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 Wednesday, August 24, 2016
From Nikon:
 
August 24, 2016 - TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 will be accepted between October 17, 2016 and 1:00pm (JST) on January 27, 2017.
 
Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017
 
The Nikon Photo Contest has been one of the world's largest global photo contests since it was first held in 1969. The objective behind the Contest is to nurture an aspirational community that supports photographers and filmmakers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through images.
 
The Nikon 100th Anniversary Award has been added to commemorate Nikon's celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2017. The Next Generation Award, open to those under the age of 30, has been added in response to the fact that roughly half of the entries in the previous Contest were captured or recorded by those under the age of 30. We hope that this new category will help to further extract and encourage the talent of the next generation.
 
In addition, world-renowned graphic designer and art director, Neville Brody, is to be welcomed as the Lead Judge for this Contest. With his appointment as Lead Judge, Brody also redesigned the Nikon Photo Contest logo. He had the following to say about his role as Lead Judge.
 
Comments from Neville Brody
 
"The Nikon Photo Contest is recognized globally as a key place to discover new and rising talent, searching out new insights and rich imaginative power and inspiration. As Lead Judge, I feel that it is my responsibility to continue this great tradition by selecting works that express new ideas and superior quality for introduction to the world. With both excitement and trepidation, I hope that the work performed by other judges and myself will make this a Contest that satisfies all who participate. I am also looking forward to seeing just how participants express their wonderful ideas and creativity through the works they submit."
 
Neville Brody is known for serving in the 1980s as art director for a globally influential London-based magazine, which received the overwhelming support of a younger generation at that time. He currently serves as the Dean of the School of Communication at London's Royal College of Art, a fine-arts university active in the education and cultivation of the next generation of international artists. Brody was our choice for Lead Judge because he is very influential to so many artists, including photographers, who will carry the next generation.
 
Just as with the previous Contest, all Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 photography and video categories will accept entries recorded with any digital device, including smart devices, and video entries with a length of 6 to 180 seconds will be accepted.
 
The theme for the Nikon 100th Anniversary Award is "Celebration". In commemoration of Nikon's 100th anniversary, we hope that entries in this category will cast a light on the many joyful scenes to be found around the world. We look forward to receiving works of "Celebration" that are appropriate for Nikon's centennial, and tell a story that can only be expressed by the entrant.
 
The theme for the Next Generation Award and The Open Award is "Future". Future refers to a time that has not yet passed. However, this makes for infinite possibilities. What sorts of futures can be described to the people of the world through images? While no one can predict the future, we look forward to entries that provide a connection to the future of the image-making culture.
 
We plan to announce the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 winners in July 2017, and to hold the awards ceremony in Japan, the home of Nikon Corporation.
 
For more information including prize schedule, click here.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/24/2016 5:26:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 23, 2016
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Refurb. Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is a refurbished item from an authorized Nikon dealer and comes with a 90-day Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/23/2016 2:09:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Toshiba:
 
TOKYO – Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that future generations of its FlashAir, an SD memory card supporting embedded wireless LAN communications, will implement “Eyefi Connected” features that the company has been granted the license from US-based Eyefi. Toshiba is targeting the launch of FlashAir with Eyefi Connected features within FY2016.
 
Eyefi Connected cameras offer a range of advanced features, including the ability to toggle FlashAir radio connectivity on and off and features that prevent camera shutdown during data transfers. Eyefi Connected features are available on over 300 camera models from more than 10 leading camera manufactures, including Canon, Nikon and Sony.
 
Eyefi Mobi App for iOS, Android, OS X and Windows will add support for currently shipping FlashAir Class 10 memory cards in August 2016. FlashAir customers simply have to install the Eyefi Mobi App on their device to enjoy instant transfer of their images and back-up photo data to the Eyefi cloud1.
 
B&H carries Eyefi Mobi wireless memory cards.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 8/23/2016 9:26:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Held biennially, Photokina is the world's largest photography and imaging trade show and the 2016 show is scheduled for Sep 20-25 at the Cologne International Expocentre in Cologne, Germany. Canon, Nikon and other manufacturers usually have some great new gear introductions coinciding with the Photokina show and we expect this year to be no different. We will be bringing you details of this year's new gear as soon as we are able/permitted to.
 
Important note: between a lull in new Canon gear introductions, a very large investment in a rewrite of the site's comparison tools (hopefully much faster versions of the tools are coming soon) and normal summertime slowness (due to vacations, etc.) on top of the already high costs of maintaining a content site, we need your support this year more than ever.
 
Please remember to use the links on this site to make all possible purchases (even diapers at Amazon) and especially for preorders of the new gear. It costs you no extra, you get any free goodies/incentives the manufacturers and/or retailers happen to be offering at the time and we receive the support necessary to keep this site going for you. Your support is greatly appreciated!
 
