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 Friday, March 28, 2014
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB External Hard Drive
Use promo code 03WDSALE at Adorama to get the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive for $59.99 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
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From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Webinars Offer Ideas for Managing Digital Workflow and Step-by-Step Techniques to Produce High Quality Digital Images
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – March 27, 2014 –– Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced its Spring 2014 line-up of free color management webinars. The webinars will cover important topics in the photo and video industry with the help of notable sponsors including, Plura Broadcast, Macphun Software, X-Shot, Wacom, PhotoshopCAFE and Hunt’s Photo & Video.
 
The webinars will include an interactive question and answer format, allowing participants to communicate directly with the speakers to get first-hand advice about video reference display calibration and photo and video editing techniques. Registered attendees will receive discount codes for Spyder products and/or products from co-sponsors, as well as automatic entry for a chance to win products from Datacolor Spyder or co-sponsors. Each webinar will be hosted by David Saffir, Datacolor expert and noted landscape and fine art photographer.
 
“As the video and photo industries continue to converge, Datacolor recognizes the need to provide users with tools and techniques that can be easily integrated into their digital workflows,” said David Tobie. “From calibrating video reference displays to mastering time lapse photography, our Spring 2014 webinar series is designed to provide photographers and videographers of all levels with information about the tools needed to achieve the most accurate color and editing results while ultimately improving their workflow.”
 
Datacolor Spring 2014 webinar series to include:

  • April 1, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Video Reference Display Calibration – (Co-sponsor: Plura Broadcast)
  • April 16, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Landscape Image Editing and Enhancement: New Editing Tools for Photoshop and Lightroom 5 – (Co-sponsor: Macphun Software)
  • May 7, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Extend your Photography – (Co-sponsor: X-Shot)
  • May 20, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Calibration for the Capture Stage of the Digital Workflow – (Co-sponsor: Hunt’s Photo & Video)
  • June 3, 2014 2:-00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Fundamentals of Image Editing – Using Layer Masks for Compositing in Photoshop – (Co-sponsor: Wacom)
  • June 12, 2014 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT: Time-lapse Photography – The Move from Still to Motion – (Co-sponsor: PhotoshopCAFE)

Register now at spyder.datacolor.com/freewebinars.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:53:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive
B&H has the Lexar 16GB JumpDrive TwistTurn USB 2.0 Flash Drive available for $6.99 with free shipping. Regularly $12.95.
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:15:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9
From ZEISS:
 
ZEISS is launching the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 7-10, 2014. The third member of the Compact Zoom family broadens the cine zoom line-up in the wide-angle range. From August 2014, the lens will be available for € 17,900 or US$ 23,900 (excl. VAT)*. The new zoom lens fills the wide-angle gap and complements the already available CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 lenses. It does not only offer extreme angles of view but also fulfills all the requirements for motion picture zooms: It stands out for its optical brilliance, as well as its distortion-free images.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 family of lenses sets new standards only experienced with fixed focal lengths from ZEISS. Equipped with this set of three zoom lenses, cinematographers can master an enormous range of shooting situations without having to resort to frequent time-consuming lens switches. For sophisticated filmmakers, the ZEISS cine zooms open up new creative possibilities. When working with a zoom lens, you can move a lot more quickly because you don’t have to change lenses and can make different shots from the same perspective.
 
The ZEISS Compact Zoom lenses are the only cine-style zooms in the world with full-frame coverage. All three zooms were calculated for the full-frame format of 36x24 mm. As a result, they are also compatible with image sensors larger than Super 35 (ex: image diagonal 31.5 mm) and therefore already ready to accommodate future developments in the field of growing sensor sizes. When the lenses are used on Super 35 cameras, users benefit from the positive “sweet-spot effect”: the image circle used by the sensor comes from the inner circle of the lens. As a result, the lens only uses that part of the illumination that has the highest quality in terms of sharpness, light and contrast. In line with the reliable and strict quality requirements that ZEISS lenses are subject to, all three representatives of the Compact Zoom family enable 4K capture.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS are masters of flexibility whenever the goal is to achieve high-quality results with little lens changes. The optical balancing between ZEISS cine zooms on the one hand and ZEISS high-end cine lenses on the other fulfills filmmakers’ highest demands, whether they are making big-screen, TV, documentary, music video productions or feature films. All three zooms have a consistent aperture of T2.9, also making them suitable for situations with less available light. And thanks to the established ZEISS color matching, the lenses can be used in combination with the existing lens families ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime, ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime and ZEISS Compact Prime, with no additional color grading needed.
 
