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 Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Manfrotto Off Road Hiking Backpack with Hiking Sticks
From Manfrotto:
 
Collection Includes Range of Hiking Backpacks, Versatile Walking Sticks and Tripod
 
Upper Saddle River, N.J. – Manfrotto, a leading global innovator and manufacturer of premium photo, video and lighting support products and accessories, has announced the launch of its new Off Road Collection, uniquely crafted and designed to meet the needs of outdoor photographers who are looking for compact and lightweight accessories to help capture their adventure and support their imaging missions. The Off Road collection includes a pair of quality, Italian-made walking sticks with camera attachment converting it to a monopod, a lightweight tripod and a collection of new hiker backpacks for photographic gear, all available in a variety of colors to match hiking gear.
 
“We’re finding that more and more professional and enthusiast photographers are honing their skills in the great outdoors, and with that in mind, Manfrotto saw an opportunity to develop and market camera supports and accessories designed specifically for their needs,” said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Marketing for Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. “We’re confident that the Off Road collection will be well received amongst these users and are excited to apply our expertise in developing versatile, high-quality, protective photographic gear, to this market.”
 
Manfrotto has partnered with Italian company Fizan, a global leader within the ski and trekking pole market with a strong heritage in the outdoor world. Utilizing Fizan’s cutting-edge lightweight tubes technology, the walking sticks and tripod have been engineered to be extremely lightweight, with the walking sticks weighing less than one pound for the pair and the tripod weighing just 1.43 lbs., making it the lightest in the Manfrotto range. The walking sticks and tripods are made of lightweight aluminum tubes and close telescopically into three sections and four sections, respectively, with a simple twist-to-lock mechanism.
 
The Off Road photographic walking sticks now make outdoor photography much simpler, as they are designed to answer the needs of passionate hikers who are sensitive to weight and desire ease of use. The poles feature a comfortable handgrip, a wrist strap and spiked-base feet with rubber covers, offering maximum stability on a variety of grounds. With an integrated camera mount and quick wheel attachment at the top of one pole, users can easily transform the stick into a monopod to conveniently capture the beautiful sights of wherever their adventure takes them. With a maximum payload of 5.5 lbs., users can simply remove the protective cap and screw the pole into the camera to attach it. Off Road walking sticks are available now for $99.00 in green, red or blue color options.
 
Designed to meet hikers’ needs, the Off Road tripods are easy and quick to set up, and are extremely compact with a diameter of just 5 cm, making it portable in any situation. The universal ¼ inch camera attachment and the new quick wheel make it possible to attach and detach your camera in seconds, and the aluminum built-in ball head and single adjustment knob are perfect for quick positioning of the camera and for easily locking all movements. The head also features an integrated leveling bubble, ensuring the correct shooting position. The feet of the tripod also have spiked bases for maximum stability. With a maximum payload of 5.5 lbs., the tripod is ideal for a wide range of cameras. The Off Road tripod is available now for $149.99 in green, red or blue.
 
To complete the new Off Road collection, Manfrotto is also introducing a line of backpacks, serving as the ideal carrying solution to comfortably store, transport and access gear while hiking in the outdoors. Manfrotto’s Off Road backpacks make it easier than ever to capture all of your special moments while hiking, with conveniently located pockets and dedicated straps to carry both the walking sticks and tripod. The backpacks are strategically designed to allow users to carry ample amount of personal belongings as well as camera gear such as an HDSLR with lenses and accessories thanks to the removable protective camera compartment and Camera Protection System. By unzipping the internal divider and removing the camera compartment, users can convert the backpack into a regular outdoor backpack for hiking. The backpacks also feature an innovative solution for carrying camera equipment on your chest to avoid strain on your neck and keep it close to your body. They also contain a padded waist belt and chest straps for added support and stability, and a breathable back system to minimize sweat and ensure comfort. Off Road backpacks will be available in January for $199.99. The 30L model comes in four colors options, including green, red, blue and gray.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto Off Road products.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 8:03:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The NTR Ribbon Microphone is another new product from RØDE. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any press release or introductory material for the mic aside from the production video seen above and the demonstration video below. It definitely looks interesting...
 

 
PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS
 
  • Figure-8 Polar Pattern
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 130 dB Maximum SPL
  • 1.8 Micron Ribbon Element
  • Internal Shock Mounting System
  • Includes Ribbon-Securing Travel Screw
B&H has the RØDE NTR Active Ribbon Microphone available for preorder.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 7:32:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the RØDE YouTube Channel:
 
The NTG4 and NTG4+ are two new directional condenser (shotgun) microphones from RØDE, combining premium performance with features that improve audio fidelity and usability.
 
