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 Friday, May 16, 2014
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Sample Image from Nikon Asia
Nikon Asia has posted sample images from the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens. From the looks of the sample photos, the lens looks to be a great performer. [Sean]
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/16/2014 7:47:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S Lens
Tokina announced a new stabilized telephoto zoom to the Japanese market – the AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S for Nikon. The google translation for the announcement is a little clunky, but you can find it on Tokina Japan's website.
 
Specifications

Focal length70-200 mm
Angle of view34.45 ° ~ 12.42 ° (35mm full format)
BrightnessF4
Lens constitution19 pieces of 14 group
Minimum focusing distance1.0 m
Maximum magnification macro1:3.57
Filter Size67mm
Size82mm (maximum diameter) X167.5 mm (total length)
Weight980 g
Supported FormatsTo 24x36mm (35mm full format)
Corresponding mountNikon DSLR (full-size solid-state image sensor)
JAN Code: 4961607 216 569

Thoughts – I'm assuming Tokina will eventually come out with a Canon version of this lens. The price quoted for the Nikon version in the Japanese market is 150,000 yen, or roughly $1,480.00 USD. At that price, it would exceed the MSRP of the similarly spec'd Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM. The specs indicate Tokina will be built like a tank (as most Tokinas are), with a much heavier weight in comparison (980g vs 760g). [Sean]

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 5/16/2014 7:20:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 15, 2014

 
From B&H's YouTube Channel:
 
Noted architectural and interiors photographer, Thomas H. Kieren, will show and discuss some of his project images from a variety of work that he has completed. This will include a combination of artistic and operational factors that drive the success of a photography project that he incorporates into his work for clients.
 
Thomas H. Kieren Photography
Post Date: 5/15/2014 3:04:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon China EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Sample Image
Canon China has posted some sample images from the newly announced Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2014 12:43:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Summer Cashbaack Program (UK)
From Canon UK:
 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 15th May 2014 – Canon today launches its summer cashback giving you the chance to take perfect pictures this summer.
 
Whatever happens this summer, rain or shine, you can capture it all with Canon and get up to £100/€120 cashback on a range of selected Canon products across DSLRs, compact cameras, lenses, video cameras and printers. There’s something for every kind of holiday and every style of picture, whether you want great functionality or something light and compact.
 
Canon is also taking its cashback offer on the road this summer, visiting locations across the UK. To learn more and hear about exclusive offers for you, visit Canon UK’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CanonUKLtd.
 
To see the entire range included in the cashback offer simply visit www.canon.co.uk/summercashback.
 
The offer runs from 15th May 2014 to 13th August 2014 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers.
 
Eligible for Cashback

DSLRsCashback
EOS 6D£150/€175
EOS 70D£100/€120
EOS 100D£30/€38
EOS 1200D£20/€25
Lenses & accessoriesCashback
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM£100/€120
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM£60/€70
EF-S 60mm f2.8 Macro USM£40/€50
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM£40/€50
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM£40/€50
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS£40/€50
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM£25/€30
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM£25/€30
Speedlite 430EX II£25/€30
Speedlite 320EX£25/€30
Compact CamerasCashback
PowerShot SX700£30/€38
PowerShot D30£30/€38
PowerShot SX600£20/€25
IXUS 265£20/€25
Digital video camerasCashback
LEGRIA mini£30/€38
LEGRIA HF R56£30/€38
LEGRIA HF R506£20/€25
PrintersCashback
PIXMA iP8750£30/€38
PIXMA MG7150£20/€25
PIXMA MG6450£15/€18

Amazon.co.uk and Jessops are authorized Canon retailers.
 
Update: If you're living in the Netherlands, Canon has a special Summer Promotion Program for you too! [thanks Hans]

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2014 11:17:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sean Setters as Walter White Self-Portrait
I was lucky to have existed in a time that allowed me to purchase a DSLR camera long before I ever purchased a smartphone. But saying that, the time of your birth or the circumstances leading to the evolution of your own photographic journey shouldn't prohibit yourself from making a decision right now – to henceforth capture images of yourself that are more meaningful and productive.
 
Nearly all of us have done it. We've extended our arms a little higher than our head and snapped a quick shot of our faces just to prove where we were at a moment in time. Or maybe we snapped it just to show we were happy. There's nothing technically wrong with the now-traditional selfie. Except maybe that it's lazy. And the lighting is all-too-often terrible. And the image quality is typically lacking.
 
"Selfies" have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. Even before the invention of the camera, artists carved their own likeness in stone, created charcoal renderings or painted themselves. In contrast to today, self-portraits from generations past took many hours (sometimes days or weeks) to complete. But why did artists devote so much time to creating their own self-portrait? Are all creative types just that vain? (I don't think so.)
 
Fast forward to today and the effort that goes into making a typical selfie is shamefully minimal.
 
Why Should You Create More Self-Portraits?
 
