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 Tuesday, September 22, 2015
X-Rite i1Display Pro and ColorChecker Passport Bundle
For a limited time, B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro and ColorChecker Passport Bundle available for $199.00 after $50.00 mail-in rebate with free expedited shipping. Regularly $349.00.
Bundle Includes
  • i1Display Pro
  • ColorChecker Passport
Product Highlights
  • i1Profiler Software - Wide Compatibility
  • Unlimited White Point, Luminance Control
  • Broadcast Video Standards Support
  • Ambient Light Measurement, Control
  • Profile Optimization: Custom Patches
  • Creative Enhancement Target
  • Classic Target
  • White Balance Target
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Protective Pocket-Sized Case
Post Date: 9/22/2015 5:13:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 21, 2015

From the SmugMug Films YouTube Channel:
After a devastating motorcycle crash almost took her life, Renee Robyn turned to Photoshop to create surreal and mysterious worlds that stretch the boundaries of imagination. Though her body was immobile, her mind was free to fly. Get tips for how to create epic digital art at Browse Renee's photography on SmugMug:
Post Date: 9/21/2015 10:30:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
2015 InfoTrends US Mobile Imaging Study
From PMANewsLine:
"Generations have a significant influence on consumers’ digital and mobile photography habits. According to an InfoTrends’ report, Digital and Mobile Photography in 2015: Millennials vs. Gen X and Boomers, older Millennials, age 23-34 years old, are the most photo-active group when it comes to use of a digital camera and the number of photos taken, writes Ed Lee in an InfoTrends blog post. On the other hand, young Millennials, age 15-22 years old, are most likely to use a smartphone as their primary camera and capture the most photos on their phones."
Read the entire article at PMANewsline.
Post Date: 9/21/2015 8:48:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens page.
Based on the requests we have been receiving for test results, the new Tokina 11-20mm has the interest of many. This APS-C format-only lens appears similar in build and specs to the shorter focal length range Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens. While an image quality comparison between these two lenses (and many others) is available, discernment between test cameras models must be made.
B&H has the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock with a $50 instant rebate available.
Post Date: 9/21/2015 8:18:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Airnef is a Windows/Mac OS/Linux based open-source utility that allows Nikon users to download images from their Wi-fi enabled cameras (built-in or via WU-1a/WU-1b adapters). It even works with Wi-fi enabled Canon devices, too (though Canon's EOS Utility has much of the same functionality, but not all).
From the TestCams YouTube Channel:
Airnef is a free, open-source utility for wirelessly downloading images and videos from your WiFi-equipped Nikon and Canon cameras. airnef runs on the Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems. Go to for more information and download links.
  • 00:00 - Introduction
  • 00:45 - Selecting basic method for choosing which images to download
  • 00:56 - Selecting images in the camera for download
  • 02:14 - Configuring Windows to automatically switch to your camera's network
  • 03:07 - What happens after clicking 'Start Download' for images selected in the camera
  • 03:55 - Transfer Report after downloads have completed
  • 04:37 - Select images on the computer for download
  • 06:02 - Automatically skipping files you've already downloaded
  • 07:30 - Previewing which files will be downloaded based on selected criteria
  • 08:06 - Using verbose logging to see information about skipped files
  • 08:32 - Fault tolerance and automatic recovery from failed connections
  • 10:40 - Conclusion
Post Date: 9/21/2015 7:03:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

USA TODAY photographers Robert Hanashiro and Dan MacMedan talk about how they approach shooting an awards show like the Emmy's.
Post Date: 9/21/2015 6:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 and 21mm f/1.4 Lenses for Mirrorless
From B&H Explora:
Epanding the range of lens options for mirrorless shooters, Rokinon has announced a pair of fast primes to round out the already broad range of optics dedicated to APS-C-format and Micro Four Thirds cameras. Filling a gap in the existing lineup, a new 50mm f/1.2 lens will serve as the ideal fast portrait-length lens for selective focus control and a longer-than-normal perspective. On the wider end, a 21mm f/1.4 will offer an equivalent standard wide-angle perspective with a bright maximum aperture to suit working in variable lighting conditions.
50mm f/1.2
The longer of the two lenses, the 50mm f/1.2 is a fast, bright lens offering a long perspective, ranging from a 75mm to 100mm equivalent focal length, depending on mount choice, that is well suited to portraiture. The combination of the longer-than-normal focal length and f/1.2 maximum aperture offers extensive control over focus placement for shallow-depth-of-field applications, and the manual focus design enables precise control over focus as close as 1.6' away. A pair of aspherical elements helps to control chromatic and comatic aberrations and an Ultra Multi-Coating has been applied to all elements to reduce flare and ghosting for increased contrast and clarity. A rounded nine-blade diaphragm further contributes to smooth bokeh quality and the front 62mm filter ring does not rotate during operation, for easier use of circular polarizers or other filters that require specific positioning.
