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 Thursday, May 15, 2014
Canon China EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Sample Image
Canon China has posted some sample images from the newly announced Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2014 12:43:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sean Setters as Walter White Self-Portrait
I was lucky to have existed in a time that allowed me to purchase a DSLR camera long before I ever purchased a smartphone. But saying that, the time of your birth or the circumstances leading to the evolution of your own photographic journey shouldn't prohibit yourself from making a decision right now – to henceforth capture images of yourself that are more meaningful and productive.
 
Nearly all of us have done it. We've extended our arms a little higher than our head and snapped a quick shot of our faces just to prove where we were at a moment in time. Or maybe we snapped it just to show we were happy. There's nothing technically wrong with the now-traditional selfie. Except maybe that it's lazy. And the lighting is all-too-often terrible. And the image quality is typically lacking.
 
"Selfies" have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. Even before the invention of the camera, artists carved their own likeness in stone, created charcoal renderings or painted themselves. In contrast to today, self-portraits from generations past took many hours (sometimes days or weeks) to complete. But why did artists devote so much time to creating their own self-portrait? Are all creative types just that vain? (I don't think so.)
 
Fast forward to today and the effort that goes into making a typical selfie is shamefully minimal.
 
Why Should You Create More Self-Portraits?
 
Devoting time to taking self-portraits has many benefits. First, taking a self-portrait allows you to test out new techniques or refine existing techniques so that you're better prepared to handle future situations. Most of my self-portraits were taken while I was testing a new camera, lens, or light modifier. After playing around with the new gear, I had a pretty good idea of how the gear would perform when used in a for-profit portrait session.

Sean Setters RoundFlash Self-Portrait

And here's an obvious benefit that is often overlooked – when it comes to testing gear, you're always available to be your own subject. Your subject won't likely get bored or annoyed if things don't go according to plan (especially if the photographer takes an unusually long period of time getting familiar with the new gear).

Sean Setters Living Room Self-Portrait

Need a profile photo for your website? Or business card? Create the image that you're most happy with. Don't rely on someone else's vision to perfectly represent who you are as an artist.

Sean Setters Mustang GT Self-Portrait

In case it's not overwhelmingly obvious, I don't usually like to smile in my self-portraits. I like the "intense" look and can usually pull it off fairly well. The funny thing is that I'm really very friendly, approachable and – dare I say it – possibly even a goof ball. But taking my own self-portrait allows me to be whoever I want to be (even if only in pictures). However, I found out the "intense" look isn't very good for online dating profiles. Smiling picture, check.

Sean Setters Smiling Self-Portrait

Self-portraits can also be inspiring. After taking a self-portrait one day, I thought it might look interesting as a magazine cover. So after a little bit of Photoshop work, I created something fun that I really enjoyed. That image led me to create several more tongue-in-cheek magazine covers in the series.
 
After flipping through the fake magazine covers found on my Facebook page, a client asked me to create one for him. So not only had I honed specific photography and Photoshop skills while creating the personal project (which snowballed from a single self-portrait), but doing so led to business I would not have had otherwise.

Sean Setters Suburban Rapper Self-Portrait

I'm not saying that there's never an appropriate time for a cell phone snapshot. But as photographers, we should take pride in the images we post for people to see. Instead of just capturing where we were at a moment in time, we should take the opportunity to hone our craft through self-portraiture so that we're even better prepared for tackling all of the photographic challenges that we might otherwise be ill-prepared for.
 
Self-Portrait Tips

  • Decide on your motivation for the self-portrait – are you shooting for fun, experience or to create an image to fill a specific role? Set a goal of capturing something worthwhile with your effort no matter what your motivation is.
  • Find a way to push the limits of your own creativity. Get inspired by looking at other photographers' self-portraits.
  • Use a tripod and a wireless remote (Canon RC-6 | Vello FreeWave Plus). A tethered solution with an external monitor/display can really help with framing your shot, as can a wireless tethering solution when used with a tablet (CamRanger | DSLR Controller).
  • Try to make sure that sufficient light is hitting your eyes (or at the very least, one eye) as the eyes are usually what people are most drawn to when looking at a portrait.
  • Be patient and have fun. If you don't find the process enjoyable, you're not likely to do it again.

