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 Wednesday, January 29, 2014

 
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Our newest About A Photograph video features the story behind noted adventure photographer and cinematographer Tyler Stableford’s breathtaking image inside a rare cave in lceland's Langjökull Glacier. In the video, Tyler relates how potentially dangerous it was to shoot inside a moving glacier.
 
Said Tyler about shooting in nature, “It’s almost never as I envision it. It’s always close to that. But there’s some moving element that makes it a struggle. Most photographers in nature continue to strive because they never know when that beautiful graphic moment is going to happen. That’s the magic of photography for me.”
 
Based in Aspen, CO, Tyler has earned a worldwide clientele for his work. Men's Journal named him "One of the Seven World's Greatest Adventure Photographers,” and he is one of Canon’s prestigious Explorers of Light. Tyler has won numerous photo and filmmaking awards from The Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, PDN, American Photo and The International Photography Awards, among others.
 
Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!
Post Date: 1/29/2014 10:02:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
DigitalRev has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Canon (review) available for $769.00. Compare at $899.00.
 
The Nikon version is $20.00 cheaper - only $749.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 9:44:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included in this download

  • Support for the COOLPIX S6800, S6700, S3600 has been added.
  • The White Balance section in the Adjustments palette has been changed, or support added, as follows:
  • An Auto 1 option has been added.
  • ViewNX 2 adjusts white balance for colors similar to those captured with a camera's Auto 1 (Normal) * white balance setting. However, only RAW images captured with the following cameras are supported:
  • The D7000 and later DSLR cameras
  • Advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses
  • The COOLPIX A as well as the COOLPIX P7100 and later COOLPIX cameras that support recording in the NRW format
    *Auto white balance setting with cameras that do not offer an Auto 2 (Keep warm lighting colors) option
  • Adjustment units available with the Tint option have been changed from 1 to 0.01 for more precise specification.
  • The adjustment range for the Fine Adjustment option has been expanded from 4132-7042 to 2500-7042 when Direct sunlight is selected.
  • Adjustment using the Fine Adjustment and Tint options is now possible when Recorded Value, Auto 1, Auto 2, or Underwater is selected.
  • A Switch over to second slot after transfer option has been added to the Preferences panel in Nikon Transfer 2. When this option is checked, a confirmation dialog asking whether or not files recorded to the second memory card should be transferred will be displayed after files recorded to the first memory card are transferred. This function is available only when a camera with two memory card slots is connected to the computer using MTP/PTP (PTP).
  • The AF Noise Reduction... option in the File menu more effectively reduces the sound of lens drive with autofocusing

Download:
Nikon View NX v2.9.0 - Windows 32bit (95.6 MB) | Windows 64bit (101 MB) | Macintosh (124 MB)

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Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 1/29/2014 9:37:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens
You better get a tissue and, if you are in public, rest your chin on your hand to avoid the embarrassment of being seen with your mouth wide open, because the image quality of the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens is jaw-dropping and drool-worthy.
 
You will now find image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with specs, measurements and eye candy available on the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* ZE Lens review page. Results in all of the tests are best-in-class.
 
Let B&H satisfy the Zeiss 135mm craving I'm sure that you now have.
Post Date: 1/29/2014 8:59:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $2,818.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,227.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2014 8:00:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J1 Camera with 10-30mm Lens (Red)
eBay (via BuyDig) has a Refurbished Nikon 1 J1 DSLR with 10-30mm VR, 30-110mm VR Lens Bundle available for $199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $299.00 new.
Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens
eBay (via bestpriceoptics, 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Canon (review) available for $699.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
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Post Date: 1/29/2014 7:39:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Canon has released its FY 2013 financial results:

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Post Date: 1/29/2014 7:15:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Sony A7R Camera
Fred Miranda has posted an interesting review of the Sony A7R utilizing Canon lenses.
 
You can learn more about the Sony A7R at B&H.
Post Date: 1/28/2014 12:56:50 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 6D and EF 24-105mm Lens
Along with $156.40 worth of accessories, get the Canon EOS 6D or Canon EOS 6D and EF 24-105mm Lens Kit for an in-cart price of only $1,749.00 and $2,399.00 respectively – at B&H. Regular prices are $1,899.00 and $2,499.00.
 
Here is the list of included accessories:

  • SanDisk 16GB SDHC Extreme Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
  • Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag
  • Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh)
  • Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod

If you don't already have a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, the kit is a great value even without the B&H deal.
 
Make this deal even hotter by adding a Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Printer plus paper to your cart at the same time. The camera and printer combination qualifies for a $400.00 rebate, which completely covers the cost of the printer. The included 50 Sheets of 13 x 19" Canon SG-201 Semi-Gloss Photo Paper Plus has a $44.45 value.
 
Don't need the printer? Sell it on eBay to take another chunk off of the 6D price tag.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/28/2014 12:25:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
Save $80.00: B&H has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash for an in-cart price of only $469.00 (regularly $549.00).
 
