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 Thursday, April 9, 2015

 
From Nikon Asia:
 
What do designers think and how do they create lenses? Takayuki Sensui and Toshinori Take, designers of NIKKOR lenses, talk about features and advantages of interchangeable lenses, challenges in lens design and their personal preferences.
 
B&H carries Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses.
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Post Date: 4/9/2015 6:14:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 8, 2015

 
From the DJI YouTube Channel:
 
We’ve returned to the Phantom and have redesigned its core systems to bring you the most advanced, forward-thinking aerial videography solution the world has ever seen. The Phantom 3 takes the look and feel of big-budget professional image capture and puts it in the palm of your hand.
 
Features
 
  • Gimbal Stabilized 1080p60 / 4k Camera (model dependent)
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • App for Monitoring / Camera Operation
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Optical Flow Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 available for preorder.
Category: DJI News
Post Date: 4/8/2015 12:22:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens
eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX Lens available for $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $196.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 4/8/2015 8:01:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Datacolor Spyder5 Display Color Calibration System
From Datacolor:
 
New line of color management devices includes Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO, and Spyder5ELITE
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – April 7, 2015 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today released Spyder5, the next generation of its popular monitor calibration solutions.
 
Datacolor Spyder5 is the color accuracy solution designed by photographers for photographers, to help them see, share and print their images, just as they intended. The 3 versions of Spyder5 – EXPRESS, PRO and ELITE – reduce the hassle of figuring out why digital photographs look different on screen, and why the colors on screen don’t match photo prints. All Spyder5 product versions adjust, or calibrate, monitors to an industry color reference standard so colors are accurate and shadow and highlight details are preserved. With true screen color, photographers can more accurately edit their photos and achieve better print matching.
 
The next generation Spyder5 colorimeter is compact, portable and protected for use on all laptop and desktop monitors. Datacolor has redesigned Spyder’s patented 7-detector optical engine to deliver up to a 55% improvement in tonal response, resulting in more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.
 
“A picture is more than a photograph – it contains a photographer’s emotional connection with the scene they’re shooting. It’s critical that a photographer’s computer monitor displays accurate color, so they can see, share and print their captured moments just as they intended them,” said Heath Barber, Imaging Market Manager, Datacolor. “Spyder5 is an important tool for all photographers. Spyder5 calibrates a computer monitor to industry color reference standard so an image’s true color, with accurate shadow and highlight detail is displayed. Seeing accurate color makes photo editing easier and faster and provides better print matching so less ink and paper are wasted. Spyder5 saves photographers time and energy so they can spend more time doing what they love doing – taking photographs.”
 
Spyder5EXPRESS is a cost-effective tool for serious photographers seeking an easy-to-use color accuracy solution through a simple, interactive four-step process guide. Using it’s before and after feature, users can evaluate calibration results using a professional Datacolor composite image. Spyder5EXPRESS also supports multiple monitor calibrations.
 
Spyder5PRO is ideal for photographers and creative professionals looking to take their skill and artistic vision to the next level by achieving precise color accuracy. Advanced features include an integrated ambient light sensor for room light monitoring, an extensive range of calibration settings, display analysis and the ability to import images for before and after calibration evaluation.
 
Spyder5ELITE offers professional photographers, studios, and calibration perfectionists who demand the highest levels of color accuracy, ultimate control of the calibration process. Spyder5ELITE offers a built-in tripod mount to easily calibrate front projector displays. Expert features include an unlimited range of calibration settings, comprehensive display analysis, advanced before and after evaluation of imported images, monitor matching and tuning, and optimized gray balance routines.
 
Pricing and Availability
 
The new Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO and Spyder5ELITE are now available at photography and consumer electronics retailers nationwide or online at datacolor.com/spyder5-pr. The Spyder5EXPRESS is priced at $129, Spyder5PRO at $189, and Spyder5ELITE at $279.
 
B&H carries the Datacolor Spyder5 line of color calibration tools.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 11:44:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with firmware COOLPIX S9700 Ver. 1.1
 
  • In some rare cases, the camera would freeze when it was turned on after USB charging completed. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, the lens would automatically zoom in and the camera would freeze when it was turned on. This issue has been resolved.
Download the Nikon COOLPIX S9700 Firmware v1.1
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Post Date: 4/7/2015 8:58:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Our Velvet 56 classic portrait lens gives you a velvety, ethereal start with a smooth finish, from the big picture to the smallest details. Bringing modern-day simplicity to the carefully crafted build and look of mid-20th century portrait lenses, this 56mm f/1.6 manual portrait and macro lens evokes an experience like no other. Embrace the moment as you easily go from capturing gorgeous, radiant environments to intimate details in the same scene.
 
B&H has the Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens available with shipping beginning April 13.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 7:47:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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For a limited time, CanvasPeople has their custom canvas prints on sale for 80% off.
 