Devoting time to taking self-portraits has many benefits. First, taking a self-portrait allows you to test out new techniques or refine existing techniques so that you're better prepared to handle future situations. Most of my self-portraits were taken while I was testing a new camera, lens, or light modifier. After playing around with the new gear, I had a pretty good idea of how the gear would perform when used in a for-profit portrait session.

Sean Setters RoundFlash Self-Portrait

And here's an obvious benefit that is often overlooked – when it comes to testing gear, you're always available to be your own subject. Your subject won't likely get bored or annoyed if things don't go according to plan (especially if the photographer takes an unusually long period of time getting familiar with the new gear).

Sean Setters Living Room Self-Portrait

Need a profile photo for your website? Or business card? Create the image that you're most happy with. Don't rely on someone else's vision to perfectly represent who you are as an artist.

Sean Setters Mustang GT Self-Portrait

In case it's not overwhelmingly obvious, I don't usually like to smile in my self-portraits. I like the "intense" look and can usually pull it off fairly well. The funny thing is that I'm really very friendly, approachable and – dare I say it – possibly even a goof ball. But taking my own self-portrait allows me to be whoever I want to be (even if only in pictures). However, I found out the "intense" look isn't very good for online dating profiles. Smiling picture, check.

Sean Setters Smiling Self-Portrait

Self-portraits can also be inspiring. After taking a self-portrait one day, I thought it might look interesting as a magazine cover. So after a little bit of Photoshop work, I created something fun that I really enjoyed. That image led me to create several more tongue-in-cheek magazine covers in the series.
 
After flipping through the fake magazine covers found on my Facebook page, a client asked me to create one for him. So not only had I honed specific photography and Photoshop skills while creating the personal project (which snowballed from a single self-portrait), but doing so led to business I would not have had otherwise.

Sean Setters Suburban Rapper Self-Portrait

I'm not saying that there's never an appropriate time for a cell phone snapshot. But as photographers, we should take pride in the images we post for people to see. Instead of just capturing where we were at a moment in time, we should take the opportunity to hone our craft through self-portraiture so that we're even better prepared for tackling all of the photographic challenges that we might otherwise be ill-prepared for.
 
Self-Portrait Tips

  • Decide on your motivation for the self-portrait – are you shooting for fun, experience or to create an image to fill a specific role? Set a goal of capturing something worthwhile with your effort no matter what your motivation is.
  • Find a way to push the limits of your own creativity. Get inspired by looking at other photographers' self-portraits.
  • Use a tripod and a wireless remote (Canon RC-6 | Vello FreeWave Plus). A tethered solution with an external monitor/display can really help with framing your shot, as can a wireless tethering solution when used with a tablet (CamRanger | DSLR Controller).
  • Try to make sure that sufficient light is hitting your eyes (or at the very least, one eye) as the eyes are usually what people are most drawn to when looking at a portrait.
  • Be patient and have fun. If you don't find the process enjoyable, you're not likely to do it again.

If you're reading this, you've obviously made a relatively serious investment in (and commitment to) photography. Get the most out of that investment by creating images of yourself that you can enjoy sharing as much as creating.

Post Date: 5/15/2014 9:18:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 1DX DSLR Camera (review) available for $5,555.00 with free shipping. Compare at $6,799.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/15/2014 8:07:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pocketwizard PowerMC2 Receiver
From Pocketwizard:
 
South Burlington, VT - May 14, 2014 - We have identified a potentially hazardous issue with the PocketWizard PowerMC2 receiver when used in combination with the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 flash units, especially the CE/433 MHz version sold in Europe. You may have received a previous message from Paul C. Buff, Inc. regarding this issue.
 
In rare circumstances, if the PowerMC2 is connected to the Einstein flash and the Einstein flash is connected to a power outlet, exposed metal components like the USB port or antenna spring on the PowerMC2 can become electrified, posing a potentially serious shock hazard. If the PowerMC2’s antenna cover is broken, removed, or in any way damaged, DISCONTINUE USE IMMEDIATELY and contact PocketWizard.
 
Customers in the United States may continue to safely use the Einstein flash and PowerMC2 with the power cord supplied by Paul C. Buff and a properly wired USA-style three-pronged power outlet (NEMA 5) or with the Vagabond battery pack. If a properly wired NEMA 5 power outlet is unavailable in your location, ALWAYS UNPLUG THE FLASH PRIOR TO HANDLING THE POWERMC2.
 
1-877-393-004 The issue has been corrected for all PowerMC2 units sold by PocketWizard’s authorized distributor in the USA after February 15, 2014. Customers owning affected units are advised to immediately contact PocketWizard Technical Support toll free 1-877-393-00451-877-393-0045 or via our inquiry page to arrange for the return of affected units for free servicing to reduce the risk of electrical shock. We urge you to contact us regardless of the condition of your PowerMC2. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience.
 
