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 Tuesday, June 17, 2014
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Roger over at LensRentals posted a public service announcement yesterday entitled "Only You can Prevent Movi Fires."
 
In the post, Roger explains that when the battery cables are left connected to the battery, the copper tips may come into contact with one other and cause a fire.
 
How common is the issue? Well, the rental house documented three fires before figuring out a solution to the problem.
 
And their solution is as simple as it is effective. If you own a Movi (or plan to rent one in the near future), be sure to check out Roger's post.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 9:01:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Airport Roller Derby Camera Bag & My 2nd Brain Briefcase
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Airport Roller Derby Camera Bag
 
Ideal for travel, weddings and on-location assignments, our new Airport Roller Derby enables you to maneuver nimbly through crowded spaces and to minimize muscle fatigue. The four dual wheel sets (8 wheels) provide three ways to roll: upright at your side, tilt it to roll on its back wheels, or tilt it on its side wheels to roll through narrow airplane aisles.
 
This high-capacity carry-on camera bag's weight distribution allows for easily transporting a 15” laptop in its own dedicated pocket, along with two standard DSLRs, a tripod, and multiple lenses and strobes. Its travel-ready security features including a lock & cable and lockable zippers to tether the bag for domestic and international travel.
 
KEY FEATURES

  • Four dual wheel sets (8 wheels): Superior rolling ability and improved weight distribution provides greater stability and less fatigue on shoulder, arm, hand and wrist.
  • Meets most airlines’ US domestic and international carry-on requirements.
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop and a tablet in two dedicated interior pockets.
  • Lock & cable to secure lockable zippers and tether the bag.

GEAR PROFILE

  • Fits a 15” laptop, a tablet, and up to two standard DSLRs with lenses attached or one pro DSLR and one standard DSLR both with lenses attached.
  • Fits six to seven standard zoom lenses or strobes. Accommodates a 400mm f/2.8 unattached.

MATERIALS
 
The Airport Roller Derby features YKK RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers,1680D ballistic nylon, 420D velocity nylon, custom-designed, replaceable wheels with sealed steel bearings, rubberized laminate reinforcement, 3D air mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Interior Dimensions: 12.6” W x 18.5” H x 5.5–7.5” D (32 × 47 × 14–19 cm)
  • Exterior Dimensions: 14” W x 22” H x 9.0” D (35.6 × 55.9 × 22.9 cm)
  • Tablet Compartment: 10.5” W x 10.3” H x 0.6” D (26.7 x 26.1 x 1.5 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 10.5” W x 14.5” H x 1.0” D (26.7 x 36.8 x 2.5 cm)
  • Weight: 10.5-11 lbs (4.8–5 kg) -- Weight reflects all accessories removed while using only minimal dividers.

My 2nd Brain Briefcases
 
We have just released two new additions to our innovative My 2nd Brain line of carrying devices for Apple MacBooks and tablets: the My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13 and My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15. These “mobile offices” for Apple power-users stand out for their intuitive organization, providing rapid access to a 13” or 15” MacBook or Air, iPad, iPhone, and accessories. The My 2nd Brain briefcases improve the workflow of tech-focused travelers and creative professionals by keeping their second brains–their laptops and accessories–organized and their workflow clutter-free.
 
These lightweight, full-featured briefcases include easily identifiable dedicated clear padded pockets designed to hold the accessories most often used by serious Apple users. Their travel-ready design includes two compressible side pockets for water bottles or a compact umbrella, as well as a pass-through handle that slides over a rolling luggage handle. They come with their own rain cover, providing extra protection against the elements.
 
SERIES FEATURES

  • Device-specific pockets optimized for a MacBook, iPad and iPhone as well as support accessories.
  • Intuitive design for rapid access and an improved workflow.
  • Seam-sealed rain cover protects valuable electronics.

