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 Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Sigma 150-600mm Sports Lens Compared to the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Lens
I'm deep into reviews of the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and Contemporary lenses. While their names differ by only one word and their image quality appears very similar, these two lenses are dissimilar in many ways. Here is my list so far:
 
  • Sports lens is nearly 2x more expensive
  • Sports lens is significantly more-ruggedly constructed
  • Sports lens is significantly heavier – including the hood, measured in-use weights are 6.96 lbs (3.16kg) compared to 4.49 lbs (2.04kg)
  • Sports lens is moderately larger in both length and diameter (especially with the hoods in place) and the zoom extension is a bit longer
  • Contemporary lens has a 1/3 stop wider aperture over a small subset of the focal length range
  • Contemporary lens has a larger zoom ring with no contour in diameter mid-ring
  • Sports lens has a more-serious manual focus ring that is significantly larger with much more grip surface
  • Contemporary lens utilizes smaller (but still large) 95mm filters vs. 105mm
  • Contemporary zoom ring rotates 146° vs. the Sport's 126°
  • Sports lens has very rigid aluminum hood with rubberized end and thumbscrew lockdown vs. bayonet mount lightweight plastic hood
  • Both lenses feature a rubberized push/pull zoom grip surface, but the Sports has a ridge for a more-sure pull-back grip
  • Sports model has a smoother and stronger non-removable tripod mount ring and foot with a better-positioned lock knob, click detents at 90°, a much larger (and removable) foot with 3 threaded inserts (vs. 1) and dual neck strap attachment points
  • Contemporary model has a removable tripod mount ring with a rubber-like replacement ring
  • Sports model has a classier look
  • Contemporary lens has a lower profile switch bank
  • Based on side-by-side testing at multiple times, my perception is that the Contemporary focuses slightly faster, but the Sports has been more consistently accurate at the wide end
  • Sports lens has integrated shoulder strap on the back of its case while Contemporary lens has removable neck strap that attaches to opposite sides of its case
  • Sports lens has dust & splash proof "construction" while the Contemporary has a dust & splash proof "mount"
  • Sports lens has two FLD (“F” Low Dispersion with performance similar to flourite) and three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements vs. one FLD and three SLD glass elements
  • Sports lens has 24 elements in 16 groups while the Contemporary has 20 in 14
  • Sports lens gets water & oil repellent coating on both front & rear elements while the Contemporary gets this coating on the rear element only
I hope to have these full reviews completed soon.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder (Sigma mount is in stock).
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens in Canon mount in stock with other mounts available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 9:32:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From PPA:
 
PPA’s See The Difference Campaign Educates Consumers on the Value of Hiring a Professional Photographer
 
Atlanta, Ga. – May 26, 2015 – Photographers looking for a new way to help their clients See The Difference between professionals and amateurs need look no further than Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
 
Consumers may not have all the necessary information to understand the difference between a professional and an amateur photographer. PPA’s See The Difference campaign shows consumers “the difference” when evaluating photographers. PPA photographers can also download free videos, logos, customizable brochures, and other educational materials to share with their clients.
 
PPA has rolled out six new videos to help photographers educate their clients and prospects. Whether a photographer specializes in wedding, high school senior or family photography, these new videos will help consumers see the value in hiring a professional.
 
  • #PhotoFail Wedding Video – Brides-to-be read true horror stories and talk about why it’s so important to use professional photographers to capture once-in-a-lifetime moments.
  • Moments You Can’t Get Back Video – Real moms share heart-wrenching stories about their families and discuss how professional photographers helped them preserve family memories.
  • See The Difference Professional Photographers Make Video – Real moms and newlyweds discuss the benefits of using PPA photographers and are surprised when their photographers walk in with framed photos from a recent session.
  • High School Seniors Video – Real high school seniors explain what they are looking for in senior portraits and how hiring a professional photographer gave them great photographs!
  • Wedding Video – Newlyweds talk about the importance of investing in professional photographers because at the end of their big day, their wedding photos were all they had left.
  • Family Portraits Video – Real families talk about how their photographers captured their families’ unique personalities and the importance of preserving moments they will cherish forever.
Learn more about how PPA photographers can leverage this campaign as well as what else PPA is doing to reach and educate consumers with See The Difference and consider joining PPA.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 9:42:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Lindsay Adler demonstrates how to create a classic hollywood glamour, film noir portrait by using off-camera flash and Rogue 3-in1 Flash Grids. Flash photography lighting video tutorial, techniques and tips.
 
