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 Friday, October 03, 2014
Asus Google Nexus 7 FHD Android Tablet
eBay (via Newegg) has the Refurbished Asus Google Nexus 7 FHD 16GB Tablet available for $129.99 with free shipping. Compare at $199.00 new.
Post Date: 10/3/2014 12:37:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Carl Zeiss Lenses Youtube Channel:
 
Every two years Cologne hosts photokina, the world’s most important imaging trade fair. And from September 16 to 21, 2014, around 185,000 film and photography fans, from 160 countries, attended this year’s event by the Rhine. Many of them headed straight to ZEISS in hall 2.2, stand C-018, where they could talk with optics experts and experience close-up four new lenses that really whet your appetite for photography.
 
B&H carries Zeiss lenses. Check out Bryan's full review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 8:50:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
 
Camera Raw 8.7 is now available as a release candidate on Adobe Labs for Photoshop CS6 , Photoshop CC and Photoshop CC 2014 on Adobe Labs. An update of DNG Converter is also available on Adobe Labs.
 
As mentioned here, updates to Camera Raw 8 for Photoshop CS6 only include new camera support, lens profile support, and bug fixes. The new features listed in the release notes are only available in Photoshop CC.
 
New Camera Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate
 
  • Casio EX-100PRO
  • Fujifilm X30
  • Leaf Credo 50
  • Leica V-Lux (Typ 114)
  • Nikon D750
  • Panasonic DMC-GM1S
  • Sony ILCE-5100
  • Sony ILCE-QX1
New Lens Profile Support in Camera Raw 8.7 Release Candidate
 
MountName
CanonTokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
Fujifilm XHandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85
Leica MSLR Magic 50mm T0.95 Hyperprime Cine Lens
Leica SLeica SUMMICRON-S 100 mm f/2 ASPH.
Nikon F (DX)Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8
PENTAX 645HD PENTAX-DA 645 28-45mm F4.5ED AW SR
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM
Sony AlphaSony DT 18-70mm F3.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony 75-300mm F4.5-5.6
Sony AlphaSony 300mm F2.8 G SSM
Sony AlphaSony 500mm F4 G SSM
Sony EHandeVision IBELUX 40mm F0.85
Sony ESLR Magic 50mm F0.95 Hyperprime Lens
Sony ESony FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS
Voigtlander VMVoigtlander VM 12mm F5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar
Voigtlander VMVoigtlander VM 75mm F1.8 Heliar

Release Notes
 
  • When Photoshop CC 2014’s option to scale the UI 200% is enabled (Edit > Preferences > Experimental Features), the Camera Raw dialog will also be scaled.
  • Known issues:
  • Sometimes the Camera Raw dialog will not scale after the initial Photoshop relaunch to enable the feature. Workaround: relaunch Photoshop again.
  • Some UI flashing/redrawing during interactive operations such as dragging a local adjustment gradient or toggling fullscreen mode.
Bug Fixes:
 
  • Fix crash when rapidly adding corrections with the Spot Removal tool.
  • Fix bug that prevented the Filter Brush cursor from displaying while changing brush size when the Graduated and Radial Filter overlay is turned off.
  • Improve quality of Camera Matching color profiles for the Nikon D810. Fixes visible banding issues with the Camera Standard, Camera Vivid, Camera Landscape, and Camera Monochrome profiles.
Download
 
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.7 for CC
Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 8.7 RC for CS6
 
Note: DNG Converter links are on the Camera Raw 8.7 RC for CS6 download page (must click agreement checkmark to see links). [thanks Jan]
 
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program is only $9.99 per month (Photoshop CC + Lightroom).
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 7:29:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Sigma just released firmware updates for the following lenses:
 
  • 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM
  • 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM
  • 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM
Firmware Modifications (applicable to all)
 
  • Autofocus is supported at any aperture value when used with the Canon Digital Cinema Camera EOS C100.
     