GEAR PROFILES

  • My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13”: Fits a 13” Macbook Pro or 13” MacBook Air, iPad (standard or mini), iPhone, over-ear headphones, a power brick with AC cable, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, network cable, USB drives, pens, business cards, folders, sketchbooks and other personal items. The two compressible side pockets fit water bottles or a compact umbrella and a large sunglasses case.
  • My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15”: Fits a 15” Macbook Pro, iPad (standard or mini), iPhone, over-ear headphones, a power brick with AC cable, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, network cable, USB drives, pens, business cards, folders, sketchbook and other personal items. The two compressible side pockets fit water bottles or a compact umbrella and a large sunglasses case.

MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has YKK zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, silver-toned nickel-plated metal hardware, dual-cross buckle, herringbone webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon lining, nylex lined iPhone and iPad pockets, 150D hexa mesh pockets, closed-cell antilon foam, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
My 2nd Brain Briefcase 13”

  • External Dimensions: 14.2” W x 11.8” H x 4.5” D (36 x 30 x 11.5 cm)
  • Front iPad Pocket: 9.9” W x 7.8” H x 0.5” D (25.2 x 19.8 x 1.3 cm)
  • Main Compartment: 13” W x 10.2” H x 2.8” D (33 x 26 x 7 cm)
  • Rear Laptop Compartment: 13” W x 9.8” H x 1.2” D (33 x 25 x 3 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 2.1 lbs (0.6 kg)

My 2nd Brain Briefcase 15”

  • External Dimensions: 16.5” W x 12.6 H x 4.5” D (42 x 32 x 11.5 cm)
  • Front iPad Pocket: 11.4” W x 8.7” H x 0.6” D (29 x 22 x 1.5 cm)
  • Main Compartment: 15” W x 11” H x 2.8” D (38 x 28 x 7 cm)
  • Rear Laptop Compartment: 15” W x 10.6” H x 1.2” D (38 x 27 x 3 cm)
  • Weight with all accessories: 2.4 lbs (0.7 kg)

Think Tank Photo has the Airport Roller Derby and My 2nd Brain Briefcases available for order.
 
As a reader of our site, receive a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

Post Date: 6/17/2014 8:21:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
Image quality test results have been added to the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens Review page.
 
More test results for this lens are coming.
Post Date: 6/17/2014 7:16:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 16, 2014
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Through 6/20, CanvasPeople has select Thick Wrap canvases on sale.
 
Special Pricing on Thick Wrap Canvases

SizeReg. PriceSale Price
11x14$89.99$20.00
16x20$113.99$25.00
18x24$124.99$30.00

Post Date: 6/16/2014 12:38:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Profoto:
 
Walk Through a Wedding is a year long video series in which we get to follow wedding photographers Justin & Mary as they set out to capture a young couple's most special day.
 
Click here to see other videos in the series.
 
Related Products:

Post Date: 6/16/2014 11:58:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Red Giant:
 
The latest version of Red Giant’s powerhouse audio syncing suite includes lightning-fast speed improvements and an expanded list of supported media types, plus faster and more accurate syncing for the most comprehensive package
 
San Francisco, California—Red Giant, designer of innovative filmmaking and motion graphics software, invites PluralEyes fans to join the public beta and test-drive the upcoming 3.5 release of the celebrated audio and multi-camera video syncing software
 
To become a beta tester, simply follow the link: http://redgiant.com/pluraleyesbeta.
 
What to Expect
In addition to a comprehensive interface update featuring many user requested enhancements, the new PluralEyes 3.5 includes

  • AVCHD playback - new for Windows
  • Support for AVCHD spanned clips on both Windows and OS X
  • An expanded list of supported media types for “Replace Audio” exports
  • Algorithm improvements that deliver faster and more accurate syncing
  • Automatic correction for sync drift for perfect sound matchup in longer videos

The PluralEyes 3.5 open beta software supports the following NLE applications and operating systems:

  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, CS6, CC
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 6, 7, X
  • Avid Media Composer 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 8
  • Sony Vegas Pro 10, 11, 12, 13
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.9
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit

Pricing & Availability
Beta testing for PluralEyes version 3.5 is free of charge and open to the public. When the product is officially released, existing users can choose to upgrade for 79 USD. Version 3.5 will be available for new users to download at 199 USD.
 
