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 Tuesday, December 27, 2016
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
 
  • Improved the reliability of photo and movie transfer using the SnapBridge app.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in location data added using the SnapBridge app not displaying correctly.
  • Fixed an issue that would in rare circumstances cause photographs to be recorded in black-and-white.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX B700 Firmware v.1.1
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/27/2016 6:18:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 12/27/2016 5:38:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, December 26, 2016
The Canon 10x42 L IS WP Image Stabilized, Water Proof Porro Prism Binocular are currently marked down $500.00 and available for $999.99 with free overnight shipping. Regularly $1,499.99.
 
Retailers: B&H | Adorama
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Canon's first waterproof IS Binocular
  • High performance L Lens
  • Wide angle rating from an apparent angle-of-view of 65
  • One touch IS usage
  • Body components feature metallic coating to prevent fogging
  • Distinctive, easy grip design
  • 10x42mm
Through January 2nd 2017, the Canon UK Store is offering special pricing on select DSLR and mirrorless camera kits.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/26/2016 11:37:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the IAMNIKON Blog:
@TastyAsHeck, she has made a big splash on the platform with her colourful and enticing food photography.
 
Heike’s channel has grown incredibly over the past three years and she has learnt a lot along the way. She now reveals how to boost your channel following, improve your social presence and those little food photography tips and tricks to help you succeed when posting food pics on Instagram.
See the entire article on the IAMNIKON Blog.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/26/2016 6:26:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the wolfcrow YouTube Channel:
 
Newcomers are easily confused between F-stop and T-stop markings on lenses. In this video I explain when each is used for apertures, and why one is used in photography while the other is predominant in cinematography.
Post Date: 12/26/2016 6:17:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for a 135mm f/2 optical design containing two apodization filters.
 
From Wikipedia:
Apodization is an optical filtering technique, and its literal translation is "removing the foot". It is the technical term for changing the shape of a mathematical function, an electrical signal, an optical transmission or a mechanical structure. In optics, it is primarily used to remove Airy disks caused by diffraction around an intensity peak, improving the focus.
Patent Details (Google Translated)
 
  • Patent Publication No. 2016-218444
  • Published 2016.12.22
  • Submitted 2015.5.20
  • Focus distance 130.98
  • F-number 2.06
  • AOV 9.38
  • Like high 21.64
  • Overall length of the lens 159.05
  • BF 53.99
  • Good blurred image at all angles, even if there is a vignetting
Post Date: 12/26/2016 5:43:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through the end of today Eastern Time, B&H has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Accurate Consistent Color
Post Date: 12/26/2016 5:09:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, December 25, 2016
An 85mm lens is usually not my first choice for bird photography, but ... I can be an opportunist. When this shot presented itself, I saw the opportunity for demonstrating this lens' minimum focus distance combined with the look of the 85mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture. The shallow depth of field makes the tufted titmouse stand out in an image containing many potentially distracting details.
 
Aligning the edge of the bird within the gold ribbon also aids in isolating the subject and the Christmas-decorated basket "ties" the image into the season.
 
My family and I wish you a warm, joy-filled and very merry Christmas! We consider you part of our family and hope that your Christmas is filled with great meaning, great memories and, as always, great images And, may all of your camera cases be overflowing.
 
A larger version of this image is available on BryanCarnathan.com, Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/200s
ISO 200
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 12/25/2016 7:20:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, December 23, 2016
What would a Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art Lens review be without a sample portrait? The problem was that the schedules of my most-potential subjects were crazy and the weather had been mostly not very nice since the lens arrived.
 
When I saw my best opportunity, time was short, it was raining lightly and with the associated heavy cloud cover, outdoor lighting from the massive overhead softbox was very flat. Fortunately, the giant softbox makes lighting easy (and the f/1.4 aperture means that the low light levels were a non-issue). All that was needed was a form of shade to give some direction/shape to the light. I simply had my subject stand at the edge of a porch roof. The white columns and white window trim background was able to be melted away with the aid of the shallow depth of field this lens can produce.
 
The diffusely-blurred and neutrally-colored background does not compete for attention with the primary subject and the red scarf adds just a touch of Christmas color.
 
When capturing portraits with a very shallow depth of field, the closer eye minimally needs to be in focus. If the subject is looking directly at the camera, both eyes can be in focus, but if there is any other head angle, a decision needs to be made and the closer eye should get priority. At this lens' minimum focus distance with the maximum aperture in use, even the eyelashes will not be sharp when ideal eye focus is achieved. Pushing the plane of sharp focus to the closer iris or very slightly farther away will give the best look to the image (shifting focus slightly closer makes the eyelashes sharper, but the more-distant eye becomes even more blurred).
 
The camera height for this portrait was slightly higher than the subject's head angle. This camera angle keeps the subject's mouth (mostly) in focus (another desirable goal) and usually provides an ideal portrait look. Having the subject shift their head toward the camera slightly helps tighten the skin around the jaw line and un-squishes the neck area. At least for female subjects, I often ask for a slight head tip as also seen here.
 
The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art lens is an awesome choice for portraiture. It makes a great look easy to capture.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/250s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 12/23/2016 10:51:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, December 22, 2016

 
From Redbull:
Hopefully by now you've seen the incredible imagery created when Mick Fanning went to Norway and surfed beneath the spectacular Northern Lights. The shoot took place in Lofoten, a far flung speck of a town on Norway's smashed plate of a coastlne. The surf is consistent, the aurora borealis is anything but.
 
Fanning teamed up with Norwegian photographers Emil Sollie and Mats Grimsæth as they sought to capture that one elusive moment of surfer and natural phenomenon squaring off, and no one ever said that was going to be easy.
See the entire article on the Redbull website.
Post Date: 12/22/2016 9:05:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Westcott 43" Apollo Orb with Removable Front Diffusion Panel and Free 40-Degree Egg Crate Grid available for $99.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.80.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Simulates a round catch light in the eyes
  • Fiberglass frame for added durability
  • Deeper profile evenly projects light
  • Built on an umbrella frame
  • Fits virtually any studio ligh
  • tMade For Strobe Lights
  • 43" Octagon Softbox
Note: The Westcott 16x30" Apollo Strip Box and Westcott 28" Soft Box with Recessed Front are both available for the same price and include free egg crate grids.
Post Date: 12/22/2016 2:40:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is offering free next day delivery on many of its most popular items up through 4:00pm today Eastern Time.
 
Need some ideas? Here are some resources you may find useful (not all of the products mentioned below will qualify for free next day delivery).
 
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 12/22/2016 10:30:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SIGMA:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
Today, the SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce the availability of “SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1 for Windows”, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
This download service is for users of the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 who are using our interchangeable lenses from our Art, Contemporary and Sports product lines or SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 SA-STTL.
 
Please ensure you download SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1 for the effective use of the SIGMA USB DOCK, SIGMA FLASH USB DOCK FD-11 and SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11.
 
Benefit of SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that the information of adjusted value etc. in the [History of Connected Products] may disappear when activation of the software is repeated*.
* this could only happen in the software environment that SIGMA Cine Lenses, SIGMA Mount Converter MC-11 and SIGMA ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-630 SA-STTL were connected in the past.
 
SIGMA Optimization Pro 1.4.1 for Windows is available to download here.
Post Date: 12/22/2016 9:58:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.1 to 1.2
 
  • Fixed an issue that would in rare circumstances cause parts of photographs to be recorded in black-and-white.
Download: KeyMission 360 Firmware v.1.2
 
B&H carries Nikon KeyMission action cameras.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/22/2016 9:40:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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