B&H carries ExpoImaging Rogue products.
Post Date: 5/27/2015 7:25:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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From Nikon:
 
Nikon 1 V3 Firmware v.1.10
 
Changes from “C” Version Firmware 1.00
 
Camera Control Pro 2 Version 2.22.0 is now supported, allowing the following operations to be performed:
 
  • The settings for connected cameras can be adjusted from Camera Control Pro 2.
  • The Camera Control Pro 2 live view window can now be used for still photography and movie recording as well as to select the AF-area and adjust camera settings.
  • Camera Control Pro 2 now supports best moment capture.
Download: Nikon 1 V3 Firmware v.1.10
 


UT-1 Communication Unit Firmware Version 2.4
 
Changes from Firmware Version 2.3
 
  • The D810A is now supported.
Cameras That Can Be Used to Update UT-1 FirmwareUT-1 firmware updates can be performed with the following cameras:
 
  • The D810, D810A, D750, D7200, and D7100
  • D800 and D800E firmware versions “A” 1.10/“B” 1.10 or later.
Note: Other cameras can not be used, but updates can be performed for you by a Nikon-authorized service representative.
 
Download: UT-1 Communication Unit Firmware Version 2.4
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Post Date: 5/26/2015 1:24:07 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samsung 850 EVO 2.5
eBay (via NewEgg) has the Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" 500GB SATA III SSD available for an in-cart price of $149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $177.99 after $20.00 instant savings.
Post Date: 5/26/2015 12:49:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Len
Vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens review page.
 
Note that product images for this lens are included both large and small lens comparison tools with some images being cropped in the small lens format. Here is an example comparing the Sigma Sports, Sigma Contemporary and Tamron 150-600mm Lens in the small lens tool. These three lenses are also very interesting to compare in the other tools.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm OS Contemporary Lens in Canon mount in stock with Nikon and Sigma mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 5/26/2015 8:51:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I live in a fenced-in property which is situated squarely in the middle of a medium-sized town. I have often used the fence that borders my driveway as a background for various portraits. It's clean, simple, and works well especially when it falls just out of focus.
 
As the winter months transition into spring, however, sections of the fence would become covered in vines. In previous years, I did everything I could to avoid using those sections of fence for my portraits. I considered them a hindrance for tarnishing my clean-looking background during the warm and inviting seasons perfect for portraiture.
 
But as I walked to my mailbox last week, it finally hit me. "Why don't I use the vines for a tightly framed portrait? Hmm..."
 
I must have past that particular section of the fence 500 times over the past three years, but it never occurred to me to actually feature the vines in a portrait. A few days later Amanda and I decided to give it a go.
 
I set up a tripod mounted 7D Mark II with my favorite portrait lens, the EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. So why would I use the 7D Mark II in place of my primary body, the 5D Mark III? For this particular portrait, there was little appreciable difference between the two bodies. I didn't need the full-frame performance gains at high ISOs (I shot this using ISO 100) and I didn't need the shallow DOF advantage either as I would be using a relatively narrow aperture (f/7.1) to keep the details of the background recognizable.
 
Considering the f/7.1 aperture, you might wonder why I chose the EF 85mm f/1.2L II. As I said, it's my favorite portrait lens. The fixed 85mm focal length is a flattering focal length for portraits and the lens is especially sharp when stopped down (although, depending on the subject, extreme sharpness may not necessarily be a beneficial quality when it comes to portrait lenses).
 
For the main light I used a monolight diffused by a Mola Demi beauty dish fitted with a HoneyGrids Universal Grid. The background light was provided by a Canon 580EX Speedlite flash fitted with an Opteka OSG18 1/8-Inch Universal Honeycomb Grid. Using the grid on the main light and positioning it so that it pointed downward limited the amount of light that spilled on the background allowing me to easily control the luminosity of the background with the Speedlite. The grid on the Speedlite kept its light from striking the subject and concentrated its output in a more focused area on the background.
 
This is what the setup and fence looked like:
 
Amanda in front of Vines Setup

I believe similar results could have been achieved with lower cost lights and modifiers (a speedlight with a gridded softbox, possibly?).
 
When post-processing the final image, I actually reduced the luminosity of the background preferring the leaves to be a little darker than what I captured in-camera. I also used a selective color mask to make the shadows appear cooler/more bluish in tone. I was going for a Renaissance painting look for the portrait, and the edits helped push the image in that direction (in my opinion).
 
