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 Monday, January 25, 2016
A recent $200.00 price drop of the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and Standard models means that investing in a drone is now more economically attractive than ever. However, as a recent drone recipient, let me provide a word of warning – the costs associated with drone ownership may balloon very quickly.
 
For example, you'll likely want a few accessories to go along with your drone. An extra battery, a case, extra props and/or prop guards are all high on the list of must-haves for many new drone owners. So let's look at our total after adding a few accessories at their current cost (subject to change) for the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced/4K as well as the cost of registering the drone:
 
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced (or 4K)$799.00
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery$124.99
Nanuk 945 Case for DJI Phantom 3$179.99
Polar Pro DJI Phantom 3 Professional / Advanced Filter 3-Pack$69.99
DJI Phantom 3 Prop Guards$18.59
DJI 9450 Self-Tightening Propeller Set (x3)$18.00
FAA Drone Registration$5.00
Total$1,215.56

Of course, the above totals are only a guide. A different case or a change in the price of the various accessories (a common occurrence, especially with the battery) will cause the total to shift one way or another. And while a new drone owner may not feel that filters are a necessity upon first purchasing the UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System), the filters may become an eventual purchase if not an initial one. Overall, I think the above list is a decent, average representation of desired accessories.
 
As you can see, our $799.00 drone investment has grown by more than 50%. But we're not done yet, not even by a long shot.
 
Being a responsible citizen, you're going to want to purchase insurance – liability, at the very least – for your drone. And that's where the dollar signs really start to add up. Unfortunately, insurance companies want nothing to do with drones. They're simply too risky. So when you find a company that will give you liability insurance covering your drone, it's going to cost you. Note that most photography gear/liability insurance plans will not cover drones without a huge modification to your premiums and deductibles.
 
So how much are we talking about? In my case, even with fairly low-risk usage, the lowest insurance premium I could find – with a $500,000 liability policy (the lowest coverage available) which does not cover gear replacement – was $695.00 per year. And at that price, the company would not allow me to pay monthly, but instead insisted that the total be paid up-front.
 
If that insurance premium total surprises you, you're not alone. I was aghast when my insurance agent told me how much the insurance would be. But keep in mind, that's also a rough number for relatively low-risk commercial use. You may be able to find something less expensive, but your intended usage may cause that figure to go up considerably. And if you want gear coverage too, that premium may seem small by comparison. If you're absolutely sure that your use will be limited to non-commercial purposes, a home owner's insurance policy may cover drone usage at little to no extra cost, which can certainly save you a bundle.
 
So lets look at our investment again, assuming any commercial use:
 
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced (or 4K)$799.00
DJI Intelligent Flight Battery$124.99
Nanuk 945 Case for DJI Phantom 3$179.99
Polar Pro DJI Phantom 3 Professional / Advanced Filter 3-Pack$69.99
DJI Phantom 3 Prop Guards$18.59
DJI 9450 Self-Tightening Propeller Set (x3)$18.00
FAA Drone Registration$5.00
Liability Insurance ($500,000)$695.00
Total$1,905.56

Now our $799.00 drone investment has grown by more than $1,100.00, for a grand total that is significantly more than double the cost of the drone itself. And if you don't currently own video editing software, you can add that to the list too. And if you're recording 4K footage with your drone, you may even need to upgrade various computer components to ease the burden of 4K video editing. As you can see, the costs associated with owning a drone can quickly snowball.
 
Should you still buy a drone? If you have the money to cover the costs, and you're interested in aerial filming/photography, then absolutely. I had so much fun flying the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced this past weekend that the cost seems well worth the investment at this point.
 

But just be warned, your bank account won't likely be flying as high as your new drone.
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Post Date: 1/25/2016 9:08:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has a Manfrotto 529B Hi Hat (Open Box) available for $155.92. Compare at $239.88 new.
 
Product Description
 
The 529B enables you to get shots from the lowest possible position. The 529B features adjustable leg angles to mount the camera in the tightest or lowest of locations, and with its built-in spreader, can be used on any surface.
 
The feet are rubber padded to protect delicate surfaces and have a hole so that the 529B can be screwed to a ladder, apple box or a sheet of wood.
 
Recommended Heads:
 
  • 519 Pro Video Head (with 3426 Adapter)
  • 516 Pro Video Head (with 500BALLSH Adapter)
  • 3460 - 503 Pro Video Head (with 500BALLSH Adapter)
  • 3433 - 501 Pro Video Head (with 500BALLSH Adapter)
  • 316 Pro Video Head
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Post Date: 1/25/2016 5:33:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Tamron has filed a patent for an 85mm f/1.4 VC optical design. This patent filing makes a lot of sense considering Tamron's newest trend of putting Vibration Control in high quality, wide-aperture primes.
 
