitor.
 
Monitor Features
 
  • Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution: Over 8 million pixels with four times the resolution of Full HD, plus wide color coverage at 99% sRGB (deltaE <3).
  • Seamless connection to other peripherals: Connect to laptops, tablets and other devices without compromising on picture quality.
  • Reliable performance: Premium Panel Guarantee and minimal downtime with 3 years Advanced Exchange Service.
Post Date: 1/21/2015 3:19:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
We are hard at work on the next major release of Lightroom, and wanted to share some information on operating system requirements in order to give everyone time to prepare for the release.
 
In order to leverage the latest operating system features and technologies, Lightroom 6 will require Mac OS X 10.8 or above, or a 64 bit version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Focusing our work on more modern operating systems and architectures allows us to spend more time adding functionality requested by users, including additional advanced imaging features and improving general application performance.
 
If you are on Mac OS X 10.7, or a 32 bit version of Windows, you will continue to be able to install and run Lightroom 5 and use Lightroom mobile. However, you will not be able to install Lightroom 6 until you upgrade to a supported operating system.
 
If you are currently running Mac OS X 10.7, Apple offers a free upgrade (here) to a more current operating system. For Windows users, Microsoft has a how-to reference (here) to help you determine whether you are running a 32 or 64 bit version of Windows.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 2:06:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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FromNikon:
 
Updates included in this 2.0.2 download
 
  • Support for the D5500 has been added.
  • Preview images can now be rotated.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
 
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
Download Nikon Picture Control Utility 2.0.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 11:20:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 11:13:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens review.
 
Since I am primarily shooting full frame cameras, I don't have many EF-S lenses in my kit. However, I have the 15-85. This lens is a great choice for general purpose use. If you have interest in this lens, now is the time to buy. The $100.00 mail-in rebate expires Jan 31st (USA only)
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 10:23:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Ice-Covered White Pine Tree
As I write this, those of us in the mid and upper latitudes of the northern hemisphere are in the dead of winter and many of us are envying those near-to and opposite the equator from us. Many photographers regard winter as the photographically-challenging season and many went into deep hibernation weeks ago.
 
When the photography challenges become big, the best photographers are still able to make great images and the rest can learn to do so. One of the aspects of photography that I love most is that none of us will ever completely master every aspect of photography, yet winter is a prime time for growth. I admit that winter is not my favorite season for photography (and I'll include early spring in this regard), but winter is still a great time to photograph and a great time to further your photographic skills.
 
The key to winter photography (and to photography in general) is to embrace the opportunities available to you and to maximize the imagery potential of them.
 
Sean and I have been gathering ideas to wake you from your slumber and to motivate you. Over the next couple of months, we will be randomly posting winter photography tips to prevent your skills from languishing through the cold, dark season.
 
This series of posts will be tagged Winter Photography Tips. Bookmark that link for reference throughout this winter and put a reoccurring note in your calendar for future winters.
 
Do you have winter photography tips to share? Send us your ideas for consideration!
Post Date: 1/21/2015 9:22:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Manfrotto Off Road Hiking Backpack with Hiking Sticks
From Manfrotto:
 
Collection Includes Range of Hiking Backpacks, Versatile Walking Sticks and Tripod
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has announced the launch of its new Off Road Collection, uniquely crafted and designed to meet the needs of outdoor photographers who are looking for compact and lightweight accessories to help capture their adventure and support their imaging missions. The Off Road collection includes a pair of quality, Italian-made walking sticks with camera attachment converting it to a monopod, a lightweight tripod and a collection of new hiker backpacks for photographic gear, all available in a variety of colors to match hiking gear.
 
“We’re finding that more and more professional and enthusiast photographers are honing their skills in the great outdoors, and with that in mind, Manfrotto saw an opportunity to develop and market camera supports and accessories designed specifically for their needs,” said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Marketing for Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. “We’re confident that the Off Road collection will be well received amongst these users and are excited to apply our expertise in developing versatile, high-quality, protective photographic gear, to this market.”
 
