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 Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Sigma 18-300mm DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens Review page. More (on-camera) product images will be added within the next day or so).
 
B&H has the new Sigma 18-300mm DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary Lens in stock.
 
Looking for a great deal on a superzoom lens? There is a $200.00 instant rebate available on the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens. Regularly $549.00, this lens is currently only $349.00 at B&H.
Post Date: 11/18/2014 8:45:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
PNY Elite Performance 64GB Class 10 90MB/s SDXC Memory Card
Post Date: 11/18/2014 8:06:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DxO FilmPack 5
From DxO:
 
DxO is proud to announce the immediate availability of the standalone version of DxO FilmPack 5, which will also work in plug-in mode for workflows containing Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements and Aperture. This program, dedicated to the authentic rendering of over 80 legendary black + white & color films, has added 16 new films to this version and is now supporting the RAW format – among many other features.
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 5.
Categories: DxO News, DxO FilmPack
Post Date: 11/18/2014 7:15:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 17, 2014

 
When I think about portraiture, I think of Gregory Heisler. When I think about photojournalism, Joe McNally is who I think of first.
 
I've been a big fan of Joe McNally's work for several years now. To me, Joe's work perfectly blends creative storytelling with technical skill. Watching this video simply confirmed what I already knew – that Joe's a master of his craft. [Sean]
 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
Joe McNally Photojournalist Exhibition at the Monroe Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A 30 year retrospective of Joe McNally's diverse and dynamic images. Joe reflects on the passage of time. Sidney Monroe discusses collector's rising interest in photojournalism as a fine art.
Post Date: 11/17/2014 3:32:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera wit h AF-S 24-120mm Lens
Through 9/22, Nikon has significant camera & lens bundle rebates available in addition to a few instant rebates on their DSLR lineup.
 
Nikon DSLR Cameras Eligible for Bundle Rebates and Body/Kit Instant Rebates
 
Lens Rebates with DSLR Purchase*
 
ModelRebate Amount
Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 16-35mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$260.00
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G AF-S VR Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II Lens Buy$400.00
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens Buy$300.00
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S ED Lens Buy$80.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$85.00
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Buy$20.00
Nikon 58mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 60mm f/2.8G AF-S ED Micro Lens Buy$100.00
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Lens Buy$200.00
Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX VR Micro Lens Buy$100.00

 
* Note: Lens rebates are body-specific, meaning each lens's eligibility varies with the various DSLRs. Use the category link from the first paragraph to view details on lens bundle rebates. If using the DSLR body links, you'll need to click on "View All Savings" link under the Savings Available heading to see qualifying lens rebates.
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Post Date: 11/17/2014 7:47:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $409.00. Compare at $499.00.
Post Date: 11/17/2014 6:46:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 16, 2014
Apple Aperture Logo
From Apple:
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
 
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6476.
 
Download
Apple Digital Camera RAW 6.01
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 11/16/2014 8:04:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 14, 2014
Sigma WR Circular Polarizing Filter
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA WR PROTECTOR, SIGMA PROTECTOR, SIGMA WR UV FILTER and SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
 
SIGMA WR* FILTER
 
  • SIGMA WR PROTECTOR (Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
  • SIGMA WR UV FILTER (UV Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
  • SIGMA WR CIRCULAR PL FILTER (PL Water-repellent, Antistatic type)
SIGMA FILTER
 
  • SIGMA PROTECTOR (Normal type)
*WR=Water Repellent
 
B&H has the Sigma WR Protector and Sigma Protector filters available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 11/14/2014 7:29:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Df DSLR with 50mm f/1.8G Lens (Black)
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon Df DSLR with 50mm f/1.8G Lens available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,746.95.
 
This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 11/14/2014 6:12:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 13, 2014
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $749.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,296.95.
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Post Date: 11/13/2014 8:42:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
What to Look for When Selecting a Mountain
I love mountains, but not all mountains are created equally. Height is great, but a flat or round-top mountain, even if extremely high, is difficult to make photogenic. Give me a craggy, jagged-topped mountain with character and I can entertain myself for days. Add some color for an over-the-top mountain.
 
The Maroon Bells Scenic Area has mountains with character and Sievers Mountain, just north of Maroon Lake, is one of my favorites. Along with having character in its shape, this mountain has color character including the namesake "Maroon" with bands of light-colored rock running through it. While the top of this mountain alone can make a good photo, I worked a set of colorful aspens into the foreground so that the tops of the trees somewhat matched the craggy-ness of the mountaintop and added strong contrasting color. With some room to significantly change my shooting position, I adjusted the perspective so that the amount of trees showing in the frame was balanced relative to the amount of mountain showing. Said another way, the closer I approached the trees, the higher the percentage of the frame consumed by those trees and the larger the trees would appear relative to the mountain.
 
With the perspective I wanted, I then made use of a zoom lens to retain only what I wanted in the frame. In this case, that meant zooming to 57mm.
 
