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 Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R and 1Ds Mark III have been added to the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens page.
 
This lens is looking quite impressive, especially in the periphery, even wide open. Check out the lower three crops, showing mostly numbers from the center, mid and periphery, in the EOS 5Ds R f/1.8 image.
 
Here are some pre-built comparisons to get you started:
 
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II (at f/2 on 5Ds R)
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Canon 85mm f/1.8
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG (at f/2)
Tamron 85 f/1.8 VC compared to the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 (at f/2)
 
Results from the 7D Mark II are coming soon.
 
B&H has the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 4/6/2016 11:42:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Induro:
 
The Baby Grand Induro is for those seeking the highest level of stability. Period.
 
North White Plains, NY – April 6, 2016 – Induro today announced two new Baby Grand Induro Tripods. These no nonsense, ground level tripods incorporate a flat, modular head-mounting platform made of lightweight magnesium alloy. This platform accepts photo heads including gimbal, ball, three-way or geared and accessories like a leveling base or video bowl. These accessories are secured with a ratchet style lock lever as well as a safety catch to protect the gear. Each Baby Grand Induro tripod includes a machined aluminum top plate with hard anodizing, a removable oversized weight hook and a set screw for secure lockdown of the tripod head.
 
Perfect for Ultra Low Angle Shots
 
The Baby Grand Induro Tripods are available in both a 75mm (Series 3) and a 100mm (Series 4) platform. Perfect for those ultra low angle shots, they are designed to be used with all lenses including ultra long lenses and all formats including large formats and video cameras. The ulitmate in strength and rigidity, they are ideal for macro photography and unique low angle perspectives whether you are in the studio or in the field.
 
Both units can be converted to video bowls. The 75mm version converts using the MVB23S accessory and the 100mm version coverts using the MVB45S accessory.
 
Each leg can be independently positioned at one of the three locks located on the outside of the shoulder. In addition, each leg features oversized rubber twist locks and is telescoping for adjusting the height. Quick and convenient set-up is achieved in any location.
 
The large rubber feet are attached to a metal ball joint for quick positioning, which can be removed for attaching the included metal spiked feet. The feet also have pre-drilled holes for securing to wooden boards or staking it to the ground. Transporting is easy with the included carrying case.
 
Features & Benefits
 
  • Stealth Carbon Fiber Tubes and magnesium castings – Super strong materials with amazing weight to strength ratio provide superior strength and portability.
  • Shoot Low – Easily remove the weight hook and spread out the legs for low to the ground shots.
  • Safety lock – The flat modular head mounting plate is held securely with a ratchet style lock combines with a spring-loaded safety catch.
  • Travel Friendly – Includes a custom carrying case and is small enough to fit in any carry on size luggage.
  • Small Footprint – The small footprint allows it to be used in tight spaces and on smaller surface areas.
  • Mounting Options – The feet have pre-drilled holes for securing it to the ground or boards.
  • Multiple independent leg positions – Each leg can be independently positioned at one of the three locks located on the outside of the shoulder. This allows you to easily set up for use on uneven terrain.
  • Telescoping legs – Each leg features oversized rubber twist locks and is telescoping for adjusting the height.
B&H has the Induro Baby Grand Carbon Fiber Tripods available for preorder.
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Category: Induro News
Post Date: 4/6/2016 8:47:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Europe has announced that they will no longer be including printed (complete) owner’s manual with their digital cameras. Instead, freely downloadable .PDFs will take their place.
 
Printed owner's manuals will still be be available for purchase from the regional Nikon websites. However, they do not appear to be inexpensive. Below is a screenshot from the Nikon UK D750 product page:
 
Nikon Camera Manuals Available for Purchase

Nikon spins this decision as an attempt to achieve a "...reduction in paper resources consumption and of CO2 emissions from transport," but I'm sure there's a decent cost savings associated with not providing a printed manual with the DSLR cameras it sells.
 
Nikon's decision does make us wonder, on a larger scale, if the days of the printed manual are quickly coming to an end in our ever-evolving digital world. It'll be interesting to see how soon other camera manufacturers jump on this green/cost-savings bandwagon. [Sean]
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Post Date: 4/6/2016 7:45:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Sony ECM-CG60 Shotgun Microphone available for $198.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $248.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • Suitable for Video Cameras and DSLRs
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Runs on AAA Battery or Plug-In Power*
  • Includes Standard Cold Shoe Mic Holder
  • 3.5mm Gold Coated Stereo Mini-Plug
  • Includes Windshield
* The literature at B&H states that the microphone uses a single AA battery. However, the microphone actually uses a single AAA battery. [Sean]
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Post Date: 4/6/2016 6:49:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lytro CEO Jason Rosenthal has announced that the company is abandoning the consumer camera market to focus on virtual reality products.
 