If you're reading this, you've obviously made a relatively serious investment in (and commitment to) photography. Get the most out of that investment by creating images of yourself that you can enjoy sharing as much as creating.

Post Date: 5/15/2014 9:18:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pocketwizard PowerMC2 Receiver
From Pocketwizard:
 
South Burlington, VT - May 14, 2014 - We have identified a potentially hazardous issue with the PocketWizard PowerMC2 receiver when used in combination with the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 flash units, especially the CE/433 MHz version sold in Europe. You may have received a previous message from Paul C. Buff, Inc. regarding this issue.
 
In rare circumstances, if the PowerMC2 is connected to the Einstein flash and the Einstein flash is connected to a power outlet, exposed metal components like the USB port or antenna spring on the PowerMC2 can become electrified, posing a potentially serious shock hazard. If the PowerMC2’s antenna cover is broken, removed, or in any way damaged, DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY and contact PocketWizard.
 
Customers in the United States may continue to safely use the Einstein flash and PowerMC2 with the power cord supplied by Paul C. Buff and a properly wired USA-style three-pronged power outlet (NEMA 5) or with the Vagabond battery pack. If a properly wired NEMA 5 power outlet is unavailable in your location, ALWAYS UNPLUG THE FLASH PRIOR TO HANDLING THE POWERMC2.
 
1-877-393-004 The issue has been corrected for all PowerMC2 units sold by PocketWizard’s authorized distributor in the USA after February 15, 2014. Customers owning affected units are advised to immediately contact PocketWizard Technical Support toll free 1-877-393-00451-877-393-0045 or via our inquiry page to arrange for the return of affected units for free servicing to reduce the risk of electrical shock. We urge you to contact us regardless of the condition of your PowerMC2. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience.
 
Affected units:
 
All units with the CE logo on the back, or any serial number beginning M2Cxxxxxxx are affected and correctable.

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 1

Units with the FCC logo on the back and with a serial number M2U192000 or lower are affected and correctable.

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 2

Corrected units:

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 3

Units sold by PocketWizard’s authorized distributor in the USA after February 15th, 2014, or have serial number M2U194000 and higher, already have corrective safety features and warnings installed. Identifying features are “www.pwpatents.com” on the serial number sticker, and a yellow warning label.
 
Thank you,
 
Patrick Clow
Technical Support Manager

Post Date: 5/15/2014 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included with this release (Applicable to AW1, J1, J2, J3, V1, V2 & S1)

  • Support for the FULL/LIMIT focus limit switch on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 has been added.
  • When camera firmware is updated to this version, autofocus does not function when an FT1 running L firmware Ver. 1.10 or earlier is used. Users of the FT1 must update FT1 L firmware to Ver. 1.20 at the same time camera firmware is updated.

Additional updates Applicable to AW1

  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An Underwater flash option has been added to the shooting menu to support use of the Underwater Speedlight SB-N10.
  • An issue that caused images captured using a non-CPU lens with the Mount Adapter FT1 to be underexposed has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to J1, J2 & V1

  • An issue that prevented printing of photos using the PictBridge standard with some printers has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to J3

  • An issue that sometimes caused a card access error to be displayed when a Lexar UHS-I SD memory card was inserted in the camera has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented wireless shooting via the WU-1b (Wireless Mobile Adapter) when the Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 for Nikon 1 cameras was used, or when manual focus was used with an AF-S lens mounted via the Mount Adapter FT1, has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented adjustment of magnification for manual focus display from Focus mode > Manual focus in the shooting menu when a manual focus lens was used has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to V2

