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 Monday, August 10, 2015
Benro Travel Flat II Transfunctional Tripod Kit with Ball Head
B&H has the Benro A2192TB1 Travel Flat II Transfunctional Tripod Kit with Ball Head available for $179.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Load Capacity: 26.4 lb
  • Max Height: 57.1"
  • Folded Length: 21.7"
  • Leg Sections: 5
  • Weight: 5 lb
  • Detachable Leg Functions as Monopod
  • Arca-Type Compatible Ball Head
  • Camera Plate Included, Bubble Level
  • 360° Panning with Scale
  • Separate Lock and Drag Adjustment Knobs
Post Date: 8/10/2015 12:36:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sekonic Prodigi Color C-500R Color Meter
B&H has the Sekonic Prodigi Color C-500R Color Meter with Built-in Triggering Module available for $1,198.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $1,338.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Illuminance Measurement
  • Color Values Displayed in Three Ways
  • Flash and Ambient light measurements
  • Preset white balance/color compensation function
AdoramaPix Logo
Through this week, AdoramaPix has select large print sizes on sale. See below for full details.
 
Large Print Discounted Prices
 
Paper Type8x1011x1416x20
Luster, Matte,Glossy
& Silk
$0.98$1.98$5.98
Metallic$1.48$2.98$8.98
Post Date: 8/10/2015 8:35:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay Hero Image after Post-Processing
by Sean Setters
 
When you need to sell some of your photography equipment to fund upgrades (or in dire cases, pay bills), it's important that you get top dollar when parting with your gear. While selling your used equipment to B&H or Adorama is extremely convenient, an eBay auction can help you get the highest price for your photography gear (even considering eBay and PayPal fees).
 
As eBay is such a popular choice for those wanting to sell used DSLRs and lenses, it's important to make your auction look as attractive as possible in the search results page to maximize page views and generate auction watchers. The best way to do that is to create an outstanding leading image that stands out from the pack.
 
Can a great leading image really help? Check out this eBay search for used "L" lenses and take a good look at the leading images. Chances are you'll find several examples of lenses sitting on a hardwood floor, carpet or dining room table with terrible (and many times insufficient) lighting. Even though these sellers own high-quality Canon lenses (assuming a 3rd party isn't handling the sale), most take little care in crafting a compelling leading image for their auction. And, typically speaking, eBay buyers don't want to see a stock image when purchasing used lenses – they want to see the actual items they're buying. All of these factors make creating a high-quality leading image an important and valuable part of the listing process.
 
I realize that not everyone has all the lighting equipment that I have. Therefore, my goal was to create a high-quality eBay leading image for a lens auction – on white – using only one flash (with a modifier) and minimal processing.
 
For the purposes of this post, I picked the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM to photograph for the hypothetical auction. To begin with, I set up a small foldable table in my studio. Next, I placed a white sheet of glass (Hobby Lobby, $8.00) and a white, bi-fold piece of foam craft board (Hobby Lobby, but I don't remember the price). The craft board served as both a background and a reflector.
 
Next, the lighting – a radio triggered Canon Speedlite 580EX diffused by a Lumiquest Softbox LTP and affixed to the flash with a Honl Speed Strap. Why the Lumiquest LTp? Because its size seemed just about perfect for this particular setup. Plus, it's designed to be stored in a bag's laptop (or similar) compartment so it's pretty easy to always have on hand. To better even out the lighting in the softbox, I taped a thin sheet of tissue paper to the inside/front of the softbox soon after receiving it several years ago. The DIY diffusion panel has stayed intact remarkably well.
 
I placed the flash/softbox on a light stand positioned at roughly a 45-degree angle opposite the center of the bi-fold craft board.
 
It's a good idea to include all of the important elements of your auction in the leading image. In this particular hypothetical sale, I'm selling the lens, UV filter, hood and lens cap. Even if I were including the box with the sale, I wouldn't necessarily include it in the leading image. Don't get me wrong, a retail box can help boost the value of your auction, but I don't think it draws enough clicks on its own to bother with cluttering up the image that gets displayed in search results (keeping in mind that including the box would make the actual lens a smaller part of the overall composition). Also, be sure to thoroughly clean your items before photographing them. A rocket blower can help tremendously for getting rid of pesky dust.
 
