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 Friday, February 26, 2016

 
From the National Geographic YouTube Channel:
 
Franz Josef Land is the northernmost archipelago in the world, only 560 miles (900 kilometers) from the North Pole in the Russian Arctic. It is uninhabited by humans—except for a few scientists working in the nature reserve—and the wildlife population is robust. The rugged environment is home to thousands of walruses, whales and polar bears.
 
Photographer Cory Richards joined the Pristine Seas expedition to Franz Josef Land as a natural history photographer. When it came to making an image of the mighty polar bear, it was trial by fire. "I've been working for over a month to try to capture something that both celebrates the power of this animal, but also celebrates intimacy and gets us in close. This is my first time trying to actually photograph a polar bear in its natural environment. I'm learning. I'm learning every single second."
 
On one of his final attempts to photograph a polar bear, he decided to get out of the boat and go onto the shore, where he saw a polar bear in the distance. The plan was to set up a camera on the beach and hope that the bear would come over, Richards said. "As I get out of the boat, I'm thinking, 'First of all, this is stupid. There have been fatal attacks on these islands. People have lost their lives here. I'm willfully jumping onto the beach, with a very hungry bear, who has lost the opportunity to escape with the ice pack. I'm now food. I'm part of the food chain. And I'm certainly not the top of it.'" Richards set up a time-lapse camera on the beach, as well as a small video camera. "All that matters right now to me is making an image that has a lasting impact." But the bear was not paying attention to the team or coming any closer—until they launched a drone.
 
The team quickly got back in the boat to let the bear be, and the bear's curiosity led him right toward the camera on the beach. Richards got the images he was hoping for. "I think polar bears are one of the most special species that we can be looking at right now. Their life, in every way, is threatened. Climate change is affecting their environment. Photographing a polar bear, in the current state of the world, is not only beautiful but deeply important and deeply impactful."
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Post Date: 2/26/2016 5:55:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone available for $109.00 with free shipping. Compare at $134.65.
 
Currently (11/2015) this Microphone is compatible with the following Nikon Cameras
 
  • D3s, D4, D300S,
  • D600, D750, D800, D800E, D810,
  • D3200, D3300,
  • D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500,
  • D7000, D7100, D7200,
  • Coolpix P7000, Coolpix P7100, Coolpix P7700, Coolpix P7800 ,
  • Nikon 1 V1, Nikon V2, Nikon 1 V3
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Post Date: 2/26/2016 5:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 2/26/2016 5:03:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 25, 2016
From LensProToGo:
 
20% Off Everything (And We Really Mean Everything.)
 
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Use Code: MARCH20
 
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Post Date: 2/25/2016 1:21:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
In this video, the show How It's Made demonstrates how tripods are produced in one of Manfrotto's manufacturing facilities in this quick three minute video.
 
B&H carries Manfrotto tripods.
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Post Date: 2/25/2016 5:29:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 24, 2016
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurbished Nikon D5500 with 18-55mm VR II Lens available for $499.00 with free shipping. Compare at $846.95 new after $150.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This item comes with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 2/24/2016 7:26:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Miops Camera Trigger with Mobile Dongle for iOS and Android available for $124.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $264.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Trigger Camera and/or Flash
  • Lightning, Laser, & Sound Trigger Modes
  • Smartphone App / Bluetooth Compatible
  • Time Lapse Function
  • HDR Function
  • Adjustable Sensitivity
  • Connect Smartphone Directly to Camera
  • Allows Triggering with MIOPS Remote
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Post Date: 2/24/2016 5:24:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Standard test results, including specs and measurements, have been added to the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E AF-S DX VR Lens page.
 
The extra focal range and wider maximum aperture of this mid-range zoom will be tempting features for those wanting to upgrade their standard 18-55mm kit lens.
 
B&H has the Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E AF-S DX VR Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 2/23/2016 11:16:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
In this highlight, Artie and Denise share the methods and techniques that they have developed and used for bird photography.
 
The full video can be found here.
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Post Date: 2/23/2016 10:51:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Rob & Jonas' Filmmaking Tips YouTube Channel:
 
There are times when we wish we could make use of the stabilized video we get from shooting with our drones but conditions just make it too dangerous to fly. This video might help you in some of those situations, assuming you want to film close to the ground. So no matter if you are shooting indoors or in a dense forest, this handle can help you obtain smooth video. You just have to find someone with a 3D printer of course...
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Post Date: 2/23/2016 9:09:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B+W has published an extensive handbook outlining its filter lineup which includes an explanation of each filter and a description of its intended use.
 