Over many years, ZEISS has been continuing to develop the bokeh – that special look of an out-of-focus area in an image. After all, bokeh is one of the most important characteristics of a lens. With special optical design and circular f-stop forms, ZEISS zooms here achieve a particularly harmonious result and depict out-of-focus highlights as circular without any bothersome artifacts. In addition, the Carl Zeiss T* coating – based on several layers in the nano field – ensures a visible reduction of stray light and reflections. The result: brilliant images with a three-dimensional effect.
 
A special protection against dust and spray water for rough use on the set underscores the high professional standard of these cine lenses.
 
The cine zooms from ZEISS deliver the well-known quality and performance for which ZEISS lenses have been known for decades. For cinematographers on smaller budgets in particular, it is critical to make safe investments in their equipment. On this point, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses stand out strongly: due to the interchangeable mount system (IMS), with currently five different mounts (PL, EF, F, MFT und E), the lenses can be fitted without problems onto different camera mounts. As a result, the zooms can always be used on the latest camera models, and always in an optimal system mix.
 
All three lenses – the new Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 – will also be available as a complete set (without transport case) for € 44,999 € or US$ 59,900 (excl. VAT)*.
 
B&H carries ZEISS lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/28/2014 7:00:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 27, 2014
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From X-Rite:
 
North White Plains, NY – March 27, 2014 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces a free April 2014 webinar that has been developed to address specific photography and color management topics. This webinar entitled “Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos” is designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
 
California-based photographer, author, educator and X-Rite Coloratti Chris Orwig who has a reputation for bringing practical experience, technical expertise and passion to the teaching he provides will lead the April webinar. Using his own images from start to finish, Chris will highlight how photographers can use an X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Adobe Lightroom, to make better photographs. Attendees of this live webinar will also have the opportunity to ask questions of Chris Orwig.
 
Here are some specifics of what will be discussed:

  • Lightroom New Features
  • Working with Catalogs and backing up your work
  • Creating Custom Profiles with the ColorChecker Passport
  • Organizing with the Library Module
  • Enhancing your photographs with Develop Module
  • Crafting expressive photographs
  • Lightroom Workflow from start to finish

“The April X-Rite webinar featuring Photographer Chris Orwig covers a wide range of information and topics including digital workflow and color management. This solid foundation knowledge is important and should be of great interest to all serious photographers,” said Joshua Fischer, Product Marketing Manager, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “Learning from photographers like Chris Orwig who are both creative and technically proficient, should be on every photographer’s bucket list.”
 
Webinar Schedule
 
Date: Friday April 11, 2104
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT
Title: Using Lightroom to Process and Improve Your Photos
Presenter: Photographer Chris Orwig
 
B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.

Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/27/2014 11:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Lens available for $285.00. Compare at $396.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 3/27/2014 8:27:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 Tilt Shift Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics) has the Refurbished Rokinon Tilt Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for Nikon (review) available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 new.
 Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Lens (Canon/Nikon) available for $265.00 with free shipping. Compare at $309.00.
Post Date: 3/26/2014 3:01:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 Backpack (Black)
B&H has the Lowepro CompuDay Photo 250 Backpack available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $84.95.
Post Date: 3/26/2014 2:07:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
The video for the Gulf Photo Plus 2014 Shootout was finally posted yesterday. In it, relative newcomer Sara Lando squares off against veteran Zack Arias. Special guest host is none other than the Strobist himself - David Hobby.
 
Watch how each contestant tackles, or in Zack's case – completely ignores (with good reason) – the competition's theme, H2O.
 
If you're unfamiliar with Gulf Photo Plus, here's a quick rundown:

"[Gulf Photo Plus 2014] is the region's biggest & only photography festival bringing the world's best photographers and instructors to Dubai to share their knowledge and experience with the Middle East and Africa's professional and amateur photography community. The dates for the 2014 event are 7th-14th March." - GulfPhotoPlus.com

Post Date: 3/26/2014 12:31:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 3/26/2014 11:03:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lowepro Passport Backpack, Messenger & Sling III Camera Bags
From Lowepro:
 
PETALUMA, Calif., March 25, 2014 — Lowepro, the product design company that builds protective, high-quality gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, launches its Passport Series of soft-sided and modern camera bags: Passport Backpack, Passport Messenger and Passport Sling III.
 