    Note: Before upgrading the firmware of 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013, please first update your SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver1.2.0.
Download the Sigma Firmware Updates.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM, 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM and 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lenses and the Sigma USB dock.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 10/3/2014 6:53:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 02, 2014
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Use coupon codes TRIPODS10 (10% off) and FILTERS15 (15% off) at Jessops to receive discounts on tripods and filters, respectively.
Post Date: 10/2/2014 9:17:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Sigma's YouTube Channel:
 
The SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports incorporates our best features ever. We created this movie to explain more about the great features of this superior tele-photo zoom lens.
 
Other Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Videos
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder.
Post Date: 10/2/2014 8:48:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX Nikkor Lens
BuyDig.com has a Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX Nikkor Lens + Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $196.95 with free shipping. Compare at the same price without Lightroom 5.
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Post Date: 10/2/2014 7:00:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 01, 2014
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From Nikon:
 
Nikon Latin America, S.A., A New Sales Subsidiary for Imaging Products, is Established to Enhance Nikon's Sales and Marketing Organization in Latin America
 
September 30, 2014 – TOKYO – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of Nikon Latin America, S.A. in Panama City, Republic of Panama. This new sales and service subsidiary has been established to fortify sales of imaging products, mainly digital cameras, and to enhance after-sales service in Latin America. Operations will commence on October 1, 2014.
 
A number of countries in Latin America have shown increasing economic growths in recent years, and this is one region in which the growth of the digital camera business is expected to continue. To date, Nikon has established sales and service subsidiaries in Mexico and Brazil. Sales and service activities have been performed in other Latin American countries by Nikon Inc., the marketing base in the United States through local distributors. We have established this new subsidiary in order to fortify business and marketing activities in these countries.
 
With the establishment of this new subsidiary, Nikon believes that more strategic and effective marketing, advertising, and promotional activities will lead to increased sales and greater permeation of the Nikon brand, as well as better service for its customers, further increasing Nikon's presence in these regions.
 
Company Overview
 
Name: Nikon Latin America, S.A.
Address: P.H. Oceania Business Plaza, Torre 1000, 42nd Floor, Office 42B, Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Republic of Panama
Capital: US $1 million (approximately ¥ 100 million)
Representative Director: Naoki Onozato, President
No. of employees: 9 at start of operations
Primary activities: Sales of, as well as sales support and after-sales service for imaging products in Latin America (excluding Mexico and Brazil)
Start of operations: October 1, 2014
Annual sales target: Approximately ¥ 3 billion in the first fiscal year
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/1/2014 8:58:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Drobo Mini 8TB Storage Array
From Drobo:
 
New Drobo Mini 8TB bundle delivers an industry first for protected storage on-the-go
 
SAN FRANCISCO – September 30, 2014 – Connected Data, the creator of the award-winning Drobo line of smart storage solutions, today announces the immediate availability of its new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle that provides customers with a massive amount of storage space in a small, rugged form factor.
 
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle features four hot-swappable 2.5” drive bays pre-loaded with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives. Like all Drobo products, the Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is built on the award-winning BeyondRAID Technology to ensure that data is not lost in the event of one or two simultaneous drive failures. If a drive does fail, the Mini automatically repairs itself and returns to a protected state while providing full access to all data. New drives can be added or swapped on-the-fly with zero downtime.
 
The Drobo Mini connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 providing flexible, high performance access to data while on the road with the confidence to know that data will be safe and protected against loss. All of these features and capabilities come in a sleek-looking package that weighs just three pounds and is small enough to easily fit into any travel bag.
 
This combination of capacity and extreme durability makes the Drobo Mini ideal for photographers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who can quickly and easily transfer large multimedia files from their devices’ media cards to the Mini while still on location.
 
“Lugging 8TBs of storage to a photo or video shoot was a real challenge before now,” said Rich Harrington, CEO of RHED Pixel and publisher of Photofocus. “While other companies may offer 8TB options, they tend to lack portability and data protection. This makes other solutions impractical for field use by creative pros. The new Drobo Mini 8TB bundle makes it easy to bring a tremendous amount of storage capacity anywhere we need it while still providing the peace-of-mind that comes with Drobo’s unique approach against drive failure.”
 
