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 Wednesday, March 19, 2014
PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver
For a limited time, B&H has the Pocketwizard Plus III (Black) and Plus X transceivers on sale for $124.00 and $85.00, respectively, with free shipping. Regularly $149.00 and $99.00.
Post Date: 3/19/2014 12:08:53 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From DxO:
 
March 19, 2014 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.4 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 9 to provide support for the Nikon D4S (Elite Edition only), as well as for three other additional cameras (Standard Edition): the new Sony A5000, the Leica X Vario (Type 107), and the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.
 
170 new DxO Optics Modules
 
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.4 has been enriched with new DxO Optics Modules: 170 new camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, offering support for GoPro, Leica, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for many GoPro, Leica, Nikon, and Sony cameras.
 
Among the new lenses supported are the Sony FE Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS, the new transtandard lens in the line dedicated to the Sony Alpha 7 and 7R, and the Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G SSM II.
 
DxO Optics Modules contain all of the information about the characteristics of each camera and lens so that DxO Optics Pro 9 can automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality. Nearly 18,000 camera/lens combinations are currently available.
 
Note: B&H currently has special pricing on DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard & Elite Editions:

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 9:13:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 24-105mm f/4.0 DG OS HSM Art Lens review.
 
I regard the Sigma 24-105 f/4 OS is one of Sigma's best-ever lenses. This lens is in stock at B&H.
Post Date: 3/19/2014 8:48:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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From Adobe:
 
Recurring Revenue More Than Half of Company’s First Quarter Revenue
 
SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 18, 2014 – Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter fiscal year 2014 ended Feb. 28, 2014.
 
First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Adobe achieved revenue of $1.0 billion, at the high end of its targeted range of $950 million to $1.0 billion.
  • Adobe exited Q1 with 1 million 844 thousand paid Creative Cloud subscriptions, an increase of 405 thousand when compared to the number of subscriptions as of the end of Q4 fiscal year 2013.
  • Creative Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $987 million, and total Digital Media ARR grew to $1.15 billion.
  • Adobe Marketing Cloud quarterly revenue was $267 million, representing 24 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share were $0.09 on a GAAP-basis, and $0.30 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $252 million.
  • Deferred revenue grew by $52 million to a record $881 million.
  • More than half of Adobe’s Q1 revenue was from recurring sources such as Creative Cloud subscriptions and Adobe Marketing Cloud.
  • The company repurchased 4.5 million shares during the quarter, returning approximately $263 million of cash to stockholders.

Download the Full Press Release and Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (112 KB, PDF).
 
Note: The Photoshop Photography Program special – $9.99/mo for Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5 with no previous ownership requirements – is set to expire March 31. Be sure to take advantage of this deal before time runs out!

Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/19/2014 8:30:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 3/19/2014 7:54:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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From Photoshelter:
 
Use Facebook to get people talking about your work!
 
In The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook, we break down tactics to help you increase awareness about your photography, engage potential clients, and encourage word-of-mouth referrals.
 
Learn how you can use Facebook to attract followers by:

  • Showcasing your personality with a behind-the-scenes look at your latest shoot.
  • Sharing great blogs, stories, and videos from outside sources that your audience will enjoy.
  • Asking interesting questions to inspire conversation on your page.
  • Offering giveaways and coupons to get people fired up about your products and services.

We also share some great examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to build and grow their audience - and their client base - using simple, low cost strategies from posting regularly to showcasing images in a compelling way.
 
Download the free guide.

Post Date: 3/18/2014 3:22:33 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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AdoramaPix is celebrating their newly christened facility with 40% off sitewide. Through March 31, use coupon code PXWELCOME to get 40% off everything except prepaids, memberships and gift cards.
 
AdoramaPix Services

Post Date: 3/18/2014 12:46:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens
eBay (via 6ave) has the Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens available for $389.99 with free shipping. Compare at $496.95.
 
Note: This camera is likely a grey market item and not eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 11:16:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Sample Picture
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens review.
 
