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 Tuesday, May 10, 2016
B&H has the Senal SC-550X Professional Cardioid Condenser Microphone available for $89.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $129.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Condenser Element
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
  • Selectable Hi-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
  • 140 dB Maximum SPL
  • Wide, Linear Frequency Response
  • Accurate Transient Response
  • All-Metal Body
  • Designed for Multiple Applications
  • Includes Shockmount, Pop Filter, & Case
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 7:53:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens for Canon/Nikon available for $299.00 with free shipping. Compare at $419.00 after $250.00 instant savings.
 
From Auction: "Brand new, USA Warranty"
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 6:52:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Impact Hexi 24 Softbox Speedlight Solution Kit available for $152.85 with free shipping. Regularly $257.85.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox
  • Carrying Case
  • Outer Diffuser
  • Inner Baffle
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Air-cushioned Light Stand (Black, 8')
  • PowerSlave Wireless Flash Transmitter and Receiver Kit
Note: This would be a great starter kit for anyone wishing to gain experience with off-camera flash. Just be sure to select the appropriate kit (Canon or Nikon) as the flash triggers are brand specific. [Sean]
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 6:44:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tonight, the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens (review) qualifies for a $200.00 instant savings which brings the final price down to $799.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $999.00.
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 5:14:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Eyefi 32GB Mobi Pro SDHC Wi-Fi Memory Card available for $59.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 32GB Storage Capacity
  • Class 10 Performance
  • Secures Full Resolution Photos
  • Categorizes and Identifies Photos
  • Wirelessly Transfer JPEG & RAW Images
  • One Unified and Organized Camera Roll
  • Identifies and Categorizes Photos
  • Includes 1-Year Eyefi Cloud Membership
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Post Date: 5/10/2016 4:59:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, May 9, 2016
eBay (via Tri-State1) has the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens Available for $1,362.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,896.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 11:52:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through tomorrow, you can save $100.00 on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens (review) at B&H.
 
This is easily one of my favorite lenses. It's impressively sharp and (from my experience) one of Sigma's best performing Art lenses from an AF perspective.[Sean]
 
Amanda Lights Sigma 50 1.4 Art

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Post Date: 5/9/2016 10:23:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from ViewNX-i Version 1.2.0 to 1.2.1
 
  • Added support for the COOLPIX B500 and A300.
  • Added support for MP4 movies.
  • Added ranges to the sliders in the Adjustments/Metadata palette.
  • The sliders in the Adjustments/Metadata palette can now be reset by clicking the mark that indicates the default position.
Download: Nikon ViewNX-i v.1.2.1
 


Changes from Capture NX-D Version 1.4.0 / 1.4.0a to 1.4.1
 
  • Added support for the COOLPIX B500 and A300.
  • Added a View menu to Preferences for a custom grid display.
  • Added perspective control to the Straighten tool.
  • Sliders now show increments at all times.
  • Fixed an issue that caused blurring when Noise Reduction > Better Quality 2013 was applied to NEF (RAW) photos taken with the D610.
Download: Nikon Capture NX-D 1.4.1
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Post Date: 5/9/2016 5:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Tamrac 5426 Aria 6 Camera Bag (Moss Green or Brown) available for $19.95 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: 5/9/2016 5:08:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, May 8, 2016
For today only, B&H has the Lensbaby Spark Duo available for $64.95 with free shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Spark 50mm f/5.6 Lens
  • Sweet Spot Selective Focus Lens
  • Multi-Coated Optical Glass Doublet
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 13"
  • Supports Lensbaby's Optic Swap System
  • Compatible with 37mm Accessories
  • Plastic 50mm f/2 Optic for Lo-Fi Look
  • Uncoated Double Convex Plastic Singlet
  • Magnetic Aperture Set
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Post Date: 5/8/2016 8:07:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, May 6, 2016

 
From the B&H YouTube Channel:
 
Watch hours become seconds through the power of timelapse! In this video, Chase from Zacuto explains the fundamental techniques along with several important things to consider when shooting timelapses.
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Post Date: 5/6/2016 6:44:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that three of its products are recipients of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2016 sponsored by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a global authority in the photography and imaging industry. The Nikon D5 digital SLR camera has been selected for the Best DSLR Professional/Action awards, the Nikon D500 for the Best APS-C DSLR Expert award, and the SnapBridge app for the Best Imaging Innovation award.
 
