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 Thursday, July 23, 2015
Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera available for $1,149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
You may also qualify for $23.00 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
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Post Date: 7/23/2015 6:42:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Breakthrough Photography 77mm X3 10-Stop ND Filter
B&H has the Breakthrough Photography 77mm X3 10-Stop ND filter in stock with free expedited shipping. (thanks Paul)
Product Highlights
  • 1,000x Filter Factor, 10 Stop
  • Darkens Entire Image
  • Allows Reduced Shutter Speed
  • Allows Wider Aperture
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Nano Coating
  • Schott Superwhite B270 Glass
  • 77mm Front Filter Threads
  • Thin Brass Filter Ring
  • Knurled Sides
Post Date: 7/23/2015 6:30:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 22, 2015
COMODO Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig
For a limited time, B&H has the COMODO Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,299.00.
Product Highlights
  • Single Shot Cinematic Tool
  • Dual Gimbal Handgrips
  • Load Capacity: 11 Pounds
  • Easy Balancing & Intuitive Operation
  • No Weights, Motors, Batteries Required
  • Tilt Control to Mimic Jib-Style Shots
  • Twin Grips for Multi-Operator Shooting
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Screw
  • 3/8"-16 & 1/4"-20 Accessory Threads
  • Carrying Case Included
Post Date: 7/22/2015 3:35:20 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Retrospective 50
B&H has a large selection of Think Tank Photo Shoulder Bags significantly reduced. Many are nearly half off! (thanks George)
Post Date: 7/22/2015 12:39:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From PocketWizard:
New distribution channel allows LPA Design a closer connection with the photographer.
South Burlington, VT – As the wireless market and the photo industry as a whole continues to become more competitive and challenging, LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, has realized the need to get closer to the photographer and has started selling direct to USA dealers. This change in distribution only affects the US market. LPA Design continues to rely on their network of global distributors and dealers throughout the world. “As we transition to our new sales and marketing approach, we are excited by the possibilities of working more directly with our Dealers and building closer relationships with the community of PocketWizard photographers. We’re exploring the means to hear and respond to our customers in a more direct and informative way. We’ve already heard some comments and suggestions, and are making changes that will offer a range of mutual long term benefits. We’ve had a great partnership with the MAC Group over the past 14 years, as they’ve been integral in building the PocketWizard brand in the US market. We wish them continued success in the future,” commented Heather Ambrose, Marketing Manager at LPA Design.
To spearhead our direct to dealer initiative, we have engaged the services of Lorenzo Gasperini of Inovanti, LLC to represent LPA Design / PocketWizard as our National Sales Manager. Lorenzo has a deep history with PocketWizard which started back in 1994 when he encountered PocketWizard and later joined Bogen Photo (Manfrotto USA) and LPA Design as the first US distributor. In 2000 Lorenzo joined the MAC Group and as the National Marketing Manager he inspired new products, markets and partnerships that lead to significant growth and success for the brand. In 2008 Lorenzo was paramount in building the PocketWizard brand internationally as the International Sales and Marketing Manager. In addition to his responsibilities with PocketWizard, Lorenzo (Inovanti) also works with the Sekonic light meter division and Syrp motion and linear control devices. Lorenzo has a tremendous amount of knowledge in the photographic and video market and will be an asset to the PocketWizard Sales and Marketing Team once again. PocketWizard looks forward to continuing toward a closer and stronger alliance with all their US dealers in an effort to strengthen their USA-built brand.
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Post Date: 7/22/2015 12:11:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Summer Photography Tips: Telephoto Lenses are for Flowers Too
Sure, telephoto lenses are great for wildlife, sports and many other uses, but they are also great for flowers! I've had my eye on a small field of wildflowers and, after spending a large number of contiguous hours of work putting the Lens MTF Comparison tool into place, I gave myself the freedom to go after some summer color in the form of flower pics.
I knew that making an image worth sharing from this field was going to be a challenge. The location was not well-suited for a grand landscape image incorporating the flower color in the foreground. The flowers were beautiful, but they were intermixed with other vegetation, were very random in position and most were imperfect including a random state of bloom (some were well-beyond peak).
I was biking to this location (2 cars - 4 drivers = a problem) and, since I wasn't sure what the best opportunity was going to be, I put lenses ranging from 16 to 300mm in focal length along with a Canon EOS 5Ds R in a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro backpack and was on my way. After riding past and then walking back along the edge of the field, I found few standout subjects calling for emphasis. Sometimes, flowers look best when blurred out of focus, becoming blobs of color and this was what I determined the case to be for much of this field.
This pair of cosmos did appear to be a cut above the rest and I focused on them for a period of time. By using a 300mm telephoto focal length with a relatively short focus distance, a nice blur was created, making full use of the imperfect blooms in the background.
While simply setting up such a blur is easy and can be good enough, taking the shot to the next level requires some attention to detail. In this case, I oriented the tripod-mounted camera and lens so that the background of the in-focus flower was only green, making the flower pop. This perspective also placed a complementary same-color cosmos just out of focus with a matching pair more-strongly blurred above. An intermittent light breeze made this alignment a bit more challenging, but ... patience was the answer to that issue.
I used manual focus aided by the 5Ds R's 16x Live View, allowing precise focusing on the center of the flower (preventing AF from picking the petals just in front). While an f/5.6 aperture would have given an even stronger background blur and would also have created a nice image, I opted for f/8 in this case. F/8 kept more of the flower in focus and reduced vignetting to even out the background brightness. Lighting is courtesy of a bright cloudy sky.