“The Drobo Mini is the ideal storage array for our new 2TB Samsung Spinpoint M9T hard drives,” said David Frankovich, Director PLM, Samsung HDD division of Seagate Technology. “We’re able to provide Drobo users with the highest-capacity and thinnest storage solution available in today’s market.”
 
Pricing and Availability
The Drobo Mini 8TB bundle is available today at an MSRP of $999 USD through select channel partners.
 
B&H carries Drobo products.
Category: Drobo News
Post Date: 10/1/2014 6:46:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 Digital Camera
Use coupon code C3RDS ($50.00 off) at BuyDig.com to get the Refurbished Nikon 1 J3 Digital Camera with 10-30mm VR Lens (White) for $179.00 with free shipping. Regularly $229.00.
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Post Date: 9/30/2014 12:58:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
No guarantees you will come out of this presentation a star. But, you will learn some useful tips on working with them. This presentation takes a look at Deborah’s work from the last 35 years of photographing musicians and other people of notoriety.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 9:55:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
James and Amy's Steam Punk Engagement Shoot
By Sean Setters
 
A photographer friend of mine – James – recently asked me to shoot his engagement pictures. He and his fiancée were planning a steampunk wedding and wanted engagement pictures to match the theme.
 
If you're you've never heard of "steampunk," check out Wikipedia for a good introduction to the science fiction sub-genre.
 
James and Amy had spent countless hours hand crafting or altering Victorian age clothing, accessories and props. They wanted their engagement photos to showcase their passion for the genre. And considering James is a fellow photographer, I really wanted to bring my A-game to this shoot.
 
We planned the shoot for the late afternoon. I arrived at the location about 30 minutes early to scout out the location, determine my shooting angles and set up my gear. This is an important step if you shoot with off-camera flash – arrive early. Setting up light stands, wireless triggers, light modifiers and power options is time consuming. Arriving early allows me to hit the ground running once your clients arrive fresh on the set.
 
While setting up I realized that it was hotter than I thought it would be when I planned the shoot. About 20 minutes into setup I was already sweating through my t-shirt. I knew James and Amy would be wearing multiple layers of clothing (they had sent me a preview of their outfits). If I was already hot, they were going to be much more uncomfortable than I was.
 
I decided to purchase a few cold bottles of water from a nearby food vendor so that my clients could stay hydrated throughout the shoot. It was a small – but certainly appreciated – touch.
 
One big challenge for the location was that the front of the train faced the setting sun. This meant that my subjects would be staring straight into the sun whenever they looked into the direction of the camera. This caused two problems: 1) the subjects would be squinting and 2) the direct sunlight would make them even hotter in their multiple layers of clothing.
 
To combat these issues, I set up large 64" umbrella behind the camera's position so that it shaded my subjects from the sun. The umbrella didn't shade them completely, but it allowed the subjects to pose comfortably while the sun was making its way over the horizon in front of them. The shade umbrella also had another benefit – it provided a blank canvas to work with as far as lighting is concerned. It converted the sun into an ambient base instead of limiting it for use as a main light. That means I could position my main light anywhere to sculpt the scene as I saw fit while simply adjusting my shooting variables to obtain the base exposure I wanted (soft, ambient fill light on my subjects).
 
In short, here are the three things I did to help keep my subjects comfortable on this shoot:
 
  • Arrived early to set up equipment
  • Provided cold water to the clients to combat the hot afternoon
  • Used an umbrella to shade my subjects so that they weren't staring into the sun
And those small things combined to keep my subjects happy on this shoot. Throughout the shoot, James and Amy stayed fresh, fun and full of ideas. And it really paid off in the end.
 
