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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Lens (Sigzilla)
Do you want a huge focal range with a wide, f/2.8 constant maximum aperture? Don't feel like spending $25,999.00 on a new lens?
 
Well, you're in luck! LensAuthority (the outlet for LensRentals' used inventory) has a used Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO Lens for Canon (affectionately named "Sigzilla") available for more than $11,000 off the retail price – now just $14,995.00.
 
The condition of the 34.54 lb behemoth is rated at 9.5 out of 10. The LensRentals logo has been removed since this product photo was taken.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/16/2014 7:49:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon 100D DSLR Camera and EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens White Edition
United Kingdom, 16 April 2014 – Canon today introduces a new white edition of the world’s smallest and lightest APS-C DSLR , the EOS 100D, as well as a new white version of its EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom lens. Ideal for first time users looking to explore the world of DSLR photography, the new editions to the EOS range make it easy for anyone, whatever their skill level, to capture and relive special moments in stunning detail.
 
Measuring just 116.8 x 90.7 x 69.4mm, the EOS 100D is compact enough to always carry with you and features an 18 MP APS-C Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor and a range of simple controls and automatic shooting modes, making capturing stunning images and Full HD movies effortless. The incredibly lightweight and compact body provides a traditional DSLR shooting experience while the large 7.7cm (3.0”) ClearView II touch screen, makes it easy to adjust settings and review images straight after capture.
 
The white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens is the perfect partner for the new EOS 100D, providing the flexibility to capture everyday subjects from sweeping landscapes to close-up portraits. An Optical Image Stabilizer ensures images are captured with impressive detail and clarity, while the near-silent STM technology also ensures noise is kept to a minimum whilst focusing in movies.
 
White EOS 100D – key features:

  • 18.0 Megapixel Hybrid CMOS AF II sensor
  • Compact, portable design
  • Simple shooting with Scene Intelligent Auto
  • Optical viewfinder and large touch screen
  • Full-HD movies with Hybrid CMOS AF II
  • Creative Filters and Extra Effect Shot
  • Built-in Feature Guide
  • EOS System of lenses and accessories

White EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM – key features:

  • Versatile focal length range
  • Compact design
  • Four-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • Smooth focusing with STM motor
  • 0.25m closest focusing distance
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Non-rotating front element
  • Manual focus ring
  • Circular seven-bladed aperture

Pricing and availability
The EOS 100D White will be available from May 2014 with an MSRP of £499/€599.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/16/2014 12:04:45 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade

  • Support for autofocusing when mounted on the Nikon 1 V3 has been added.

Download
Mount Adapter FT1 L Firmware 1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
 
Installation Instructions: Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries the Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 L.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/15/2014 11:33:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From MicrosoftNL YouTube Channel:
 
From today on Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image 'Bliss', with it's green rolling hills and bluer than blue sky. Doesn't the most viewed picture of all times asks for a worthy goodbye? We certainly think so! That's why we hopped on a plane to Los Angeles and went to visit the photographer Charles O'Rear.
 
He told us the incredible story behind the famous desktop image of Windows XP.
Post Date: 4/15/2014 3:47:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
4/15/2014 - In this week's Pulitzer announcements, John Tlumacki's photograph from the Boston Marathon bombing was named as a finalist in the Breaking News Photography category. The photograph was also part of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize winning Breaking News Reporting team coverage. In our newest About A Photograph video, located at blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph, he describes his instincts as a photojournalist to run towards the bomb instead of away.
 
In the video, Tlumacki remembers: “I just reacted instinctively and ran forward. As I ran forward the second bomb went off and that’s the picture I made of the three police officers reacting to the runner, Bill Iffrig, who fell on the ground in front of me…I wasn’t really thinking about my safety at that point. I just think it’s my training as a journalist.”
 
Tlumacki has photographed 20 marathons during his 33 year career as a Globe general assignment staff photographer. He was named the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2014 Photojournalist of the Year (Larger Markets). He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in photography for his coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and he was the Boston Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year in 2011 and then again last year, in 2013.
Post Date: 4/15/2014 11:50:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Canon USA YouTube Channel:

"With its 180-degree field of view, fisheye lenses give a unique view of the world. Photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski shows some examples of the amazing images you can capture with Canon lenses like the 8-15mm lens."

Other videos in the EF 101 video series:

Relevant Reviews:

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/15/2014 9:15:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Image quality, vignetting and distortion test results along with specs/measurements and product images are now available on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens review page.
 
Here are some direct comparisons you might be interested in:
 
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens (at f/1.8)
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens (not the "Art" version)
Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon Lens
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar T* Lens
Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE Lens
 
The Nikon 50mm lens results are also available, but they are captured using a Nikon DX3 vs. the Canon EOS 1Ds III. Use your discernment in making these comparisons.
Post Date: 4/15/2014 7:54:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Capture NX 2
From Nikon:
 
Updates included with 2.4.7
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Support for RAW images captured with the Nikon 1 V3 and COOLPIX S810C has been added.
  • The following issues have been resolved:
  • Auto distortion control was not applied to images captured with some cameras, and Auto Distortion in the Camera & Lens Corrections section of the Edit List palette was not displayed.
  • When RAW images captured with some cameras and saved using Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.4.5 or earlier were opened, white balance effects sometimes changed.