As for the camera and lens, I'm using a tripod-mounted EOS 5D Mark III and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM. A macro lens certainly isn't required for this type of image, but it is very sharp and has a long focus throw (I like using manual focus for product imagery).
 
Below you can see my setup.
 
eBay Leading Image Sample Setup

The settings used for the leading image were: f/7.1, 1/160 sec, ISO 200. If this were a real auction, I would have taken many more images using the same setup (each item photographed individually with several different shots of the lens).
 
Here's the leading image straight out of the camera:
 
eBay Leading Image Straight Out of Camera

I did a decent job of blowing out the background in the initial exposure, but it's not perfectly white (that's especially true for the left side of the frame which was farthest away from the light source). I corrected this by creating a white layer and masking out the areas where the lens and discernable shadows were. After that I simply cleaned up a few of the dust particles I missed when initially cleaning the items. Note that I didn't remove the small blemish above the focus distance window. Removing dust in post-processing is fine, but you shouldn't alter the appearance of the lens in any meaningful way (and any imperfections should be clearly noted in your auction).
 
The final post-processed image appears at the top of this post, but here it is again for reference purposes:
 
eBay Leading Image Final

If you want to help protect your image from being used by others eBay sellers, you can also watermark your image. The problem is that putting a watermark in the white areas is easy to erase, while placing the watermark over the product could lead to hiding a critical detail if you aren't careful. If you want to include a watermark, it might be best to watermark the leading image and leave it absent on subsequent images of individual items included in the sale. Below is the same image with a watermark included.
 
eBay Hero Image Final with Watermark

So with a single off-camera flash, modifier, white piece of glass and a bi-fold craft board you can create professional looking product images for your next eBay sale, thereby increasing consumer interest and maximizing sale profits on your used gear.
Post Date: 8/10/2015 6:59:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens (review) available for $1,079.00. Compare at 1,349.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market and you may be responsible for duties/fees upon delivery.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/10/2015 5:59:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Polsen VM-180M DSLR Video Microphone
For a limited time, B&H has the Polsen VM-180M DSLR Video Microphone available for $69.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $139.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Compact Directional Condenser Microphone
  • Cardioid or Supercardioid Polar Pattern
  • 3.5mm Input for 2nd Microphone
  • Integrated Shockmount & Shoe Mount
  • 1/4"-20 Socket for Use with Boom Pole
  • +10 dB Gain Boost
  • Switchable High-Pass Filter
  • 3.5mm Headphone Output
  • 8" Cable with 3.5mm Mini Plug Out
  • Foam Windscreen & Battery Included
Post Date: 8/10/2015 5:55:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, August 9, 2015
Rokinon Xeen Cinema Prime Lenses
Rokinon has recently been hinting about upcoming lens announcements on social media, and now we know why – the Rokinon Xeen 24mm, 50mm and 85mm T1.5 cinema primes are now available for preorder.
 
Unfortunately, we don't have an official press release regarding the announcement of these lenses, but we'll post the press release should it become available in the near future.
 
Preorders:
 
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens
Category: Rokinon News
Post Date: 8/9/2015 4:12:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 7, 2015
Refurb. Nikon 1 J4 with 10-30mm Lens & Waterproof Housing
BuyDig.com has a factory refurbished Nikon 1 J4 with 10-30mm Lens & WP-N3 Waterproof Housing available for $279.00 with free shipping. Regularly $579.00.
 
Kit Includes
 
  • Nikon 1 J4 Mirrorless Camera
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM Lens
  • WP-N3 Waterproof Housing
  • Nikon 90-Day Refurbished Warranty
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/7/2015 11:15:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review.
 
The 200-400 L is another great choice for the 5Ds and 5Ds R.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2015 8:00:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens
From Sigma:
 
SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM | Art F/NIKON is scheduled to start shipping towards the end of this month.
 
Note: Nikon mounts do not have an aperture ring.
 