The takeaway from this shoot is aptly summed up by the title. With spring in full swing, beautiful backgrounds are popping up everywhere. Take a minute to scan your surroundings – even in your own yard – to see if there's something you've been overlooking just like me. :-)
Post Date: 5/26/2015 7:58:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 5/26/2015 7:49:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens available for $674.00. Compare at $799.00 after $100.00 instant savings.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 5/26/2015 6:56:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 22, 2015
GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camera
eBay (viaGoPro_Certified) has the Refurbished GoPro HERO3 White Edition Camera available for $129.99 with free shipping. Compare at $199.99.
 
Features
 
  • Wearable, mountable design
  • Immersive, wide-angle capture of your favorite experiences
  • Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via optional Wi-Fi Remote plus live video preview and playback with the free GoPro App
  • Rugged housing is waterproof to 197’ (60m)
  • Compatible with all GoPro mounts
Post Date: 5/22/2015 12:42:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens
B&H has the Nikon D810 with AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens available or $3,696.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $4,596.95.
 
Includes:
 
  • Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Lens
  • SanDisk - 16GB Ultra UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard - Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
  • Watson - EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V, 1800mAh)
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Post Date: 5/22/2015 12:30:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Professional Services Logo
Nikon Professional Services members in the USA are now eligible for a 20% discount on repairs.
 
An excerpt from the NPS Member Discount FAQ reads:
Q: How do I schedule a NPS member repair?
A: Qualifying NPS members schedule repairs via: https://repair.nikonusa.com/ProductEntry
Select NPS member radio button and enter your NPS member # on the contact data step.
 
Q: Am I eligible for the NPS member 20% repair discount?
A: 20% repair discount is available only to full status NPS members in good standing who are incompliance with the NPS Member Terms and Conditions at the time the repair is requested.
 
Discount is taken off the base repair cost before applicable taxes and does not include shipping charges. Valid only for repairs on Nikon products (excluding Nikon 1 and COOLPIX products) made at Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York and California that were received by Nikon Inc. directly from the NPS Member and not via a Nikon Authorized Repair Station or other third party. Discount offer may bediscontinued at any time at Nikon's sole discretion. Offer is not valid for previous repairs.
 
Q: When is the discount applied?
A: Once your equipment for repair is received at either Nikon Inc. Service Centers in New York or California and is written up by Nikon Inc., you will receive a Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email. On the Nikon Service Estimate/Acknowledgement email, download the pdf or select the link to view discount.
 
Discount reflected on line item—Repair NPS Discount
 
You will see the final discount listed in the charges breakout section on the Invoice Repair document packed in with the repaired item(s). The discount may not be reflected on the initial schedule a repair self-service process or the product repair packet documents.
To learn more about Nikon Professional Services, check out the official NPS wesite.
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Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:58:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B+W 77mm 3.0 (10-Stop) ND Filter
Amazon is featuring the B+W 77mm 3.0 (10-Stop) ND filter as a Lightning Deal and is available for $73.99. Compare at $90.41.
 
Need a protective filter? Amazon is also featuring the B+W 77mm Clear UV Haze with Multi-Resistant Coating (010M) as a Lightning Deal and is available for $49.99. Compare at $59.75.
Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:34:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary F/SIGMA and F/NIKON are scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.
 
B&H carries the SIGMA 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens.
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Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/22/2015 8:11:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just Reflections by the Canon 24-105mm IS STM Lens
Sometimes, I find images comprised of only reflections more interesting than images containing only the subjects being reflected. To capture such an image requires a reflective surface and something to be reflected in it.
 
Most locations share a similar nearby reflection source: water. When water is the reflective surface and there is at least a small amount of motion on the water surface, no two photos will be the same. You can capture 20 images from a tripod-mounted camera and still have no duplicates. Such images can sometimes work together for a low-effort collection.
 
Water in motion is ... in motion. To stop motion requires an adequately short shutter speed and to achieve stopped motion in this frame, I opted for ISO 400 (vs. the least-noisy ISO 100 option). The final image has very little noticeable noise and the small waves are not showing blur.
 
For this image, I found a brightly colored boat as the reflective subject and adjusted my position until I had what I felt was ideal framing. I especially like how the top and bottom borders of the frame are relatively uninterrupted by lines in this composition.
 
Keep in mind that reflection images often benefit from increased contrast and saturation in post processing.
 
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.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
105mm  f/10.0  1/40s
ISO 400
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 5/22/2015 7:30:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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