21mm f/1.4
Contrasting the portrait-length perspective of the first lens, this 21mm f/1.4 is a standard wide-angle lens offering an equivalent focal length of 31.5mm to 42mm, depending on mount choice. The bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is well suited to working in a wide variety of lighting conditions and also offers selective focus control to emphasize specific subjects in the frame. A manual focus design is employed here again, along with an internal focus system and non-rotating 58mm front filter mount to both maintain the overall length of the lens during use and prevent filters from rotating when focusing. One extra-low dispersion element and three aspherical elements are incorporated into the optical design to limit color fringing and various aberrations in order to achieve greater sharpness and clarity. The Ultra Multi-Coating has been applied to all elements in this lens, too, and a rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to smooth out-of-focus areas when using selective focus techniques.
The Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 and 21mm f/1.4 are available in Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony E mounts, and in black or silver for all mounts except EF-M.
B&H has the Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 and 21mm f/1.4 available for preorder.
Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 9/21/2015 6:11:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, September 19, 2015
Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM Macro Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 18-250mm DC OS HSM Macro Lens available for $249.99 with free shipping. Compare at $349.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
Post Date: 9/19/2015 7:12:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens (review) available for $779.00 after $70.00 mail-in rebate. Compare at $999.00 after rebate.
Post Date: 9/19/2015 7:00:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 18, 2015
Rokinon 24/50/85mm XEEN Cinema Prime Lenses
From Elite Brands:
An unprecedented opportunity to obtain cinema quality glass at an unbelievable price.
September 16, 2015 – New York, NY – For a strictly limited time from September 16 through September 24, 2015, filmmakers and videographers who purchase a XEEN by Rokinon 24mm/50mm/85mm Canon, Micro 4/3, Nikon, PL, or Sony E mount lens set will be rewarded with a $1500 EARLY ADOPTER INSTANT REBATE! Those who want to get started with individual XEEN lenses will be rewarded with a $300 per lens EARLY ADOPTER INSTANT REBATE! Quantities are limited and there is a three lens maximum per customer.
Features common to XEEN lenses appreciated by professionals include:
  • 4K+ Ready Optics
  • Full Frame Coverage
  • Tightly Color Matched
  • Durable All Metal Body
  • Unified 40° Iris Rotation
  • Unified 200° Focus Throw
  • Large Easy To Read Markings
  • Lens Support Mount (Except PL)
  • 11 Bladed Diaphragm for Superb Bokeh
  • Xeen Proprietary 14 Layer Multi-Coating
  • Unified 114mm Non-Rotating Front Diameters
  • Dual Calibrated Right and Left Side Distance and T-Stop Scales
  • Unified Focus and Aperture Gear Positions for Easy Follow Focus Use
  • Mounts can be shimmed and are interchangeable by a qualified technician
  • Incredibly smooth and fully damped movement of focusing and aperture controls
Engineered and optimized for high use professional cine and video applications, they are all backed by a Three Year Limited Warranty, the longest in the industry.
XEEN by Rokinon lens mechanics and optics are manufactured and precision assembled in Korea utilizing cutting edge techniques. Offering a MSRP of $2,995 each, they are extraordinary affordable when compared to other true cine lenses in their class.
B&H carries the Rokinon XEEN 24/50/85mm Cinema Lens Kit.
Post Date: 9/18/2015 12:10:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Two ED and Two Aspherical Elements
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Rear Focus System; Manual Focus Override
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/18/2015 10:27:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab
From Epson:
New PictureMate PM-400 Delivers 4"x6" and 5"x7" Photos in a Space-Saving Design
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 17, 2015 – Epson America, Inc. today introduced the PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab delivering high quality, long-lasting photos in a compact, lightweight, wireless solution. Designed to quickly share milestone memories and special moments – at family gatherings, parties, and more – the PM-400 prints beautiful borderless 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" photos that are smudge, scratch, water, and fade resistant, and last up to 200 years. The PictureMate PM-400 is also a complete wireless solution, with built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n, Wi-Fi Direct as well as seamless printing from an iPad, iPhone, and Android tablet or smartphone.
“Catering to today’s mobile lifestyles, the wireless and space-saving PictureMate PM-400 allows photo enthusiasts and busy families to print and share everyday moments wherever they occur and regardless of which device you are using,” said Stacey Tieu, product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. "Print 4"x6" and 5"x7" photos for school projects, special events, and creative DIY projects – personalized postcards, party invitations and more – easily and quickly with a host of custom printing options."
Featuring a 2.7-inch LCD screen and easy-to-use button formatting for intuitive set up and navigation – all without a PC – the personal photo lab creates beautiful stacks of photos conveniently and quickly, printing 4"x6" photos in as fast as 36 seconds. The PictureMate PM-400 offers a range of photo editing and custom printing options including Auto Photo Correction, removing red eye, printing classic borders or borderless, as well as the ability to print in black-and-white, color or sepia. For added convenience, users have the option to purchase a replacement ink cartridge, or a Print Pack, which contains both replacement ink and 100 sheets of 4" x 6" glossy photo paper.