  • An issue that caused images captured using the Mount Adapter FT1 with continuous shooting at 15 fps to be underexposed has been resolved.
  • An issue that sometimes caused a card access error to be displayed when a Lexar UHS-I SD memory card was inserted in the camera has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented wireless shooting via the WU-1b (Wireless Mobile Adapter) when the Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 for Nikon 1 cameras was used, or when manual focus was used with an AF-S lens mounted via the Mount Adapter FT1, has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reflection of the exposure compensation setting when the Mount Adapter FT1 was used with shooting in Motion Snapshot shooting mode and Scene auto selector exposure mode has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to S1

  • An issue that sometimes caused a card access error to be displayed when a Lexar UHS-I SD memory card was inserted in the camera has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented wireless shooting via the WU-1b (Wireless Mobile Adapter) when the Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 for Nikon 1 cameras was used, or when manual focus was used with an AF-S lens mounted via the Mount Adapter FT1, has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented adjustment of magnification for manual focus display from Focus mode > Manual focus in the shooting menu when a manual focus lens was used has been resolved.

Download:
Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware A:1.10 / B:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 J1 Firmware A:1.40 / B:1.40 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 J2 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 J3 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 V1 Firmware A:1.40 / B:1.40 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 V2 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 S1 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/14/2014 8:32:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR & AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III
From Nikon:
 
Excellent mobility with better image quality in a lighter package. A fast, super-telephoto fixed focal length (prime) lens with a focal length of 400mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 compatible with the Nikon FX-format. A 1.4x teleconverter that offers rendering performance close to that of the master lens
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR, a super-telephoto, fixed focal length (prime) lens with a focal length of 400mm and maximum aperture of f/2.8 compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras, and the AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III, a 1.4x teleconverter with a new optical design, which is capable of rendering performance close to that of the master lens at maximum aperture.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR is a fast, 400mm super-telephoto lens for which fluorite lens elements , ED lens elements , and Nano Crystal Coat have been adopted for superior optical performance. In addition to the fluorite lens elements, components made of a magnesium alloy have been adopted for the barrel to make the lens lighter, while a tripod collar ring utilizing bearings ensures smooth transitioning between horizontal and vertical shooting, as well as greater durability. The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR is also equipped with an electro-magnetic aperture mechanism that contributes to better auto-exposure stability with high-speed continuous shooting, and a vibration reduction (VR) function that offers compensation for camera shake equivalent to a 4.0-stop* increase in shutter speed. What's more, the lens is equipped with a SPORT vibration reduction mode optimized for tracking subjects exhibiting intense movement that can be predicted, such as athletes participating in sporting events, by compensating only for camera shake. The AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR is a lens that responds to the demands of professional photographers who demand the ability to capture decisive moments with on-site sports and press photography.
 
In addition, meniscus protective glass with a fluorine coat, produced using a process exclusive to Nikon for greater durability and superior resistance to water and oils, has been adopted for the extreme front lens element.
 
The AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III is a 1.4x teleconverter with a new optical design that enables rendering performance close to that of the master lens with shooting at maximum aperture. The same fluorine coat used for the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR has also been adopted for the extreme front and rear lens surfaces.

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm F/2.8E FL ED VR Primary Features

  • A super-telephoto fixed focal length (prime) lens with a focal length of 400mm*1 and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras
  • Superior optical performance from a new optical design with which fluorite lens elements , ED lens elements , and Nano Crystal Coat have been adopted
  • A lighter weight from the adoption of fluorite lens elements and components made of a magnesium alloy
  • Adoption of a tripod collar ring utilizing bearings
  • Equipped with an electro-magnetic aperture mechanism for more stable auto-exposure with high-speed continuous shooting
  • Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) function for camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop increase in shutter speed
  • Adoption of SPORT VR mode
  • Adoption of meniscus protective glass with a fluorine coat, produced using a process exclusive to Nikon for greater durability and superior resistance to water and oils, for the extreme front lens element

AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III Primary Features

  • A 1.4x teleconverter capable of rendering performance close to that of the master lens with shooting at maximum aperture
  • Adoption of a fluorine coat, produced with a process exclusive to Nikon, for the extreme front and rear lens surfaces

B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens and Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/14/2014 12:00:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 S2 Mirrorless Camera (Yellow)
From Nikon:
 
Capture of images as intended, with simple operation, even for those new to interchangeable-lens cameras. Moving-subject tracking performance that enables the world's fastest* continuous shooting rate of approximately 20 fps with AF tracking, and simple operation.
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the new Nikon 1 S2, the latest addition to the S series of Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses that propose new forms of imaging expression.
 
