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 Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Photomatix Pro 5.0
B&H has Hdrsoft Photomatix Pro 5.0 (Download) available for $69.00. Regularly $99.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Processing
  • Merges Bracketed Exposures of a Scene
  • Multiple Preset Output Styles
  • User-Customizable Output Styles
  • Batch Processing of HDR Images
  • Selective Deghosting
  • Contrast Optimizer Tone Mapping
  • Tools for Real Estate Photography
  • HDR Output from a Single RAW File
  • Plug-in for Photoshop Lightroom
Post Date: 8/11/2015 12:38:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod
B&H has the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod for $299.00 with free shipping. Regulalry $499.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to a Portable 24"
  • Supports Optional Arm and Vest
Post Date: 8/11/2015 11:26:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Creative Cloud
For a limited time, students and teachers who have never signed up for Creative Cloud can get the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite for only $199.00 for the first year – which works out to rougly $16.58 per month, which is the same as getting two free months of service on top of the promotional rate of 60% off ($19.99/mo, $359.88/yr) – when the full one-year membership is paid up front.
 
This is a great deal as the normal Creative Cloud subscription for students and teachers is regularly $29.99 per month ($49.99/mo for regular customers).
 
Here are the fine print details from Adobe:
For a limited time between July 31, 2015 and October 30, 2015, eligible students 13 and older and teachers in North America can purchase an annual membership to Adobe Creative Cloud for a reduced price of $199.00 for the first year. After the first year we will renew your contract automatically for another year at the then-current standard annual price [for students and teachers] (currently at $359.88), unless you cancel. This pricing is available for first time membership only and limited to eligible education customers who purchase directly from the Adobe Store or by calling Adobe Sales. This pricing is not available to OEM, commercial or volume licensing customers. This pricing is limited to one (1) purchase of one (1) Creative Cloud annual membership per customer. Offer may not be assigned, exchanged, sold, transferred, or combined with any other discount or offer, or redeemed for cash or other goods and services. This pricing is subject to change without notice. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.
Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
NY Times Food Photographer and Director Andrew Scrivani leads a talk about the use and power of social media for photographers and videographers. Andrew discusses both the practical matters of gaining and maintaining a following and the artistic outlet that platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and others can be for creatives.
Post Date: 8/11/2015 7:30:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon XEEN Cinema Prime Lenses
From Rokinon:
 
New York, NY – August 10, 2015 – Powered by Rokinon, XEEN is an all-new, professional grade cine lens system. It offers the professional optical quality, features, specifications, and performance that are expected of a superior cine lens system with a significantly lower price tag.
 
The initial three XEEN lenses consist of a 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm. All three feature a constant aperture of T/1.5 and Full Frame coverage. They will be available in mounts for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds and yes, even PL. Additional focal lengths are already scheduled to be introduced throughout 2015 and 2016.
 
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 X-Coating Technology
  • 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.
 
All three focal lengths are immediately available for purchase from the following authorized XEEN by Rokinon dealers.
 
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.
 
Preorders:
 
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens
Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 8/11/2015 6:38:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ikan Micro Spot On-Camera Light (Daylight)
B&H has the Ikan Micro Spot On-Camera Light (Daylight) available for $39.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Daylight Balanced Color Temperature
  • 30° Beam Angle
  • Dimmable from 100 to 10%
  • 1 to 4W Power Draw
  • Built-In Non-Removable Battery
  • Discreet On / Off Switch
  • Removable Barndoors with CTO & Diffusion
  • Cold Shoe Mounting Foot
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Mounting Hole
Post Date: 8/11/2015 6:27:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 10, 2015
Benro Travel Flat II Transfunctional Tripod Kit with Ball Head
B&H has the Benro A2192TB1 Travel Flat II Transfunctional Tripod Kit with Ball Head available for $179.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Max Height: 57.1"
  • Folded Length: 21.7"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 5 lb
  • Detachable Leg Functions as Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head
  • Camera Plate Included, Bubble Level
  • 360° Panning with Scale
  • Separate Lock and Drag Adjustment Knobs
Post Date: 8/10/2015 12:36:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic Prodigi Color C-500R Color Meter
B&H has the Sekonic Prodigi Color C-500R Color Meter with Built-in Triggering Module available for $1,198.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,338.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Illuminance Measurement
  • Color Values Displayed in Three Ways
  • Flash and Ambient light measurements
  • Preset white balance/color compensation function
PNY Technologies 256GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC
B&H has several PNY SDXC memory cards on sale. A few of the highlights are listed below.
 
PNY Memory Card Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
PNY 256GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC$89.99$78.99
PNY 128GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC$74.45$59.95
PNY 128GB Elite Performance 90MB/s UHS-1 SDXC$64.49$49.99
PNY 64GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDXC$32.24$24.99
PNY 32GB Elite Performance 95MB/s UHS-1 SDHC$19.24$14.99
Post Date: 8/10/2015 10:02:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
AdoramaPix Logo
Through this week, AdoramaPix has select large print sizes on sale. See below for full details.
 
Large Print Discounted Prices
 
Paper Type8x1011x1416x20
Luster, Matte,Glossy
& Silk
$0.98$1.98$5.98
Metallic$1.48$2.98$8.98
Post Date: 8/10/2015 8:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay Hero Image after Post-Processing
by Sean Setters
 
When you need to sell some of your photography equipment to fund upgrades (or in dire cases, pay bills), it's important that you get top dollar when parting with your gear. While selling your used equipment to B&H or Adorama is extremely convenient, an eBay auction can help you get the highest price for your photography gear (even considering eBay and PayPal fees).
 
As eBay is such a popular choice for those wanting to sell used DSLRs and lenses, it's important to make your auction look as attractive as possible in the search results page to maximize page views and generate auction watchers. The best way to do that is to create an outstanding leading image that stands out from the pack.
 
