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 Friday, December 05, 2014
Refurb. Nikon D5200 DSLR with AF-S 18-55mm VR DX Lens
eBay (via BeachCamera) has the Refurb. Nikon D5200 DSLR with AF-S 18-55mm VR DX Lens + Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $429.99 with free shipping. Compare at $596.95 new without software.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens available for $1,089.00. Compare at $1,256.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/5/2014 6:45:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma Logo
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce an update in the lens firmware of the 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports for CANON which can be flashed using the SIGMA Optimization Pro, the dedicated software for the SIGMA USB DOCK.
 
The latest firmware enables the lens to offer improved precision in its focusing performance when the AF frames in peripheral areas in the viewfinder are selected.
 
For those customers who own the following product, please update the firmware of the lens via the SIGMA Optimization Pro software.
 
  • 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports CANON
Please update the SIGMA Optimization Pro to Ver. 1.2 before operating any lens firmware update.
 
You can download the latest version of SIGMA Optimization Pro from the following page:
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/
 
We appreciate your consistent support for our company and products.
 
B&H has the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 12/5/2014 6:15:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, December 04, 2014
Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera
B&H has the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Cinema Camera available for preorder with expected availability by month end.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/4/2014 10:22:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Nikon D4s DSLR Camera available for $4,869.99 with free shipping. Compare at $6,496.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and would not be eligible for Nikon USA service or warranty. However, the item is advertised as having a 3-year warranty. Check out the auction page for details.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 12/4/2014 1:09:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card available for $63.37 with free shipping.
 
Note: Even though this item isn't on sale, it represents an excellent value for its speed and capacity. Need even more storage? The 256GB version is only $109.99 with free shipping.
 
Product Highlights

  • 128GB Storage Capacity
  • UHS-1, Class 10, SD 3.0 Rated
  • Read Speed up to 90 MB/s
  • Write Speed up to 60 MB/s
  • Magnet, Temperature, Shock, Water Proof

Post Date: 12/4/2014 12:54:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
B&H has the Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $299.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $599.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/4/2014 12:21:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-07 Mark II Digital Audio Recorder available for $84.99 with free shipping. Regularly $119.99.
 
This is the same portable audio recorder that Bryan used to capture the Canon EOS 7D Mark II's Burst Mode. I'm thinking of setting my phone's ringtone to that hypnotizing sound... [Sean]
Post Date: 12/4/2014 12:08:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Mark II and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens for Bird Photography
While the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is without a doubt an awesome bird photography camera, the Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Lens is near the bottom of my bird photography lens list. Don't take me wrong – the 24 STM is a great little lens (a great bargain), but making a bird large enough in the 24mm frame to be relevant requires a very short subject distance or a short subject distance and a very large bird.
 
But, as this image proves (to me at least), the 24mm focal length can capture birds under ideal conditions. These ideal conditions with a wild bird in them come very infrequently, but ... one came to me this week. Here is the story:
 
I was outside giving the 24 STM lens a workout prior to wrapping up its review. We had a light snow followed by freezing rain overnight and warming air temps created a dense fog. Dense fog means low contrast which means evaluating lens image quality performance is compromised. But, these conditions can make for moody images and I was searching for something interesting.
 
After exploring the yard and surroundings, I came to like this lightly snow-and-ice-covered spruce tree best. I honed in on the set of branches shown in this image, working on placing the lines of branches and needles into an interesting composition. Still, I was looking at an only average image. It needed something.
 
Then my daughter walked out of the house announcing "I have a cardinal!" The unfortunate bird had made a navigational error and impacted a window of the house. Brittany had rescued the bird from the shrubbery.
 
In this part of the world, at this time of the year, no other bird is as beautifully colored as the cardinal and perhaps no other subject can make a snowy image pop more perfectly than a cardinal. As the bird gathered its wits, I placed it on the ideal branch in my composition and captured some images of it – from any distance I desired.
 