The Nikon 1 S2 is the latest model in the Nikon 1 S-series, developed for those using an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses for the first time. The S2 enables capture of beautiful images, with simple operation and performance with tracking of moving subjects that exceeds that of digital SLR cameras, as well as a variety of functions, all in a compact and lightweight body that offers the superior portability that is a primary feature of Nikon 1 cameras.
 
The S2 is equipped with 135 densely packed focus points, and also boasts the world's fastest* high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 20 fps with AF tracking. This ensures fast and accurate focus acquisition, even with moving subjects. Equipped with an effective pixel count of 14.2-million pixels, a super high-speed AF CMOS sensor with no low-pass filter, the latest EXPEED 4A image-processing engine, and support for a broad range of sensitivities, from ISO 200 to 12800, the S2 is capable of capturing sharp and clear images exhibiting very little noise, even with shooting in dark surroundings
 
An intuitive and clear GUI has also been adopted to make the camera easier to use. The S2 is also equipped with a Creative Palette that allows users to freely change imaging effects with simple operation of the rotary multi selector. A variety of movie functions, including support for recording of 1920 x 1080/60p full-HD movies and Auto Image Capture during movie recording, as well as new advanced movie functions such as Fast Motion, Jump Cut, and 4-second Movie stimulate user's creative intent.
 
What's more, the seamless exterior inherited from Nikon 1 S1 has been refined for a more elegant design in a body that is slimmer and lighter. In addition to the standard white, black, and red, the S2 is also available in a distinct yellow.
 
Nikon 1 S2 Primary Features

  1. Moving-subject tracking performance superior to that of digital SLR cameras
  2. High-quality still images and movies
  3. A variety of movie recording and editing functions
  4. Intuitive and simple operation and shooting functions that are easily mastered
  5. A compact and lightweight body available in a variety of distinct colors

B&H has the Nikon 1 S2 Mirrorless Camera available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/14/2014 12:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date May 13, 2014

  • Custom Setting f13 has been changed to Assign Movie Record Button.
  • With Custom Setting f13 changed to Assign Movie Record Button, Assign MB-D12 AF-ON is now Custom Setting f14.
  • Custom Setting f15: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added.
  • The following functions have been added or renamed when the D800 is used with the Communication Unit UT-1 running firmware Ver. 2.0. A Network (UT-1) option has been added to, and Wireless transmitter has been renamed Wireless transmitter (WT-4) in, the setup menu.

Function that has been added:

  • HTTP server mode - Use to view the pictures on the camera memory card, or to take photographs, from the web browser on a computer or iPhone.

Functions that have been renamed:

  • FTP upload mode (previously Transfer mode (FTP)) - Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to an ftp server.
  • Image transfer mode (previously Transfer mode (PC)) - Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to a computer.
  • Camera control mode (previously PC mode) - Use to control the camera from a computer running Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately) and save photos and movies directly to the computer.
  • Support for the updated version of Communication Unit UT-1 firmware has been added.

IMPORTANT NOTE: To enable support for these functions, Communication Unit UT-1 firmware must be updated to Ver. 2.0 or later, and the Wireless Transmitter Utility must be updated to Ver. 1.5.0 or later. When camera firmware is updated, network profiles specified with earlier firmware versions cannot be used. Network profiles must be created again.

  • Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
  • When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.
  • Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
  • AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
  • Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus

  • When values for 12 or 18 lenses were stored with AF fine-tune > Saved value in the setup menu, only some of the lenses for which values had been stored were displayed under List saved values. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the live view selector was set to live view photography with Custom Setting g4 (Assign shutter button) set to Record movies, a value for preset manual white balance could not be measured. This issue has been resolved.
  • When the built-in flash was set to Commander mode, remote Speedlights sometimes did not fire. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, the memory card access lamp remained lit for longer than usual, and some time was required before any operations could be performed. This issue has been resolved.

