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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014
CanvasPeople
CanvasPeople is running a Valentines Day Special where you can get any size standard canvas from 8x10 to 16x20 for only $14.00 + shipping.
 
But hurry – order by noon Feb 1 to ensure delivery before Valentine's Day with standard shipping.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 2:20:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800E DSLR Camera Body
The Nikon D800/D800E Instant Rebates are scheduled to expire February 1.
 
If you're wanting to pick up a new Nikon D800/D800E, now's the time to "Add to Cart." We would be surprised if these rebates were extended.
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Post Date: 1/29/2014 1:25:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Spyder 4 Express Colorimeter
Adorama has the Datacolor Spyder 4 Express Colorimeter available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $119.95.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 12:54:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From B&H:
 
Two Ways to Win African Safaris!
 
SAFARI TO BOTSWANA FOR TWO VALUED AT $22,000 USD
 
Awarded to the the Judges Vote Grand Prize
 
Our panel of expert judges will select one entry from each of our eight categories to compete for the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will Enjoy a total of six nights' accommodation in Botswana and Round Trip Airfare on South African Airways. Guests will stay in a range of Wilderness Safaris classic camps. Your trip includes all meals, park fees, scheduled daily camp activities and drinks (excluding premium brand imports) for two people on a sharing basis. Visit the "About" page for important airfare restrictions.
 
The seven runners up will each receive a $500 B&H Gift Card.
 
Judges:

Scott KelbyMichael Poliza
David CardinalMartin Benadie
Dana AllenPeter McBride
Mike MyersRon Magill


SAFARI TO NAMIBIA FOR TWO VALUED AT $16,400 USD
 
Awarded to the People's Choice popular vote
 
Let the people judge their favorite photograph. The entry with the most votes wins a total of six nights' accommodation in Namibia from a range of Wilderness Safaris classic camps (three nights at two different camps) and Round Trip Airfare on South African Airways. Your trip includes all meals, park fees, scheduled daily camp activities and drinks (excluding premium brand imports) for two people on a sharing basis. Photographers are encouraged to invite their family and friends to vote for their image using email or social media. The most popular entry wins! Visit the "About" page for important airfare restrictions.
 
Categories:

  • Land Mammals
  • Aquatic (Marine and Freshwater)
  • Culture/Wilderness People
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Conservation/Man and The Environment
  • Birds
  • Amphibians/Reptiles
  • Macro: Flora/Insects
  • Animals in Zoos and Captivity

Deadline: Extended to February 28, 2014
 
Enter Now!

Post Date: 1/29/2014 12:20:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Our newest About A Photograph video features the story behind noted adventure photographer and cinematographer Tyler Stableford’s breathtaking image inside a rare cave in lceland's Langjökull Glacier. In the video, Tyler relates how potentially dangerous it was to shoot inside a moving glacier.
 
Said Tyler about shooting in nature, “It’s almost never as I envision it. It’s always close to that. But there’s some moving element that makes it a struggle. Most photographers in nature continue to strive because they never know when that beautiful graphic moment is going to happen. That’s the magic of photography for me.”
 
Based in Aspen, CO, Tyler has earned a worldwide clientele for his work. Men's Journal named him "One of the Seven World's Greatest Adventure Photographers,” and he is one of Canon’s prestigious Explorers of Light. Tyler has won numerous photo and filmmaking awards from The Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, PDN, American Photo and The International Photography Awards, among others.
 
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Post Date: 1/29/2014 10:02:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
DigitalRev has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon (review) available for $769.00. Compare at $899.00.
 
