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 Thursday, May 12, 2016
From Samsung:
 
Combined high performance and capacity, this memory card solution provides consumers with up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video storage
 
May 10, 2016 10:49 AM – SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., an expert provider of advanced memory solutions, today unveiled its newest memory card globally – the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card. The EVO Plus 256GB offers the highest capacity for a microSD card in its class, delivering fast speeds and an expanded memory storage for use in premium smartphones and tablets, 360-degree video recorders, action cameras, and drones. Consumers can now record up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video or 33 hours of Full HD videoon their mobile device or action camera without needing to change or replace the memory card, allowing them to experience more and worry less about running out of memory.
 
The EVO Plus 256GB raises the bar for capacity and performance of microSD cards thanks to Samsung’s advanced V-NAND technology, offering high read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively. This level of performance will provide general consumers and professionals with superb user convenience for storing heavy-loaded, high-resolution photography and 4K video recording, as well as graphic intensive multimedia like virtual reality (VR) and gaming.
 
“With the upward trend of consumers using high-performance, high-capacity mobile devices, our new, V-NAND-based 256GB microSD card solution allows us to deliver the memory card consumers have been craving,” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Brand Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our EVO Plus 256GB microSD card, will provide consumers with large capacity, and high read and write speeds. We are excited to offer our customers convenient and seamless multimedia experiences when they access, store and share all of the content they create and capture.”
 
The EVO Plus 256GB microSD card provides advanced protection, capacity, and performance with long-term reliability needed to get the most out of today’s electronics, making it an ideal companion for high-end smartphones and tablets with a microSD slot, even in the most extreme conditions.
 
Samsung will offer the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card with a limited 10-year warranty in more than 50 countries, including the USA, Europe, China, and other regions starting in June 2016 for $249.99 (Manufacturer’s suggested retail price).
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Category: Samsung News
Post Date: 5/12/2016 5:28:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System available for $79.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $159.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Radio Remote Control
  • Includes Transmitter, DC Receiver
  • Effective to 590' Indoors, 200' Outdoors
  • Sync Up to 1/250 sec
  • Transmitter Uses One 3V CR2450 Battery
  • Receiver Uses 2 AA Batteries (Included)
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Post Date: 5/12/2016 5:11:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 11, 2016
B&H has the Westcott Omega Reflector Kit available for $94.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $119.90.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Innovative 10-in-1 Design, 38 x 45"
  • White, Silver, Sunlight, Black Surfaces
  • 1-Stop Diffusion Core
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 3:04:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
This time of year is full of weddings, festivals, and vacations. Plan ahead to get the gear you need, and save 10% on your rental! Place your order at least a week in advance and use code EARLYBIRD10.
 
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
 
Fine Print:
  • Order must have arrival date on or before June 30th, 2016
  • Must use code EARLYBIRD10
  • Order must be placed at least 7 days in advance of delivery date
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 12:18:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, select PocketWizard radio triggering products are on sale at B&H. See below for more information.
 
Discounted for a Limited Time
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver$149.00$27.50$121.50
PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter$199.00$46.90$152.10
PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver$219.00$51.60$167.40
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 12:10:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens page.
 
I'll leave the comparison lens selection up to you, but ... certain is that there is no directly comparable lens available.
 
B&H has the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 10:07:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
by Sean Setters
 
You probably know that Canon USA provides a 1-year warranty on new DSLR cameras and lenses purchased through its authorized retailer network. But what you may not know is that your warranty can often be extended by using a credit card to purchase your camera gear. In many cases, credit card companies will provide Extended Warranty protection (usually 1-year after the manufacturer's warranty has expired) when you charge the full amount of the camera gear to the credit card.
 
In addition to the extended warranty coverage, some credit card companies also offer purchase Protection Coverage (up to a specified amount) if your item is damaged or stolen within the first 90 days of purchase.
 
Yet another credit card benefit that you may be able to take advantage of is Price Protection. With this benefit, the credit card company will reimburse you the difference in price if you find a lower price on the newly purchased item within 60 days.
 
Of course, you'll need to contact your credit card company (or do your own research) to find out which (if any) of these benefits come with your specific credit card(s).
 
Here is some general information I found about various credit card benefits:
 
Visa Signature Card
Visa cardholders can register a product and extend a manufacturer’s warranty. One convenient service makes it quick and easy.
(This benefit may also be available on other card products. Check with your issuer to see if you qualify.)
 
Warranty Manager Service offers you a number of valuable features, including warranty registration and Extended Warranty Protection, all available with a simple toll-free telephone call. Warranty Manager Service’s registration service helps you take full advantage of your warranties, because you can get key information about your coverage with a single toll-free call. And if you send us [Visa] your sales receipts and warranty information, we’ll keep everything on file-so arranging for a repair or replacement is as easy as picking up the telephone. Warranty Manager Service offers Extended Warranty Protection that doubles the time period of the original manufacturer’s written U.S. repair warranty up to one (1) additional year on eligible warranties of three (3) years or less when an item is purchased entirely with your eligible Visa card.
MasterCard
Extended warranty
Doubles the original manufacturer's or store brand warranty for up to one year when you pay with your eligible MasterCard.
 