Users who purchased PluralEyes after March 31, 2014 are eligible for a free PluralEyes 3.5 upgrade when released

Category: Red Giant News
Post Date: 6/16/2014 8:30:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
B&H is proud to welcome back Jerry Ghionis who is widely considered to be one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world. As a master at posing, Jerry will share his posing techniques with live demonstrations that will keep you from running out of poses ever again. He will demonstrate how he directs his clients to achieve fun and fashionable images including specific poses for plus size brides, odd height couples and couples who don't want to be posed.
Post Date: 6/16/2014 7:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, June 15, 2014
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B&H has Phase One Capture One Pro 7 (Download) available for $149.00. Compare at $299.00.
 
Product Highlights

  • Image Processing and RAW File Conversion
  • Catalog Organization and Sorting
  • Rich Metadata Editing Capabilities
  • Instant Tethered Capture and Live View
  • Creative Image Editing Tools
  • Local Adjustments, Clarity, HDR Tools
  • Smart Albums and Virtual Organization
  • Simplified Interface and Navigation
  • Refined Image Processing Engine
  • OpenCL and Cross-Platform 64-Bit Support

Post Date: 6/15/2014 7:44:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, June 13, 2014
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens
Through 6/17, use promotion code 1SIGMASALE ($44.00 off) at Adorama to get the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens for $385.00 with free shipping. Regularly $429.00.
Post Date: 6/13/2014 5:44:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Oak Island Pier, North Carolina
by Sean Setters
 
Even though I gravitate toward portraiture, I purchased a Hoya 77mm R72 Infrared Filter late last year. After several months of use, I can honestly say – I love shooting in IR.
 
Why?
 
1. Shooting in IR forces you to be much more deliberate with your image capture.
Digital photography tends to make shutter-bugs out of us all. When shooting with film, there were significant financial consequences involved with every roll of film you used. Today, the incremental cost of each shutter click is low – so low as to be negligible in the scheme of things.
 
The result? We tend to think less about each individual shot and instead rely on the multitude of framings and exposures until we find a shot that plucks that "Hey, I like that!" chord. In short, it's really easy, inexpensive and not very time consuming to shoot a lot of different images.
 
But when shooting with an infrared filter, each shot takes minutes to capture. Even in bright sunlight, I used a shutter speed of 4 1/2 minutes for the image above (f/10, ISO 100). When each click of your shutter takes almost 5 minutes to complete, you spend a lot more time thinking about the image you want before you snap away.
 
2. Bright sunlight (at nearly any time of day) becomes your friend.
As photographers, we know that the best sunlight comes during the golden hour – shortly after sunrise or just before sunset. While the old adage is true in a general sense, it bears less weight when it comes to IR filter photography. That's because in IR filter photography, bright sunlight is your friend.
 
Images taken even in midday sun tend to look very good in IR. In a sense, an IR filter expands your opportunity for capturing eye-catching images during times when a normal daytime view may be less than ideal.
 
3. Long shutter speeds allow you to create unique daytime views.
When there's an abundance of ambient light, it's pretty difficult to use extremely long shutter speeds to blur movement. Even with a 9 or 10-stop filter, you may only be able to achieve a 10-20 second exposure in bright conditions before your scene becomes over-exposed. This means that any movement in your scene may still be captured as ghostly trails. Sometimes that's exactly what you want; many times it's not.
 
The extremely long shutter speeds required mean that [generally] only static things get captured in the image. I've photographed several buildings where cars were consistently traveling in front of my camera. But the time the cars are in front of the camera was very short compared to the overall exposure, so they didn't show up in the final image. This means you can capture images void of distracting elements at times when those distracting elements are almost a certainty. And the things that do show movement blur – like clouds – only add to the image.
 