Then, right on cue, the bee landed on my primary subject. I was shooting the scene in vertical orientation at that moment (creating a nearly identical image), but I wanted to post the horizontal format picture as it fits better on computer monitors. So, I simply copied the bee out of the vertical photo and pasted it into this one.
Go get some summer color (in your photos, not your skin). Mount your telephoto lens and go flower hunting!
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 7/22/2015 11:05:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 99% Positive Feedback) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $1,999.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Post Date: 7/22/2015 7:41:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 90EX Flash
B&H has the Refurbished Canon Speedlite 90EX (White Box) available for $49.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $129.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/22/2015 7:20:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Watch as Ryan Connolly explains the basics to using a shotgun microphone to get the cleanest audio possible.
B&H carries boompoles and the Rode NTG3 microphone.
Here are the other videos in this series:
Post Date: 7/22/2015 6:46:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ikan 7
B&H has the ikan 7" HDMI LCD Field Monitor with Canon LP-E6 Type Battery Plate available for $169.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
Product Highlights
  • 7" 1024 x 600 HDMI & Composite Inputs
  • 450 cd/m² Brightness
  • 700:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 170° Viewing Angle
  • Monochrome Peaking, False Color
  • Clip Guides, 1:1 Movable Pixels
  • Auto image Flip, DSLR Scaling
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Mounting Hole
  • 2 x User Assignable Function Buttons
  • Includes LP-E6 Type Battery Plate
 Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Lens MTF
It is with great pleasure that I announce the latest addition to the site's tools: Lens MTF Comparison
Required Reading: To get the most out of these beautiful charts and to learn about MTF measurements, please take some time to read through the Lens MTF Help page.
Many prime lens results are immediately available in the MTF tool and many additions are planned, including zoom lenses. We'll announce the additions as they become available. Aperture tests in addition to wide open are also expected to be included at some point.
These MTF charts are made available under agreement with my friend Roger Cicala and his crew at Olaf Optical Testing with support provided by Go rent a lens!
Post Date: 7/21/2015 7:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Orange)
B&H has the Lowepro Photo Sport Sling 100 AW (Orange) available for $49.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.99.
Product Highlights
  • Holds DSLR, Lens, Flash, Phone, Personals
  • Dual Compartment Design
  • Side Access Pocket for Sling Operation
  • Ultra-Lightweight Construction
  • Reflective Piping for Trail Safety
  • Multiple Accessory Attachment Points
  • Built-in Rain Cover
  • Molded Airflow Backpad
  • Lifetime Warranty
Post Date: 7/21/2015 6:25:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, July 20, 2015
Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag
If you are looking for a good quality camera case at a great price and "Pepper Red" is your color, then Adorama has a deal for you. While supplies last, get the Lowepro Nova Sport 17L AW Shoulder Bag for only $16.95 (regularly $47.95).
Details about the case are sparse on the product page, but the following information is from Lowepro's site:
  • DSLR with lens attached (up to 18-105mm)
  • 1-3 extra lenses (up to 70-300mm)
  • Flash and/or accessories
  • 10" tablet
  • Personal items
Technical Specifications
  • Internal Dimensions: 29 x 17.7 x 21 cm (11.42 x 6.97 x 8.27 in)
  • External Dimensions: 35.5 x 22.5 x 23.7 cm (13.98 x 8.86 x 9.33 in)
  • Camera Compartment: 26 x 15.5 x 20 cm (10.24 x 6.10 x 7.87 in)
  • Weight: 0.8 kg (1.76 lbs)
Post Date: 7/20/2015 9:20:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop Lighroom Icon
From Adobe:
Lightroom for mobile Android 1.2 now available
Tonight we’re announcing the immediate availability of Lightroom version 1.2 for Android phones and tablets.
  • Edit images faster by copying image adjustments and pasting them onto another photo
  • Crop the perfect photo with a re-designed experience on your Android device that enables you to quickly adjust, align and auto-straighten.
  • Easily find your favorite images! The new Segmented view in Collections give you a different way to view and engage with your photos.
  • Raw file support for the Panasonic Lumix CM1 Communication Camera
Version 1.2 also includes fixes for bugs and other issues identified by customers, including:
  • Screen occasionally went blank after changing the orientation from landscape to portrait.
  • Lightroom could crash when customers tap the sign-in button.
  • Fixed issue that could cause crashes when scrolling through a large collection and changing the device orientation from portrait to landscape (or vice versa).
  • Hardware back button was not closing any contextual menus.
  • Slow performance when swiping from image to image.
  • Copying or moving an image into a different collection was not working correctly. Please note that this issue only occurred on certain Samsung tablets.
  • Lightroom sometimes caused automated logouts.
  • Edits not visible when sharing photos to certain 3rd party apps and services.
  • Crash occurred when occasionally navigating from grid view to collections view.
Visit the Google Play store and download Lightroom mobile.
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile, Photoshop CC and Photoshop Mix (for iPhone and iPad).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 7/20/2015 12:32:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through the end of this week, use coupon code PXPRINT20 to save 20% on prints and coupon code PXCOLLAGE20 to save 20% on collages at AdoramaPix.
Post Date: 7/20/2015 9:27:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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