It is not possible to have too many 600EX-RT flashes. Check out the yesterday-announced review of this flash for more information.
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 11:50:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sunwayfoto-Panoramic-Setup
by Sean Setters
 
Those of you who have been following the site will know that I recently upgraded everything relating to support – new tripod (Induro 8X CT314), ballhead (Arca-Swiss Monoball Z1), and Arca-Swiss style plates and clamps. But doing so left me with a bit of a problem.
 
For the past few months I had been thoroughly enjoying shooting panoramic images with my Manfrotto 303plus Panoramic Head and Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens. However, shooting panos was cumbersome (at best). Using the panoramic head meant changing out my regular ballhead every time I wanted to shoot panos. If I wanted to be able to shoot normal images and panos in the same outing, I had to bring tools to do the replacement in the field. And the 303plus was no picnic travel with; it was heavy, bulky, and just plain awkward to lug around because of its shape.
 
But now let me step back just a bit. Why do you need a specialized head just to capture panoramic images? Couldn't you just rotate the camera on the tripod and get the same results?
 
Well, not exactly. The issue with trying to create panoramic images with a standard head is that the images don't stitch together very well. Because you aren't rotating the camera & lens around its nodal point, you get parallax errors which make stitching significantly more challenging and time consuming. Basically, things simply don't line up.
 
A panoramic head allows you to move the camera so that the pivoting occurs over the lens's nodal point thereby elminiating parallax errors and leading to easier (and less time consuming) stitching. If time is money, then a panoramic setup is worth its weight in gold.
 
After some research, I found a few products that, once assembled, would replicate the functionality of the 303plus head while giving me several other benefits:
 
The new pano rig...

  • Simply clamps into my existing ballhead using an Arca-Style plate. No more changing out heads everytime I want to do a pano.
  • Is smaller, lighter and less bulky than the 303plus (largely due to my camera's newly installed L-bracket).
  • Is cheaper than most pre-fabricated pano heads.
  • Is faster to level through a simple ballhead adjustment. The 303plus required leveling the setup by adjusting tripod's legs.

If you're keeping score, that's a win-win-win-win.

Manfrotto 303plus vs Sunwayfoto Pano Setup

Components of the new setup:

  1. Sunwayfoto DP-60 60mm QR Plate [$23.00]
  2. Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator [$119.00]
  3. Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp [$55.00]
  4. Sunwayfoto DPG-210 Multi-Purpose Rail [$49.00]
  5. Sunwayfoto DDB-53 Bidirectional Clamp [$59.00]

Thats a solid panoramic setup for $305.00 (and significantly cheaper than many pre-made pano rigs). If you don't already have an L-bracket, then you'll only be able to shoot in landscape orientation. The L-bracket gives you the option to use a portrait orientation for more vertical real estate in your pano. One limitation of this setup is that you can't shoot 360-degree spherical panoramas with it; but for standard panoramas, it works very well.
 
Keep in mind that there are options for swapping several of the components above. I originally purchased the Kirk QRC-1.75 Quick Release Clamp to use in my BlackRapid to Arca-Swiss Plate conversion, but found that the longer tension screw handle allowed the clamp to fit perfectly on the Sunwayfoto DDP-64M Indexing Rotator. If I were buying the compenents again, I'd probably pick up a Sunwayfoto Discal Clamp 64mm With Long Handle instead. You can also purchase a longer rail if you want to shoot with a larger lens. However, make sure that your ballhead can support the weight of a moderately heavy camera/lens combination in an offset position. You can even forgo getting the Indexing Rotator & QR plate and simply rotate the rail/bi-directional clamp via your ballhead's panning base for an especially inexpensive setup. That said, I prefer using the Indexing Rotator for easy, consistent capture.
 
All in all, I'm really happy with my new pano setup. The Sunwayfoto products seem well-made and durable. A few days ago I created a 360-degree panorama in a local business, The Lamp & Lighthouse (click image to view a larger version):

The Lamp and Lighthouse Panoramic Image

I shot the panarama above using a 5D Mark III and the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. I corrected the lens distortion with PTLens (although some distortion still exists), stitched the pano using Hugin and polished it up in Photoshop CC.
 
Tip: When leveling your setup, ignore the bubble levels on your gear. Depending on design tolerances, bubble levels can be anywhere from "pretty close" to "completely useless." Use your camera's built-in electronic level for the best results.

Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:39:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens available for $729.00. Compare at $1,079.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:33:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens available for $329.00 with free shipping. Compare at $526.95 new.
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 7:03:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
B&H has a Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter & 2 Speedlite 600EX-RT Kit available for $1,119.95 with free shipping. Compare at $1,225.00 if purchased separately.
 
Basically, you are buying an ST-E3-RT and getting two 600EX-RT Speedlites for $416.48 each. (thanks Darius)
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Post Date: 1/28/2014 6:36:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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