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 Friday, April 15, 2016
From Zacuto:
 
The Gratical Eye SDI electronic viewfinder is the smallest and lightest of our Micro-OLED EVFs. It fits in the palm of your hand and weighs only 14oz. This is an ideal SDI EVF solution for filmmakers using professional cameras and external batteries. The Gratical Eye has a 2 pin Lemo power jack and a single SDI input. Sleek and small, this EVF will fit in even the smallest of camera bags! Take it with you on the road or add it to your studio rig.
 

Along with the full suite of Zacuto EVF firmware (full scopes, LUTs, multi level peaking, and more), the Gratical Eye has two unique features – an external tally light and a proximity screen saver sensor. If the sensor does not detect anything for 7 seconds (time is user adjustable) the screen will go black and then wake up instantly when it detects motion. After 1 hour of being idle, the Eye will go into auto shutoff mode, saving you power.
 
The Gratical Eye SDI EVF features a state-of-the-art Micro-OLED screen. With 5.4 million pixels squeezed onto a screen only 0.61” diagonal, you get a hugely expanded contrast range for the truest image possible. The Micro-OLED screen offers vivid, vibrant colors and true black, as each pixel is lit individually.
 
An industry standard 2 pin Lemo jack makes powering the Gratical Eye off your existing external batteries a breeze. We offer an optional combined power and video cable 2 Pin Lemo to D-Tap and a BNC cable. Or use any current model Lemo cable you may own – The Gratical Eye’s auto-sensor prevents any compatibility issues with polarity.
 
Mounting options include both a ¼ 20 screw hole underneath the EVF and ¼ 20 rosettes on both sides so cables can go up or down. Attach your electronic viewfinder with an arm or Zacuto Axis Mini as part of a Zacuto Next Generation Recoil Rig.
 
Gratical Eye customers can enjoy free firmware updates, including fixes and additions, for life. The Eye SDI EVF has a built in USB port for quick updates. Our software engineers are always working on tweaks and new features to make sure your Gratical stays current and consistent for any future changes in camera or workflow. Have something you’d like to see added? Please contact us to make a suggestions and you could see your idea in our next firmware!
 
B&H has the Zacuto Gratical Eye available for preorder.
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Category: Zacuto News
Post Date: 4/15/2016 6:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
Follow National Geographic Photographer, Keith Ladzinski, as he takes the Nikon D500 to 'Europe's Grand Canyon', Verdon Gorge, for an epic shoot of big wall climbing.
 
B&H has the Nikon D500 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 4/15/2016 5:29:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 14, 2016
When flying with camera gear, I always carry it on the plane with me. At least the most expensive and highest importance gear goes with me. But, just because I want to carry the gear onto the plane does not prevent the airline from forcing a gate check of a typically-large roller case, even if it falls within dimensional compliance. The scariness of this scenario was reinforced to me recently when I watched gate checked bags sliding down a very long tube, landing with significant force at ground level. So, I take precautions against being forced to turn over a camera case at the gate.
 
The first precaution I often take is using the airline's credit card to buy the flight tickets. This move typically results in priority boarding privileges. United Airlines and American Airlines (my two most-used airlines) charge an annual fee for their cards, but another benefit these cards provide is a certain number of free checked luggage bags on each flight. A flight or two a year generally equalizes the credit card's annual fee.
 
While there are generally a lot of people flying with priority boarding passes, getting in line early within this boarding group has always insured that I can stow my largest case in the overhead storage, avoiding a gate check requirement caused by lack of storage space.
 
Another key to avoid gate checking is knowing the size of the planes that you will be flying on. The smallest plane on your trip is going to be the limiting factor. If flying on a small plane such as a regional jet, this can be a problem (especially if it is the first leg of a multiple flight trip). The isle seat on the side of the plane with the most side-by-side seats may have the largest storage option – under the seat in front of you. In this case, know what size case fits here – a full-size hard or rigid case will often not fit.
 
With large-sized planes booked for all of my commercial airline flights and priority boarding passes in hand, I was comfortable taking a full-size roller bag as my carry-on to Alaska. My choice? The Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag. TTP sent me this case a long time ago, and I have used it with great frequency since, leaving many of my other cases to gather dust.
 