“The Passport Series offers consumers a discreet and flexible way to carry their photo gear, along with a laptop or tablet and personal items,” said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro brand director. “The backpack, messenger and sling each include an impact-resistant and removable camera insert, so you can blend in with the crowd and feel confident your gear is protected.”
 
Impact-resistant Camera Insert
Protection and flexibility combine in the build of the impact-resistant camera insert. Padded and adjustable dividers allow you to fit anything from a CSC to a compact DSLR, plus an extra accessory, and keep your kit secure from bumps and abrasion. Lift out the insert and your bag becomes a fully functioning backpack, messenger or sling for the day.
 
CradleFit for Laptop/Tablet
The Passport Series features a new kind of protective space for carrying a laptop or tablet: a CradleFit pocket. It features classic Lowepro padding with floating-foam construction to suspend and protect a device within each Passport Series bag.
 
Three, Everyday Styles
Soft-sided and modern, the Passport Series takes inspiration from Lowepro’s original and everyday camera sling design. The series expands to include the next-generation sling, backpack and messenger – each suited to day trips or longer travel with a full set of convenient features and low-key, non-camera-bag style. Whichever styles consumers choose, they can use their Passport Series bag to keep a compact camera, go-to tablet and plenty of essentials protected and within easy reach.
 
Thoughtful Details
Convenient touches add to the everyday appeal of the Passport Series. Each bag includes an interior mesh zippered pocket and a built-in key clip to secure small items and quickly retrieve them.
 
The Passport Backpack features a zippered front organizer pocket, two tall side pockets for water bottles, plus a padded mesh backpad with contoured shoulder straps for a comfortable fit.
 
The Passport Messenger includes a front organizer pocket under the flap, a quick-grab handle for an extra carrying option, and an adjustable shoulder strap with a removable shoulder pad for customized comfort while wearing.
 
And the Passport Sling III includes an expandable compartment that allows the user to unzip and increase interior storage space by 30% – ideal for farmers market finds and souveniers. The sling also features an adjustable shoulder strap with removable shoulder pad.

  • Passport Backpack fits: CSC or compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens), extra lens or flash, 13? laptop or tablet, smartphone and personal items.
  • Passport Messenger fits: CSC or compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens), extra lens or flash, 13? laptop or tablet, smartphone and personal items.
  • Passport Sling III fits: CSC or compact DSLR (such as Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm lens), extra lens or flash, tablet, smartphone and personal items.

Specs and U.S. MSRP for Passport Series camera bags:

  • Passport Backpack is available in Black Interior Primary Camera Compartment (WxDxH): 10.2 x 4.9 x 6.9 in. / 26 x 12.5 x 17.5 cm Exterior (WxDxH) 11 x 7.3 x 15.6 in. / 28 x 18.5 x 39.5 cm Weight: 1.4 lbs. / 0.6 kg U.S. MSRP: $64.99
  • Passport Messenger is available in Black and Grey/Orange Interior Primary Camera Compartment (WxDxH): 14.8 x 5.9 x 10.6 in. / 37.5 x 15 x 27 cm Exterior (WxDxH) 15.2 x 6.5 x 11.3 in. / 38.5 x 16.5 x 28.8 cm Weight: 1.1 lbs. / 0.5 kg U.S. MSRP: $69.99
  • Passport Sling III is available in Black and Grey/Orange Interior Primary Camera Compartment (WxDxH): 4.1 x 7.5 x 7.5 in. / 10.5 x 19 x 19 cm Exterior (WxDxH) 5.7 x 17.3 x 16.1 in. / 14.5 x 44 x 41 cm Weight: 1.1 lbs. / 0.5 kg U.S. MSRP: $59.99

B&H carries the Lowepro Passport Series.

Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 3/26/2014 10:27:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto Nanopole Stand and Snaptilt Head
From Manfrotto:
 
Manfrotto is proud to announce the launch of two innovative tools designed for every professional and enthusiast photographer: Nanopole Stand and Snap Tilthead.
 
These two products when used in combination, represent the best solution for strobist photographers.
 
Nanopole Stand
It is a new lightweight stand that can be easily carried everywhere. The closed size is only 49cm (13.3in), and the stand guarantees a payload of 1,5Kg and outstanding stability.
 
Snap Tilthead
It is an innovative and versatile tilthead with pioneering features that make it unique in the market. Easy to use and specifically designed to be actionable in few seconds, is perfect for an easy preparation of the set.
 
