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 Tuesday, February 21, 2017
February 21, 2017, Commack, NY - Tamron, a comprehensive manufacturer of optical equipment, has redesigned its corporate logo. The new logo will be progressively rolled out in the U.S. starting February 21, 2017.
 
The Story Behind The Change
 
In September 2015, to coincide with the revamp of its SP series of interchangeable camera lenses that represent the ultimate pursuit of high performance, Tamron embarked on a renewal of its product branding for the domestic and global markets. As part of these activities, Tamron developed a new logotype that would embody the brand in its products, and has since introduced the logo in new models on a sequential basis.
 
Now Tamron has made the decision to progressively roll out use of the logo as its new corporate logo.
 
Design of the New Logo
 
The existing logo has been in use for 39 years since its development in 1978. In the intervening years, Tamron has undergone significant expansion as an extremely unique company through its ability to engage in the integrated manufacture of lenses from development to production. During the same period, Tamron has extended the reach of its business activities in Japan and around the world.
 
The new "TAMRON" logo was designed to present a global perspective while inheriting qualities of the original design. Tamron has developed a fully upper-case logotype and incorporated greater legibility compared with the previous logo, allowing the company name to be identified in a clearer and more understandable way. Moreover, the meticulously designed logo embodies Tamron's recognizable presence as simple and powerful, with renowned reliability and technical prowess.
 
Renewal of the Corporate Website
 
To coincide with changes to the corporate logo, the corporate website has been redesigned to provide customers with the information they need in a more accessible way. The website employs a layout that is easy to view whether from a PC, smartphone or tablet device. Looking ahead, Tamron looks forward to disseminating appropriate information to its customers and stakeholders through the new corporate website.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/21/2017 8:27:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak Backpack for Quadcopter available for $119.75 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.75.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Hold DJI Phantom 4 / 3DR Solo or Similar
  • Hold Spare Batteries and Charger
  • Hold Transmitter and Range Extender
  • Hold 15" Laptop and 7" Monitor
  • Hold GoPro-Sized Action Camera
  • Hold Miscellaneous Accessories
  • Hold 32 oz Water Bottle
  • Handles on Three Sides
  • Contoured, Adjustable Harness
  • Durable Water-Repellant (DWR) Coating
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Glidecam XR-PRO Handheld Camera Stabilizer available for $179.00 with free shipping. Regularly $289.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 10 lb Payload
  • Three-Axis Gimbal with Foam Hand Grip
  • Dynamic Camera Balance Platform
  • Tool-Less 14-25" Telescoping Center Post
  • Plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 Threads
  • 1/4"-20 Thread for Mounting Accessory
  • Variety of Counter Weight Discs Included
  • Anodized Aluminum Construction
Adorama has the MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit available for $295.99 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • MeFOTO Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Q2 Ball Head
  • Quick Release Plate PU-50
  • Tools
  • Padded Tripod Case
  • MeFOTO 3 Year Warranty (Plus 2 Additional Years with Online Registration)
Product Highlights
 
  • Travel Compact-Reverse Folding Leg system
  • Two Position Leg Angles
  • Quick Twist Rubber lock Grips
  • Convert from Tripod to Monopod without tools
  • Recessed Center -Colum Hook
  • Precision Matched Dual Action Q Series Ballhead
  • Separate Head and Pan Lock
  • 360 degree Pan Index
Post Date: 2/21/2017 5:27:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
February 21, 2017 – Sigma Corporation today announced its brand new Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses to be introduced at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan.
 
  • 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art - World’s first F1.8, ultra-wide, full-frame prime lens designed for high resolution cameras; ideal for shooting architecture, astrophotography, documentary and landscapes.
  • 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art – Formidable telephoto prime with high-speed aperture; ideal for shooting weddings, concerts, events and studio/location portraiture.
  • 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art – Fast, constant-aperture zoom workhorse upgraded to the exacting standards of the high performance Sigma Art series.
  • 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary - Highly versatile, lightweight and compact super zoom touting strong IQ and image stabilization.
Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
 
Debuting the world’s first 1.8 wide-angle lens, the 14mm F1.8 Art incorporates the same groundbreaking aspherical element as Sigma’s critically acclaimed 12-24mm F4 Art. Boasting outstanding image quality from center to edge, the 14mm F1.8 Art features the largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry, offering photographers an ultra-wide prime with virtually no distortion, flare or ghosting. Three lens elements are made with FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass, which is equivalent to calcium fluorite in performance, and four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements, which reduce chromatic aberration. In addition to the great IQ from edge to edge, the new 14mm F1.8 offers a superfast and efficient AF system.
 
With a minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches at 14mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.
 
The all new Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art lens will be announced later.
 
Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art
 
Boasting outstanding sharpness and great IQ from edge to edge, the 135mm F1.8 Art lens enters the market as Sigma’s new premiere mid-range telephoto prime lens. Ideal for events such as concerts, indoor sports, conferences and press events, the 1.8 F-stop delivers greater “shallow depth of field” and isolation of subjects. The outstanding compression effect makes it equally as powerful for up-close and full-length portraits. Its new large hyper sonic motor (HSM) provides ample torque to the focus group for optimal speed while the acceleration sensor detects the position of the lens for compensation focus groups for factors including gravity, producing faster and more responsive AF. Equipped with a focus limiter, the 135mm F1.8 Art can be easily optimized for a variety of distances and situations.
 
The all-new Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 135mm F1.8 Art lens will be announced later.
 
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art
 
Featuring a brand new OS and highly efficient and fast AF system, the revamped 24-70mm F2.8 Art embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. Covering a wide range of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm workhorse DNA includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to reduce chromatic aberration. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s groundbreaking thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion.
 
The newly revamped Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG HSM OS Art lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens will be announced later.
 
Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary
 
Boasting outstanding reach and performance value, the new 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary telephoto zoom lens offers great IQ and usability with its lightweight, compact, dust- and splash-proof design. Equipped with the newly released Sigma OS and AF, the lens provides exceptional performance at lower shutter speeds. Highly versatile, the 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary also features Sigma’s unique macro function (1:3.8 ratio) for perfecting close-ups and distance shots, and push/pull focal zooming for ease of use.
 
The all-new Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary lens supports Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts and works with Sigma’s MC-11 Sony E-mount converter. The Nikon mounts feature the brand new electromagnetic diaphragm. Pricing and availability for the Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary lens will be announced later.
Post Date: 2/21/2017 5:18:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 20, 2017

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
Meet French aerial-wedding photographer Helene Havard, who works in Tahiti, French Polynesia. When Helene first arrived on the island, she quickly discovered a thriving yet highly competitive photography industry. In order to distinguish herself and her work to get noticed, she started to shoot from above. Watch how Helene reimagines the art of wedding photography with her own inimitable signature style.
 
B&H carries DJI drones.
Post Date: 2/20/2017 2:23:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
It appears Sigma is poised to announce several new lenses in the very near future. If the rumors turn out to be true (and by all indications, they are), then the following lenses are slated for announcement:
 
  • Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens
  • Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
  • Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art
So which of the lens(es) are you most excited to see hit the market and why? Let us know in the comments.
Post Date: 2/20/2017 6:26:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the LensCoat RainCoat Rain Sleeve (Medium) available for $29.99 with free shipping. Regularly $59.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Camera/Lens Combination up to 15"
  • Protects Gear From Rain, Snow,Salt Spray
  • Rear Access to Camera Controls
  • Lens Access Via Hook/Loop Bottom Closure
  • Cinch Straps Adjust Length / Tape Sealed
  • Lightweight, Waterproof Material
  • Tape Sealed for Maximum Protection
  • No Dedicated Eyepiece Required
  • Use with Hoodies,Body/Guards,Lens Covers
  • Made in the USA
Post Date: 2/20/2017 5:10:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Crossing Place Trail in Middle Caicos leads along some spectacular coastline. "Trail", however, is a rather generous term for much of what is encountered here, especially west of Blowing Hole. Very sharp rocks (the ironshore formation limestone you see in the foreground in this image) and thick brush (with occasional very-deep holes beneath) take the place of anything resembling a trail.
 
The Turks and Caicos Islands have the world's 3rd largest reef system protecting it, but along this trail, the reef comes close to shore. This means that, on a normal day, waves hit the coast hard. And, on a windy day, things become rather spectacular along this section of the trail.
 
The winds on this day (like the entire 9 days of this trip) were sustained at just over 30 mph and gusts were reaching 50+ mph. The waves were crashing into the cliffs and blowing up in dramatic fashion, easily visible from the causeway over a mile away.
 
Upon arriving at this location, I determined that I could safely approach the cliff and I did so cautiously. I didn't take a rain cover for the camera or a rain coat for me on this trip, but ... after thinking about the situation for a while and watching my daughter figure out how to cover her camera with extra clothes and a hat for a lens flap, I couldn't resist the opportunity. The waves were too beautiful and mesmerizing to leave uncaptured.
 
What I had was the MindShift Gear BackLight 26L's rain cover and the plastic bags I always store in the backpack. The large garbage bag, with three holes torn into it, went over me (it was cool out and with the wind, I was cold) and a 2-gallon clear heavy plastic food storage bag nicely wrapped around the camera with the lens directed through the opening. I held the bag tightly around the lens hood and could see the viewfinder through the bag reasonably well – well enough. The front of the lens was not protected aside of the hood, but holding the camera downward under my body during times when spray was hitting (most of the time), kept it dry. I had a dry microfiber cloth readily available for cleaning the lens when my timing was not stellar.
 
When a wave was timed to hit while there was little or no sea spray in the air, I would quickly move the camera into position and shoot an image (or burst of images) as the wave crashed and violently blew upward. I was learning the Sony a7R II camera's capabilities, but ... this scenario proved challenging and my sharp image percentage was not as strong as I had hoped. Still, I made some nice images.
 