This trip involved a mix of travel (including float planes, various boats and an SUV) and in-the-field use of camera gear. While the Airport Security is not my first choice for backpack-style carry, it provides this option and I carried it full of gear for many miles in the Katmai National Park back country on this trip. The straps work fine. Aside from having a large capacity, including the ability to hold a 600mm f/4 lens with a pro-sized camera body attached (snug fit), this case provides very solid protection for the contents and the build quality was something I had a lot of confidence in.
 
The lead image for this post shows most of the primary items I carried in this pack while traveling. I removed a 15" sleeved laptop and some other odds and ends (including some spare clothes) prior to taking this picture. The laptop fits in the outside pocket or, to save some dimensional space, inside in the shown load configuration.
 
In the case, starting at the top, is the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens mounted to the Canon EOS 5Ds R with a Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip. I talk about my reasoning behind the camera and lens choices here:
 
My Wildlife Lens Selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska
 
My Camera Selection for Katmai National Park, Alaska
 
From left to right across the bottom of the case are the following:
 
The Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM Lens was along for my ultra-wide angle needs (didn't end up using it much). The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Lens earned its ticket to travel from its excellent image quality at a wide aperture. Night sky photography its primary intended purpose. The Canon EOS M3 with a Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens mounted made the trip. With Canon EOS Rebel T6i-like image quality, this tiny camera with the 18-55 gave me a very compact general purpose kit to use when I could not (or did not want to) take a full size camera and also provided a backup under the same circumstances. The EOS M3 proved a convenient choice for photographing from commercial airplanes (you do this, right?), from float planes and for a part-day salmon fishing trip.
 
In Lowepro Lens Cases under and beside the M3 are Canon EF 1.4x and 2x III Extenders. While I have no regrets from bringing these, I did not use either on this trip. The 600mm lens was enough, but you never know when a unique situation calls for more reach.
 
An Arca-Swiss Z1 Ball Head is fit into the bottom right divided section of the Airport Security. This head was chosen because ... it is my current favorite – it works great and reliably so. While I don't usually have room for tripods in my carry-on cases, I usually include my primary ball head because of its dense weight. Keeping my checked bag under the 50 lbs. limit is usually a challenge.
 
Numerous circular polarizer and neutral density filters can be seen in the two backpack images shown.
 
My "personal item" carried onto the plane was a Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro. This pack is ideal for maximizing the camera gear carried onto the plane and great for lower volume needs on location.
 
Think Tank Photo StreetWalker Pro Packed
 
Shown in this pack are a pair of 5Ds R bodies, one mounted to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens (amazing lens, again, see the lens selection link above) and one mounted to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens, a great handheld landscape lens. The other two lenses shown in this pack are the Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. Both are best-available for landscape and other needs.
 
Lots of additional accessories were along in the carry-on packs including well over 1TB of memory cards, many batteries, chargers, power supplies and including power supplies, charges, external hard drives. I always carry an empty water bottle through security and fill it from a water fountain before the flight, insuring adequate hydration for a long period of time.
 
Not seen in the two backpack images are a pair of tripods that were along for this trip. My favorite all-around tripod is the Gitzo GT3542LS. It is an extremely rigid, strong, lightweight, reliable tripod that is easily up to handling the 600mm lens kit. Nested inside the legs of the larger tripod was the Gitzo GT1542T Traveler Tripod with an Acratech GP-s Ball Head mounted (great little head). The second tripod served as backup, permitted use of two simultaneous tripod setups and offered an ultra-lightweight tripod for those times when the full-size option was too much. This little tripod could have handled the 600mm setup if necessary. A pair of empty Lowepro Toploader Pro cases were placed over both ends of the nested tripods with their open lids providing protection for most of the sides of the tripods. Clothing provided the balance of the protection necessary for the tripods.
 
Large lenses are far easier to use on a gimbal mount and the Wimberley Tripod Head II is my first choice. I packed this head in a padded case inside my checked bag.
 
Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 in the Field
 
The above image shows the Airport Security in action in coastal Katmai National Park. I like to keep my gear clean – The Airport Security can be seen here on The 1 Cheap Accessory that should be in All of Your Camera Bags. I always have these along.
 
My Alaska trip itinerary, in brief, involved a flight to Anchorage, SUV rental, driving to Seward and then Homer and float plane flight to coastal Katmai National Park where I stayed on boats for 4 nights. After flying back to home, a 1/2-day side trip to fish the Kenai River was in order and then on to Denali National Park for a few days. There is very little I'd change in my packs if I were to do this trip again.
 
Have any questions? Ask them in the comments section below!
 
Get your Think Tank Photo Airport Security at B&H or direct from Think Tank Photo.
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Post Date: 4/14/2016 12:04:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the newly introduced Glidecam XR-PRO Handheld Camera Stabilizer in stock with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for film and video cameras weighing up to 10lb
  • Dynamic camera balance platform
  • Precision 3-axis gimbal with adjustable convergence
  • No-tools telescoping central post
  • Adjustable inertial-control base platform
  • Foam-padded handle grip
  • Precision bearings at all vital points
  • Precision aluminum construction
  • Anodized studio black
  • Laser etched labeling
  • Allows unrestricted booming and 360° panning
  • Rubber feet under base platform
  • Made in the USA
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Post Date: 4/14/2016 10:40:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tenba:
 
Tenba Launches New Cineluxe Collection for Filmmakers
 
North White Plains, NY – April 13, 2016 – Tenba today announced a sneak peek of the new Cineluxe video camera bag collection at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show the week of April 18-21, 2016. The first to bring the “doctor bag” style opening to backpacks and rolling cases, Tenba’s new collection gives uncompromising filmmakers the quickest possible access to their gear when shooting.
 
Flex-Core Dividers
New Flex-Core dividers are unique in their combination of stiffness and flexibility, providing a secure separation between cameras and lenses. They are both rigid and bendable, allowing for quick, on-the-fly tweaks to the interior layout to fit changing camera systems.
 
Protective Wraps and Pouches
Cineluxe bags include a selection of protective padded wraps and pouches that allow sensitive equipment to be safely stored alongside larger cameras and rigs, offering more versatility than traditional Velcro dividers.
 
“Doctor Bag” Opening
The “doctor bag” style opening is crafted from anodized aluminum bars that give unobstructed access to the interior while also increasing the bag’s rigidity and camera protection. To meet the needs of traveling filmmakers, the “doctor bag” functionality has been fitted to a carry-on compatible rolling case and two backpacks.
 
Professional Features
Cineluxe bags deliver on Tenba’s reputation for durability, with a water-repellent exterior of 840-denier junior ballistic nylon with YKK zippers, a waterproof “Body Armor” bottom panel, and an equipment-friendly interior of ripstop nylon and soft, brushed tricot. Each bag includes a WeatherWrap rain cover and trolley straps to piggyback onto larger rolling cases.
 
The Cineluxe collection includes two carry-on compatible backpacks with Tenba’s comfortable Pivot-Fit Airflow harness and waist belt, a carry-on compatible rolling case with specially developed shock absorbing wheels, and three shoulder bags that range from 15 to 22 inches in interior length. Cineluxe bags will be available July 2016.
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Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 4/14/2016 6:09:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, use coupon code PXACARD50 at AdoramaPix to get 50% off cards (Mother's Day, Save the Date, Invitations, Graduation, etc.).
 
  • Choose from 4 beautiful papers
  • Designs for every occasion
  • Sizes and shapes to fit your style
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Post Date: 4/14/2016 5:39:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 13, 2016
B&H has the Tamrac 5426 Aria 6 Camera Bag (Moss Green or Brown) available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Designed for a Medium DSLR System
  • Interior Padded iPad Pocket
  • Water-Resistant Nylon Exterior
  • Long Front Flap with Metal Buckle
  • Zippered, Pleated, Expandable Front Pocket
  • Expands to Hold Personals / Keys, Wallet
  • Dual Slim Side Pockets for iPhone, iPod
  • Rear Slash Document Pocket
  • Shoulder Strap / Sliding Pad
  • Stylish, Handbag Design
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Post Date: 4/13/2016 9:53:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens Review.
 