It seems that Lytro finally read the writing on the wall – that low-resolution, expensive, gimmicky cameras don't have wide market appeal. [Sean]
 
The Lytro Illum Light Field Digital Camera (originally released at $1,600.00) is available for $379.00 at B&H.
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Category: Lytro News
Post Date: 4/6/2016 6:36:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Zoom H4nSP 4-Channel Handy Audio Recorder available for $159.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • True X/Y Stereo Mics
  • Selectable Recording Patterns
  • Records up to 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Records to SD/SDHC
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Built-In Speaker
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Uses AA Batteries
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Post Date: 4/6/2016 6:03:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Nikon has updated the D800's firmware to v1.01 and the D810's firmware to v1.11 with the following change:
 
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the camera to stop responding when attached to a WR-R10 wireless remote controller running firmware version 3.00.
Download: Nikon D800 Firmware v1.01 | Nikon D810 Firmware v1.11
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Post Date: 4/5/2016 4:55:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Right now, B&H has all Lastolite gear available with a 20% discount.
 
I took advantage of the 20% discount to purchase a Lastolite Magnetic Background Support. The item is currently out of stock with more inventory expected soon. You can still submit an order and take advantage of the savings and the item will ship when it becomes available. [Sean]
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Post Date: 4/5/2016 2:16:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Warning: You might want to go here. "Here" is Mudjin Harbor in Middle Caicos (Turks and Caicos, British West Indies), where there are surprisingly few people and the scenery is amazing. Capturing my attention for the large part of a day were the large cliffs and the rugged landscape bordering the brilliant turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean here. And, who is the landscape photographer that can pass up a cave framing the ocean?
 
By moving deep into this cave and zooming the Canon EOS 5Ds R-mounted Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens out to 16mm, I was able to completely frame some of the most-beautifully-colored water found anywhere.
 
Caves are (usually) very dark and that was case here. This image is composed of three separate exposures – one for the water and sky (slight blinkies in cresting waves), one for the cave walls and another for the upper right portion of the cave wall as it was even darker and needed some detail brought out. With a handful of exposure variations available, I experimented with differing cave wall brightness during post processing. In the end, I opted for noticeable walls, but not bright enough to distract from the idyllic beach and water scene being framed.
 
Because the sun is constantly moving, multiple exposures intended for combining via HDR that include a shadow line should be captured in quick succession due to that line moving. The always moving and always different waves determined the primary exposure timing. The other exposures were simply captured very close in time to the primary ones.
 
A circular polarizer filter played an important role in capturing this image, making the sky and water colors pop.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 4/5/2016 10:41:10 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
World Class Photographers Joel Sartore, Matthew Jordan Smith, Deanne Fitzmaurice and Joey Terrill are the Latest to Join Nikon’s Group of Influential Modern Storytellers
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of four new photographers to the prestigious Nikon Ambassador program, a group of influential visual artists and leaders in modern photography. The newest additions include four photographers who make significant contributions to their respective fields, including; wildlife photographer Joel Sartore, celebrity and portrait photographer Matthew Jordan Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice and commercial and portrait photographer Joey Terrill.
 
“Nearly three years after the foundation of the program, Nikon Ambassadors have worked to educate and empower photographers while continuing to celebrate their passion and love for photography through the power of visual storytelling,” said Mike Corrado, NPS Manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “These new additions all define what it takes to be considered one of Nikon’s most elite photographers, with unparalleled commitment to both their craft and the imaging industry.”
 
The four newest photographers continue to expand and demonstrate the discipline represented in the program, all while bringing their unique perspective and style. Already considered prestigious photographers and mentors, they each embody the philosophy of Nikon’s Ambassador Program, which is to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.
 
About Nikon’s Newest Ambassadors:
 
Joel Sartore – Wildlife photographer Joel Sartore is a mentor, conservationist, author and National Geographic Fellow who is best known for founding the Photo Ark Project, which aims to document and preserve endangered species and habitats through photography. Since its creation more than 20 years ago, Sartore has visited more than 40 countries to create portraits of more than 6,000 individual species for the project. These striking portraits put an emphasis on the animal’s expression and eye contact, helping to foster compassion by emotionally engaging the viewer with the subject. This Nebraska-based photographer has also authored four books and frequently contributes to numerous other books and publications.
 
Matthew Jordan Smith – Los Angeles-based celebrity and portrait photographer and author Matthew Jordan Smith is well-known for his work with major magazines, advertising agencies and some of the most famous actors and models in the world. A teacher of numerous photography workshops, Smith has also won several accolades for his work throughout his photographic career and recently published his third book, titled Future American President; 50 States, 100 Families, Infinite Dreams which features portraits of children from numerous families, from every state in America. The goal of the book is to inspire children to dream as big as they can, knowing there are endless possibilities in the world.
 