The best photographic and imaging products released between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016 in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2016 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.
 
Reasons the Nikon D5 was selected for the Best DSLR Professional/Action awards (summary of TIPA comments)
The EXPEED 5 image-processing engine built into the D5 delivers low noise, the high-speed processing required for 4K UHD video, and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps (with AF and AE tracking). Up to 200 14-bit lossless-compression RAW images can be captured with a single burst of continuous shooting. The new Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module is very densely packed with 153 focus points (99 are cross-type sensors positioned in central and peripheral areas) covering a broad area of the frame. What's more, still JPEG images with a pixel count of roughly 8 megapixels can be extracted from 4K UHD movies, the D5 supports the highest standard sensitivity in Nikon history — ISO 102400, and with an AF detection range beginning at just -4 EV, autofocusing on dimly lit and low-contrast subjects is possible.
 
Reasons the Nikon D500 was selected for the Best APS-C DSLR Expert award (summary of TIPA comments)
Adoption of the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and a new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor for the D500 has achieved a broad standard sensitivity range — ISO 100–51200, expandable to the equivalent of ISO 1640000 (Hi 5). The D500 delivers high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 10 fps (with AF and AE tracking) for up to 79 shots of 14-bit uncompressed RAW images in a single burst. Along with stills, the D500 supports recording of 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p, full-HD, and time-lapse movies. It is equipped with a 3.2-inch, approximately 2,360K-dot touch screen monitor for viewing and shooting ease. The camera can record to both XQD and SD card slots at the same time, and is compatible with SnapBridge for seamless connection of the camera to a smart device, allowing users to transfer and share images.
 
Reasons SnapBridge was selected for the Best Imaging Innovation award (summary of TIPA comments)
SnapBridge enables seamless connection of a camera and smart device with an energy-efficient Bluetooth low energy connection. Once installed, SnapBridge enables immediate transfer of images to a smart device from the camera with which up to five smart devices can be paired. Original JPEG images, or smaller 2-MP (full HD) JPEG copies can be automatically transferred to, and stored on, smart devices during shooting. In addition, two types of embedded information, including copyright, shooting information, comments, and logos, can be included. Further, the app supports remote shooting from the smart device, allowing users to frame and preview shots in real time using the smart device screen and, with certain cameras, to operate features such as the self-timer.
 
B&H has the Nikon D500 and the Nikon D5 (XQD) available for preorder, while the Nikon D5 (CF) is in stock with free expedited shipping.
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Post Date: 5/6/2016 5:43:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes available for $149.95 with free shipping. Regularly $349.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Li-Ion Battery, 5-Pin Connector
  • 1 Sec. Recycle Time with Most Flashes
  • Up to 500 Full Power Flashes
  • LED Charge Level Indicators
  • 100-240VAC Charger
  • Charges in 2 Hours
  • Removable Belt Clip
  • Quick Release Shoulder Strap
  • Lightweight: 14.1 oz
Note: You'll also need to purchase a compatible cable (Canon | Nikon) to connect the power pack to your flash.
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Post Date: 5/6/2016 5:21:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 5, 2016
by Sean Setters
 
While recently planning a trip to Wichita, KS to visit friends, my goal was to pack as light as possible to avoid checked baggage fees. The trip was not planned with photography being a high priority, however, I wanted to take a decently capable kit with me in case photographic opportunities arose.
 
On that note, Delta allows one personal item and one carry-on bag for free. My work laptop bag filled the "personal item" allotment. As such, my Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW became a dual service bag in that it not only carried my camera gear but my clothes as well.
 
Unfortunately, that led to compromises as I couldn't take as much camera gear as I'm used to having available and I had to be very selective in the clothes that I packed.
 