The Nikon version is $20.00 cheaper - only $749.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 9:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included in this download

  • Support for the COOLPIX S6800, S6700, S3600 has been added.
  • The White Balance section in the Adjustments palette has been changed, or support added, as follows:
  • An Auto 1 option has been added.
  • ViewNX 2 adjusts white balance for colors similar to those captured with a camera's Auto 1 (Normal) * white balance setting. However, only RAW images captured with the following cameras are supported:
  • The D7000 and later DSLR cameras
  • Advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses
  • The COOLPIX A as well as the COOLPIX P7100 and later COOLPIX cameras that support recording in the NRW format
    *Auto white balance setting with cameras that do not offer an Auto 2 (Keep warm lighting colors) option
  • Adjustment units available with the Tint option have been changed from 1 to 0.01 for more precise specification.
  • The adjustment range for the Fine Adjustment option has been expanded from 4132-7042 to 2500-7042 when Direct sunlight is selected.
  • Adjustment using the Fine Adjustment and Tint options is now possible when Recorded Value, Auto 1, Auto 2, or Underwater is selected.
  • A Switch over to second slot after transfer option has been added to the Preferences panel in Nikon Transfer 2. When this option is checked, a confirmation dialog asking whether or not files recorded to the second memory card should be transferred will be displayed after files recorded to the first memory card are transferred. This function is available only when a camera with two memory card slots is connected to the computer using MTP/PTP (PTP).
  • The AF Noise Reduction... option in the File menu more effectively reduces the sound of lens drive with autofocusing

Download:
Nikon View NX v2.9.0 - Windows 32bit (95.6 MB) | Windows 64bit (101 MB) | Macintosh (124 MB)

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Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 1/29/2014 9:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens
You better get a tissue and, if you are in public, rest your chin on your hand to avoid the embarrassment of being seen with your mouth wide open, because the image quality of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is jaw-dropping and drool-worthy.
 
You will now find image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs, measurements and eye candy available on the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens review page. Results in all of the tests are best-in-class.
 
Let B&H satisfy the Zeiss 135mm craving I'm sure that you now have.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 8:59:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon 1 J1 Camera with 10-30mm Lens (Red)
eBay (via BuyDig) has a Refurbished Nikon 1 J1 DSLR with 10-30mm VR, 30-110mm VR Lens Bundle available for $199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $299.00 new.
 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sony A7R Camera
Fred Miranda has posted an interesting review of the Sony A7R utilizing Canon lenses.
 
You can learn more about the Sony A7R at B&H.
Post Date: 1/28/2014 12:56:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sunwayfoto-Panoramic-Setup
by Sean Setters
 
Those of you who have been following the site will know that I recently upgraded everything relating to support – new tripod (Induro 8X CT314), ballhead (Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1), and Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. But doing so left me with a bit of a problem.
 
For the past few months I had been thoroughly enjoying shooting panoramic images with my Manfrotto 303plus Panoramic Head and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens. However, shooting panos was cumbersome (at best). Using the panoramic head meant changing out my regular ballhead every time I wanted to shoot panos. If I wanted to be able to shoot normal images and panos in the same outing, I had to bring tools to do the replacement in the field. And the 303plus was no picnic travel with; it was heavy, bulky, and just plain awkward to lug around because of its shape.
 
But now let me step back just a bit. Why do you need a specialized head just to capture panoramic images? Couldn't you just rotate the camera on the tripod and get the same results?
 
Well, not exactly. The issue with trying to create panoramic images with a standard head is that the images don't stitch together very well. Because you aren't rotating the camera & lens around its nodal point, you get parallax errors which make stitching significantly more challenging and time consuming. Basically, things simply don't line up.
 
A panoramic head allows you to move the camera so that the pivoting occurs over the lens's nodal point thereby elminiating parallax errors and leading to easier (and less time consuming) stitching. If time is money, then a panoramic setup is worth its weight in gold.
 
After some research, I found a few products that, once assembled, would replicate the functionality of the 303plus head while giving me several other benefits:
 
The new pano rig...

  • Simply clamps into my existing ballhead using an Arca-Style plate. No more changing out heads everytime I want to do a pano.
  • Is smaller, lighter and less bulky than the 303plus (largely due to my camera's newly installed L-bracket).
  • Is cheaper than most pre-fabricated pano heads.
  • Is faster to level through a simple ballhead adjustment. The 303plus required leveling the setup by adjusting tripod's legs.

If you're keeping score, that's a win-win-win-win.

