Nikon News (Page 21) RSS Feed for Nikon News Report News & Deals  ►

 Monday, January 26, 2015
Thyme with Frost Macro
Lingering bitter cold with grey overcast skies can really put a damper on photographic aspirations (especially if you enjoy shooting lush, vivid landscapes). The solution? Try shooting macros!
 
If you can stand the cold, then there are lots of wonderful outdoor subjects that are likely very close by and just begging to have your camera pointed at them – icicles, frost and snowflakes, just to name a few. The image at the top of this post is from an herb garden on my front porch.
 
Black Peppercorns Macro
 
If you'd rather avoid the cold entirely, setting up a small indoor macro studio doesn't require much space. In fact, you could easily use your dining room table or similar [even smaller] surface. And there are tons of things in your home that would work well as macro subjects – spices (like sea salt, peppercorns, etc.), toys and flowers are only a few examples. And as Bryan has noted before, buying flowers will likely make your wife or significant other very happy. By the way, an off-camera flash paired with a small softbox makes an excellent tool for macro photography.
 
Dollar Coins Macro
 
Want a real challenge? Try your hand at shooting jewelry. With gemstones and curved, metallic, mirrored surfaces, jewelry can be an especially challenging subject to illuminate attractively (Hint: using several well-placed white (or other colored) reflectors can help accentuate jewelry's appearance).
 
Want to take your macros a step further? Try focus stacking (my technique can be found midway down the post).
 
Recommended Gear
 
  • DSLR Camera – Just about any modern DSLR will work just fine. One feature that can be especially useful for macro photography is 10x Live View as it can really help you achieve critical focus when your depth of field is very small.
  • Macro Lens (or Extension Tubes at the very least) – Check out Bryan's Canon Macro Lens Recommendations to figure out which macro lens is right for you (if you don't already have one). If you're on a tight budget, or you'd like to expand your macro capabilities, you might want to try using extension tubes to increase the magnification of your current lens collection (we recommend the budget-conscious Kenko extension tubes).
  • Tripod – A good, solid support system is essential for many types of macro shooting. A tripod will allow you to use longer shutter speeds while maintaining a sharp image. It will also allow you to lock down your framing of static subjects so that you can achieve the ideal composition.
  • Flash and Small Softbox (optional) – It's true that with a stable platform you can capture [static] macro images with just about any light source. However, a flash with a small softbox will open up many creative possibilities while also allowing for faster and easier image capture.
Shooting macros can be a fun and fulfilling activity when other types of photography are less enjoyable or satisfying. So be creative and have fun with small, everyday things!
Post Date: 1/26/2015 8:24:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Oben CT-3431 Carbon Tripod With BE-108T Ball Head
For today only, B&H has the Oben CT-3431 Carbon Tripod With BE-108T Ball Head available for $179.95 with free shipping. Regularly $399.95.
Post Date: 1/26/2015 6:59:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 23, 2015
Sports Illustrated Logo
From the NPPA:
NEW YORK, NY (January 23, 2015) – The remaining six staff photographers at Sports Illustrated magazine were all laid off yesterday.
 
Staff photographers Robert Beck, Simon Bruty, Bill Frakes, David E. Klutho, John W. McDonough, and Al Tielemans were informed of the decision around noon Eastern time on Thursday.
 
Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith confirmed the move this morning to News Photographer magazine.
 
"It's true," Smith said. "There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers."
See the entire article on NPPA's website.
Post Date: 1/23/2015 12:51:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson SureColor T7000 Standard Edition 44
B&H has the Epson SureColor T7000 Standard Edition 44" Wide Format Inkjet Printer available for $2,449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $4,449.00.
 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • 2880 x 1440 dpi
  • 780 ft2 per Hour
  • Ethernet
  • Media up to 59.1 mil
  • Roll Printing up to 44" Wide
  • Borderless Prints up to 44" Wide
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
The "Where is the Canon 400mm DO II review?" and "Where is Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens Review?" questions are becoming more frequent. Those are indeed good questions as these two lenses are sitting at the top of my priority list. Unfortunately and unusually, I have not been able to get my hands on either of these lenses for long enough to adequately evaluate them. That I'm delayed on these reviews is not likely going to delay your acquisition of either lens as they are simply not available right now. High demand has been completely consuming the Sigma 150-600 production and that is likely the same reason the Canon 400 DO II is not available. What the production level of each lens is remains a question.
 
Those of you asking about the new Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens will be happy to know that we have one in house and have standardized testing of this lens as our current top priority. Stay tuned for more information, but ... this is a really tiny lens considering the super zoom focal length range covering a full frame image circle.
 