Manfrotto has partnered with Italian company Fizan, a global leader within the ski and trekking pole market with a strong heritage in the outdoor world. Utilizing Fizan’s cutting-edge lightweight tubes technology, the walking sticks and tripod have been engineered to be extremely lightweight, with the walking sticks weighing less than one pound for the pair and the tripod weighing just 1.43 lbs., making it the lightest in the Manfrotto range. The walking sticks and tripods are made of lightweight aluminum tubes and close telescopically into three sections and four sections, respectively, with a simple twist-to-lock mechanism.
 
The Off Road photographic walking sticks now make outdoor photography much simpler, as they are designed to answer the needs of passionate hikers who are sensitive to weight and desire ease of use. The poles feature a comfortable handgrip, a wrist strap and spiked-base feet with rubber covers, offering maximum stability on a variety of grounds. With an integrated camera mount and quick wheel attachment at the top of one pole, users can easily transform the stick into a monopod to conveniently capture the beautiful sights of wherever their adventure takes them. With a maximum payload of 5.5 lbs., users can simply remove the protective cap and screw the pole into the camera to attach it. Off Road walking sticks are available now for $99.00 in green, red or blue color options.
 
Designed to meet hikers’ needs, the Off Road tripods are easy and quick to set up, and are extremely compact with a diameter of just 5 cm, making it portable in any situation. The universal ¼ inch camera attachment and the new quick wheel make it possible to attach and detach your camera in seconds, and the aluminum built-in ball head and single adjustment knob are perfect for quick positioning of the camera and for easily locking all movements. The head also features an integrated leveling bubble, ensuring the correct shooting position. The feet of the tripod also have spiked bases for maximum stability. With a maximum payload of 5.5 lbs., the tripod is ideal for a wide range of cameras. The Off Road tripod is available now for $149.99 in green, red or blue.
 
To complete the new Off Road collection, Manfrotto is also introducing a line of backpacks, serving as the ideal carrying solution to comfortably store, transport and access gear while hiking in the outdoors. Manfrotto’s Off Road backpacks make it easier than ever to capture all of your special moments while hiking, with conveniently located pockets and dedicated straps to carry both the walking sticks and tripod. The backpacks are strategically designed to allow users to carry ample amount of personal belongings as well as camera gear such as an HDSLR with lenses and accessories thanks to the removable protective camera compartment and Camera Protection System. By unzipping the internal divider and removing the camera compartment, users can convert the backpack into a regular outdoor backpack for hiking. The backpacks also feature an innovative solution for carrying camera equipment on your chest to avoid strain on your neck and keep it close to your body. They also contain a padded waist belt and chest straps for added support and stability, and a breathable back system to minimize sweat and ensure comfort. Off Road backpacks will be available in January for $199.99. The 30L model comes in four colors options, including green, red, blue and gray.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto Off Road products.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 8:03:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The NTR Ribbon Microphone is another new product from RØDE. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any press release or introductory material for the mic aside from the production video seen above and the demonstration video below. It definitely looks interesting...
 

 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 130 dB Maximum SPL
  • 1.8 Micron Ribbon Element
  • Internal Shock Mounting System
  • Includes Ribbon-Securing Travel Screw
B&H has the RØDE NTR Active Ribbon Microphone available for preorder.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 7:32:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the RØDE YouTube Channel:
 
The NTG4 and NTG4+ are two new directional condenser (shotgun) microphones from RØDE, combining premium performance with features that improve audio fidelity and usability.
 
The NTG4+ is the first shotgun microphone to feature an inbuilt lithium battery. Providing over 150 hours of operation, the battery can be charged by any USB power source in around two hours using the supplied MicroUSB cable.
 
B&H has the RØDE NTG4 and NTG4+ Shotgun Microphones available for preorder.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 7:06:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the RØDE Microphones Vimeo Channel:
 
RØDE is pleased to announce the RØDELink fully digital wireless audio system. Using a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, RØDELink provides a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).
 
The first product offering in the RØDELink system is the Filmmaker kit, which includes a camera-mounted receiver, beltpack transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone.
 
B&H has the RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit available for preorder for only $399.00 with free shipping (competing products in that market segment cost about 50% more).
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 6:50:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
For the next 3 hours, eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,266.20 with free shipping. Compare at $2,799.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and ineligible for Canon USA's warranty.
 