The NTG4+ is the first shotgun microphone to feature an inbuilt lithium battery. Providing over 150 hours of operation, the battery can be charged by any USB power source in around two hours using the supplied MicroUSB cable.
 
B&H has the RØDE NTG4 and NTG4+ Shotgun Microphones available for preorder.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 7:06:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the RØDE Microphones Vimeo Channel:
 
RØDE is pleased to announce the RØDELink fully digital wireless audio system. Using a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, RØDELink provides a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).
 
The first product offering in the RØDELink system is the Filmmaker kit, which includes a camera-mounted receiver, beltpack transmitter and broadcast-grade lavalier microphone.
 
B&H has the RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit available for preorder for only $399.00 with free shipping (competing products in that market segment cost about 50% more).
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 1/21/2015 6:50:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Power of Otus f/1.4: Bee on Orange Sunflower
Sunflowers, with their large size and bright colors, make great photo subjects. Add a bee to take the overall composition one step further.
 
For this image, I moved in close to the foreground flower, keeping it completely in the frame which places the center about 1/3 into the frame. I then moved to position a similar flower in the background. Again, that flower is fully contained in the frame and the green leaves anchor the bottom of the composition.
 
The shallow depth of field created by the combination of an 85mm focal length and f/1.4 aperture draws a viewer's eye directly to the bee and to the sharp flower petals (with strong contrast also pulling the viewer's eye to this location).
 
This image is razor sharp across the back of the bee (thanks to the Zeiss Otus 85), but details quickly soften in front of and behind that plane of sharp focus.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
85mm  f/1.4  1/640s
ISO 100
5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 1/20/2015 1:29:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Westcott Omega Reflector Kit
B&H has the Westcott Omega Reflector Kit in stock.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Innovative 10-in-1 Design, 38 x 45"
  • 2:3 aspect ratio removable center frame
  • White, Silver, Sunlight, Black Surfaces
  • 1-Stop Diffusion Core
Post Date: 1/20/2015 11:30:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included in this 2.10.3 download
 
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
 
  • Support for the D5500, COOLPIX S3700, S2900, L32, and L31 has been added.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
 
  • When images were converted to JPEG format using the Convert Files function with Quality set to Good Compression Ratio or Highest Compression Ratio, the resulting JPEG images could not be displayed in ViewNX 2, Capture NX 2, or Capture NX-D. This issue has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
 
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has neen added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
  • Support for the S6900 has been added.
  • When image files are moved, copied, or deleted in ViewNX 2, sidecar files associated with the image files are now also moved, copied, or deleted along with image files. However, when image files are moved or copied to destinations outside of ViewNX 2, such as the desktop, sidecar files associated with the images files will not be moved or copied accordingly.
Download View NX 2.10.3
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 1/20/2015 10:49:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with AF-S 24-120mm Lens
From Nikon USA:
 
To users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
We have received indications from some users that when photographing scenes in which a bright light source, such as the sun or high-intensity lighting, is at a certain position along the top border of the frame, flare with an unnatural shape may sometimes occur in images captured with the D750 digital SLR camera.
 
For those who have already purchased a D750 and would like to have their camera serviced to correct this issue, Nikon service centers will service cameras as indicated below. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
 
Identifying affected products
To check whether or not your camera is one of those affected by this issue, click Check Your Serial Number below and enter your D750's serial number as instructed. Results for the serial number entered will be displayed. If these results show that your camera is one of those affected, instructions for requesting service will be displayed. If your camera is not one of those affected, rest assured that you may continue using your camera without concern for this issue.
 
Check Your Serial Number
 
Please note that even if a camera's serial number identifies it as one affected by this issue, a black dot inside the tripod socket on the bottom of the camera, like that shown in the photo below, indicates that the measures to resolve this issue as indicated below have already been applied.
 
Nikon D750 Black Dot
 
Resolution
If your camera is affected, as confirmed with serial number check above you will be provided with information on requesting service from your nearest Nikon service center. The service center will inspect and service light-shielding components, and adjust AF sensor position, to resolve the occurrence of unnaturally shaped flare free of charge. This service will not have any effect on autofocus precision, or on the performance of other camera functions.
 
Please understand that even with these measures, all digital SLR cameras may experience flare when backlit scenes are being captured.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.
 
Please be assured that Nikon is continuously working and taking measures to further improve the quality of its products. Once again, thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/20/2015 9:12:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 19, 2015
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From PocketWizard:
 
Sports Photographers around the world can now have Custom IDs installed in their Plus III radios.
 