Download Nikon Capture NX 2.4.7 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H carries Nikon Capture NX 2.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/15/2014 8:28:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 V3 Camera
The Nikon 1 V3 User's Manual (English, 12.1 MB) is now available for download.
 
B&H has the Nikon 1 V3 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/15/2014 7:21:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included in this 2.9.2 download
 
Updates that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions:

  • Support for the Nikon 1 V3 and COOLPIX S810C has been added.

Additional changes to the Windows version:

  • Support for Windows XP has been eliminated.

Download Nikon View NX 2.9.2 - Windows 32 bit | Windows 64 bit | Macintosh

Category: Nikon View NX
Post Date: 4/15/2014 7:09:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 14, 2014
10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
Just posted: 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter Review
 
Learn what I consider to be the ultimate 10 stop neutral density filter and why.
 
I have a drop-everything review to work on right now, but with a lot of work done on the black filter review, I'm going to turn it loose. These filters are very useful and can easily turn mundane images into impressive ones. I intend to revisit this review with samples pictures and more suggestions.
Post Date: 4/14/2014 9:13:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From The Big Photo Show:
 
April 12, 2014 - Coming from as far away as Australia, many of the best and best-known photographers in the world will be in Los Angeles May 17-18, teaching photo enthusiasts, advanced amateurs, and even other pros how to hone their photography skills at The Big Photo Show.
 
Best of all, most of these 40-plus exciting courses are included in the $25 registration fee – offered to attendees at no additional charge.
 
Among more than 20 top instructors are:

  • Jefferson Graham, author of “Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video,” technology columnist for USA TODAY, and the host and producer of USA TODAY’s Talking Your Tech and Talking Tech video series.
     
  • Peter Read Miller, Sports Illustrated photographer who has also shot for Time, Life, People, Money, Playboy, Runners World, Newsweek, USA Weekend and The New York Times. In addition to covering 8 Olympic games and 34 Super Bowls, Peter has shot 14 NBA finals. He has covered the Stanley Cup Finals, The World Series, The Kentucky Derby, The NCAA Basketball Final Four, Men’s and Women’s World Cup Soccer Finals and the World Championship of Freestyle Wrestling in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.
     
  • Kevin Gilbert, former White House photographer, chief photographer for The Washington Times, commercial photographer for The Discovery Channel, and photographer for Mark Burnett Productions’ “Eco Challenge,” “The Apprentice,” “The Contender,” and many others.
     
  • Erin Manning, host of the DIY Network’s The Whole Picture, who has also appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS’ The Early Show, and That Morning Show on E!. She is the creator and host of the popular Digital Photography 101 DVD series and is the author of Portrait and Candid Photography and Make Money with Your Digital Photography.
     
  • Lee Varis, Hollywood photo illustrator and commercial photographer, whose work has been featured on movie posters and CD covers, and in National Geographic and Fortune magazines, among many others. He is also author of the bestseller Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies.
     
  • Glynn Lavender, one of Australia’s leading professional photographers and head of premier photography education company Creative Photo Workshops, which provides dynamic photography training to photographers in Australia, New Zealand, and throughout North America.

These are just a few of a stellar lineup of highly acclaimed photographers and educators who will bring an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to attendees.
 
In addition to this remarkable opportunity to learn and enhance your photography skills, The Big Photo Show will also offer more hands-on education in the Photo Shooting Zone and Learning Centers — and so much more, including live model shoots led by top photographers from Popular Photography and American Photo magazines; the Creative Product Zone, where you can discover everything you never knew was possible to do with your images; breathtaking framing and design techniques; and the Photo Doctors, where you can have equipment problems “diagnosed,” and discover how to take full advantage of everything your camera can do.
 
All of this and more will be happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 17-18. Register for The Big Photo Show, and learn what else you can do at this thrilling photography event, at www.thebigphotoshow.com.
 
The Big Photo Show is a series of photography events for the millions and millions of U.S. consumers who consider themselves photo enthusiasts. The Big Photo Show will have exhibits from imaging suppliers, retailers and service providers; as well as an array of educational opportunities for attendees offered by professional photographers, framers and other experts. Among many other things, attendees will learn how to take better photos; what new innovations are available in equipment and services; and the coolest new ways to creatively display their images.
 
For more information, check out The Big Photo Show webiste.

Post Date: 4/14/2014 9:15:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Profoto Webinar Host, Photographer Jared Platt
From Profoto:
 
Profoto introduces renowned photographer Jared Platt as the new host for the Profoto webinar. Starting April 23, Jared will once a month present a tricky lighting challenge and a powerful yet simple lighting solution.
 
April 14, 2014 - Profoto has supported the photographic community with free webinars for several years now. Over the years, the webinars have grown to become a monthly event with thousands of live viewers and tens of thousand watching the recorded video version.
 
Today, Profoto presents the next step in this evolution. Starting April 23, the Profoto webinars will be hosted by renowned wedding and lifestyle photographer Jared Platt. Jared will take the webinar series in a new problem-solving direction. The series’ title is On Location with Jared Platt. Each episode will start with him presenting a tricky lighting challenge. Then he will present the solution.
 
