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 Thursday, July 7, 2016
From Canon USA:
Firmware Version 1.0.2 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes.
  1. Incorporates countermeasures for a phenomenon in which the bottom part of still images recorded to SanDisk CFast cards become corrupted.
  2. Enhances communication reliability between the camera and CFast cards.
If you are using the affected CFast cards, after having updated the camera firmware to Firmware Version 1.0.2, please make sure to use the camera to format the CFast card.
The Version 1.0.2 firmware being released at this time is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first go over the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware. The firmware update takes approximately six minutes.
Download: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Firmware v.1.02
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 3:49:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Mixing brilliant turquoise-colored water with a dramatic sunset is not so easy. The ideal light to bring out the water color is from a high overhead sun and that is of course not available at sunset. However, the water in some locations is amazingly colored enough to still show turquoise even at sunset. Three Mary Cays in North Caicos is one such location.
Most of the west side of North and Middle Caicos islands is inaccessible without a boat, leaving few good locations for mid-winter sunset photography (with the sun setting farther north mid-summer, more northern locations can work well at this time of the year). Of those remaining locations, the shoreline by Three Mary Cays presents very nice winter sunset views. And, the shoreline and islands all have the character I was looking for.
Three Mary Cays is amazingly beautiful and also amazing is how seldom it is photographed by serious photographers. Online scouting revealed very few images and I spent two evenings watching the blazing ball drop into the Atlantic Ocean at this location with no one else as far as the eye could see.
While the cloud moving over the sun helped significantly with the brightness balance in this image, I still opted to use an HDR technique to balance the overall exposure.
It has become rare for me to photograph landscapes without the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens in the pack. This lens delivers amazing results every time. Well, at least every time I do my part of the job correctly. It is hard to believe that my other primary piece of landscape kit, the 5Ds R, is now over 1-year-old. #lovingthiscamera.
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 11:33:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Feast Films Vimeo channel:
The Foley Artist sees a master of sound at work on a fashion film. If you’ve ever wanted to see the chasm between the finished product and the extraordinary lengths taken to produce it, this short is for you.
B&H carries tools for sound recording.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 7:19:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Joe McNally YouTube channel:
A quick, lighthearted video describing our adventures in the beautiful environs of Peru. From the desert of Paracas, to the bustling, colorful nexus of Peruvian life that is Lima, we spent two weeks on location with hair, makeup, styling, RV's, motorcycles, and, of course, gorgeous models!
Want lighting descriptions? See here.
Nikon Gear Used
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 6:24:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the SmallHD 701 Lite 7" HDMI On-Camera Monitor available for $399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $699.00.
Product Highlights
  • 7" 1200x800 HDMI Monitor
  • 450 cd/m² Brightness
  • Accepts LP-E6 and Sony L Batteries
  • User Definable Presets
  • Discrete Display/Output 3D LUT Support
  • Joystick Menu Navigation
Note: The HDMI + SDI version is also on sale [$599.00] with free shipping. Regularly $899.00.
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 5:12:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Apple 13.3" MacBook Air Laptop Computer (Early 2015) available for $849.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,199.00.
Product Highlights
  1. 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 (Broadwell)
  2. 4GB of 1600 MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  3. 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  4. Integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000
  5. 13.3" LED-Backlit Glossy Display
  6. 1440 x 900 Native Resolution
  7. 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  8. USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2
  9. 720p FaceTime HD Camera, SDXC Card Slot
  10. Mac OS X 10.10 or 10.11
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Post Date: 7/7/2016 5:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Roger Cicala over at LensRentals has posted an open letter thanking rental customers for making the rental company he founded the great success it is today.
If you've ever rented from LensRentals, you've likely appreciated their excellent customer service. They are an excellent company and, as such, an easy recommendation when rental services are needed.
From the LensRentals Blog:
To Our Customers:
Ten years ago, if you wanted to try out some photography equipment, if you lived in a large market, your local camera store would have a few beat up copies of popular lenses for rent (with a 100% deposit). For the rest of us, we didn’t even have that option. I had this great idea to start an online rental offering, no deposits necessary and shared my idea with people I knew. Almost everyone said I would get robbed blind and lose every dime I had. Almost everyone said you’d get junky, beat-up rental equipment and were wasting your money renting online. Almost everyone said that my idea would be a massive failure.
I say ‘almost everyone’ because a few other people thought it was a good idea, too. You guys, our customers, thought it was a good idea. We’d never met each other unless emails count as a meeting. But we trusted each other because we all wanted this to work. Because we few thought that getting to use equipment for a few days or weeks at a reasonable price just made sense.
Almost everyone turned out to be dead wrong and we few turned out to be right. Lensrentals thrived beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Sure, I took risks, and the people who joined me here worked their butts off. But you guys, our customers, were our partners in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong. Without you, it never would have happened.
Ten years later, saying thank you just isn’t adequate. There are no words that would possibly express my gratitude for all of you who supported Lensrentals and created our success; you folks who shared in proving ‘almost everyone’ wrong.