My favorite part of the handbook can be found on page 44 where B+W describes how one of its filters can literally double your money. :-) [Sean]
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Category: B+W News
Post Date: 2/23/2016 7:56:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
New DL range raises the standard of compact camera photography with DSLR- inspired optical innovation of high-performance NIKKOR lenses and always-on smart device connectivity
 
February 23, 2016 - TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon DL series, a new line-up of premium compact cameras incorporating high-performance NIKKOR lenses, SnapBridge connectivity and a suite of digital SLR camera functions to complement any advanced enthusiast or professional's kit.
 
Inspired by the Nikon professional photographer community, the "D" in the Nikon DL series, draws on Nikon's DSLR heritage, while "L" calls out the premium NIKKOR lens technology which serves as the focal point for the range. The series comprises three new models, the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and the DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, each equipped with different NIKKOR lens groups and crafted for different photography styles. The first is a 18-50 mm equivalent ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that boasts the fastest and brightest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history, the second a fast, 24-85 mm equivalent normal zoom lens offering beautiful blur (bokeh), and super macro performance, while the last is an ultra high-power zoom lens that exhibits superior resolution over a broad range of focal lengths, up to an super-telephoto 500 mm equivalent.
 
Each model adopts a 1.0-inch type backside illumination CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 6A image-processing engine for enabling the expression capabilities demanded by users of digital SLR cameras, while also providing sharp and clear rendering when shooting in dark surroundings.
 
For the accurate and precise acquisition of photography subjects, the Nikon DL series features a hybrid AF system combining both phase-detection AF and Contrast-detect AF. The focus points are densely packed to ensure wide AF area coverage for reliable performance in unpredictable shooting environments, keeping up with the DL range's high autofocusing speed of approximately 0.09 s. This works in tandem with an outstanding continuous shooting speed of 20 frames per second.
 
Completing the seamless transition when switching between shooting with a DSLR and their DL camera, photographers using the DL series will also find themselves returning to a system that is both familiar and intuitive, with the cameras' adoption of the Nikon DSLR user interface. The DL series also aid photographers looking beyond still image capture, with video recording in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p quality, alongside a suite of creative movie-making options.
 
The cameras also support Nikon's newest connectivity platform, SnapBridge, for the seamless and immediate transfer of images to paired smart devices.
 
DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 primary features
 
  • A fast, ultra wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 18-50 mm*1 equivalent range of focal lengths
    The lens built into the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 offers the fastest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history for the 18-50 mm equivalent focal lengths, f/1.8, allowing users to enjoy dynamic perspectives, high contrast, beautiful background blur, and fast shutter speeds in even darker situations. Adoption of the same superior optical technologies used with interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, including a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio, an aspherical ED glass element, a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, and Nano Crystal Coat, enables effective compensation for all types of aberration and sharp, clear rendering.
  • Perspective control that corrects distortion of architecture and other wide subjects
    This handy function compensates for the unnatural tapering effect in images that is caused by differences in distance between the camera and various parts of the subject. It can be corrected with shooting by controlling the subject's horizontal and vertical orientation in 20 steps while confirming the effects in the monitor.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • A step-zoom ring allows users to instantly change the focal length by setting it to one of six predetermined positions
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)- compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.
DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 primary features
 
  • A fast, normal zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 24-85 mm equivalent range of focal lengths
    Adoption of a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio, and an HRI lens element enables superior rendering with effective suppression of all types of aberration. The lens achieves beautiful blur characteristics, especially with close-up shooting, for exceptional macro and portrait images.
  • Super Macro function that enables capture of the subject at approximately 0.37x (life-size reproduction with conversion to 35mm [135] format)
    Be it insects or fine textures, the DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 captures stunning shots for photographers looking for fresh perspectives. Photographers have the option to shoot with the super macro function, enabling "life-size" close-up shooting at a 35mm-format equivalent for those needing a closer look at their pint-sized subjects. The focus bracketing function automatically shifts the focus position slightly during continuous shooting, which comes in handy during super macro shooting where accurate focus can be difficult to achieve due to the very shallow depth of field.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • A step-zoom ring allows users to instantly change the focal length by setting it to one of six predetermined positions
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • Built-in flash
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)- compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.
DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 primary features
 