Affected units:
 
All units with the CE logo on the back, or any serial number beginning M2Cxxxxxxx are affected and correctable.

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 1

Units with the FCC logo on the back and with a serial number M2U192000 or lower are affected and correctable.

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 2

Corrected units:

Pocketwizard Power MC Safety Notice 3

Units sold by PocketWizard’s authorized distributor in the USA after February 15th, 2014, or have serial number M2U194000 and higher, already have corrective safety features and warnings installed. Identifying features are “www.pwpatents.com” on the serial number sticker, and a yellow warning label.
 
Thank you,
 
Patrick Clow
Technical Support Manager

Post Date: 5/15/2014 7:27:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Samsung Pro Series 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDHC Memory Card (2-Pack)
Adorama has the Samsung Pro Series UHS-1 SDHC, SDXC, microSDHC and microSDXC Memory Cards (2-Pack) on sale at a significant savings.
 
To make the deals even better, a free "Aluminum Card Case & Card Reader" are included ($16.90 value). Here are the individual deals:

These are fast cards. The SD cards are rated at "Upto 80MB/s Read, Upto 40MB/s Write" and the microSD cards are rated at "Up to 70MB/s Read/20MB/s Write". The Samsung 64GB SDXC cards have been working very well for me.

Post Date: 5/14/2014 6:10:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens
eBay (via BuyDig) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 HD Fisheye Lens available for $199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $239.00 - $329.00 (depending on mount).
Post Date: 5/14/2014 2:40:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via RobertsCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/14/2014 2:36:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens
DigitalRev has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM available for $3,480.00. Compare at $3,799.00 AR.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/14/2014 9:32:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Nikon:
 
Updates included with this release (Applicable to AW1, J1, J2, J3, V1, V2 & S1)

  • Support for the FULL/LIMIT focus limit switch on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 has been added.
  • When camera firmware is updated to this version, autofocus does not function when an FT1 running L firmware Ver. 1.10 or earlier is used. Users of the FT1 must update FT1 L firmware to Ver. 1.20 at the same time camera firmware is updated.

Additional updates Applicable to AW1

  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An Underwater flash option has been added to the shooting menu to support use of the Underwater Speedlight SB-N10.
  • An issue that caused images captured using a non-CPU lens with the Mount Adapter FT1 to be underexposed has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to J1, J2 & V1

  • An issue that prevented printing of photos using the PictBridge standard with some printers has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to J3

  • An issue that sometimes caused a card access error to be displayed when a Lexar UHS-I SD memory card was inserted in the camera has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented wireless shooting via the WU-1b (Wireless Mobile Adapter) when the Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 for Nikon 1 cameras was used, or when manual focus was used with an AF-S lens mounted via the Mount Adapter FT1, has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented adjustment of magnification for manual focus display from Focus mode > Manual focus in the shooting menu when a manual focus lens was used has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to V2

  • An issue that caused images captured using the Mount Adapter FT1 with continuous shooting at 15 fps to be underexposed has been resolved.
  • An issue that sometimes caused a card access error to be displayed when a Lexar UHS-I SD memory card was inserted in the camera has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented wireless shooting via the WU-1b (Wireless Mobile Adapter) when the Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 for Nikon 1 cameras was used, or when manual focus was used with an AF-S lens mounted via the Mount Adapter FT1, has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reflection of the exposure compensation setting when the Mount Adapter FT1 was used with shooting in Motion Snapshot shooting mode and Scene auto selector exposure mode has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.

Additional updates Applicable to S1

  • An issue that sometimes caused a card access error to be displayed when a Lexar UHS-I SD memory card was inserted in the camera has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented wireless shooting via the WU-1b (Wireless Mobile Adapter) when the Digiscoping Adapter DSA-N1 for Nikon 1 cameras was used, or when manual focus was used with an AF-S lens mounted via the Mount Adapter FT1, has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented reading of .MOV data contained in folders numbered 256 or higher on the memory card inserted in the camera by an application such as the Wireless Mobile Utility used to connect a device via PTP/IP has been resolved.
  • An issue that prevented adjustment of magnification for manual focus display from Focus mode > Manual focus in the shooting menu when a manual focus lens was used has been resolved.

Download:
Nikon 1 AW1 Firmware A:1.10 / B:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 J1 Firmware A:1.40 / B:1.40 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 J2 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 J3 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 V1 Firmware A:1.40 / B:1.40 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 V2 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh
Nikon 1 S1 Firmware A:1.20 / B:1.20 - Windows | Macintosh

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Post Date: 5/14/2014 8:32:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through May 31, use coupon code PXNATP50 at AdoramaPix to get 50% off an 8x8 14-page photo book.
Post Date: 5/14/2014 7:33:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera
eBay (via AllNewShop) has the Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera available for $284.95 with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/14/2014 7:23:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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