Technical Details:
 
Nanopole Stand MS0490A/MKSTRO1
 
Two-in-one Product
Its main characteristic is being a two-in-one product: pressing the button with Manfrotto’s logo, the central column can be pulled out and easily turns into a hand held boom. Manfrotto Nanopole Stand is suitable for a great variety of situations and provides exciting new possibilities to the photographer with no need to spend extra money for a boom.
 
Maximum Flexibility
Besides being the perfect portable tool for use in studio, the stand is also provided with an extendable leveling leg and with a hook for sandbag that make it suitable for use in outdoors sets.
 
Manfrotto Snap Tilthead MLH1HS
 
The Highest Safety for the Equipment
The Snap tilthead is provided with a smart counterbalance mechanism that prevents the flashgun from dropping along the stand; thus assuring maximum safety to the photographer’s equipment.
 
Instant SetUp
It is quick and easy to operate: it allows an instant and straightforward setup of the equipment thanks to its innovative locking system, which allows the set up to be completed in a matter of seconds.
 
The Manfrotto Nanopole Stand and Snap Tilthead will be available soon at authorized retailers.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto products.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 3/26/2014 8:13:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Custom SLR Camera Air Strap
From Custom SLR:
 
Featuring breathable vents, moisture-wicking fabric and a quick-adjust slider, the Air Strap packs the most comfort and versatility into a lightweight, portable design.
 
San Francisco, CA – March 25, 2014 – After exceeding its funding goal on Kickstarter, Custom SLR today announced the immediate availability of the all-new Air Strap, a camera strap that does more with less. With breathable vents, moisture-wicking fabric, a quick-adjust slider and universal compatibility, the Air Strap packs all the comfort and features photographers want into a sleek, lightweight design. Today’s announcement follows the completion of Custom SLR’s fifth consecutive successful Kickstarter campaign, in which the Air Strap reached 880% of its funding goal.
 
"The tremendous interest and support for the Air Strap on Kickstarter shows there is a high demand for a simple yet functional camera strap,” said Ivan Wong, chief operating officer of Custom SLR. “Photographers are looking to upgrade from traditional straps, and want something well-made, feature-rich and comfortable. We are thrilled to offer a premium camera strap at an affordable price."
 
Following the success of Custom SLR’s award-winning Split Strap, the Air Strap is the lightest and most versatile strap in the company’s growing line of innovative photography products. It is carefully engineered with breathable vents throughout the strap that keep it lightweight and channel heat and moisture away from the shoulder. Perfect for the photographer on the move, the strap introduces a convenient quick-adjust slider that makes it easy to keep your camera secure at your side while maneuvering through crowds and tight spaces, and provides easy access to extend the strap when you need to take a photo.
 
Unlike other camera straps, the Air Strap has a wider, more ergonomic design that distributes weight evenly on the shoulder to prevent fatigue. It also features a unique swivel buckle that adjusts with your body’s movements, and cushy neoprene padding that absorbs shock. The strap is compatible with most cameras and bags, and adjusts to fit most users. With an optional attachment, it can easily transition to laptop or gym bags for an instant upgrade. Use it with the Custom SLR C-Loop strap mount for a tangle-free camera strap system.
 
The Air Strap Kickstarter campaign was launched on Nov. 14, and hit its funding goal of $15,000 by the next day. By Jan. 9, it had exceeded its funding goal by more than $100,000, making it the most successful Kickstarter campaign Custom SLR has launched.
 
The Air Strap is now available at a retail price of $19.95.
 
Amazon carries the Custom SLR Air Strap
Category: Custom SLR News
Post Date: 3/26/2014 7:28:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens (Canon / Nikon) available for $679.00. Compare at $769.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
 
Relevant information:
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro Lens Review
Post Date: 3/25/2014 10:44:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 32GB SDHC 600x UHS-1 Class 10 (2 Pack)
B&H has a Lexar 32GB SDHC 600x UHS-1 Class 10 Memory Card (2 Pack) available for $72.95 with free shipping. Compare at $89.95.
Post Date: 3/25/2014 10:03:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens
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Post Date: 3/25/2014 10:00:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Polyphemus Moth
In the latest tips article to be added to the site, I explain How to Calculate Lens Working Distance.
 
While this distance is easy to calculate with a tape measure or other distance measurement tool, you can also use the site's Lens Specifications and Measurements tool to obtain this information without leaving your seat.
 
Those having read the yesterday-posted Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Review will recognize the discussed formula.
Post Date: 3/25/2014 9:49:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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