Want f/2 at a focal length wider than 18mm? Surprising is that a zoom lens is your only option.
 
B&H has the Tokina 14-20mm f/2 AT-X Pro DX Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 4/13/2016 8:33:27 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
 
Virtual Reality, Character Animation, Sound Innovation Comes To Creative Cloud
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 13, 2016 — The way consumers access and view content has undergone sweeping changes. Media and entertainment companies, along with creative professionals, are under increasing pressure to find new ways to create, deliver and monetize content. They must also adapt to rapidly evolving technology advancements, including high-resolution capture, new delivery formats and virtual reality to name a few. Also, enterprises are dealing with an explosion of content demands from constituencies and need to integrate high-impact content types, like video, into their communications strategies.
 
Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime to help deliver TV and video content across screens. With Adobe’s digital marketing tools TV networks and pay-TV providers can drive viewer acquisition, engagement and monetization as audiences embrace “over the top” (OTT) content via connected devices such as Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Microsoft Xbox. At NAB, Adobe will demonstrate the updated tools and new workflows at booth #SL3910, South Hall (lower) in the Las Vegas Convention Center and at over 120 partner booths from April 18-21.
 
Adobe Creative Cloud video tools are becoming the go-to source for film editors of both award-winning Hollywood and indie films. The most recent example is Deadpool, the 20th Century FOX blockbuster which shattered box office records. The post-production team from Deadpool will discuss their state-of-the-art workflows and why they chose Adobe Premiere Pro CC in a Creative Master Series panel at NAB on April 19 from 4:15–5 p.m. PT.
 
Upcoming productions using Premiere Pro CC include Mindhunter, David Fincher’s new series for Netflix, and 6 Below directed by Scott Waugh and starring Josh Hartnett, which is currently shooting in 6K RED and will be edited natively in Premiere Pro.
 
Creative Cloud video tools are also powering a new generation of content delivered via social channels like YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
 
"The videos we make at RocketJump are pure entertainment,” said Freddie Wong, Founder of RocketJump, the hybrid studio/production company behind the popular RocketJump YouTube channel with nearly 8 million subscribers and 1.3 billion views. “We've been users of Adobe's Creative Cloud for years and love the new features coming soon. In addition to editing native footage in Premiere Pro and creating awesome visual effects in After Effects, we use Photoshop for graphics, Audition to sweeten audio, Media Encoder to export content, and now Creative Cloud Libraries to share assets.”
 
Immerse Yourself In Creativity
 
Adobe continues to deliver technology that opens unimagined creative opportunities for video and film production, and now, immersive experiences. In the next release of Creative Cloud – available in early summer – Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality capabilities, including “field of view” mode for spherical stitched media. In addition, thanks to Adobe Stock integration into CC apps, customers are already experiencing productivity increases of 10 times, when adding stock content into creative projects, including video*. In the upcoming release, Adobe Stock will have enhanced connections with CC apps and new workflows will enable Adobe Bridge and Lightroom users to contribute to the Adobe Stock marketplace directly from within the application.
 
Other feature highlights coming soon to Creative Cloud include:
 