B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon | eBay
 
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/23/2016 8:28:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via Deals-All-Year – 99.9% Positive feedback) has the Canon EOS 80D DSLR Camera (review) available for $952.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,199.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/23/2016 8:01:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Earlier this year I posted a walkthrough for an eye image I took using the Roundflash Ringflash adapter. While I liked the image, I thought a different lighting setup might work better to highlight the details of the eye (especially the iris). Over the past week I've been trying a few lighting setups and ultimately came to the conclusion that a simple, single light setup provided the best results.
 
Gear Used
 
EXIF: f/10, 1/160 sec, ISO 400
 
Thought Process and Execution
 
The biggest problem with the ring light, straight-on lighting approach was that the finer details in the iris became muted due to reflected light. This time around I decided to try a [near] profile view with the main light located slightly behind the subject.
 
The light source – a Canon 580EX in a 24" collapsible soft box – required precise positioning in order to create a column of light on the iris. The light was placed so that the subject's nose blocked light on the far side of the eye while the natural curvature of the subject's face (and eye) caused most of the left side of the image to be shadowed. I decided to use a white foam core reflector to open up the shadows on the left side just a bit. Note that the reflector is positioned far enough left so as not to create a second catchlight in the eye.
 
And while on the subject of catchlights, I chose a square soft box so that the catchlight would vaguely mimic an open window. The soft box's distance from the subject determined the size of the catchlight in the eye while also dictating soft the shadows were. If I had positioned the soft box further away, the catchlight would have been smaller and the shadows would have appeared less graduated. However, doing so would have required raising the ISO to compensate for the increased distance between the light source and the subject as I was already using full power with the soft box positioned relatively close (about 18") to the subject.
 
Using a tripod, I set the camera at the proper height to allow the subject to stand comfortably while capturing the image. At 1.0x magnification, very slight changes in distance to the subject can have a dramatic effect on focus. Even standing comfortably, the subject would sway a bit (almost imperceptibly unless looking through the viewfinder). This meant that I had to pay attention to the rhythm of the subject's movements in order to time the capture for optimal focus. If I were to shoot this again, I would have the subject sit in an arm chair with their head propped up on a fist to reduce involuntary movement.
 
When photographing an eye, it's also important to pay attention to the ambient light. If the ambient light is dim, the pupil will enlarge and the colorful iris will be reduced. A bright room will help showcase the iris in all its glory.
 
In post-processing, I increased clarity to help bring out details in the iris, increased the saturation a little and made relatively minor adjustments to brightness/contrast. The image shown was cropped moderately (from 5760 x 3840 to 4848 x 3232 pixels).
 
Click on the image atop this post for a higher resolution sample.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/23/2016 7:44:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tascam DR-100mkIII Linear PCM Recorder in stock with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • On-Board A/B Stereo Microphone
  • Records up to 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Records to SDXC Cards up to 128GB
  • 2 x XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Clock Accuracy up to 1ppm
  • AKM AK4558 ADC with 109 dB S/N Ratio
  • Uses Rechargeable Li-Ion & AA Batteries
Note: You may also want to take a look at the Mark II version of this audio recorder which is currently discounted.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/23/2016 6:14:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Induro BHM1 Ball Head available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $175.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 44.1 lb
  • Arca-Type Compatible
  • QR Plate Included
  • Bubble Level
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/23/2016 5:46:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Hot Deal: For a limited time, use promo code CCPHOTOPLAN at B&H to get a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan for $89.99. Regularly $119.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Subscription to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC
  • Tools to Organize, Edit, Enhance & Share
  • Constant and Automatic Feature Updates
  • Up-to-Date Camera Support
  • Extensive Library of How-To Videos
  • Cloud-Based Storage for Multiple Devices
  • Sync to Photoshop Mix & Lightroom Mobile
  • For Mac and Windows Operating Systems
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/23/2016 5:41:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
Let us help you capture your time off with a new piece of gear! Get $25 off any rental of $150 or more by placing your order to arrive between now and September 2nd! Just use code LABORDAY25 at checkout.
 
*Order must have arrival date between 8/23/16-9/02/16. Must use code LABORDAY25.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 8/23/2016 5:35:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H is offering a free Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack ($363.00 value) with purchase of the Nikon D810. The camera also qualifies for a $500.00 instant savings.
 
Nikon D810 Features
 
  • 36.3MP FX-Format CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • No Optical Low Pass Filter
  • 3.2" 1,229k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video at 60/30/24 fps
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-Point AF Sensor
  • Native ISO 12800, Extended to ISO 51200
  • 5 fps Shooting at Full Resolution
  • Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
Free Included Items
 
  • Nikon MB-D12 Multi Power Battery Pack
  • Watson EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.0V, 2000mAh)
  • SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UHS-I SDHC U3 Memory Card (Class 10)
  • Ruggard Commando 36 DSLR Shoulder Bag
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/23/2016 5:22:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 22, 2016
Getting both of these lenses is of course ideal (and very highly recommended), but what if your budget allows for only one? Which one should you get? On the surface, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens are quite different in their specs, but with the addition of the Canon EF 2x III Extender creating a 140-400mm f/5.6 IS lens from the 70-200 whenever desired, these two options quickly become rather close in primary specs.
 