So. Burlington, VT – January 16, 2015 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, announces the immediate availability of Custom IDs for Plus III radios. In light of the recent retirement of the MultiMAX Transceiver, we felt it was very important to offer a Custom ID solution for Sports Shooters and other photographers who shoot in crowded venues.
 
What is a Custom ID? It is a private digital code that no one can trigger but you. It is a premium service offered exclusively by PocketWizard. In hyper-crowded shooting environments, such as large sporting events, Custom IDs give you the confidence to know that your remote flash or camera can only be triggered by you and not any other photographer. It is a unique code installed on top of an existing PocketWizard frequency replacing one of your normal Channels with your new custom code and frequency combination.
 
No other manufacturer offers such a valuable service. Custom ID’s are $95 per ID per unit and this service is only available directly through LPA Design, the manufacturer of PocketWizard products. There is no set-up fee and the customer is responsible for all shipping costs.
 
Plus III Custom IDs are compatible with MultiMAX Custom IDs. MultiMAX firmware version 7.50 and later has a feature for moving a Custom ID to a different frequency. Plus III Custom IDs are set to fixed frequencies. You will need to match your MultiMAX frequency to the Plus III. Learn more here: http://wiki.pocketwizard.com/index.php?title=Multiuser_Environments
 
How do you get a Custom ID?
 
You must first own at least two Custom ID-capable radios like the Plus III or MultiMAX. LPA Design only sells radios through dealers, but the Custom ID service can only be performed at LPA Design (that’s how we guarantee unique IDs). We recommend you buy your Plus III radios from your favorite PocketWizard dealer and drop-ship them directly to LPA Design for Custom ID installation. Please send an email to info@pocketwizard.com with your contact information prior to ordering the radios. We will contact you for payment and final shipping arrangements when we receive your radios.
 
B&H carries PocketWizard Plus III transceivers.
Post Date: 1/19/2015 3:24:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Everyone has different needs when it comes to image processing. Whether your final output is a website, a digital c-print or an inkjet print tailoring your workflow is essential to insuring the quality of your work. In this class X-Rite’s Jeff Lazell uses his decade of experience as a production manager in NYC premier wedding and portrait studio to help you build an effective, color managed post-production workflow.
 
B&H carries X-Rite Color Management products.
Post Date: 1/19/2015 1:42:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light
For today only, B&H has the Bolt VM-160 LED Macro Ring Light available for $59.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Guide Number: 69' / 21 m at ISO 100
  • Eighteen High-Output LEDs
  • Six Levels of Brightness Adjustment
  • Constant Light & Flash Modes
  • Left & Right Only Illumination Modes
  • 1.6" Backlit LCD Display
  • Clear, Frosted, Blue, & Amber Diffusers
  • Eight Adapter Rings from 49-77mm
  • Stand/Tripod Mount Inclu
Post Date: 1/19/2015 9:09:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Finding Southwest USA Landscape in Pennsylvania
My life does not currently afford me to constantly be flying to exotic locations, so I'm continuously looking for opportunities closer to home to give photo gear a workout. One landscape type not readily found in my home base of Pennsylvania is the water-eroded bare-earth look so common in the American Southwest. After gaining permission to photograph at a local limestone quarry after hours, I came upon a huge screenings pile (a small mountain really). The fine stone was fast-eroding and the erosion created a very Southwest-appearing landscape.
 
After scouting the pile and trying many good perspectives, I came to prefer this one. I moved in close to one of the wider areas of non-erosion and framed to let the strongly-contrasting lines (courtesy of shadows from a late-day sun) move through the frame in a pleasing manner. I didn't use the widest focal length available to me to prevent the background details from becoming too small.
 
If I hadn't told you, where would you have said this image was captured?
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 1/19/2015 9:06:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
At the 2:40 min mark in this video, a quote from actor W.C. Fields came to mind, "Never work with animals or children." Lucky for us, those subjects provide ample opportunities for great pictures (but they may require a great amount of patience that W.C. Fields seemingly lacked).
 
From the Karl Tayler YouTube Channel:
 
A Harris Hawk in flight… What a fantastic first shoot for the new studio!
 
It was great to welcome Robert and his incredible friend Freyja the hawk back. This time though we had all the space needed to nail the shot that I couldn’t achieve last year in our previous studio.
 
Relevant Gear
 
Post Date: 1/19/2015 8:18:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through tonight, use coupon code BUNDLEUP50 at CanvasOnDemand.com to receive 50% off your entire purchase.
Post Date: 1/19/2015 6:27:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 17, 2015
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens available for $2,749.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,399.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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