Contrary to some current rumors, the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens has not been discontinued. According to Sigma Corporation of America, "The 24-105mm is most definitely not discontinued." This rumor most likely arose from the fact that this lens is very hard to find in stock right now. Sigma assured me that this lens is very much a part of their current line. "We are behind on production but are working on catching up." Sigma is experiencing "... really high demand and fulfilling all the orders across the world has been tough." That is good news to me as I really like the 24-105 OS Art Lens.
 
Find these four lenses at B&H:
 
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens
Avid Pro Tools 11 with M-Audio M-Track Plus USB Interface Bundle
B&H has an Avid Pro Tools 11 Crossgrade with M-Audio M-Track Plus USB Interface Bundle available for $279.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $819.99.
 
Bundle Includes:
 
  • Pro Tools 11 - Professional Audio Recording and Music Creation Software (Upgrade - Activation Card)
  • M-Audio - M-Track Plus - USB Audio/MIDI Interface with Avid Pro Tools Express
Note: Considering that the boxed, retail version of Avid's Pro Tools 11 sells for $699.00, this is an awesome deal. If the M-Audio M-Track Plus is not quite what you're looking for, you may want to check out the other B&H Pro Tools 11 Bundles (with equally amazing discounts).
Post Date: 1/23/2015 8:16:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma Logo
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce that the lens firmware update for the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports SIGMA, CANON and NIKON is available through SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
 
The latest firmware enables the lens to offer improved Optical Stabilization in OS mode 2, which is optimized for panning photography. By taking advantage of the new OS algorithm in OS mode 2, it provides effective compensation, not only in horizontal direction, but also vertical and diagonal directions.
 
For those customers who own the following product, please update the firmware of the lens via SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
[Product]
 
  • Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for SIGMA, CANON and NIKON
Should the version of SIGMA Optimization Pro not be updated to Ver. 1.2 yet, please be sure to update it before operating any lens firmware update.
 
You can download the latest version of the software from the following page;
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en/
 
B&H carries the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens.
Post Date: 1/23/2015 7:34:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hoya 77mm Neutral Density x400 (9 Stop) Neutral Density Filter
B&H has the Hoya 77mm Neutral Density x400 (9 Stop) Neutral Density Filter available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
Post Date: 1/23/2015 6:56:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Canon USA has uploaded three tutorial videos in its new series, "Demystifying HD Video on a DSLR Camera." The first video in the series, "Lesson 1 – Introduction to Storytelling" is shown above.
 
Demystifying HD Video on a DSLR Camera Series
 
Post Date: 1/23/2015 6:40:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
B&H has just opened their Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens preorder line.
 
Tamron formally announced the 15-30 VC earlier today, but omitted the price in their press release. The price is now confirmed at $1,199.00 USD and B&H confirms the initial ship date as Fri, Jan 30th 2015. With B&H stating "ship beginning" and Tamron specifying "Gradually launching", I'm guessing that initial inventories are not going to meet demand for this lens. Preorder ASAP if you want to have a chance to get this f/2.8 VC lens anytime soon.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 1/22/2015 12:58:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Winter Photography Tips: I Don't Shoot Black and White, Except
While I love black and white in interior and graphic design, I am about as interested in creating black and white images as I am in watching black and white movies. I view black and white photography as a last resort for not being able to find good color. If a scene does not lend itself to a color photo, I usually move on, looking for one that does.
 
I need to emphasize the "I view" part of that sentence. I am only referencing my personal interest level in black and white photography. Everyone has their own photographic interests and if B&W photography is your thing, I say "Go for it!" If everyone was exactly like me, this would be a boring world.
 
Photography has very few "laws" and my black and white aversion is not one of them. One exception I make to my no-monochromatic rule is when a found scene is monochromatic and winter landscapes often qualify as that. For example and as illustrated in this image, a blanket of snow over a hardwood forest under a cloudy sky is a common monochromatic winter scene. You are looking at a full color image and in this case, I'm into black and white.
 
When shooting a monochromatic scene, there are two colors to work with. Thus, contrast, lines and focus take on an elevated importance in composition. With the entire scene in sharp focus, my eye is drawn directly to the area of strongest contrast which in this case is the cluster of front-most tree trunks. The balance of these trees aid in leading the viewer's eyes to this location or to the similar trunks diminishing in size in the background.
 
Trees laden with snow pull the image toward the white side of black and white and capturing such requires a sense of urgency as often the snow does not remain on tree branches for long. A light wind clears the branches as does some direct sunlight warming the branches enough to cause the snow to become slippery, inducing its fall. Sometimes the best time to photograph a snowstorm is while it is happening and the falling snow also pulls the image even further toward white. Protection for your camera during the snow storm can be as simple as the umbrella used for this image capture.
 