Canvas Print Sale Prices
 
SizeStandard
Gallery Wrap
Thick
Gallery Wrap
8x10$10.00 -
11x11$13.80 -
11x14$14.00 $18.00
16x16$16.60 -
9x27$17.40 -
16x20$18.80 $23.60
18x24$21.80 $25.80
20x30$25.80 -
24x36-$39.99
20x48-$43.99
Post Date: 4/7/2015 7:31:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk Extreme PRO SATA 6.0Gb/s SSD
Amazon has the SanDisk Extreme PRO 480GB SATA 6.0Gb/s SSD available for $219.99. Compare at $285.00.
Post Date: 4/7/2015 6:58:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vanguard Alta Pro 254 Carbon Fiber Tripod With SBH-50 Ball Head
For a limited time, B&H has the Vanguard Alta Pro 254 Carbon Fiber Tripod With SBH-50 Ball Head available for $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $429.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Lightweight Carbon Fiber Tripod--3.5 lb
  • Lightweight Magnesium Alloy Ball Head
  • Multi-Angle Center Column
  • Advanced Camera Vibration Control
  • Two Bubble Levels On Ball Head
  • Two QS-39 Quick Release Plates Included
  • Tripod Carry Bag Included
Post Date: 4/7/2015 6:53:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From RØDE:
 
RØDE Microphones is once again partnering with Red Giant to offer an incredible dual-system audio solution to its customers for 2015.
 
Customers who purchase an eligible RØDE microphone from an authorised dealer worldwide and register online for their free extended warranty will also receive a free copy of Red Giant’s audio syncing software, PluralEyes Express. Valued at US$99, PluralEyes Express is an exclusive version of the award winning PluralEyes that has been specially tailored for RØDE users.
 
Revolutionising the dual-system audio workflow, PluralEyes analyses the audio from multiple cameras and other audio devices and syncs them up in seconds, eliminating the need for clapboards, time code, or manually syncing audio to video in post-production. With an ever-expanding range of broadcast microphones applicable for dual-system setups, RØDE recognizes PluralEyes as a vital tool in post-production for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
 
“We’re extremely thrilled to collaborate with Red Giant once again and offer this amazing software which compliments our range of microphones perfectly.” Commented RØDE’s Global Marketing Manager, Scott Emerton. “We had such an overwhelming response to our first partnership with Red Giant back in 2012 that we knew we had to provide a similar offer. We’ve listened to our customers and expanded the range of eligible microphones this time, so more people will get to experience the incredible workflow of PluralEyes.”
 
“Red Giant is honored to be partnering with RØDE. This collaboration once again combines the best of breed products in the pro audio and filmmaking software industries and ultimately benefits our shared customers” says Robert Sharp, Vice President of Global Sales for Red Giant.
 
For the full microphone eligibility list, more information on PluralEyes Express or to register your microphone for your FREE software download please visit www.rode.com/pluraleyes.
 
B&H carries RØDE microphones.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 4/7/2015 6:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 6, 2015
Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Surge Protector with 8 ft. Cord
Ok, it's a bit of a stretch to call a surge protector a necessary photography tool. But I suppose a good surge protector could help keep the images on your computer safe, so maybe it isn't that much of a stretch after all?
 
With that in mind, Amazon is featuring select Belkin Surge Protectors as its Gold Box Deal of the Day.
 
Note: I picked just picked up the Belkin 12-Outlet Pivot-Plug Surge Protector with 8 ft. Cord [pictured above] to help protect and better organize the components of my entertainment center. [Sean]
Category: Belkin Deals
Post Date: 4/6/2015 12:21:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Defrozo Kickstarter Campaign:
 
Defrozo is a free, all-in-one platform that helps photographers better display and market their work online.
 
We’re a team of web developers keen on photography, and we’re building software to help any photographer fulfill a dream - make money doing what they love most.
 
One login to showcase your photography, organize your workflow, manage your clients, sell prints, and discover growth hacks tailored specifically to photographers? Meet Defrozo.
 
Why do you need Defrozo?
 
Time-consuming website management. Troubles with hosting. Custom equals expensive. Multiple subscriptions to stay in control of. Limited time to devote to the business side of things. No affordable tool to manage your client base. Defrozo is born out of many pains.
 
With Defrozo you get a single login to access all the tools you might need to organize your images, create your portfolio, manage your workflow and client base, and sell your work online. Everything done via a simple, drag-n-drop interface and integrated system, so that you could spend less time clicking the buttons and more time taking photographs.
 
What makes Defrozo stand out?
 
Entering the pond with some big fish like PhotoShelter, Zenfolio, ShootQ in it may seem doomed. But we all remember the David vs Goliath story, right?
 