Description of Patent
 
Patent Publication No. 2016-12082
 
  • Published 2016.1.21
  • Filing date 2014.6.30
Example 1
 
  • f = 87.5187
  • Fno = 1.4578
  • ? = 13.8585 °
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Post Date: 1/25/2016 5:07:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, January 23, 2016
B&H has a used Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens in 9+ condition available for $11,999.95 with free expedited shipping. That's a savings of $4,297 over buying a new model.
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Post Date: 1/23/2016 2:20:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 22, 2016

 
From the Photoshop Blog:
 
To help with your pursuit of Lightroom knowledge and mastery, longtime Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde has rolled up his sleeves to create “Lightroom Coffee Break,” a new bi-monthly video series designed to give you helpful Lightroom tips and tricks in 60 seconds or less. We currently have two videos ready for viewing, but be sure to tune in every other week on YouTube for further servings of Lightroom knowledge, as there are many more to come.
 
The first video in the series can be seen above. The second video is below. [Sean]
 

The Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC & Lightroom CC) is an excellent value at only $9.99/month.
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Post Date: 1/22/2016 9:18:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
To show its appreciation for being voted Britain's favorite retailer, Amazon.co.uk is offering a £10 discount on your order of £50 or more using coupon code BIGTHANKS.
 
How to Claim
 
  1. Add any Qualifying Items with a combined value of at least £50 (the “Minimum Purchase”) to your Shopping Basket via the “Add to Basket” button. You cannot use the 1-Click ordering method when redeeming a promotional code.
  2. When you’re done shopping, click the “Proceed to Checkout” button.
  3. At checkout, enter the promotional code (BIGTHANKS) in the “Gift Cards and Promotional Codes” box. The Offer will then be applied to your order, reducing the cost of your total order value by £10.
Fine Print: Spend £50 or more in a single transaction (on a single item or on multiple items) dispatched from and sold by Amazon at the website www.amazon.co.uk (“Qualifying Items”) and £10 will be deducted from your total order value when you enter promotional code BIGTHANKS at checkout (the “Offer”). This Offer applies only to products dispatched from and sold by Amazon, excluding baby formula, digital products (Audible, Digital Documents, Digital Video Download, Digital Music Service, Digital EBook Purchase, Digital Software, Digital Video Games, Mobile Apps), gift cards (Gift Card, Gift Certificates, etc.), products from Amazon Pantry and delivery and handling charges. It cannot be redeemed on products sold by Amazon.co.uk Marketplace platform (including items Fulfilled by Amazon), at any of Amazon.co.uk’s Trusted Partner sites or at any other Amazon site, for example Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.es, Amazon.fr or Amazon.it. Each customer may claim a maximum of one Offer. This Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional codes or on any pre-existing orders. This Offer ends at 23:59 BST on Friday, January 22, 2016.
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Post Date: 1/22/2016 7:20:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Sigma YouTube Channel:
 
Utilizing an advanced material known as “Clear Glass Ceramic”, the SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR is a highly reliable filter with outstanding protective capabilities.
 
The shock resistance of the SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR has undergone a rigorous drop ball test based on the ISO 12311:2013 standard using a 49g metal ball, 3 times the weight of a standard metal ball. The test proved the excellent shock resistance of SIGMA WR CERAMIC PROTECTOR compared to conventional protectors.
 
B&H carries the Sigma WR Ceramic Protector filters.
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Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/22/2016 5:44:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Auray RF-CPB-18 Reflection Filter (Plastic) available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $79.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact Microphone Isolation Solution
  • Absorbs Unwanted Room Noise & Reflection
  • ABS Plastic Screen
  • Curved Shield Design
  • High-Density Acoustic Foam
  • Mounts Directly onto Mic Stands
  • Adapters Fit 5/8" Mic Clip/Shockmounts
  • Fully Adjustable for Ideal Mic Placement
  • Easily Adjust Depth & Height of Shield
  • Includes All Mounting Hardware
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Post Date: 1/22/2016 5:27:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Freehands Men's Unlined Fleece Gloves available for $14.95 with free shipping. Regularly $24.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 100% Recyclable PET Material
  • Full Digital Palm Grip
  • Reinforced, Overlapping Finger Caps
  • Elastic Wrist Cinch
  • Flap Overlap to Keep Cold Air Out
  • Magnets Hold the Tips Out Of The Way
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Post Date: 1/22/2016 5:17:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 21, 2016
For a limited time, B&H has the Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Silver) available for $69.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • X/Y Stereo Mic
  • Records WAV and MP3 up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Records to microSD/SDHC
  • 3.5mm I/O
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Uses 1 AA Battery
  • Threaded Tripod Mount Socket
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Post Date: 1/21/2016 2:42:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The success and popularity of Profoto's B1 Off-Camera Flashes has led to the devlopment of similarly spec'd competitors.
 