  • An ultra high-power zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/2.8-5.6 and support for the 24-500 mm equivalent range of focal lengths
    To suppress color fringing and distortion, while compensating for all types of aberration throughout the optical zoom range, the lens architecture incorporates both aspherical ED glass elements and ED glass elements, providing sharp and clear rendering throughout the optical range. The broad range of focal lengths supported by this one camera enables capture of sporting scenes, wildlife, and aircraft with 500 mm super-telephoto shooting, as well as broad landscapes with 24 mm wide-angle shooting.
  • Dual Detect Optical VR provides compensation for camera shake
    In addition to providing superior compensation for camera shake, the lens is also equipped with SPORT VR mode built into super-telephoto interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, enabling the more precise capture of subjects moving at high speeds with the appropriate level of camera-shake compensation and a more stable viewfinder image.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • OLED electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with vari-angle mechanism
    • Built-in flash
B&H has the Nikon DL cameras available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/23/2016 6:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Adobe:
 
Lightroom 2.0 for Android adds in a number of new, important features, including:
 
  • An in-app camera, supporting the capture of images in DNG raw format
  • Shoot-through presets, also available within the in-app camera, enabling previewing and capturing images with a series of built-in presets providing non-destructive editing
  • Dehaze tool to adjust haze and fog in an image
  • Split Toning enhancement, enabling the addition of a color cast to the highlights and shadows of an image, creating a uniquely stylized color image or replicating the look and feel of a traditional toned black and white image
  • Target Adjustment Tool functionality in the Color/B&W editing tool, providing direct, on-image editing controls
  • Point mode in Curve tool providing complete control over the tonality and contrast of an image
  • Enhanced sharing with one-tap access to Adobe Premiere Clip for crafting video stories.
Lightroom 2.0 for Android is available on Google Play.
 
The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 2/23/2016 5:44:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma USA:
 
KANAGAWA, JAPAN – February 23, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessories manufacturer, today announced the addition of a high-performance APS-C format lens for DSLR cameras to the Sigma Global Vision product line: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens.
 
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
Building on the groundbreaking Sigma Global Vision 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, the new Sigma 50-100 F1.8 (75-150mm on 35mm format) mid-range zoom lens embodies the same engineering prowess to deliver outstanding prime lens-like results. Factoring in the APS-C image circle of 1.5x, the 50-100mm F1.8 covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths: 85mm, 105mm and 135mm. Like the 18-35mm F1.8, the new 50-100mm F1.8 maintains a constant F1.8 aperture yielding exceptional brightness and resolution throughout the zoom, while simultaneously maintaining focus as the lens is zoomed, a feature videographers will greatly appreciate.
 
Sigma Art Line Image Technology Innovation
 
  • Features three FLD (F Low Dispersion) glass elements, one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations.
  • Redesigned and enhanced, the new Hyper Sonic Motor is 30% slimmer and provides fast and accurate AF.
  • Highly durable polycarbonate diaphragm made with fluorine; blades feature carbon feather film offering exceptionally smooth operation even during continuous shooting.
Outstanding Zoom Lens Maneuverability
 
  • Inner focusing and zoom design offer versatile shooting options
  • Tripod socket for stable, comfortable operation
  • Features 21 elements / 15 groups, Minimum Aperture: F16, 82mm filter thread, Minimum Focus Distance: 37.4in, Dimensions: 3.7x6.7, Weight: 52.6oz
The new Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/23/2016 5:19:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 22, 2016
B&H has the Gitzo GT2542LS Systematic Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) with GH2780 Center Ball Head available for $888.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,188.88.
 
Tripod Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 30.8 lb
  • Max Height: 62.9"
  • Min Height: 7.5"
  • Folded Length: 27.5"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.5 lb
  • No Center Column, Flat Center Disk
  • G-Lock Twist Locks
  • Removable Rubber Feet
  • Anti Leg Rotation
Ball head Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity 30.8 lbs
  • Series 2
  • With Friction Control
  • Magnesium
  • PTFE Treated
  • Bubble Ball
  • Extended Tilt Angles
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