I knew that I wanted the cardinal large in the frame. Large in the 24mm frame meant moving in close, which also helped reduce the amount of background showing in the modestly-wide 24mm angle of view (on an APS-C/1.6x DSLR). Being close enough to the bird for the ideal large-in-the-frame composition meant that I had to be very careful to not make one part of the bird (such as the wing) look unusually large in relation to the rest of the bird (perspective distortion). A slightly forward-of-the-bird position seemed to work the best and the spruce branches provide leading lines to draw a viewer's eye to the bird (in case the color contrast was not enough). The bird was not completely still and capturing the right head position (looking slightly toward the camera) required good timing.
 
To have this ideal subject show up and cooperate for a few minutes at this exact time was divine. The cardinal flew away, apparently unharmed, not long after this picture was captured.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Flickr and Facebook.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/8.0  1/30s  ISO 200  5472 x 3648px
Post Date: 12/4/2014 11:46:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DxO Logo
From DxO:
 
December 4, 2014 – DxO announces the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro v10.1, the latest update to its imageprocessing software of reference for all demanding photographers. DxO OpticsPro v10.1 is now compatible with Lightroom and other third-party software’s star ranking systems, has improved the speed at which it displays its visual presets in Windows, and has enriched its DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint plugins.
 
This update also allows DxO OpticsPro 10 to support the Canon EOS 7D Mark II and PowerShot G7 X, the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, the Panasonic Lumix DMC- ZS40, and the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Also available, DxO FilmPack v5.0.1 and DxO ViewPoint 2.5.1 support these same cameras as well (except for the GoPro HERO4 Black Edition, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 6 Plus for DxO FilmPack v5.0.1).
 
Based on a rigorous scientific calibration of photographic equipment in DxO’s laboratories, DxO OpticsPro 10 offers the most powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: revolutionary PRIME denoising technology, DxO Smart Lighting intelligent exposure optimization, and DxO ClearView elimination of haze. Its many controls allow photographers to adapt the processing to their own tastes so as to bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.
 
DxO OpticsPro v10.1 is available in two editions, ESSENTIAL and ELITE, for Mac and PC.
 
B&H carrries DxO Optics Pro 10.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 12/4/2014 9:05:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD 2TB Elements Portable Hard Drive
For today only (or until stock runs out), B&H has the WD 2TB Elements Portable Hard Drive available for $74.99 with free shipping. Compare at $87.99.
Post Date: 12/4/2014 7:09:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera (review) available for $879.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Need a lens too? The Canon Store has their refurbished 70D & lens kits on sale (and currently in stock) for 15% off.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/4/2014 6:08:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM available for $2,699.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,699.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and, as such, would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 2:11:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro OS HSM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon available for $529.00. Compare at $669.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 1:44:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD Macro Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2 Di II LD Macro Lens available for $359.00. Compare at $524.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 12/3/2014 1:36:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Professional Network
From the Canon Professional Network:
"In an in-depth interview with CPN, Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle took time out of the post-production of his latest film with director Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea, to explain how he came to the moving image and how Canon's cameras have played a recurring role in his creative development throughout his illustrious career…"
The video interview spans almost half an hour and has been pretty interesting thus far (I'm about 10 minutes into it). [Sean]
Post Date: 12/3/2014 12:23:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lightroom 5 with The-Digital-Picture.com Splash Screen
Did you know you can change the standard Lightroom 5.x splash screen to make it completely your own? And it's easier than you think!
 
Directions:
 
1) Create a JPEG or a PNG image no larger than 900 x 600 pixels (WxH). If you'd like, you can our sample splash screen.
 
The Digital Picture.com Splash Screen in PS CC
 
2) Place the image in the Lightroom 5 Spash Screen folder (if the folder does not already exist, create it):
 
  • Windows – Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
  • Mac – Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Lightroom/Splash Screen
3) Start the Lightroom 5 application and enjoy your new custom splash screen!
 
Before:
 
Lightroom 5 Splash Screen
 
After:
 
Lightroom 5 with The-Digital-Picture.com Splash Screen
 
This is a great idea for anyone who shows photos to clients in Lightroom. It's also a great tip for anyone who wants to impress their photography friends. :-)
 
Adobe offers Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99 per month.
Post Date: 12/3/2014 11:52:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,599.00 after $300.00 mail-in rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 12/3/2014 10:32:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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