Drawbacks of shooting with an IR filter
 
Shooting with an IR filter does involve a few drawbacks, though. For one, a tripod is a must. With shutter speeds spanning minutes, your camera must stay stock still for a very long time. A remote timer (wired or wireless) is required as your shutter speed is usually more than 30 seconds.
 
You can't compose your scene through the viewfinder with the filter in place. The filter is completely black (it blocks all visible light). As such, my typical workflow is:

  1. Set up the camera mounted tripod and frame your scene.
  2. Set the camera to Bulb Mode, use manual focus and choose your exposure settings (experience helps you get it in the ballpark).
  3. Add the IR filter to the lens
  4. Use a remote timer to set the shutter speed and activate the shutter.

If shooting with a normal white balance, the image will be very red. I typically shoot in RAW and change my Picture Style to Monochrome because I prefer my IR images to be black & white. Changing the Picture Style in-camera allows me to get a good idea of what the final image will look like after post-processing.
 
To see a few of the IR images I've created, click the image at the top of this post.

Post Date: 6/11/2014 8:44:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H:
 
Travel offers extensive opportunities and challenges for the photographer. Whether your interests are a casual record of your family trip or a serious visual exploration of a place far from home, this presentation provides practical tips and visual stimulation so that you come home with pictures that make you proud.
 
Renowned photography instructor Lester Lefkowitz discusses pre-trip planning; what to take and how to pack; foreign travel considerations; interacting with and photographing the “natives;” time of day and weather issues; finding the good spots; protecting digital files while on the road; ways to improve your composition; some exposure pointers; cool things you can do with a digital camera (that you could never do with film), and what to do with all those great (and near-great) images when you get home.
Post Date: 6/11/2014 6:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $379.00 with free shipping. Compare at $549.00.
Post Date: 6/10/2014 7:42:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
This service provides software for upgrading COOLPIX A firmware to C: 1.11
 
Updates provided with this release, C:1.11

  • Focus range with normal autofocus has been changed from approximately 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.)–8 to approximately 30 cm (1 ft)–8 from the center of the front surface of the lens.
  • AF focus-acquisition rate has been improved when the scene contained in the frame exhibits an extremely high level of contrast.
  • The color of the focus area in manual focus mode has been changed to white, making it easier to identify the current focus mode.
  • Less battery power is now consumed with interval timer photography, enabling interval timer shooting for a longer period of time when the camera is powered by the battery.

Download the COOLPIX A Firmware C:1.11.
 
B&H carries the Nikon COOLPIX A.

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Post Date: 6/10/2014 3:46:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens
Post Date: 6/10/2014 7:57:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Learn all about Adobe Lightroom 5's Develop Module in B&H's informative, hour-plus video by photographer Robert Rodriguez Jr.
 
B&H carries Adobe Lightroom 5.
Post Date: 6/10/2014 6:44:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, June 09, 2014
Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Silver)
B&H has the Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Silver) available for $149.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
 
The recorder comes with a free copy of Red Giant PluralEyes 3 Audio/Video Sync Software ($179.10 value)
Post Date: 6/9/2014 11:42:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Apollo Orb Duo Kit
B&H has the Westcott Apollo Orb Duo Kit available for $228.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.90.
 
Items Included

  • 43" Apollo Orb Softbox
  • 28" Medium Apollo Softbox
  • 2x 8.0' Light Stands
  • 2x Adjustable Shoe Mount Brackets
  • Gear Bag

Post Date: 6/9/2014 11:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 32GB Extreme SDHC Memory Card
Amazon is featuring SanDisk Memory products as its Gold Box Deal of the Day. You can save up to 60% with these deals. (thanks Stewart)
Post Date: 6/9/2014 9:19:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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