Manfrotto 303plus vs Sunwayfoto Pano Setup

Components of the new setup:

  1. Sunwayfoto DP-60 60mm QR Plate [$23.00]
  2. Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator [$119.00]
  3. Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp [$55.00]
  4. Sunwayfoto DPG-210 Multi-Purpose Rail [$49.00]
  5. Sunwayfoto DDB-53 Bidirectional Clamp [$59.00]

Thats a solid panoramic setup for $305.00 (and significantly cheaper than many pre-made pano rigs). If you don't already have an L-bracket, then you'll only be able to shoot in landscape orientation. The L-bracket gives you the option to use a portrait orientation for more vertical real estate in your pano. One limitation of this setup is that you can't shoot 360-degree spherical panoramas with it; but for standard panoramas, it works very well.
 
Keep in mind that there are options for swapping several of the components above. I originally purchased the Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp to use in my BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Plate conversion, but found that the longer tension screw handle allowed the clamp to fit perfectly on the Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator. If I were buying the compenents again, I'd probably pick up a Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp 64mm With Long Handle instead. You can also purchase a longer rail if you want to shoot with a larger lens. However, make sure that your ballhead can support the weight of a moderately heavy camera/lens combination in an offset position. You can even forgo getting the Indexing Rotator & QR plate and simply rotate the rail/bi-directional clamp via your ballhead's panning base for an especially inexpensive setup. That said, I prefer using the Indexing Rotator for easy, consistent capture.
 
All in all, I'm really happy with my new pano setup. The Sunwayfoto products seem well-made and durable. A few days ago I created a 360-degree panorama in a local business, The Lamp & Lighthouse (click image to view a larger version):

The Lamp and Lighthouse Panoramic Image

I shot the panarama above using a 5D Mark III and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I corrected the lens distortion with PTLens (although some distortion still exists), stitched the pano using Hugin and polished it up in Photoshop CC.
 
Tip: When leveling your setup, ignore the bubble levels on your gear. Depending on design tolerances, bubble levels can be anywhere from "pretty close" to "completely useless." Use your camera's built-in electronic level for the best results.

Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:39:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $329.00 with free shipping. Compare at $526.95 new.
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:03:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 27, 2014
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Lens available for $275.00 with free shipping. Compare at $399.00.
 
This is a lens I own and use very often. You get a lot of distortion with the lens, but it's correctable with good image editing software.
Post Date: 1/27/2014 10:23:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Transcend 32GB Class 10 UHS SDHC Flash Memory Card
Unfortunately, I got to this post rather late today. However, Amazon is featuring Select Transcend Memory Products as its Gold Box Deal of the Day.
Post Date: 1/27/2014 6:33:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens available for $369.00. Compare at $449.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/27/2014 7:48:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 24, 2014
onOne Perfect Effects 8
From now through January 28, onOne is offering their Perfect Effects 8 for free. All you have to do is sign up for their email newsletter.
Post Date: 1/24/2014 2:45:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Gura Gear Uinta Bag with Modules
From Gura Gear:
 
Comfortably take your gear wherever life's adventures take you with the Gura Gear Uinta adventure pack
 
The Uinta spans the gap between urban and adventure lifestyles. Whether you need a technical day pack for photo/video gear, or a reliable adventure pack that accommodates a single DSLR and living essentials, Uinta adapts with specially-designed modules to fit your needs. Easily access gear through any of the multiple access points and rest assured it is always protected behind tested CORDURA and custom weatherproof ripstop X-Pac.
 
Available modules allow for pro sized DSLR gear and come with fully customizable dividers. Carrying just the gear you need is easy and accessible.

  • Use both the Medium and Small Pro Modules for the maximum camera gear configuration.
  • Use only the Medium Pro Module and give yourself some additional space for extra essentials at the bottom of the pack.
  • With the Small Pro Module you can handle a light camera setup with ample room for hiking essentials. The Small Pro Module can be installed in both the lower and upper sections of the bag. This allows you to manage the weight distribution in the pack to be exactly the way you want.
  • Dual access doors allow you to access your gear from the front or back of the modules. The foam on the doors may also be removed to help decrease weight when needed, and to allow for quick access with the flap folded and nicely tucked away.
  • For those times when you’re not taking your beloved camera gear, the Uinta is incredibly lightweight and durable, offering a spacious 30 liters of interior storage space.