Deanne Fitzmaurice – As a Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary photographer and storyteller, this San Francisco-based photographer is most known for her unique ability to go behind the scenes to discover and convey personal, intimate and emotional stories through images. Fitzmaurice represents a wide variety of publications, including creating content for Sports Illustrated and ESPN,while continuing to shoot assignments for National Geographic and many other respected outlets. In addition to her editorial work, she also holds a very impressive portfolio of commercial photography with a myriad of major brands and is a highly decorated storyteller. She has been awarded the 2013 Award of Excellence from Communication Arts, the American Photography Award, TIME Magazine’s “Pictures That Mattered” Award in 2008 and the Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence, just to name a few.
 
Joey Terrill – Joey Terrill is a Los Angeles-based editorial and commercial photographer that has worked with celebrities and major brands, including Coca Cola, Red Bull and Disney. Terrill uses creative, dramatic lighting to create truly unique and memorable portraiture and pens the Penumbra Project, a website dedicated to “pixels, photons and the process of making pictures” through engaging stories. When not shooting, Terrill is also a mentor for editorial portraiture and lighting, teaching week-long workshops at Colorado-based Summit Photography Workshops and has been a guest presenter at the Brooks Institute of Photography, WPPI, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the SportsShooter Academy.
 
To learn more about Nikon’s Ambassador Program, please visit the website at nikonusa.com/ambassador.
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Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 4/5/2016 10:51:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through Apirl 12, use coupon code PXPOSTER15 at AdoramaPix to receive a 50% discount on poster prints (frames and mounting not included).
 
Note: The Kodak Endura Metallic has been my preferred printing paper. It features a wonderful metallic-like sheen and works especially well for images with vibrant color. [Sean]
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Post Date: 4/5/2016 8:39:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamrac 3445 Rally 5 Camera Bag available for $19.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • D-SLR with 6" Lens, 70-200mm f/2.8, Flash
  • Holds iPad or 10.1" Netbook
  • 600 Denier PolyTek Exterior
  • Completely Foam Compartment
  • Exterior Pockets
  • Carry Handle
  • Shoulder Strap with Foam Pad
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Post Date: 4/5/2016 7:10:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For today only, B&H has the Senal CL6 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone available for $69.96 with free shipping. Regularly $129.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Miniature 0.16" Diameter Mic Head
  • Optimized to Accurately Capture Speech
  • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Low Handling Noise
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Spiral-Shielded Twisted-Pair Cable
  • Includes Windscreens
  • Various Mounting Clips
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Post Date: 4/5/2016 6:03:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 4, 2016

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
Lin & Jirsa Photography shares their secrets to achieving unique and creative wedding imagery in this behind-the-scenes video series. Learn how they use Profoto Off-Camera Flash to control light to match their creative vision and overcome wedding day challenges.
 
B&H carries the Profoto B2 and OCF Beauty Dishes.
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Post Date: 4/4/2016 10:13:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Photographing amazingly-colored wood ducks has been on my bucket list for a long time and, when I located some potential subjects, I dropped everything and made the 6-hour round trip drive to photograph them.
 
While I had done some intelligence gathering (via a friend), I went prepared for the full range of bird photography scenarios. This included taking the just-reviewed Canon EOS 80D mounted to a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens and a Canon EOS 5Ds R mounted to a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens with a Canon EF 1.4x III Extender behind it in a MindShift Gear FirstLight 40L Backpack.
 
Upon arrival, I was able to quickly locate the wood ducks. However, they proved to be a big challenge to photograph due to their constant, often-quick movements and the ideal lighting angle required, minimally, for their iridescent colors to show.
 
I ended up using the 600 with 1.4x on the 5Ds R the entire time due to the distance and rather small size of the ducks. The 840mm focal length gave me a deep ideal subject framing distance. I captured environmental portraits when the birds were distant and tight portraits when they came close, a logical tactic that provided a variety of subject framing in the take-home.
 
The subjects were in constant motion and that means AI Servo AF mode was required to keep them in focus. Specifically, a focus point needed to be constantly placed on the wood duck's eye. I shot in Case 1 (general purpose) and Case 5 (instant adjustment for erratic motion) AF Modes on this day with Case 1 showing the best results. I also used the 5 fps burst drive mode, in part because birds blink with some frequency. Capturing minimally a few frames at a time usually results in at least one fully opened eye.
 
In the end, the daytrip was very worthwhile, with hundreds of keeper-grade images resulting from the effort.
 
As seems often the case (I think that Murphy has a law to cover this), the image with my favorite pose had some minor motion blur due to the drake raising its head rapidly. To counter this, I reduced the overall size of the image (down-sampled) modestly. Along with some modest cropping, the remaining 5Ds R-captured image still has about 15 megapixels of resolution, an adequate amount for many uses. I used a layer mask to darken the background modestly, helping to place emphasis on the drake.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 4/4/2016 9:19:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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