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 Monday, October 13, 2014
MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail and Travel Away Bags
From MindShift Gear:
 
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Trail Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Trail Backpack Provides Quick Access to Outdoor Exploration Necessities
 
This fall MindShift Gear will be making its award-winning rotation technology available in a smaller, lighter new backpack, the rotation180º Trail. Accessing gear has never been easier for outdoor photographers and action-enthusiasts. With the rotation180º Trail they can hike, mountain bike, ski, and birdwatch without breaking stride. No more removing a cumbersome backpack to access camera gear or trail essentials. In one swift motion, they can rotate the beltpack and grab their gear without taking their eyes off of wildlife or disrupting their creative momentum.
 
The intuitive functionality of the small yet spacious rotation180º Trail keeps the day's necessities organized and ready for quick access. It fits any 1.5 liter or a 2 liter CamelBak water reservoir, a light jacket and an extra layer, binoculars, compass, trail books, maps and more. This 2-in-1 bag's beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
 
“The rotation180º Trail ends the tiresome on-and-off again of other backpacks and lets enthusiasts enjoy the outdoors more,” said MindShift Gear CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “It is another example of our commitment to reinventing backpack access. It employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing trail essentials: compact DSLR or mirrorless camera system, 8” tablet (iPad mini), binoculars, maps, guide book, energy bars, food, and more.
  • Dedicated zippered hydration compartment fits any 1.5 liter reservoir or a 2 liter CamelBak reservoir
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light
  • Backpack holds jacket, layers, hat, gloves, lunch and more
  • Front stretch pocket provides flexible carrying options for quick access
  • Small tripod carries easily on the side panel
  • Top pocket for quick access to small items
  • Mesh stretch pocket fits a water bottle
  • Bike-light attachment
  • Beltpack compression straps
  • Lightweight materials
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap
  • Optional rain cover (sold separately) functions with rotation technology
Mindshift Gear rotation180° Travel Away Bag
 
MindShift Gear’s New rotation180° Travel Away Backpack Provides Global Travelers Added Security and Quickest Access to Gear
 
MindShift Gear, developer of the world’s first patented rotating backpack, announces it will be releasing the first rotating backpack for global travelers and outdoor explorers, the rotation180° Travel Away. When traveling in unfamiliar places, knowing where critical items are and protecting them from prying eyes are very important. In one swift motion, only the wearer can rotate the concealed beltpack to the front for instantaneous and secure access to cameras, passports, guidebooks, tablets, or other travel essentials. No more being forced to stop in front of strangers to remove a backpack to gain access to essential travel items.
 
Travelers will enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their critical and most valuable items are stowed away securely and are inaccessible to others due to the rotation180° Travel Away's innovative design. The backpack also has dedicated pockets to conceal a 15” laptop and 10” tablet, while the beltpack can fit an 8” tablet.
 
“As someone who spends a great deal of my life traveling around the globe, I know the joy of travel as well as its challenges,” said MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer Doug Murdoch. “We designed the rotation180° Travel Away for the discerning traveler who wishes to keep their eyes on the wonders unfolding in front of them, safe in knowing that their essential gear is protected from prying eyes and ready for quick access with just a twist of the lower beltpack.
 
Murdoch added, “The rotation180° Travel Away employs the same patented technology that recently won two of Europe’s top design awards, the Red Dot Award and the OutDoor Industry Award 2014.”
 
Key Features
 
  • Rotating beltpack for accessing travel essentials: 8” tablet (iPad mini), large point and shoot, maps, passport, currency, etc.
  • Backpack has dedicated pockets to conceal up to a 15” laptop and a 10” tablet.
  • 2 bags in 1: Removable beltpack can be worn on its own for traveling light.
  • Size qualifies as a personal carry-on item for air travel.
  • Side compression straps enable carrying of trekking poles, a small tripod, or jacket.
  • Locking sliders on the main compartment secures valuables with a travel lock (not included).
  • Backpack rear pocket provides quick access to a camera, AC adapters, large sunglasses, books or other large items.
  • Additional room for books, jacket, extra clothing, hat, gloves, food, etc.
  • Ultra-Stretch pocket for water bottle.
  • Durable materials hold up in harsh conditions.
  • Breathable padded airflow harness with adjustable sternum strap and attachment points.
  • Curved back panel with single aluminum stay for pack stability.
  • Optional seam-sealed rain cover functions with rotation technology (sold separately).
MindShift Gear has the rotation180° Trail and rotation180° Travel Away bags available now.
Post Date: 10/13/2014 10:36:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Ever since the EOS 7D Mark II's announcement, a small resolution sample of "Cello" has been available on various Canon websites. However, Canon USA has posted a full 1080p version for us to enjoy [I may be using the term "enjoy" a little loosely].
 
I'm not really a fan of the the video's concept; I may not be artistic enough to appreciate its quirkiness. However, being able to analyze the 1080p resolution version proves one thing – this will be a fantastic tool for filmmakers. If you have a Roku/Chromecast and a big HDTV, be sure to take advantage of the larger real estate available to you instead of watching the video on your computer or laptop monitor.
 