Click here for the D800/D800E manual addendum reflecting changes made with this firmware update.
 
Download:
Nikon D800 Firmware A: 1.10 / B:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon D800E Firmware A: 1.10 / B:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
 
Communication Unit UT-1
 
Updates included with this version
 
The following functions have been added or renamed when the UT-1 is used with the D800 / D800E (firmware 1.10).
 
Function that has been added:

  • HTTP server mode - Use to view the pictures on the camera memory card, or to take photographs, from the web browser on a computer or iPhone.

Functions that have been renamed:

  • FTP upload mode (previously Transfer mode (FTP)) - Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to an ftp server.
  • Image transfer mode (previously Transfer mode (PC)) - Use to upload photos and movies from camera memory cards, or to upload photos as they are taken, to a computer.
  • Camera control mode (previously PC mode) - Use to control the camera from a computer running Camera Control Pro 2 ( available for purchase separately) and save photos and movies directly to the computer.

Download:
Communication Unit UT-1 Firmware 1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon D800, Nikon D800E and Communication Unit UT-1.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/13/2014 3:37:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Nikon has released its financial results for the year ending March 2014.
 
From Nikon:
 
The Year ended March 2014 [May 13, 2014]

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Post Date: 5/13/2014 2:42:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens (White Edition)
Along with the new lens announcements, Canon also announced that it will be offering a special white edition of its tiny EOS Rebel SL1 in the US market at the end of June. It will carry the same MSRP as the regular black model ($749.99).
 
B&H has the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens (White) available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 5/13/2014 9:20:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
It has been 2-days short of a year since the last Canon L lens announcement (for the ultra-expensive, but amazing, EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens), so you are not likely surprised to hear that I have been experiencing ever-increasing new-L-Lens withdrawal symptoms. Well, that anxiety has just been lifted. The long Canon pro gear drought has just ended thanks to the announcement of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.
 
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 L IS USM Lens review page contains a preview of the lens including:

With a moderate price tag and an impressive-looking MTF chart, I highly recommend that you preorder this lens immediately at B&H to preserve your place in line. This will likely be a very in-demand lens and has the potential to be hard to get for some time. You can always cancel a preorder, but getting a good place in line is far harder to accomplish later.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/13/2014 12:01:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens
Those on a tight budget and/or those who want a small, light, image stabilized, video-ready ultra-wide angle zoom lens have not been forgotten in today's Canon announcement. The just-announced Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5–5.6 IS STM Lens aims to fill these needs.
 
Canon USA Press Release (same as the EF 16-35 L IS lens press release)
 
B&H is accepting preorders for this lens.
 
The Canon EW-73C Lens Hood is not included, so you might want to preorder that item also.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/13/2014 12:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, May 12, 2014
Profoto B1 Off-Camera Flash Location Kit
From Profoto:
 
Profoto releases the B1 Location Kit, making the highly portable B1 off- camera flash even easier to bring to an on-location shoot.
 
May 12, 2014 – Ever since its release in November 2013, the B1 off-camera flash has flown off the shelves as fast as Profoto has been able to deliver it to the stores. The most attention-grabbing features have always been the B1’s TTL metering and its cordless operation. Both of these convey the same message: the B1 is not a studio flash. It is an off-camera flash designed for on-location photography.
 
With the release of the B1 Location Kit, the B1’s portability is taken to the next level. The kit contains two B1 off-camera flashes, two batteries, a Fast Charger that recharges the battery in one hour, and a Car Charger that plugs into any standard car cigarette connector and recharges the battery in two hours. The gear is packed and delivered in a comfy backpack with room for additional gear not included in the kit, such as stands and lenses.
 
The B1 Location Kit comes with a streamlined price. Sold at €2950/$3950, the kit offers roughly €250/$200 discount compared to buying the included items separately.
 