Uinta features an extremely comfortable yet breathable harness system. , the Uinta is perfect for day trips in the mountains or photo shoots on location. In any situation, accessing gear is easy through any of the multiple access points. In addition, when you need it, stow up to a 17” MacBook Pro in the padded interior compartment.
 
Available as an accessory, the Tripod & Hydration System (THS) is a unique solution for carrying a water bladder and tripod. The THS attaches to the front of the bag using durable, hard plastic buckles and can hold up to a two liter water bladder and/or tripod.
 
MATERIALS

  • 420D dia square nylon w/ 2x PU backing
  • Cutom X-Pac w/ 2x PU backing
  • YKK weather sealed zippers
  • N/500D Spandura reinforcement
  • Woojin (WJ) hardware
  • Padded air mesh
  • 1000D CORDURA w/ 2x PU backing

FEATURES

  • Multi-Point Front and Rear Access
  • Customizable Photo/Video Modules for Ultimate
  • Flexibility (Sold Separately)
  • Quick Connect Tripod & Hydration System (Sold Separately)
  • Padded Laptop/Tablet Sleeve (Up to 17”)
  • Fully Adjustable & Ventilated Harness and Belt System
  • Multi-Function Belt Attachment Points
  • Load-Managing Compression Straps
  • Seam-Sealed & Fitted Rain Waterproof Cover
  • Lightweight Custom Water-Resistant Ripstop X-Pac Material
  • Durable 500D CORDURA in High Abrasion & Contact Areas.
  • High-Quality YKK PU Water-Resistant Zippers

The Gura Gear Uinta bag and components will be available soon at authorized retailers. The Uinta bag will carry an MSRP of $199.00 while the optional Medium and Small Pro Modules will carry an MSRP of $89.95 and $69.95, respectively. The Tripod & Hydration System (THS) will carry an MSRP of $39.95.
 
B&H carries Gura Gear products.

Category: Gura Gear News
Post Date: 1/24/2014 10:01:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Gentec International:
 
Gitzo upgrades heads and tripod kits with a new quick-release system compatible with Arca-Swiss plates.
 
JANUARY 20, 2014 - Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Gitzo products, announces a new quick-release system that is being introduced across many of Gitzo’s heads, Traveler tripod kits, and accessories. Compatible with Arca-Swiss plates and most other manufacturers’ Arca-Swiss style plates, Gitzo’s new system also offers a number of significant advantages over alternative quick-release systems.
 
Gitzo’s new system is easier to use during set-up and changeovers, and offers failsafe support of camera equipment. The camera/plate can be snapped into the head from above, which is faster and easier than trying to slide it in from the side. When a Gitzo plate is used, the quick-release system’s secondary safety pin will also engage to prevent camera equipment from falling accidentally from the head, even if the plate locking lever is not fully locked.
 
The plate also features Gitzo’s new camera screw design. To make it as easy as possible to use, no matter where you are and what tools you have on hand, the screw can be tightened by hand, using a coin or with the supplied allen key. The hybrid system, used on many of the new models, will also take traditional Gitzo C-profile plates, making it especially useful for photographers who already own and use Gitzo C-profile plates as their standard equipment. To accept Gitzo C-profile plates, the adaptor is simply removed from the clamp.
 
The new quick-release system includes three standard centre ball heads (GH1780QD, $379.95 MSRP; GH2780QD, $479.95 MSRP; GH3780QD, $549.95 MSRP), two Traveler centre ball heads (GH1781TQD, $319.95 MSRP; GH2781TQD, $359.95 MSRP), a Systematic head (GH5381SQD, $669.95 MSRP), and two Traveler tripod kits (GK1580TQD4, $1,039.95 MSRP; GK2580TQD, $1,149.95 MSRP). Accessories are also available and include quick-release adaptors and plates, plus a panoramic disc.
 
B&H carries Gitzo tripods and heads.
Category: Gitzo News
Post Date: 1/24/2014 9:44:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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