While Movie Servo AF isn't exactly new, the EOS 7D Mark II brings a very important feature to the party – the ability to customize focus speed and responsiveness while shooting video. Take a look at the focus pull at the 2:13 mark; it's absolutely beautiful. The ability to slow down the camera's focus transition allowed for a very natural-looking focus pull.
 
And that's a huge reason why I'm preordering. The customizable Movie Servo AF feature will allow for much more flexibility when shooting with stabilizers like the Glidecam HD4000 (where using a second hand for manual focus pulls is not pragmatic). [Sean]
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/13/2014 7:53:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 10, 2014

 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
Learn how to adjust lighting in post production using Photoshop with Photoshop Principal Product Manager Bryan O'Neil Hughes in this episode of the Photoshop Playbook.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Post Date: 10/10/2014 12:24:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included with 1.0.2
 
  • Support for the D750 has been added.
  • When File > Convert Files... was used to convert images to JPEG or TIFF format with the Resolution box under Output settings checked, resolution in the converted files was reduced. This issue has been resolved.
Download
Nikon Capture NX-D 1.0.2
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/10/2014 11:56:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
Sigma Corporation would like to announce that there are two types of new tele converters to be released on October 24th, 2014. Please note that the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports requires an update to the firmware to make it compatible with the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001.
 
For those who own the SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports and considering using it with either the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 or SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-2001, please follow the steps below to update the firmware of the lens.
 
Please be advised that the updated version of firmware will make it compatible with the new tele converters, however it will also make it incompatible with conventional APO TELE CONVERTER 1.4x EX DG and APO TELE CONVERTER 2x EX DG. For further information, please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
 
For customers who own the SIGMA USB DOCK
Please start up the SIGMA Optimization Pro software and update the firmware of the SIGMA USB DOCK. There will be the optimized firmware compatible with the new tele converters (Sigma: Ver. 1.01, Nikon: Ver. 1.02, Canon: Ver. 1.03), currently scheduled for release on October 24th.
 
For customers who do not own SIGMA USB DOCK
We are going to start the service for update on October 27th. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary / distributor of SIGMA.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens and USB Dock. B&H also has the Sigma TC-1401 1.4x and TC-2001 2x teleconverters available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/10/2014 7:06:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma USB Dock
From Sigma:
 
Sigma USB Dock v.1.02 Firmware Changes
 
Compatible with SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM S014 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014.
 
* If SIGMA Optimization Pro is Ver. 1.2, it will display the message for firmware update when you start up the software. Please follow the indicated steps and update the firmware of SIGMA USB DOCK accordingly.
* If SIGMA Optimization Pro is Ver. 1.1 or earlier, please firstly update the version of the software to Ver. 1.2.
 
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Sigma USB Dock v.1.02 Firmware
 
B&H carries the Sigma USB Dock and has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports and 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM lenses available for preorder.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/10/2014 6:41:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 09, 2014

 
From the Nikon Asia YouTube Channel:
 
Set in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, and shot exclusively with the Nikon D810 DSLR, this video follows world-renowned South African extreme athletes as they perform impressive stunts for adventure sports videographer Craig Kolesky and his team. From high-speed action in Full HD to adapting to different light settings as the scenes shift from sunrise to midday, Kolesky was able to consistently capture stunning image quality in every frame.
 
Check out the behind the scenes video below:
 

 
B&H carries the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/9/2014 12:55:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
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  • How to use social media to attract the audience you want
  • Secrets to selling your work and bringing in revenue
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Post Date: 10/9/2014 11:47:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Asia YouTube Channel:
 
Take a look into the innovative technology that goes into NIKKOR lenses and see why professionals around the world settle for nothing less than NIKKOR lenses.
 
B&H carries Nikon lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/9/2014 11:25:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Netherlands Hints at Unreleased PowerShot Zoom
In the same way it has teased us about upcoming DSLR announcements, Canon Netherlands has posted a video that hints at an upcoming PowerShot zoom announcement ("grote" means "large" in Dutch). You can find the page that contains the video here (scroll down near the bottom of the page).
 
In my opinion, this type of marketing was certainly appropriate for big-time DSLR announcements – but teasing a PowerShot zoom seems to be a little over-the-top for me.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/9/2014 8:19:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photos DJI Dividers
From Think Tank Photo:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA – With the Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit, photographers can easily convert a Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator backpack (sold separately) into a customized quadcopter transportation backpack. On point with the new era of photographic possibilities and needs, the adjustable dividers offer multi-compartment convenience to hold every key component and accessories of a quadcopter plus supplies for the day’s outing. With its durable and changeable storage dividers, all of their gear and personal items are safe, organized, and at the ready.
 
The base Airport Accelerator backpack integrates quick access pockets for both laptops and iPad, a top pocket for boarding passes, and three robust handles to ensure easy placement and retrieval from overhead bins. It meets international carry on size requirements. Its light, adjustable, contoured harness provides comfort along with lumbar support. The air mesh paneling keeps backs cool. The height-adjustable sternum strap allows for the perfect fit. A removable waist belt, side water bottle pocket, tripod/ monopod mounting system and seam sealed rain cover extend its versatility.
 
The Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit enables not only new backpack divider configurations, but opens the door to a whole new breed of packing strategies.
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Custom divider set to fit the DJI Phantom 2, including accessories
  • Adjustable dividers allow you to customize the fit of accessories and gear
  • Accommodates 7” HDMI LCD Monitor on Devlcam Camera-Top
  • Rotor mount thread protectors
  • Polyurethane underside coating
  • Fits WiFi range extender, charger, spare rotors, extra batteries
  • Superior water resistance with water repellant coating
  • High density closed cell foam dividers for added protection
MATERIALS
 
210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed velex, closed cell foam and polyethylene reinforcement, 3–ply bonded nylon thread.
 
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
 
Exterior Dimensions: 6.7” W x 13.4” H x 2.8” D (17 x 34 x 7 cm)
Weight: 0.7 (0.34 kg)
 
Don't forget: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
 
B&H carries the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter.
Post Date: 10/9/2014 7:35:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 08, 2014

 
Larry Becker of B&H got his hands on a 7D Mark II for two whole weeks. While most of the information in this video has been covered before, Larry does a good job of enumerating the high points in a reasonable amount of time (a little over 11 minutes).
 
B&H has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/8/2014 2:41:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Devin Graham has posted a beautiful look at several popular destinations in Italy. While the handheld shots were filmed with a RED Epic Dragon, the timelapse portions of the video (by Parker Walbeck) were captured with the following gear:
 
Post Date: 10/8/2014 12:11:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-60DmkII 4-Channel Portable Recorder in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 10/8/2014 10:15:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Adobe Photoshop Channel:
 
The Photoshop CC 2014.2 update has arrived. Check out features like New Doc Presets, New Guide Layouts, Layouts based on a shape, Smarter smart guides, Overscrolling preference, Creative Cloud libraries, and Extract.
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Post Date: 10/8/2014 7:24:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon CF-DC7 Soft Case
To users of the Nikon Semi-Soft Case CF-DC7 – this Service advisory to be applied in the United States only.
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your imaging needs.
 
In Semi-Soft Case CF-DC7, we have found possible cracking or stickiness of the flap of the case may occur after several years.
 
Nikon CF-DC7 Soft Case Flap
 
Identifying affected products:
 
If you own a CF-DC7 semi-soft case, please check the tag inside this case shown in the photo below. If there is a white dot on the back of this tag (also shown below), your case is not affected and you are able to use it with confidence.
 
Nikon CF-DC7 Soft Case Tag
 
Nikon will extend a free replacement CF-DC7 case to those customers who have purchased units that are affected.
 
To have your affected CF-DC7 case replaced free of charge, please follow the below steps:
 
  1. For more information regarding this matter, contact Nikon Customer Relations by phone at 1-800-Nikon US (1-800-645-6687), 9AM–8PM EST, Monday to Friday (closed certain holidays) or online here.
  2. Work with a Nikon customer service representative to confirm you have an affected CF-DC7, and you will be sent a pre-paid UPS return shipping label to send your case to Nikon for replacement
  3. Nikon will replace the affected CF-DC7 cases free of charge and return it to the customer. The entire process, including shipping time, should take between 7-10 business days
Nikon thanks you for making our brand an integral part of your photographic system and regrets any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/8/2014 6:43:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Photoshelter
From Photoshelter:
 
Light plays a huge role in creating the mood in environmental portraiture, and with your subject in the right light, you can nail the shot. In this webinar, co-sponsored by Manfrotto, award-winning NYC based photographer Tony Gale will deliver lighting techniques and tips you can take with you to your next shoot.
 
From this webinar you'll walk away with advice about how to enhance the mood in your images by using strobes, softboxes, and Tony's favorite: the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra. He'll touch on metering, why using a color checker is an important tool for a better shot, and how to scout for the best locations for telling your subject's story.
 
This hour will cover:
 
  • Choosing the right location for your shoot
  • Using a meter for a more enhanced shot
  • Indoor and outdoor lighting tips and set ups
  • Using a color checker for a more accurate image
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Post Date: 10/7/2014 2:42:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Photographer/developer Adriano let us know that his Cook Picture Styles are now available free for download.
 
From the developer:
"Cook Picture Styles were the result of more than one year of developing to get the best possible dynamic range from a Canon DSLR and to create the best real-world colors without introducing a flat look. The picture styles reduce the need of post production grading, without hurting the textures in the image or introducing gradient banding. Cook Picture Styes are now free for use and distribution."
Basically, there are 14 picture styles intended to be used in-camera (denoted by the "_cam" suffix) and 14 picture styles which can be applied in Digital Photo Professional (denoted by the "_dpp" suffix).
 
I tried out the profiles and they do seem to help the overall balance of contrast in certain situations. They could prove useful – so go ahead and pick them up while you can. [Sean]
 
Download the Cook Picture Styles (with full instructions).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/7/2014 10:02:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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