Can a great leading image really help? Check out this eBay search for used "L" lenses and take a good look at the leading images. Chances are you'll find several examples of lenses sitting on a hardwood floor, carpet or dining room table with terrible (and many times insufficient) lighting. Even though these sellers own high-quality Canon lenses (assuming a 3rd party isn't handling the sale), most take little care in crafting a compelling leading image for their auction. And, typically speaking, eBay buyers don't want to see a stock image when purchasing used lenses – they want to see the actual items they're buying. All of these factors make creating a high-quality leading image an important and valuable part of the listing process.
 
I realize that not everyone has all the lighting equipment that I have. Therefore, my goal was to create a high-quality eBay leading image for a lens auction – on white – using only one flash (with a modifier) and minimal processing.
 
For the purposes of this post, I picked the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM to photograph for the hypothetical auction. To begin with, I set up a small foldable table in my studio. Next, I placed a white sheet of glass (Hobby Lobby, $8.00) and a white, bi-fold piece of foam craft board (Hobby Lobby, but I don't remember the price). The craft board served as both a background and a reflector.
 
Next, the lighting – a radio triggered Canon Speedlite 580EX diffused by a Lumiquest Softbox LTP and affixed to the flash with a Honl Speed Strap. Why the Lumiquest LTp? Because its size seemed just about perfect for this particular setup. Plus, it's designed to be stored in a bag's laptop (or similar) compartment so it's pretty easy to always have on hand. To better even out the lighting in the softbox, I taped a thin sheet of tissue paper to the inside/front of the softbox soon after receiving it several years ago. The DIY diffusion panel has stayed intact remarkably well.
 
I placed the flash/softbox on a light stand positioned at roughly a 45-degree angle opposite the center of the bi-fold craft board.
 
It's a good idea to include all of the important elements of your auction in the leading image. In this particular hypothetical sale, I'm selling the lens, UV filter, hood and lens cap. Even if I were including the box with the sale, I wouldn't necessarily include it in the leading image. Don't get me wrong, a retail box can help boost the value of your auction, but I don't think it draws enough clicks on its own to bother with cluttering up the image that gets displayed in search results (keeping in mind that including the box would make the actual lens a smaller part of the overall composition). Also, be sure to thoroughly clean your items before photographing them. A rocket blower can help tremendously for getting rid of pesky dust.
 
As for the camera and lens, I'm using a tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. A macro lens certainly isn't required for this type of image, but it is very sharp and has a long focus throw (I like using manual focus for product imagery).
 
Below you can see my setup.
 
eBay Leading Image Sample Setup

The settings used for the leading image were: f/7.1, 1/160 sec, ISO 200. If this were a real auction, I would have taken many more images using the same setup (each item photographed individually with several different shots of the lens).
 
Here's the leading image straight out of the camera:
 
eBay Leading Image Straight Out of Camera

I did a decent job of blowing out the background in the initial exposure, but it's not perfectly white (that's especially true for the left side of the frame which was farthest away from the light source). I corrected this by creating a white layer and masking out the areas where the lens and discernable shadows were. After that I simply cleaned up a few of the dust particles I missed when initially cleaning the items. Note that I didn't remove the small blemish above the focus distance window. Removing dust in post-processing is fine, but you shouldn't alter the appearance of the lens in any meaningful way (and any imperfections should be clearly noted in your auction).
 
The final post-processed image appears at the top of this post, but here it is again for reference purposes:
 
eBay Leading Image Final

If you want to help protect your image from being used by others eBay sellers, you can also watermark your image. The problem is that putting a watermark in the white areas is easy to erase, while placing the watermark over the product could lead to hiding a critical detail if you aren't careful. If you want to include a watermark, it might be best to watermark the leading image and leave it absent on subsequent images of individual items included in the sale. Below is the same image with a watermark included.
 
eBay Hero Image Final with Watermark

So with a single off-camera flash, modifier, white piece of glass and a bi-fold craft board you can create professional looking product images for your next eBay sale, thereby increasing consumer interest and maximizing sale profits on your used gear.
Post Date: 8/10/2015 6:59:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Polsen VM-180M DSLR Video Microphone
For a limited time, B&H has the Polsen VM-180M DSLR Video Microphone available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact Directional Condenser Microphone
  • Cardioid or Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • 3.5mm Input for 2nd Microphone
  • Integrated Shockmount & Shoe Mount
  • 1/4"-20 Socket for Use with Boom Pole
  • +10 dB Gain Boost
  • Switchable High-Pass Filter
  • 3.5mm Headphone Output
  • 8" Cable with 3.5mm Mini Plug Out
  • Foam Windscreen & Battery Included
Post Date: 8/10/2015 5:55:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 9, 2015
Rokinon Xeen Cinema Prime Lenses
Rokinon has recently been hinting about upcoming lens announcements on social media, and now we know why – the Rokinon Xeen 24mm, 50mm and 85mm T1.5 cinema primes are now available for preorder.
 
Unfortunately, we don't have an official press release regarding the announcement of these lenses, but we'll post the press release should it become available in the near future.
 
Preorders:
 
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens
Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 8/9/2015 4:12:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 7, 2015
Refurb. Nikon 1 J4 with 10-30mm Lens & Waterproof Housing
BuyDig.com has a factory refurbished Nikon 1 J4 with 10-30mm Lens & WP-N3 Waterproof Housing available for $279.00 with free shipping. Regularly $579.00.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • Nikon 1 J4 Mirrorless Camera
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Lens
  • WP-N3 Waterproof Housing
  • Nikon 90-Day Refurbished Warranty
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/7/2015 11:15:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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