Having never been to Wichita, I wasn't quite sure what kinds of photographic opportunities to expect. Therefore, I decided to structure my kit to be as versatile as possible while remaining [relatively] small in footprint.
 
Clothes aside, here's the gear I packed into the Lowepro Nova Sport 35L AW:
 
I choose to bring the 7D II instead of my 5D III because the crop sensor camera allowed me to pack a wide range of focal lengths in a smaller amount of space compared to a full-frame compatible set of lenses (not to mention the weight savings over similarly-capable full-frame lenses). As this wasn't a photo-centric trip, I decided not to pack an LC-E6 battery charger (assuming I wouldn't exhaust two LP-E6s in three days).
 
Here were my thoughts behind the gear choices:
 
  • The EF-S 10-18 IS STM would fulfill my wide-angle lens needs; the EF-S 55-250 IS STM would cover telephoto needs.
  • The EF-S 24 STM and 40 STM pancakes would be perfect for shooting video while adding very little weight/bulk to the kit. The 40mm lens would also fill a gap in my uncovered focal range and could serve as a decent, loosely framed portrait lens with a 64mm full-frame equivalent focal length.
  • The Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art would serve as my indoor, low-light lens. I anticipated that we would be spending a decent amount of time in our friends' apartment hanging out and catching up (we don't see them often).
  • The 580EX flash would allow me to augment the light in a scene if needed. Bounce flash can produce very flattering light in indoor settings (assuming you have neutral-colored walls/ceilings to work with). And with the 7D II's pop-up flash acting as a master flash, I could even use the flash off-camera if needed. Including flash gels would also allow me to change the color of the flash's light to more closely match the ambient.
  • I opted to bring the tiny Feisol Mini Tripod so that I'd have some type of support solution in the kit. I envisioned using it for group photos or possibly lightning shots (when combined with the Miops Camera Trigger).
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS STM proved especially useful on a visit to the Sedgwick County Zoo because of its small size, long focal range and effective IS.
 
Giraffe Mane at Sedgwick County Zoo

Bird at Sedgwick County Zoo

Galapagos Tortoise at Sedgwick County Zoo

The EF-S 55-250 IS STM also proved useful in another way. Having not anticipated the need for a macro lens, I hadn't packed one. However, as our friends were recently engaged, I was asked to capture a shot of the engagement ring. Being engaged to a railroad rail quality engineer, the happy bride-to-be wanted to incorporate the railroad into the shot.
 
Luckily, we found an abandoned pile of railroad spikes about 20 feet away from a portion of track at a long-abandoned railway station. Without a macro lens at hand, I used the 55-250mm lens to create the image below.
 
Engagement Ring on Railroad Spikes

And here are a few images I captured using other lenses in the kit:
 
Trees Beginning to Bloom Wichita KS

Buildings Wichita KS

Museum of World Treasures Wichita KS Portrait

Museum of World Treasures Wichita KS

Overall, the gear worked well for the trip and was not a burden to travel with. I used everything except the Miops trigger (no lightning on the trip) and I was able to capture images in a variety of situations. And for what it's worth, my most-used lens on the trip – the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM – is currently on sale at the Canon Refurbished Store for a ridiculously low price.
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Post Date: 5/5/2016 9:05:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
To dig into the world of book publishing, we’ve partnered with the creative book publishing platform Blurb for our latest guide, The Photographer’s Guide to Publishing Photo Books.
 
Check out exclusive interviews with photographers who have completed book projects through self-publishing and traditional publishing, and share lessons learned along the way.
 
Inside this guide, you’ll also discover:
 
  • A rundown of reasons to publish
  • 10 steps to professional book success
  • Different paths to book publishing
  • Ideas for selling and marketing your photo book
  • Tips to finding a publisher
  • And more!
Successful book projects take a clear vision, thorough research, smart decisions, and a lot of work. This guide will inspire you to give your images a whole new shelf life.
 
Download your copy today!
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Post Date: 5/5/2016 9:03:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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