With a partly cloudy sky, good timing (note that the odds of good timing are greatly increased by patiently waiting) was required to get a dark foreground base, bright trees, shade on the mountain directly behind the tree tops and some direct sunlight on the mountain above. Blue skies are beautiful, but I often prefer that they remain a small part of my landscape images. In this case, the blue adds another color to the image and forms a solid, uninterrupted top margin to this scene that keeps the viewer's eye from leaving via the top of the frame.
 
I made strong use of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on this trip. Nearly every shot I captured with this lens was tack sharp. It is an awesome choice for tripod-mounted landscape photography.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
57mm  f/11.0  1/40s  ISO 125  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 11/13/2014 9:46:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Apple 15.4
B&H has the Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013 Model) available for $2,799.00 with free expedited shipping. Originally $3,299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell)
  • 16GB of Onboard 1600MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 1TB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics (2GB)
  • 15.4" LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics
  • Mac OS X Mavericks
Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter
Through November 15, B&H has the Hoya 82mm Variable Density Filter available for $119.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Variable 0.45 - 2.7 Density
  • Reduce Exposure by 1.5 - 9 Stops
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
  • Low Profile, Rigid Aluminum Filter Ring
Post Date: 11/12/2014 2:57:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
AdoramaPix Logo
I've always been very pleased with the quality of prints I receive from AdoramaPix; they have been my preferred print retailer for several years. I regularly take advantage of the AdoramaPix deals I post to the site.
 
Unfortunately, the cost of shipping can often mitigate the savings of purchasing online prints (even when they are on sale). That's why I'm glad AdoramaPix is now offering free standard shipping on orders of $39.00 or more.
 
The best way to take advantage of this program is to keep a running list of prints you want – either to gift to family or friends or simply to keep for yourself – and jump on one of their periodic sales while buying in bulk. This is going to be my new print-purchasing strategy going forward... [Sean]
Post Date: 11/12/2014 1:14:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
LensRentals Logo
From now until the end of the year, use coupon code FALL2014 at LensRentals to get 10% off any rental!
 
Details:
 
  • Eligible for any order with an arrival date on or before 12-31-14
  • Can not be combined with any other offers
To support this site, click on the appropriate product review and then click the Rent button beside the camera/lens you want to rent.
Post Date: 11/12/2014 11:58:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photoshelter Logo
From Photoshelter:
 
In The 2015 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests, get a fresh look at over 25 photo competitions worldwide, including new insights on which photo contests are worth your time, and which you should skip.
 
Get details on a long list of photo contests, including:
 
  • Sony World Photography Awards
  • World Press Photo Contest
  • PDN Photo Annual
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Smithsonian Photo Contest
  • Communication Arts Photography Competition
  • Pictures of the Year International
  • Plus many more!
We award each contest a star rating based on factors like entry fee, prizes and promised exposure, plus give you direct feedback from recent winners to help steer you in the right direction.
 
Get the free guide today!
Post Date: 11/12/2014 10:29:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Story Behind the Rainbow over Aspen
Something that all landscape photographers need to know is that the worst weather can bring the best photo conditions. For example, without rain, there are no rainbows.
 
I would like to say that I had spent all day climbing to the top of some remote mountain to capture this image, but ... in this case, I was simply driving from a gas station back to the hotel. When the clouds on the western horizon broke open just enough for the sun to shine under the heavy cloud cover and into the rain, I simply pulled off the road at a safe location and started shooting. In this photo, the very warm-colored last sunlight of the day is illuminating the rain along with an aspen grove at the top of a mountain near the town of Aspen, CO.
 
From a compositional perspective, I would like to have moved the bright aspen grove and mountain peak to the right (or left) to about 1/3 of the way into the frame. To do that would have required me to drive to a new location. Rainbows and the sun shining through small openings in clouds are both fleeting opportunities and I was not going to chance missing the opportunity.
 
The leftmost rainbow was easily the most eye-catching subject, so I placed it in the 1/3 (maybe 1/4) frame position. The strong, bright rain easily balances the bright rainbow and the small, faint rainbow remains in the frame on the right. The dark land in the base of the frame works with the dark cloud at the top of the frame to bring the viewer's eye inward. The near-centered mountaintop then works for me in this case.
 
Without being able to significantly change perspective at this very long subject distance, a telephoto zoom lens allows flexibility in final subject framing.
 
I love unplanned images such as this one. The only requirement (beyond knowing how to use your gear) is being there. So, be there!
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
Post Date: 11/12/2014 9:20:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tascam DR-22WL Recorder
Adorama has a Tascam DR-22WL Recorder with Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Headphones Bundle available for $169.00 with free shipping. Regularly $218.99.
 
Bundle Includes
 
  • Tascam DR-22WL 2-Channels Handheld Audio Recorder with Wi-Fi
  • Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Professional Monitor Headphones, 96dB, 15-20kHz, Black
Post Date: 11/12/2014 7:15:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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