The B1 Location Kit is the latest addition to Profoto’s growing and evolving off-camera flash concept. In November 2013, the B1 and its many accessories were launched. In April 2014, the first firmware upgrade was released, enabling TTL metering with the Canon EOS- 1D X.
 
Profoto is now working on a firmware upgrade that will enable high-speed sync (HSS). Profoto is also busy developing the new Air Remote TTL-N that will enable TTL metering with Nikon cameras. Both the HSS upgrade and the Air Remote TTL-N are expected to be released in 2014. New Light Shaping Tools, optimized for off-camera flashes, are also on their way.
 
B&H has the Profoto B1 Location Kit available for preorder.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 5/12/2014 8:41:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 09, 2014

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Bob Harrington Photography: http://www.robertharringtonstudios.com
 
In this special on Wedding Tips, wedding photographer Bob Harrington dropped by the B&H studio to discuss some pointers on delivering detail shots to clients.
Post Date: 5/9/2014 12:46:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Canon Professional Network:
 
Most EOS digital cameras offer Custom Functions. These allow you to alter the way the camera operates to suit your own personal needs. Exposure, focusing and flash are just some of the areas covered by the functions. Each function has a factory-defined default setting, plus one or more alternative settings.
 
Custom Functions are set through the camera menu system. Find and select ‘Custom Functions’ and you will bring up a screen with each Custom Function number displayed. Select the appropriate number and you will be taken to a screen where you can select from the various options for that custom function.
 
[...snip...]

Custom Functions options on EOS DSLRs
  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Total
  Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
EOS-1Ds Mark III Exposure 15 Image /
Flash exposure /
Display
9 Autofocus/Drive 17 Operation/Others 16 57
EOS-1D Mark IV Exposure 17 Image /
Flash exposure /
Display
10 Autofocus/Drive 19 Operation/Others 16 62
EOS 40D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 7 Operation/Others 7 24
EOS 50D Exposure 7 Image 4 Autofocus/Drive 7 Operation/Others 7 25
EOS 60D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 5 Operation/Others 5 20
EOS 7D Exposure 7 Image 3 Autofocus/Drive 13 Operation/Others 4 27
EOS 5D Mark II Exposure 7 Image 4 Autofocus/Drive 8 Operation/Others 6 25

Custom Functions options on the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III
  Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Total
  Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No. Name No.
EOS-1D X Image 7 Image 7 Drive 3 Display/
Operation
4 Operation 5 Others 5 31
EOS 5D Mark III Exposure 6 Display/
Operation
5 Others 2 Clear N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 13

Check out the entire article on the Canon Professional Network.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/9/2014 10:09:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SIGMA 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM F/SIGMA and F/NIKON are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/9/2014 9:31:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that four of its products—the Nikon D4S, Df, and D3300 digital SLR cameras, and the Nikon 1 AW1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses—are recipients of the globally prestigious TIPA Awards 2014 for photographic and imaging products.
 
At four, Nikon received more awards for its digital cameras than did any other camera manufacturer. This is proof of just how well received the advanced technological capabilities, superior basic performance and convenient operation shared by Nikon digital cameras are. In addition, the innovation and superior functionality of the Nikon 1 AW1, the world's first (at the time it was released) waterproof, shockproof digital camera with interchangeable lenses, has also been recognized.
 
The best photographic and imaging products released over the past year in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2014 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.
 
See the following website for further information on the TIPA Awards 2014.
 
TIPA - TECHNICAL IMAGE PRESS ASSOCIATION
 
Reasons the Nikon D4S was selected for the Best Digital SLR Professional Award
 
The new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor, and an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels enable capture of images that exhibit stunning sharpness, and enhanced depth. Recording of full-HD movies at a variety of frame rates is also possible. The D4S supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to 25600, as well as expansion up to the equivalent of ISO 409600. In addition, the new Group-area AF brings the number of AF-area mode options to five, and collaboration with the high-speed continuous shooting function, which supports shooting at approximately 11 fps with AF and AE tracking, enables a faster photographic workflow.
 