Update: eBay seller AllNewShop has a 5D Mark III auction that's even lower!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 6:29:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Power of Otus f/1.4: Bee on Orange Sunflower
Sunflowers, with their large size and bright colors, make great photo subjects. Add a bee to take the overall composition one step further.
 
For this image, I moved in close to the foreground flower, keeping it completely in the frame which places the center about 1/3 into the frame. I then moved to position a similar flower in the background. Again, that flower is fully contained in the frame and the green leaves anchor the bottom of the composition.
 
The shallow depth of field created by the combination of an 85mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture draws a viewer's eye directly to the bee and to the sharp flower petals (with strong contrast also pulling the viewer's eye to this location).
 
This image is razor sharp across the back of the bee (thanks to the Zeiss Otus 85), but details quickly soften in front of and behind that plane of sharp focus.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/640s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/20/2015 1:29:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Westcott Omega Reflector Kit
B&H has the Westcott Omega Reflector Kit in stock.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Innovative 10-in-1 Design, 38 x 45"
  • 2:3 aspect ratio removable center frame
  • White, Silver, Sunlight, Black Surfaces
  • 1-Stop Diffusion Core
Post Date: 1/20/2015 11:30:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included in this 2.10.3 download
 
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
 
  • Support for the D5500, COOLPIX S3700, S2900, L32, and L31 has been added.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
 
  • When images were converted to JPEG format using the Convert Files function with Quality set to Good Compression Ratio or Highest Compression Ratio, the resulting JPEG images could not be displayed in ViewNX 2, Capture NX 2, or Capture NX-D. This issue has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
 
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has neen added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
  • Support for the S6900 has been added.
  • When image files are moved, copied, or deleted in ViewNX 2, sidecar files associated with the image files are now also moved, copied, or deleted along with image files. However, when image files are moved or copied to destinations outside of ViewNX 2, such as the desktop, sidecar files associated with the images files will not be moved or copied accordingly.
Download View NX 2.10.3
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 1/20/2015 10:49:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Image quality test results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens review page.
 
The EF-S 10-18 is a very good value, with decent image quality, very light weight and a feature without comparison in this focal length range: image stabilization. If your kit is missing an ultra-wide focal length lens, it is very likely that you would find this lens worth adding.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 9:56:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with AF-S 24-120mm Lens
From Nikon USA:
 
To users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
We have received indications from some users that when photographing scenes in which a bright light source, such as the sun or high-intensity lighting, is at a certain position along the top border of the frame, flare with an unnatural shape may sometimes occur in images captured with the D750 digital SLR camera.
 
For those who have already purchased a D750 and would like to have their camera serviced to correct this issue, Nikon service centers will service cameras as indicated below. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
 
Identifying affected products
To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, click Check Your Serial Number below and enter your D750's serial number as instructed. Results for the serial number entered will be displayed. If these results show that your camera is one of those affected, instructions for requesting service will be displayed. If your camera is not one of those affected, rest assured that you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.
 
Check Your Serial Number
 
Please note that even if a camera's serial number identifies it as one affected by this issue, a black dot inside the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera, like that shown in the photo below, indicates that the measures to resolve this issue as indicated below have already been applied.
 
Nikon D750 Black Dot
 
Resolution
If your camera is affected, as confirmed with serial number check above you will be provided with information on requesting service from your nearest Nikon service center. The service center will inspect and service light-shielding components, and adjust AF sensor position, to resolve the occurrence of unnaturally shaped flare free of charge. This service will not have any effect on autofocus precision, or on the performance of other camera functions.
 
Please understand that even with these measures, all digital SLR cameras may experience flare when backlit scenes are being captured.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.
 
Please be assured that Nikon is continuously working and taking measures to further improve the quality of its products. Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 9:12:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon Imaging Plaza YouTube Channel:
 
Changing your lens might change your life dramatically. We want you to feel how differences in camera lenses effect your photographs and images.
 
Explore the wide variety of unique lenses as a young tourist takes a walk around Tokyo and Yokohama.
 
Gear Featured
 
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 7:13:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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