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon available for preorder while the Canon mount version is available now.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/7/2015 7:17:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kuuvik Capture 2 Tethering Software for Mac
From DIRE Studio:
 
Kuuvik Capture 2 is the ultimate professional tethering app for the Mac. From the smooth two-way communication through the world’s first split live view, to focus peaking and adjustable sharpening – each and every feature of the app serves the photographer’s aim to capture beautiful shots. The complicated work of tethered shooting becomes easier than you ever dared to imagine.
 
Do you carry the TC-80N3 documenation with you all time? You will not need it any more! From simple mirror lock-up and release automation, through 15-shot exposure bracketing and 30-shot focus brackets, the app covers everything. You can freely combine brackets with the intervalometer and mirror lock-up features while the Bracketing Monitor oversees your settings and warns you about potential problems.
 
In addition to the previously noted features we implemented quick culling of large photo sessions by employing a positive mindset: focus on only the best photos, star them, and Kuuvik Capture will purge the rest in the blink of an eye. You will be amazed how fast you can cull your photo sessions.
 
Kuuvik Capture's vast feature set employs modern GPU-based solutions, and uses dramatically less CPU power than any other similar app in the industry – so you can enjoy tethering in the field much longer with increased battery life.
 
And one more thing:
We not only support Canon’s new 5DS and 5DSR cameras, but Kuuvik Capture was specifically designed for them. Downloading and display of the ultra-high resolution 50 megapixel images takes less than 2s. Fast, isn’t it?
 
For more info visit kuuvikcapture.com.
Post Date: 8/7/2015 6:52:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens available for preorder with free expedited shipping. The lens is scheduled to be available August 20.
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/7/2015 6:39:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DJI Phantom 3 Standard Aerial Drone/Quadcopter
B&H has the DJI Phantom 3 Standard available for preorder with free expedited shipping. The new quadcopter is expected to be available mid-August.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Gimbal Stabilized 2.7K Camera
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Downlink for HD Live View
  • GPS for Enhanced Stability and Failsafes
  • Auto-Takeoff / Auto Return Home
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Intelligent LiPo Flight Battery
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Category: Preorders
Post Date: 8/7/2015 6:12:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,999.00 with free shipping. Compare at $2,499.00 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This appears to be a grey market item. As such, it would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. For warranty questions, please contact the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2015 6:03:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Sponsors IAAF World Championships
From Canon:
 
TOKYO, Japan, August 7, 2015 — Canon, as an Official Partner of the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, will provide support for the event through a range of activities.
 
Canon is an Official Partner of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Athletics Series, sponsoring a total of 15 IAAF World Athletics Series events from 2013 to 2016. The IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, which begins on August 22, is a global competition that will bring together more than 2,000 athletes from over 200 countries and territories. The previous Championships, held in Moscow in 2013, was broadcast in 192 countries and regions, attracting strong interest from a wide international television audience.
 
At the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, Canon will display the Company's logo on signage within the venue, provide support through its products, technologies and services, and carry out a range of related activities, including those listed below.
 
On-site camera service center for photographers covering the competition
 
At numerous sporting competitions both in Japan and overseas, Canon provides behind-the-scenes support to members of the press covering these events, including technical support, advice and repair services, as well as loans of the latest Canon EOS camera and lens equipment. To further improve media support at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, expert Canon staff at the on-site camera service center will assist the many sports photographers from various countries and regions across the world. Additionally, all accredited photographers covering the event will wear bibs displaying the Canon logo.
 
Canon IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 special website
 
Canon will incorporate within the Company's homepage a dedicated IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 website that provides a range of tournament-related information, including competition schedules and major attractions. Additionally, the site will include a link to the Canon Photo of the Day, which, featured on the IAAF official website during the competition, will present one image per day carefully selected from among the many captured daily during the event. Visitors will be able to enjoy breathtaking images of the athletes in action, captured by top sports photographers supported by the outstanding imaging performance of Canon cameras and lenses.
 
Canon will continue contributing to the advancement of sports through the use of Canon products and technologies.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/7/2015 5:36:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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