Defrozo is the first universal platform available for free to include every tool a photographer might need to start their business from scratch or grow their established brand. In other words, Defrozo will have all the features offered by the leading software solutions under one roof, and more. Reinventing the wheel? No. Integrating odd wheels and gears into a sophisticated mechanism to drive your career? Yes.
 
Free forever
 
We’re not here to build a startup and sell it to some big dawg in the business. We believe we have an idea that will be a game change in the world of photography services. When we’re talking about our goal we imagine office workers that will be finally able to become full-time photographers, entrepreneurs that will find new ways to drive referrals to their business, as well as end customers that will receive unmatched service at no additional cost.
 
This is why the free version of Defrozo will always include the full spectrum of features. There will be an opportunity to upgrade for users requiring more customization and storage space in each functional module.
 
To fit photographers’ needs at any stage of their career, there will be three plans available:
 
Defrozo Plans
For more information, check out the Defrozo Kickstarter Campaign.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 11:32:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Spring 2015 Site Update
In case you didn't notice, I made some changes to the site recently. While the changes may not be very noticeable to you, they were very significant structural changes, implementing "responsive design". If you are on a mobile or similar low-res device, the site is hopefully now easier to read and navigate (with more improvements needed and coming soon).
 
Note that display resolutions below approximately 750px wide may not see 100% crop sample images at the intended 100% size. Simply rotating your device to landscape/horizontal orientation may provide enough pixel width to show these images correctly.
 
Combine all of the technology used on the site with the number of browsers available along with their different implementations of "standards" and you get a very complex development scenario. Then add in a vast array of device models using those browsers and the complexity is further increased. While I have been testing on Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE at various resolutions, I cannot realistically test each of the tens of thousands of pages on the site even on a single browser. It was not unusual to make numerous changes, testing each as I went and later finding something unrelated not working. Such as IE and Firefox not properly reducing sample images posted on the main news page (that one showed up this morning). Sometimes changes had to be rolled back until the problem went away with different strategies then required.
 
I lean toward the optimistic side of being a realist and I'm rather confident that problems remain. I will attempt to correct these as quickly as possible. Please report any issues that you encounter. Bonus points awarded to HTML/CSS experts if you can tell me specifically how to fix the problem you found. :)
 
To answer the "What-is-coming-next?" question, finishing the Sigma 24mm Art Lens remains my highest priority for this week.
 
Also, our first copy of the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens arrived on Friday. I had the privilege of carrying it for hours on Saturday while shooting a track meet. The size and weight of this lens make it a joy to use. Also a joy was seeing the AI Servo AF performance this lens turned in – it was as good as from any lens I've used on the track including for capturing the fast sprints. Watch for the 400 DO II's standard test results to hit the site this week.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 11:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon 11-24L visits Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn, NY
Jane's Carousel is a standout landmark in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, NY. While it is hard to miss the carousel house, the highly-styled words in the concrete are not as obvious. Ultra-wide angle lenses are great for emphasizing the foreground and I decided to emphasize the not obvious in this case, the words:
 
"Jane's Carousel made by Philadelphia Toboggan Co in 1922"
 
Jane's Carousel is a very popular location and, while not a necessity, keeping people out of your frame is challenging (an understatement). To start, visiting on a cold winter weekday will reduce the visitor population. Next, taking enough frames to allow all parts of the scene to be captured without people or their shadows in them is key. Fortunately, I had two images that when combined, showed no humans outside of the building. In post, I combined these two exposures to show only the sans-people parts.
 
At 11mm, it is hard to keep your own shadow out of the frame. By using the self-timer, I was able to step back before the shutter released. The camera's own shadow was the remaining problem. With a clean foreground, I was able to remove the shadow in post processing without difficulty.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+ and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 4/6/2015 9:20:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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Deadline for Tamron lens users residing in the USA to create their exhibit entry on www.myphotoexhibits.com for a chance to win a Tamron lens is August 31, 2015
 
From Tamron USA:
 
Commack, N.Y., April 3, 2015 - Tamron USA announces its fourth “My Travel Exhibit” photo contest, offered exclusively to Tamron USA lens users. Entrants will create a 3D virtual exhibit showcasing 8-14 of their best images in a travel theme on Tamron’s unique photo-sharing exhibit site, myphotoexhibits.com. Tamron judges will select the winning exhibit based on overall image quality and originality of the collection. The winning exhibit will be featured on the Tamron USA website and in the Tamron eNewsletter. The winner will also receive his/her choice of one of three full-frame, image-stabilized Tamron lenses:
 
  • SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A012, $1199 value)
  • SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A007, $1299 value)
  • SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A009, $1499 value)
The contest officially launched on April 1, 2015. Entrants without a computer or Internet access may send in entries of 8-14 images up to 8.5×11 by mail. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015; complete contest rules are available at http://tamron.myphotoexhibits.com/contest.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/6/2015 8:09:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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