  • Edit immediately during ingest allows Premiere Pro CC users to get straight to work, while importing their video and audio files in the background.
  • Powerful proxy workflows in Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC enable users to easily work with heavy 8K, HDR and HFR media, so editors can switch between native and proxy formats freely – even on lightweight machines.
  • Enhanced Lumetri Color tools within Premiere Pro CC adds HSL Secondaries to expand the editor’s toolkit for making color correction and adjustment easier for all filmmakers.
  • New video and audio preview engine in After Effects CC delivers superior playback of cached frames for a smooth experience.
  • Easier and more efficient Character Animator includes a simplified puppet creation process that enables users to easily tag puppet layers easily and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Users can animate puppets to respond to motion and trigger animation accordingly.
  • New Essential Sound panel in Audition CC enables anyone to mix audio content for professional results.
  • Quickly find Adobe Stock assets with new filtered search in Creative Cloud Libraries. Licensed assets in your library are now badged for easy identification, videos are displayed with duration and format information, and saved videos are linked to video previews on the Adobe Stock site.
“There’s rapid change happening in the digital landscape with video now the fastest growing media type across social media platforms and OTT shaking up broadcast and film,” said Bryan Lamkin, executive vice president and general manager, Digital Media at Adobe. “Adobe is transforming the industry with Creative Cloud and Primetime by helping customers create beautiful content to engage viewers and technologies that monetize content that audiences care about.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
At NAB, Adobe is previewing the next major updates to Creative Cloud. These updates are expected to ship in the coming months. The company is offering Adobe Creative Cloud for U.S. $49.99 a month.
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Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/13/2016 7:57:50 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Legendary photographer Vincent Laforet sits down with us to share his thoughts on aerial photography, and what he's learned along the way. Through the years, Laforet has been at the forefront of commercial photography, and his daring aerial work is the subject of his new book, AIR.
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Post Date: 4/13/2016 6:25:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the Manfrotto Digital Director available with a $200.00 discount.
 
Manfrotto has Digital Director models to fit the iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Real-Time Live View Monitoring
  • Controls Camera Functions from iPad
  • Interactive Focus and Digital Zoom
  • Remote Shooting Control
  • In-App Image Editing
  • Job Organization
  • Simple Image Sharing
  • ARM Cortex A8 600MHz Micro Processor
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Post Date: 4/13/2016 5:23:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lensbaby:
 
PORTLAND, OR–(Marketwired – Apr 12, 2016) – Lensbaby, makers of award-winning creative effects lenses, optics and accessories, today announced the availability of the Twist 60 lens. Twist 60 helps creative photographers find their visual voice by seeing the world differently.
 
This metal-bodied non-tilting 60mm f/2.5 lens with gold anodized accents creates powerful portraits, spotlighting subjects by freeing them from their background and surrounding them with swirly blur and enhanced vignette. The brighter the aperture, the greater the swirl and the greater the vignette.
 

“Twist 60 embodies our love of old lenses and their unique ways of helping photographers discover creative possibilities,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer. “True to an 1840 design by Joseph Petzval, this lens reveals striking separation between subjects and their background, a quality that modern lens designs lack.”
 
Twist 60 Lens specs:
 
  • 12 blade f/2.5-22 aperture
  • 60mm focal length
  • Twisty, swirly blur
  • Recommended for use on full frame cameras
  • Available in Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony E mounts
  • 4 elements in 3 groups
  • Filter threads: 46mm
  • Black anodized body with gold anodized aperture ring
  • Minimum focus distance – 18?
Availability
 
Twist 60 lens retails for $279.95 and is available via pre-order beginning April 12, 2016 (shipping May 5th, 2016). Twist 60 Optic will also be sold separately for use with other Lensbaby Optic Swap System-compatible lenses. It retails for $179.95. For best results, when using it in a tilting Lensbaby such as the Composer Pro, photographers should shoot with Twist 60 pointed straight ahead. Lensbaby products are available at B&H, Adorama, and from select specialty photo stores worldwide.
 
B&H has the Lensbaby Twist 60 available for preorder.
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Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 4/13/2016 5:17:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Amazon has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $899.00. Compare at $1,096.95.
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Post Date: 4/12/2016 8:15:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter available for $299.00 with free shipping. Regularly $399.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Color Touch Screen Interface
  • Still, Cine, Incident, Reflected, Flash Exposure Meter
  • Wireless Flash Power Control
  • Custom Exposure Profiles and Calibration
  • Flash Exposure Analyzing Function
  • Adjustable Menu Navigation
  • Retractable and Removable Lumisphere
  • AAA Battery Power Source
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Post Date: 4/12/2016 5:45:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder available for $149.99 with free shipping. Regularly $179.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact Design
  • Adjustable Condenser Mics
  • Records to SD/SDHC Media
  • WAV/BWF and MP3 Recording
  • XLR and 1/4" Combo Inputs
  • Phantom Power
  • USB 2.0 Connector
  • Integrated Speaker
  • 3.5mm Headphone/Line Output
  • Battery, AC, or USB Power
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 4/12/2016 5:28:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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