If you'd like more details on the lighting setup, check out my description below the picture on Flickr.
Post Date: 9/30/2014 8:17:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 26, 2014
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Amazon has the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport featured as a Lightning Deal and is available for $74.99. Compare at $99.00.
 
Note: This deal ends in less than an hour.
Post Date: 9/26/2014 1:07:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag
Adorama has the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Shoulder Bag available for $39.00 with free shipping. Regularly $68.00.
Post Date: 9/26/2014 7:25:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 25, 2014
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
From AmateurPhotographer.co.uk:
"Nikon has advised D750 DSLR users to manually activate the security setting on Nikon’s Wi-Fi software app for mobile devices, to avoid the risk of unauthorised access to the camera’s images by a third party.
 
Amateur Photographer (AP)’s technical team has discovered a potential security flaw during their review of a full-production sample of the D750, which went on sale in the UK two days ago.
 
If users do not manually activate the Wi-Fi security settings, via the app, then they could expose the D750’s images to unauthorised access."
AP technical editor Andy Westlake added:
"If you have Wi-Fi turned on, anyone with a smart device and the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility can connect to the camera and download images from the memory card without the owner’s permission."
You can read the entire article on AmateurPhotographer.co.uk.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/25/2014 11:37:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Glass Light Meter
Photographer David Young has developed a free app that allows you to use Google Glass as your light meter. You can read more about the developer's inspiration on his site, LeicaLux.com.
 
Download Google Glass Light Meter.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 9/25/2014 9:28:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through September 28, use promo code FALL20 at FractureMe.com to get 20% off your fracture (glass print) order.
Post Date: 9/25/2014 7:01:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Fotodiox Flapjack LED Lights
Waukegan, IL – September 24, 2014 – Fotodiox Pro, a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality photography and videography accessories, has announced their newest concept in LED lighting: the FlapJack LED Edgelight series. Designed to be lightweight, portable and easy to set up, the FlapJacks produce soft, even light that is ideal for almost any shooting scenario, like impromptu interviews, capturing beautiful portraits or even shooting tabletop food or product photography. Their interior diffusion materials eliminate the need for additional softboxes, and each of the four models can easily fit into a messenger or camera bag, making them a truly complete lighting solution – right out of the box.
 
Rather than using forward-facing LEDs common in conventional panels, the FlapJacks’ LEDs are mounted around their outer edge, aimed inward at layers of diffusion material. Instead of producing a direct beam, they produce bounced light that creates a soft, even glow with no hotspots. They are the perfect solution for filling in shadows, shooting glamour portraits or expertly lighting small spaces, like car interiors or office cubicles.
 
Furthermore, the FlapJacks feature an elegant form factor – each measuring less than 1/2" at its thinnest point – and can be placed almost anywhere. Their compact design makes it easy to mount them to light stands, tabletop tripods, light clamps or even a camera’s accessory shoe. The FlapJacks are so lightweight that they can even be mounted with Velcro, cord or tape, making it easier than ever before to get creative with light placement.
 

 
Quick Facts About the Flapjack LED Edgelight Series:
 
  • Two circular models: the C-200R (7” diameter) and the C-300R (10” diameter)
  • Two rectangular models: the C-200S (8" x 5") and the C-200L (11" x 4 1/4")
  • Feature edge-mounted LEDs and layers of built-in diffusion to produce soft, even lighting with no hotspots
  • Fully dimmable, with no change in color temperature, from 10-100%
  • Thin, portable design makes each model only 1/2” deep at thinnest point
  • Run on either AC power or a NP-F style rechargeable battery (both are included in each kit)
  • Contain a backlit LCD indicator that displays both light level and battery life status
  • C-200 lights come with ballhead mounting bracket for light stand or accessory shoe mounting
  • C-300 lights come with mounting yoke for light stand
  • Each light comes with a custom fitted hard case and is backed by Fotodiox’s 2-year warranty
Amazon carries the new Fotodiox FlapJack LED lights.
Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 9/24/2014 11:08:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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