“Our aim is to show powerful yet simple lighting techniques for photographers working in less than ideal situations,” says Jared. “While some episodes will be more elaborate in scope, many will deal with lighting challenging locations with limited time and resources. In most of our webinars we will take the viewers on location with us in a behind the scenes look of various photo shoots.
 
The first On Location with Jared Platt webinar will be broadcasted on April 23. In this, Jared will head out into the Arizona desert. The desert is an uncommon shooting location, for sure. But the tips and tricks Jared will share are useful for any photographer wanting to create a beautiful light in harsh conditions.
 
“If you can light it in the Arizona desert, you can light it anywhere,” says Jared.
 
Photographers looking into learning more about creating a beautiful light in harsh conditions can sign up at www.profoto.com/webinar
 
B&H carries Profoto equipment.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 4/14/2014 9:00:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From B&H Explora:
 
Successful wedding photographer Ryan Brenizer shares his strategies and tips for making unique and dynamic engagement portraits for his wedding clients. Brenizer, whose approach to wedding photography is to show up for work with a fresh approach and a unique style, emphasizes the engagement portrait session as an important step in building trust with his clients, as well as coaching them to feel comfortable in front of the camera—a position in which most people are not immediately at ease.
Category: B&H Explora
Post Date: 4/14/2014 8:40:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 13, 2014
 Friday, April 11, 2014
Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens
From Tamron:
 
Incorporates PZD (Piezo Drive) and Tamron's exclusive VC (Vibration Compensation) system to further enhance the real-world performance of this next-generation "all-around lens", which makes taking photographs more convenient and enjoyable.
 
April 11, 2014, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc.announced today the release date of its new advanced All-In-One zoom lens, designed exclusively for DSLRs with APS-C size image sensors, that provides an amazing 18.8X zoom ratio. The lens will be on sale in the USA starting May 15, 2014 at a street price of $629. The Canon and Nikon mount models will be launched simultaneously. The launch date of the Sony mount model will be announced at a later date.
 
Since the launch in 1992 of the 28-200mm (Model 71D) high-power zoom lens - which featured a revolutionary compact, lightweight design - Tamron has been continually expanding its portfolio of world-class optics to benefit consumers.
 
Tamron previously launched an 18-270mm (Model B008) All-In-One zoom lens exclusively for digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors that features a 15X zoom ratio, superior image quality, swift, quiet AF, and Tamron's acclaimed VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism, in an ultra-compact package. This ground-breaking lens has won major plaudits throughout the world.
 
Responding to consumers' demand for expanded focal lengths both at the wide-angle end of the zoom range and the telephoto end, Tamron developed a completely new All-In-One zoom lens design that provides an impressive focal length range extending from 16mm true wide-angle to 300mm super-telephoto.
 
B&H has the Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Lens available for preorder.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/11/2014 12:15:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
New, prime Art lens on US shelves for $949 in late April
 
RONKONKOMA– April 11, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the newest addition to its Global Vision Art camera lens lineup, the 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, will be available late April for the street price of $949.
 
The much anticipated 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art is a pro-level performer for full-frame DSLRs and is ideal for many types of videography and photography, including portraits, landscapes, studio work and still-life. It has been redesigned and re-engineered with SLD glass and has been optimized for rich peripheral brightness, with improved large aperture performance by positioning wide elements into the front groups.
 
Other updates to this new lens include an optimized autofocus algorithm for smoother focusing and a floating focusing system to reduce lens movement while focusing. Under the Global Vision line, it features a new matte finish, an updated AF algorithm and every lens undergoes Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” testing before being shipped. It has 13 elements in eight groups, compared to the previous eight elements in six groups, and it also has improved close focusing at 15.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.6.
 
“Our Art lenses, such as the 35mm F1.4, 24-105mm F4 and 18-35mm F1.8 have been incredibly well received to date, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the excitement around the news of this upgraded 50mm F1.4,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Clearly, the industry is hungry for reasonably priced, powerful, high-quality, multi-purpose lenses – and they’ve seen the image quality that’s being produced by our new Global Vision lenses. There are no sacrifices with these products, and the new 50mm F1.4 is sure to be another star in our lineup.”
 
The 50mm F1.4 was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this year. It incorporates Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system to produce quiet, high-speed auto focus. In addition, it includes Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and to ensure the highest-quality images. The 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lens is also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock and the company’s Mount Conversion Service.
 
The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG will be available in Sigma, Sony (D), Nikon (D), and Canon mounts.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens available for preorder. I submitted my preorder at 2:15am CDT. ;-) [Sean]
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 4/11/2014 7:49:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From B&H:
 
Our NYC SuperStore and Offices will close in observance of the Passover Holiday from Monday, April 14 through Tuesday, April 22. We will reopen on Wednesday, April 23 at 9:00 am EDT.
 
Place your order by Sunday, April 13 by 12:00 pm Noon EDT in order to ship before the Holiday. Orders placed after this time will be processed when we reopen.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.
Post Date: 4/11/2014 7:29:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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