In making this decision, the first question to ask is: "How important is a wide aperture to you?" If you are shooting action in low light, especially indoors, the f/2.8 aperture is going to be very important. If you need the maximum background blur in the 70-200mm focal length range, the f/2.8 lens is the better choice. If you simply need the 70-100mm focal length range, the 70-200 is the right choice as the 100-400 can't do that.
 
While the focal length range should play strongly into the decision making process, the 2x extender evens out the playing field between these two lenses. One of the first concerns I have when adding an extender is the impact to image sharpness.
 
Overall, these lenses are both so sharp that image sharpness is not a significant differentiator over the native focal length range overlap. The 70-200 of course needs help from an extender to cover the 200-400mm comparable range. Adding a 1.4x extender to a great zoom lens will cause relatively minor impact to image sharpness, but a 2x extender generally produces a noticeable contrast and resolution impact and that is the case here. The 70-200 performs quite well with the 2x, but the difference in across-the-frame sharpness is noticeable with the 100-400 showing a moderately strong advantage in the 400mm comparison. AF performance/speed also takes a bit of a hit with this extender in place.
 
These two lenses are quite similar in size, weight and price ... until the 2x extender is added to the equation. The 2x adds 2" (50mm) to the length, 12 oz (340g) to the weight and roughly 20% to the cost.
 
Thus, if the longer focal lengths are going to see significant use, the 100-400 L II has the overall advantage including smaller size, lighter weight, lower price, better AF performance and better image quality. Applications I commonly use the 100-400 L II for include wildlife, landscapes and big-field daytime outdoor sports photography.
 
When the wider aperture is needed and/or the 70-200mm focal length range is preferred, the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II is my preference. This lens is an excellent choice for portraits, indoor events (including weddings), indoor sports, and many more similar uses. When longer-than-200mm focal lengths are needed only infrequently, adding the 2x to the 70-200mm lens can get the job done.
 
Again, the ideal Canon kit will have both of these lenses in it, but for those that must choose between the two, there is usually a best choice.
 
B&H has the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens ($100.00 instant rebate), 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens ($200.00 instant rebate) and 2x III Extender in stock (with 4% rewards).
eBay (via Deals-All-Year – 99.9% Positive feedback) has the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR available for $5,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $5,999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty. This auction does not include the 64GB CFast memory card and reader found in the currently available Premium Kit.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/22/2016 9:08:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Expired: Amazon has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,696.95. Compare at $1,996.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
  • Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and compatibility with the WT-5a + UT-1 Communication Unit
  • Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution
  • Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording-even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.
  • Compact, lightweight and slim unibody (monocoque) body design with tilting Vari-angle LCD display
Note: The Nikon D750 usually retails for $2,296.95 but currently qualifies for a $300.00 instant savings. However, the current price on Amazon is $600.00 less than MSRP.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/22/2016 6:35:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Datacolor:
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – August 16, 2016 – Datacolor, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the release of Spyder5CAPTURE PRO, the next generation of its popular color calibration solutions for photographers, designers and imaging professionals. Spyder5CAPTURE PRO features all the essential products needed to manage color from image capture to post production, including SpyderLENSCAL, SpyderCHECKR, SpyderCUBE, and Spyder5ELITE.
 
  • SpyderLENSCAL allows users to calibrate camera and lens combinations, resulting in accurate auto-focus.
  • SpyderCHECKR and SpyderCUBE provide the user with reference tools to allow control of contrast, white balance and color when editing images.
  • Spyder5ELITE calibrates displays to an industry standard, ensuring that on-screen colors of images are accurate and match photo prints every time.
“We know how important color accuracy is for photographers, but we also know it can be time-consuming.” said Heath Barber, Imaging Market Manager, Datacolor. “Spyder5CAPTURE PRO reduces editing time by providing users with a fast and seamless workflow from capture to post-production by combining our leading color management tools in one convenient and cost-effective package.”
 
The new Spyder5CAPTURE PRO offers a bundled product savings of over 30 percent. For a limited time, Datacolor and participating photography resellers are offering Spyder5CAPTURE PRO at an introductory price of $269.99 if purchased by 9/30/2016. After 9/30/2016, Spyder5CAPTURE PRO will retail for $369.99.
 
B&H carries Datacolor Spyder5CAPTURE PRO.
Posted to: Canon News,
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 8/22/2016 5:25:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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