With the quick-shooting tactic, getting the camera perfectly level (or even close to that) proved challenging (it proves challenging to me on a good day) and this shot was a bit tilted. The horizon over an ocean makes any tilt obvious and this one needed repaired. However, simply rotating the image was going to result in more of the scene being cropped out that I was happy with. I could have used a wider focal length to shoot with (the Sony a7R II has plenty of resolution), but ... I was already using that tactic. This wave was simply bigger than I had anticipated.
 
How did I fix the tilt? I used the Lasso Tool in Photoshop to select and area above and below the horizon where the non-splashing water is meeting sky (on the right side of the frame), being careful to draw through areas lacking details. I then copied the selection (CTRL-C) and pasted it into a new layer (CTRL-V). I pressed CTRL-T (Free Transform) and rotated the copied waterline until it was level. Using a layer mask with a soft brush, I hid the borders of the copied layer and smoothed out anything that appeared out of place in the result. The image was effectively leveled and I didn't have to crop off any of the splash.
 
Being in the wave zone of a rough sea is not safe and in addition to watching for photogenic waves approaching, I was constantly watching for trouble. Twice I successfully ran to drier ground when monster waves hit directly in front of me, but twice I had very large waves splash completely over me, sending buckets of water pouring from myself and the bags (enough to make a water cooler dumped over a winning football coach appear like a Dixie cup). The described bag technique, while not optimum, kept the gear (and most of my shirt) dry and allowed me to capture some fun pics.
 
Big waves are fascinating – I could spend hours watching them.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
31mm  f/9.0  1/200s
ISO 200
7952 x 5304px
Post Date: 2/19/2017 7:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
It appears Sigma is set to announce four new Global Vision lenses at the upcoming CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2017 (Feb 23-26). Two of those lenses – the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art and 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary – have already shown up on Sigma's website under the News section (the links to the actual press releases do not work).
 
Sigma News on SigmaPhoto

The other two lenses rumored to be part of the 4-lens announcement are the 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art and 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art. If the rumors prove to be true, this will be one of the most exciting round of Sigma Global Vision lens announcements to date.
 Saturday, February 18, 2017
Adorama has the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Hybrid with Lead Acid Battery available for $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $1,389.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Built-in EL-Skyport radio receiver
  • Compatible with the ELS Transmitter Speed
  • 8 Frequency Channels with 4 Groups
  • EL-Skyport Speed Sync mode
  • Unique control from an iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
  • Additional features can be found when used
  • Two power outlets
  • Pre-flash detector system to enable the use of Quadra RX
 Friday, February 17, 2017
Originally announced a few months ago, it looks like this free 90-day Adobe Photography Plan offer is still live. And considering the current discounts on Datacolor Spyder products, there's never been a better time to invest in a color calibration system.
 
From Datacolor:
 
Receive a 90 day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan with the purchase of a qualifying Spyder product!
 
Datacolor and Adobe work hand-in-hand to offer the complete package for your photography workflow. Save time, money and frustration –with an efficient editing process and more accurate viewing, proofing and printing. Don’t miss out on the ultimate photography package from Datacolor and Adobe!
 
Try a complimentary 90 day trial OR add 90 days to your current plan if you already have a subscription.
 
Qualifying Products
 
How it works:
 
Step 1: Purchase a qualifying Spyder product
Step 2: Install and activate your Spyder product
Step 3: Click the redemption link in the Spyder activation email
Step 4: Your Adobe redemption code will be sent to you by email
Step 5: Visit Adobe to redeem your 90 day trial
Through this weekend, B&H has the Tenba Messenger – Small Photo/Laptop Bag (Plum) available for $37.95 with free shipping. Regularly $104.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Fits Laptop with Screen up to 15"
  • Fits D- SLR Camera and Three lens Kit
  • Water-repellent Cordura Nylon Bag
  • Removable Photo Insert
  • One Large Zippered Pocket on Flap
  • Two Zippered Pockets on Front Flap
  • Over 20 Assorted Interior Pockets
  • Molded Grip Handle
  • Removable, Adjustable Shoulder Strap
Through this weekend, B&H has the Phottix Odin TCU TTL Flash Trigger Transmitter for Nikon available for $89.99 with free shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wireless TTL and Manual Flash Trigger
  • 2.4 GHz Radio Frequency, 328' Range
  • Four Channels, Three Groups
  • Remote Power Control of Groups in TTL
  • Remote Manual Flash Power Control
  • Supports High Speed Sync to 1/8000 Sec.
  • Flash Head Zoom Adjustment
  • Second-Curtain Sync Functions
  • Firmware Upgrade via USB Port
 Thursday, February 16, 2017
B&H has the Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 and Premiere Elements 15 (DVD) available for $89.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Edit & Organize with Touchscreen Devices
  • Frown & Squint Adjustments, Batch Edits
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Hollywood Effects and Face Detection
  • Enhanced Search and Smart Tags
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.10-11 & Windows 7, 8, 10
Note: If you don't need Premiere Elements, Photoshop Elements 15 on its own is currently marked down $30.00.
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