First came the Phottix Indra360 and Indra500 TTL Monolights, but now Interfit has joined the game with their new S1 500Ws HSS TTL Battery-Powered Monolight and S1 TTL Remote, both of which are now in stock at B&H.
 
Interfit S1 Features
 
Complete Package
500Ws monolight with High-Speed Sync, TTL for Canon and Nikon, IGBT technology, lithium-ion battery, and multi-voltage AC power pack in one complete package
 
S1 TTL Remote
The S1's TTL remotes give the users direct control over any S1 light in any shooting mode from the camera position. This camera-mounted transmitter is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras and supports E-TTL II and i-TTL protocol. Having three individual groups gives users the freedom to control lights individually to create dynamic lighting ratios with a working range of up to 300' (100 m)
 
Power Suppy
Each Interfit S1 comes standard with both battery and AC-power sources. The interchangeable 4500mAh Li-ion battery provides up to 350 full power flashes in Manual and TTL modes and over 400 full-power flashes in High-Speed Sync mode. This wire-free power source gives photographers the freedom and mobility to venture out from the studio and rapidly set up and reposition lights on location. For traditional studio work, the S1 also ships with an AC power pack (adapter). This multi-voltage (100-240V) adapter can be used anywhere in the world and lets photographers continue to shoot while their battery is charging
 
Shooting Modes
The S1 has three different shooting modes, each to serve a different purpose and shooting style. Interfit's S1 Remote for Canon or Nikon enables photographers to take advantage of their camera's TTL system just like they would with a speedlight. This automated light output uses the S1's entire 7-stop power range (500W - 7.8Ws), is automatically calculated in 1/10th stop increments, and allows for +/- 3 stops of exposure compensation
 
Manual Mode and High-Speed Sync
For those that prefer to have complete control of their light and have time for fine-tuned adjustments, the S1 can be used in the traditional manual mode. Manual shooting mode also utilizes the entire 7-stop power range, controllable in 1/10th stop increments. While in manual mode, users can access the S1's High Speed Sync mode, reaching shutter speeds up to 1/8000th of a second. High-Speed Sync mode utilizes the top 4 stops in the power range (500Ws - 62.5Ws) and is manually adjustable in 1/3-stop increments
 
IGBT
Utilizing IGBT technology, the S1 is able to offer short flash durations while maintaining color accuracy throughout the power range. Flash duration ranges from 1/1000 at full power, down to 1/9000 at minimum power. While shortening the flash duration, Interfit was also able to improve color accuracy, giving the S1 a consistent 5700K (+/-100k) color temperature throughout the entire power range
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Post Date: 1/21/2016 11:32:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Valentine's Day, use coupon code LOVE15 at LensRentals to save 15% on your rental arriving by February 15.
 
Details
 
  • Must use code LOVE15 at checkout
  • Applies to orders with arrival dates between 1/21/16-2/15/16
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
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Post Date: 1/21/2016 6:09:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
The Nikon D500 introduces 4K UHD video recording capability to the Nikon DX-range. Check out the official sample video.
 
The Nikon D500 can record 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p/25p/24p as well as 1080/60p video for up to 29 min. 59 sec, with simultaneous output via HDMI available. It is also possible to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies within the camera. In Full HD or HD mode, the D500’s electronic Vibration Reduction function reduces the effects of camera shake in the horizontal, vertical and rotational directions during hand-held movie recording, while Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows to capture footage with natural brightness.
 
B&H has the Nikon D500 available for preorder with an expected availability in March.
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Post Date: 1/21/2016 5:38:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Shure PG48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone available for $22.99 with free shipping. Regularly $39.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Dynamic Element
  • Tuned for Vocals
  • For Spoken Word and Karaoke
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Good Off-Axis Rejection
  • Less Susceptible to Feedback
  • High SPL Handling
  • On/Off Switch for Stage Control
  • Integrated Pop Filter
Included:
 
  • XLR to XLR Cable (15' / 4.57m)
  • 5/8" to 3/8" Threaded Adapter
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Microphone Clip
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
This mic is the XLR-to-XLR version. The XLR-to-1/4" version is also reduced.
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Post Date: 1/21/2016 5:25:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 
Through February 13, use coupon code LOVE at FractureMe.com to save 15% on your Fracture glass print.
 
Note: I have a Classic-sized (10.8" x 14.4") Fracture and it looks great. It's an impressive, unique way to display your best work. Unfortunately, there's a fairly lengthy turnaround time for prints (mine took a little more than 2 weeks to land on my doorstep) – so order now if you plan on gifting your Fracture for Valentine's Day. [Sean]
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Post Date: 1/20/2016 1:32:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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