Price protection
Should you find a lower price for a new item within 60 days from the date of purchase using your eligible MasterCard, you may be reimbursed for the price difference.
 
Purchase assurance
Provides coverage for most items you purchase with your eligible MasterCard if the item is damaged or stolen within 90 days of the date of purchase.
Discover
No need to worry about expired warranties. We will extend the terms of an existing eligible warranty for up to 1 additional year on warranties of 36 months or less.
 
Note that the entire cost of the eligible purchase must be charged to your Discover Card (or accrued rewards) for coverage to apply.
American Express
Use your Card for your eligible purchases and you can have warranty protection for longer.
 
Use Your Eligible Card - Extended Warranty1 can provide up to one extra year added to the original U.S. manufacturer’s warranty. Applies to warranties of 5 years or less when the eligible purchase is charged to the Card.
 
Coverage - You will only be covered up to the actual amount charged to your Card for the item up to a maximum of $10,000; not to exceed $50,000 per Card Member account per calendar year. Please read important exclusions and restrictions.
Citi DoubleCash Card (MasterCard)
We will extend the manufacturer’s warranty for an additional 24 Months. If you purchase an extended warranty, our coverage begins at the expiration of that warranty. In the event of a covered failure we will repair or replace the item or reimburse up to the amount charged on your Citi card and/or ThankYou Points (excluding shipping and handling) or $10,000, whichever is less. In no event will total coverage exceed 84 Months from the purchase date.
As shown above, warranties longer than 3-years typically do not qualify for extended warranty benefits. This is important because even though Nikon DSLR purchases would qualify for extended warranty coverage (1 year warranty), Nikon USA provides 5-year warranty (1+4 year extension) on lenses after registration. Sigma lenses qualify for a 4-year Sigma USA warranty (1+3 year extension) and Tamron USA provides a rather generous 6-year warranty.
 
Again, I urge you to check your credit card benefits to see if any of these benefits apply to you. It's a benefit we hope to never use, but a great benefit to have if your camera gear fails soon after the manufacturer's warranty expires.
 
On that note, getting an extra year's warranty on the newly announced Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT doesn't sound so bad, does it?
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 8:11:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from “C” Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.11
 
  • Fixed an issue that caused increased drain on the camera battery when the camera was off or in sleep mode with a GP-N100 GPS unit attached.
Download: Nikon 1 V3 Firmware v1.11
 
B&H carries the Nikon 1 V3.
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 6:26:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From SanDisk:
 
MILPITAS, Calif. - May 10, 2016 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) has approved the acquisition of SanDisk by Western Digital Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC).
 
All necessary regulatory approvals for the acquisition have now been received and the transaction is expected to close on Thursday, May 12, 2016. SanDisk stockholders previously voted to approve the transaction at a special meeting of stockholders held on March 15, 2016.
 
“We are pleased that the final regulatory approval has been received and we can now proceed with the planned combination with Western Digital,” said Sanjay Mehrotra, president and chief executive officer, SanDisk. “We thank our stakeholders for their support of this transaction and look forward to contributing to the success of Western Digital as it transforms into the leading storage solutions company.”
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 6:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, B&H has the GigaPan EPIC Pro Robotic Camera Mount available for $595.00 with free shipping. Regularly $995.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Automatically Captures Panoramic Images
  • Gigapixel Panoramas with Amazing Detail
  • For Camera & Lenses up to 10 lb (4.5kg)
  • Free GigaPan Stitch Software Download
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger
  • Digital Trigger Cables Included
  • Includes Camera Mount Vice/Clamp
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Post Date: 5/11/2016 5:09:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, May 10, 2016
With 9 students planning to arrive for prom pictures within a short period of time, I had to be ready. The entire week preceding the big day was extra cloudy with lots of rain. The forecast for the Saturday afternoon shoot was calling for clouds with a 30% chance of light rain. Clouds would be perfect for afternoon outdoor lighting, the grass was very green and the new spring leaves on the trees were a great color for a background, but that chance of rain required a studio setup be on standby.
 
White matches everything, so ... I went with white this year.
 
Setting up for a high key white background is not hard nor is it expensive. If shooting partial body portraits, a white wall, white reflector or white foam core can work well as the background. For full body portraits, rolled paper is often the best option and it works great. Savage Widetone Seamless Paper Background is what I use.
 
To hold the rolled paper in place, a background stand (I have Impact and Manfrotto brands) is needed. The rolled paper slides onto the top bar of the background stand and rolls out onto the floor to the front (get another person to hold the background stand up while unrolling the paper as the stand could easily tip over during this step). I gaffer tape the paper to the floor to keep it from rolling back up and clamp the roll of paper to the top bar to keep it from further unrolling.
 