Reasons the Nikon Df was selected for the Best Premium Camera Award
 
The Df is a digital SLR camera with a subtle design reminiscent of traditional Nikon film SLR cameras, and offers intuitive dial operation. A magnesium alloy was adopted for the elegant body, and the combination of FX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 3 image-processing engine, and an effective pixel count of 16.25-million pixels ensure superior image quality. What's more, the camera is also equipped with a 2016-pixel RGB sensor, a 39-point AF system, a high-speed continuous shooting function capable of approximately 5.5 fps, and an optical viewfinder utilizing a glass pentaprism. The Df supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 to12800, with maximum expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800. The Df allows users to enjoy expressing themselves in a variety of ways with the combination of support for older non-AI NIKKOR lenses and cutting-edge technologies.
 
Reasons the Nikon D3300 was selected for the Best Digital SLR Entry Level Award
 
The Nikon D3300 is an entry-level model offering an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. It supports a range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to 12800, and is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 5 fps. Measuring approximately 124 mm wide, approximately 98 mm high, and approximately 75.5 mm deep (body only), the D3300 is nearly as small as a compact digital camera. This makes it easy for users to take the camera with them wherever they go. For those new to digital SLR cameras, the built-in Guide Mode provides step-by-step instructions for achieving the intended results, and the ability to attach and use the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a (sold separately) enables wireless transfer of images to a smart device.
 
Reasons the Nikon 1 AW1 was selected for the Best Rugged Camera Award
 
In addition to offering the unique characteristics of all Nikon 1 cameras, including a compact size and high-speed performance, the Nikon 1 AW1 is the world's first digital camera with interchangeable lenses to be waterproof to a depth of 15 m and strong enough to withstand the shock of falls from up to 2 m. It is equipped with a number of functions convenient for use in outdoor situations, including GPS functions, altimeter, depth gauge, electronic compass, and virtual horizon. What's more, the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (sold separately) can also be attached and used with the camera. The AW1 has a built-in flash that can also be used underwater, is equipped with a super high-speed AF CMOS sensor and the EXPEED 3A image-processing engine, and offers an effective pixel count of 14.25-million pixels. The camera supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 160 to ISO 6400, for crisp, clear imaging with very little noise at high sensitivities, whether shooting still images or recording movies. All 1 NIKKOR lenses can be used with the camera, including the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8, the world's first water- and shock-proof lenses, released at the same time as the Nikon 1 AW1.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s, Df, D3300 & 1 AW1 digital cameras.
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Post Date: 5/9/2014 7:55:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From C&A Marketing Inc:
 
OAK BROOK, Ill. & RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – C&A Marketing Inc., the New Jersey-based company who recently purchased Calumet Photographic announces the grand reopening of the Oak Brook store on Sunday, May 11. Calumet is an iconic, 75 year-old Chicago-based photo/imaging chain that was forced into bankruptcy in March.
 
“We realize some people may be surprised at how fast we have moved to reopen this store, however we did due diligence before we stepped in to bid on the brand—and in the process realized the Oak Brook location was the best representation of the thinking Calumet should have deployed chain-wide,” explained Chaim Pikarski, C&A Marketing’s Executive Vice President. “From a business perspective, we know what’s needed, we have the resources to ensure that inventory is in place and the key staff that ‘built” this location is intact and ready to work. Even more important is that our customers want us there, so why wait?”
 
The Oak Brook store was one of the chain’s newer locations and also the most forward thinking and successful. When it reopens this Sunday, it will be with the inventory Pro’s expect, the staff consumers are used to and the services, including rental, intact.
 
C&A Marketing views the Calumet acquisition as a key component to expanding their brand profile, with Calumet providing the pro & “prosumer” photography professionals the best in products and services. For 75 years, Calumet defined “photo retailing to professionals” and C&A is determined to rebuild the brand as quickly and efficiently as possible. C&A will make further reopening announcements shortly.
 
The Oak Brook store is located at 1600 W 16th Street, Oak Brook, IL and can be reached starting on Sunday at 630-860-7458. The store will be open Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm.
Post Date: 5/9/2014 7:25:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
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Post Date: 5/9/2014 7:16:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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