Summary: Use this winter to increase the depth of your black and white (or monochromatic) portfolio.
Post Date: 1/22/2015 10:48:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens
From Tamron:
 
Tamron's state-of-the-art lens design features an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element and eBAND Coating for outstanding detail and performance from the center to the edges of the frame over the entire zoom range.
 
Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces the release of a groundbreaking F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras.
 
Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the world's first F/2.8 high-speed standard zoom lens to include image stabilization, followed by the development of the unique SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009), SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004), and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) lenses, all of which have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts around the globe. Now, we have developed SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) to expand the world of imaging possibilities in the wide-angle range.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Superior, class leading imaging performance using an innovative XGM lens element
    With an optical construction consisting of 18 elements in 13 groups, including, for the first time, an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element placed in the front group, and several Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and LD (Low Dispersion) elements used throughout the optical system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently corrected enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout its entire zoom range from corner to corner.
  • Enhanced sharpness with exclusive VC image stabilization when shooting handheld in low light or at night
    In response to popular demand, Tamron has created the world's first F/2.8 ultra-wide- angle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation). The VC allows shooting at slow shutter speeds and in low light conditions, and effectively compensates for minor camera shake, whilst maintaining class leading optimal performance.
  • eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties
    In addition to further optimizing Tamron's acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, the eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating has also been employed in this lens. This combination offers superior anti-reflection properties especially important in ultra-wide-angle lenses which are particularly susceptible to flare and ghosting due to their wide angle of view, and provides superior quality and crystal-clear images by minimizing unwanted light reaching the sensor.
  • 15-30mm zoom covers both ultra-wide and semi-wide-angle focal lengths
    At its ultra-wide-angle settings this lens can capture, in a single photograph, broad landscapes that cannot be taken in fully by the human eye. At its semi-wide-angle focal lengths, it's ideal for travel and street photography. In short, this unique lens utilizes the zoom function to provide maximum shooting flexibility with a wide range of subjects.
  • Fascinating background "bokeh" throughout the wide-angle range due to its fast constant F/2.8 aperture
    Utilizing its shallow depth of field at F/2.8, it enables users to capture beautiful bokeh effects even at wide coverage angles. Its advanced optical formula and 9-bladed circular diaphragm are designed with defocused photography in mind - perfect for creating images where subjects stand out from their natural, blended backgrounds.
  • Proven fluorine coating utilizing Tamron's industrial lens expertise is used on the front element
    Fluorine coating, with an established track record in Tamron's industrial lenses, such as those used in automotive cameras, has been applied to the front element. It repels water and dirt, and makes it easier to remove smudges.
  • Flexible, high-performance focusing with USD
    USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) delivers high torque, high precision, and virtually silent autofocus action. A full-time manual focus mechanism permits fine focus adjustments instantly without needing to exit AF mode.
  • Lens hood designed to prevent light from striking lens at all focal lengths
    This unique lens hood provides effective shading of the front lens surface over the entire zoom range to minimize flare. It utilizes the unique characteristics of the optical system in which the front lens group recedes as you zoom in from 15 mm to 30 mm.
  • Double-hood structure provides additional strength
    A double-hood structure has been incorporated into the lens design to improve the durability of the zoom mechanism.
  • Comes with "SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron", RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron's SP series lenses - renowned for their crisp, high-resolution imaging - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers' most exacting demands.
Date of Launch: Gradually launching from January 30, 2015
Dedicated Tamron Page: http://www.tamron.co.jp/en/lineup/a012/index.html
 
Note: B&H doesn't have the lens available for preorder yet and the product pages do not indicate a price. However, Adorama has the lens available for preorder for $1,199.00 with free expedited shipping.
 
Update: Adorama's product page says, "NEW ITEM, NOT RELEASED YET. This Item is currently in Developement and has not been released yet. The price has not been set yet."
 
So either one of two things has happened:
 
  • Adorama has filled in an expected MSRP for the lens, but it isn't the official price (to be updated later) or
  • Adorama has published the actual MSRP but has not updated the status of the item
It seems that you can go through the preorder process at Adorama, so the second possibility may be the answer.
Post Date: 1/22/2015 6:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,564.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not eligible for Nikon USA warranty or service. However, the auction advertises that it comes with a 3-year (non-manufacturer's) warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/22/2015 6:06:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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
Adobe Logo
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
    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 |    
Canon News, Nikon News Archives
Feedback
Help  |  © 2015 The Digital Picture, LLC  |  Bryan CarnathanPowered By Christ!