More about the PictureMate PM-400
This compact wireless printer makes it easy to quickly print beautiful photos with a range of features and capabilities:
  • Total wireless solution — print from iPad, iPhone, tablets and smartphones; includes Wi-Fi Direct
  • High-quality photos, fast — print vibrant 4" x 6" photos in as fast as 36 seconds
  • Share prints for generations to come — durable prints last up to 200 years in album storage
  • Worry-free handling — photos are smudge, scratch, water and fade resistant
  • Conveniently print stacks of photos — Print Packs available (with ink and paper included)
  • Print your favorite photos, PC-free — 2.7-inch color display and built-in card slot to preview and edit photos
  • Easily edit photos — get custom prints with Auto Photo Correction; crop, remove red eye and more
  • Get your photos, your way — print in color, black-and-white or sepia, with or without borders
  • Print or share, anywhere — easily print from a tablet or smartphone with Epson Connect; support includes Android, Apple iPad and iPhone, Chromebook, Fire OS, Mac and Windows devices
Pricing and Availability
The PictureMate PM-400 is now available for $249.99 (MSRP) at major e-tail stores nationwide.
B&H carries the Epson PictureMate PM-400 Personal Photo Lab.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/18/2015 8:22:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pinnacle Imaging Systems
From Pinnacle Imaging Systems:
Belmont, CA – September 16, 2015 – Today, Pinnacle Imaging Systems(TM), developer of the next generation of still and motion imaging technology, announced that it has acquired the intellectual property, products and trademarks developed by Unified Color Technologies(TM) with plans to expand beyond consumer-focused HDR software solutions to offer its technology as embedded HDR solutions for digital still and video camera designs. Pinnacle Imaging Systems will also continue to support and develop its award-winning still-image HDR applications, HDR Express(TM), HDR Expose(TM) and its Photoshop plug-in 32 Float under the Pinnacle Imaging Systems brand.
“This is an exciting time for our team as we are expanding our core color technology IP, which has long driven our consumer software applications, to now address video and embedded hardware designs,” said Alfred Zee, President & CEO of Pinnacle Imaging Systems. “With our technology embedded in next generation still and video cameras, system designers requiring improved video quality will be able to deliver the most accurate color and tonal rendition possible for real-time HDR capture.”
Enabling Color-Safe Real-Time HDR Video Capture
Throughout the history of digital imaging, photographers and filmmakers have been bound by the inherent contrast or dynamic range limitations of their capture devices, none of which were actually capable of rendering the contrast ranges that are visible to the human eye. It’s this uniquely human capability that continues to drive the demand for high definition, high dynamic range imaging and video, and Pinnacle Imaging Systems’ proprietary Beyond RGB(TM) color technology provides the most true to life results for those looking to maintain exacting color rendition consistent with that seen by the human eye.
By licensing its color technology to hardware developers, Pinnacle Imaging Systems will enable the next generation of video cameras to shoot real-time high dynamic range video that is completely safe from disorienting color shifts during video processing. For developers looking to deploy real-time, color-accurate high dynamic range video capture, Beyond RGB is the only color technology available today that can ensure color rendition as perceived by the human eye.
“HDR video capture is the new frontier for improving video quality and data capture for recognition. Currently, demand for HDR video is being driven from the top-down with digital content creators looking for HDR capabilities to be embedded into cameras and production equipment, and consumers seeking HDR-capable smart TV’s and set top boxes. Eventually that demand will trickle down into consumer mobile devices over the next three to five years,” said Ron Tussy, Principal Analyst, The Imerge Group. “Embedded HDR tone mapping will not only improve the quality of video, but is also a critical underlying technology necessary to improve data for applications such as depth mapping and recognition in automotive ADAS as well as security/surveillance applications. Pinnacle Imaging Systems, with their proprietary IP, is the only provider of embedded HDR video that keeps all the color data intact and does so without a color shift.”
Post Date: 9/18/2015 8:07:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens (review) available for $2,959.00. Compare at $3,599.00.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 9/18/2015 5:45:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Polsen VM-150 DSLR/Video Microphone
For a limited time, B&H has the Polsen VM-150 DSLR/Video Microphone available for $59.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.95.
Product Highlights
  • Compact Directional Condenser Microphone
  • Integrated Shockmount with Shoe Mount
  • 1/4"-20 Socket for Use with Boom Pole
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad
  • Switchable Low Cut Filter @ 80 Hz
  • Power Indicator & Signal Overload LEDs
  • 3.5mm Mini Plug Output Connector
  • 8" Coiled Cable
  • Windscreen & AAA Battery Included
Post Date: 9/18/2015 5:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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