High Key Lighting Setup
 
More complicated than the background setup is the lighting and the balancing of the lights. I typically start my light balancing setup with the camera exposure settings. With powerful strobes in use, I have a lot of flexibility even at the lowest noise ISO setting of 100. With the EOS 1D X Mark II and similar-resolution full frame cameras, I generally start with f/11. This aperture gives me a lot of depth of field, keeping much or all of the subject in focus along with room for error (it is rare to get an out of focus portrait at f/11) without compromising image sharpness to diffraction. Note that, when using a solid-colored background such as rolled paper, there is little benefit to blurring the background via a wide aperture. A 1/160 shutter speed is about as fast as I trust the PocketWizards to trigger the first strobe and for the rest to optically trigger while the shutter is fully open, so that is what I go with. The f/11, 1/160 and ISO 100 combination is generally enough to overwhelm any ambient light present.
 
For lighting with consistent requirements, manual flash settings are ideal and ... the only option I have with my Elinchrom Digital Style studio monolights (Elinchrom ELC Pro HD Flash Heads are the current models).
 
For the high key background, I place a softbox-fitted strobe on each side of the paper with the power set high enough to blow out the background in the selected exposure (but not higher than necessary as flare could become an issue). I was tempted to place a 4x8' piece of clear Plexiglas on the floor under the subject to better reflect the bright background, but ... I feared that the parade of subjects flowing through my studio would not be kind to this relatively-expensive piece of plastic's useful lifespan.
 
To keep the background reflection from strongly influencing the lighting on the subject (a wrapping light the softens the transition from subject to the background), the subject should be positioned well in front of the background. The subject to background distance was about 10' (3m) in this example.
 
Prom is all about the dress (or tux) and a 54" octagonal softbox angled just slightly downward and directly at the subject from camera-left created an even light emphasizing the dresses. This light was adjusted to the output needed for proper dress brightness with care taken to not overexpose the dress as reducing brightness during post processing can reduce the background's whiteness. A 24x24" softbox on a Manfrotto boom was positioned above the subject to light their head with the appropriate brightness setting used for that.
 
While it takes multiple lights to effectively create a high key effect and light the subject, the light sources do not have to be studio strobes. I have done the same many times with Speedlites and constant lights, can also be utilized. And, the background does not have to be pure white as long as your background lights are bright enough to make whatever color is available bright enough. I've even shot high key corporate portraits using a light-colored wallpaper background. Hit it with enough light and it turns white.
 
Umbrellas can be used in place of softboxes.
 
By the time my first subject arrived (my own daughter was first and about 1 hour late), the day was bright, sunny and unfavorable for lighting in my preferred outdoor locations. It didn't take much thought to know that the indoor option was best.
 
With the lighting and camera settings all dialed in before any subjects arrived, I was able to take lots of photos in a short/compressed amount of time.
 
The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens is an excellent portrait lens and 70mm is just wide enough for comfortably shooting full length portraits in my studio space. The just-arrived Canon EOS 1D X Mark II was my camera choice for this shoot. This scenario was a walk in the park for this camera.
 
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Camera and Lens Settings
80mm  f/11.0  1/160s
ISO 100
3648 x 5472px
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 11:13:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via CookieElectronics) has the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter available for $599.00 with free shipping. Compare at $799.00.
 
Update: This deal is now listed as "Out of Stock."
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 11:14:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the National Geographic YouTube Channel:
 
German artist Thorsten Brinkmann is a self-proclaimed serial collector. He works primarily with items from resale shops and junkyards, incorporating the found objects into his photography and site-specific installations. Wearing a trash can for a helmet and a fabric scrap for a vest, he is suddenly transformed into a seemingly noble character that mimics the style of paintings done by the old masters. In this short from Walley Films, watch how Brinkmann creates these whimsical self-portraits for his latest show at the Rice University Art Gallery in Houston, Texas.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 10:38:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Due to a trademark issue (with Foveon), Breakthrough Photography has renamed their "X3" to line "X4". While the change means nothing to the quality of the product, it could cause confusion if you were looking for the older product name as it no longer exists.
 
In regards to the quality of these products, it is very high. Breakthrough Photography X4 ND Filters are what I use. Read the 10 Stop Neutral Density (Black) Filter Review. Then go get creative.
 
B&H has Breakthrough Photography X4 10-Stop ND Filters in stock.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 10:17:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Vello FreeWave IR TTL Flash Commander for Canon/Nikon available for $89.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $109.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Wireless Infrared E-TTL/i-TTL Control
  • Sets and Controls E-TTL/i-TTL Flash Ratios
  • 180° Rotation
  • Up to Three Flash Groups
  • Up to Four Independent Channels
  • High-Speed Synch
  • Powered by Two AA Batteries
  • Drawstring Storage Pouch Included
Note: The Canon version of the Vello FreeWave IR TTL Flash Commander is similar in functionality to the significantly more expensive Canon ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter. On the plus side, the Vello Flash Commander features a rotating head which can come in handy under certain shooting conditions. However, a downside is that the Vello Flash Commander does not feature an AF Assist beam like the Canon ST-E2.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 8:04:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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