There are no words, but I believe actions are more important than words. Everyone who works here tries to show our gratitude in our actions. Whether it’s making all of our testing data public, making sure your rental arrives in better condition than you expected, drawing a dinosaur on your shipping box because you requested it, or just talking you through a difficult set-up on the phone, we want to show you our gratitude with every rental. We want you to know it’s more than just business. It’s a partnership between you and us. You’ve helped us achieve our goals; we want to make certain we help you achieve yours.
We wouldn’t be doing what we love to do every day without you. We want our actions, our attitude, and our service let you know, every time you rent from us, that we are grateful that you have partnered with us along this journey.
Roger Cicala
In celebration of its 10 year anniversary, LensRentals invites you to use promo code LR10YEAR to save on orders arriving before July 31st.
The code allows you to save $15.00 on orders of $100.00 - $249.00, $50.00 on orders of $250.00 - $999.00 and $250.00 on orders of $1000.00 or more.
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:25:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
David Segal of the Financial Review has written a very interesting article on the success of fine art photographer Peter Lik and the market on which he thrives. [Sean]
From the Financial Review:
He's the creator of the world's most expensive photograph – it sold for $US6.5 million – but the success of Australian fine art photographer Peter Lik raises questions about his empire, and his art.
Peter Lik is in awe of himself. When he describes his career as a fine art photographer, he speaks with the satisfaction of a guy who has performed miracles, at the pace of a bystander who has just caught a glimpse of Superman.
The words tumble forth in self-exalting, run-on sentences, most of them laced with profanity, all of them in his sunny, chummy Australian accent.
"I'm the world's most famous photographer, most sought-after photographer, most awarded photographer," he said one recent afternoon, sipping a can of Red Bull in a conference room at Peter Lik USA, a 100,000-square-foot headquarters in Las Vegas devoted solely to the production and sale of Peter Lik photography.
"So I said" – and what Lik said next is an unprintable version of "the heck with it," and then – "I want to make something special, special, special, special."
That something special was a photograph called Phantom, an image of an eerily human-shaped swirl of dust in Antelope Canyon in Arizona. In December, his company announced in a news release that an anonymous collector had spent $US6.5 million ($8.4 million) for Phantom. That crushed the previous record, held by Andreas Gursky, whose Rhein II fetched $US4.3 million at an auction in 2011, and Cindy Sherman, whose Untitled #96 brought $US3.9 million at another auction the same year.
But Gursky and Sherman are titans, with solo shows in pre-eminent museums.
Who is Peter Lik?
The entire article can be read on the Financial Review.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 10:06:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Wondering what the new Pelican AIR hard cases are like? Check out the just posted Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case Review.
B&H has the Pelican 1535 AIR Hard Case in stock.
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 9:45:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing System available for $169.00 with free expedited shipping after a $330.00 instant savings and $100.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $599.95.
Product Highlights
  • For Small Cameras Up to 5 lb
  • Create Smooth, Elegant Shots on the Fly
  • Folding Design
  • Ergonomic 3-Axis Gimbal Handle
  • Quick-Release Dovetail Plate
  • Secure Gimbal Lock for Precise Tuning
  • Adjustable Lens Support Platform
  • Large Easily Adjustable Knobs
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 8:04:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Manfrotto Off Road Hiker Backpack (30L, Blue) available for $139.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.88.
Product Highlights
  • Holds DSLR, 70-200 Zoom and Extra Lens
  • Removable Photo Insert with Zipper
  • Movable Touch-Fastening Dividers
  • Large Top-Flap for Weather Protection
  • Protective Rain Cover Included
  • Two Adjustable Shoulder Straps
  • Padded Adjustable Waistband for Comfort
  • Waist Band Pocket for Smartphone
  • Padded Nylon Mesh to Reduce Moisture
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 7:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the COOPH YouTube Channel:
Watch photographer Markus Berger demonstrate how to get your glow on under blacklight with these UV photography tips & tricks!
UV Tools and Products:
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 6:57:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 & Premiere Elements 14 available for $69.95 with free shipping. Regularly $149.95.
Product Highlights
  • Photo and Video Editing Software Bundle
  • Camera Shake Reduction, Haze Removal
  • Refined Hair and Pet Fur Selections
  • Application-Based Resizing Guides
  • Supports Editing and Viewing 4K Movies
  • Video Story and Favorite Moments Modes
  • Hollywood Effects, Motion Effects
  • Guided Edits for Both Photo and Video
  • Built-In Social Media Sharing
  • For Mac OS X 10.9-10 & Windows 7, 8, 10
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Post Date: 7/6/2016 5:07:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 5, 2016
In addition to image quality results, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs and measurements have been added to the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens pages. As mentioned before, both of these lenses are scheduled to have full reviews completed in the near future.
B&H has the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Lens and Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 8:05:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
Canon “Explorer of Light “ Chas Glatzer will share the thought process behind the making of an image, and the techniques used to produce consistently successful images in the field. Learn how to see and understand light, its quality, physical properties, etc., and how they relate to your subject and capture medium will allow you to take control of your imagery.
Link to Full Version:
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Post Date: 7/5/2016 5:34:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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