This lens continues to see demand exceeding supply. Preorder now at B&H.
Post Date: 3/18/2014 9:10:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D4 DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
IMPORTANT
 

  • If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
  • The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
  • Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update.
  • Do not load settings data saved with A:1.05/ B1.03 or earlier using the Save/ Load settings option in the setup menu after updating D4 firmware to A:1.10 / B:1.10. Settings data saved with D4 A:1.05/ B:1.03 or earlier is not compatible with D4 A and B firmware Ver. 1.10.
  • When transferring images recorded to a memory card with a capacity greater than 128 GB to a computer using a card reader or similar device, be sure that the computer's operating system and the card reader support capacities greater than 128 GB. If they do not support capacities greater than 128 GB, it may not be possible to transfer images in this way. As support for memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB is provided with D4 A:1.10 / B:1.10 firmware, images may be transferred by connecting the camera to a computer via USB cable.

Updates included with this release A:1.10 / B: 1.10 - dated March 18, 2014

  • Custom Setting f17: Assign Remote Fn Button has been added * .
  • Support for CompactFlash memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB has been added.
  • When an XQD memory card and one of certain CompactFlash memory cards were inserted in the camera at the same time, "Err" was displayed in the top control panel. This issue has been resolved.
  • When AF-ON only was selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation) and the AF-ON button was pressed to initiate autofocus during viewfinder photography, focus remained locked even after the user took their finger off the button, and the shutter could be released at any time. However, specifications have been modified so that the shutter cannot be released under the following conditions if the camera fails to focus.
  • Autofocus mode is set to AF-S (single-servo AF)
  • AF-area mode is set to Single-point AF
  • Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection) is set to Focus

* - We have prepared a supplementary user's manual that covers this function. Click here to download the supplementary user's manual [T-D-P.com Note: Preceding link from Nikon was broken this morning]. Adobe's Acrobat Reader must be installed on your computer to view this file.
 
Download:
Nikon D4 Firmware A:1.10 / B:1.10 - Windows | Macintosh
 
B&H has the Nikon D4's successor, the D4s, available for preorder.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 7:54:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang Notification of New Upcoming Products
Samyang dropped a not-so-subtle hint on its Facebook page letting us know to expect announcements in the very near future.

"New stuff from Samyang coming soon, really soon. Stay tuned!"

What do you think it is? Let us know in the comments.

Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 3/18/2014 7:33:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 17, 2014
Fujifilm 32GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
B&H has the Fujifilm 32GB SDHC Class 10 Memory Card available for $14.95 with free shipping. Regularly $28.67.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 3:54:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar 16GB SDHC Platinum II 200x Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card (3-Pack)
BuyDig.com has a Lexar 16GB SDHC Platinum II 200x Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card (3-Pack) available for $22.00 with free shipping. Compare at $14.90 for 1 card.

 
From X-Rite:
 
ColorTRUE App launch includes ColorTRUE Aware Partner Program allowing any app developer to include color management.
 
Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 17, 2014 – X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced the release of ColorTRUE for Apple iOS and Google Android platforms. ColorTRUE provides photographers, designers, and prepress professionals the ability to calibrate and profile their tablet and mobile devices for accurate color matching. ColorTRUE includes a Create Profile tool and an Image Gallery viewer and is currently available as a free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
 
ColorTRUE Calibration
ColorTRUE creates a custom display profile for iOS and Android mobile devices using a supported X-Rite measurement device. The user simply places the connected device on the tablet or phone when prompted and the measurement process begins automatically. The profile is applied to all images displayed through the ColorTRUE Image Gallery, providing the user with the most accurate color match to a desktop reference monitor, or other color managed monitors.
 
Steve Rankin, Product Manager, at X-Rite, commented: “While iOS and Android devices deliver pleasing color right out of the box, ColorTRUE is the first app that will provide photographers, designers, and prepress professionals with a true color match from desktop to mobile. Tablets have become increasingly important in imaging workflows and getting accurate color on the mobile device is now as critical as it is on the desktop. Whether showing your portfolio to a perspective client or soft-proofing an image before final run, ColorTRUE delivers color accuracy at the level X-Rite customers expect, while maintaining the speed and simplicity of use necessary in the mobile environment.”
 
ColorTRUE Image Gallery
ColorTRUE is the only mobile color management app that delivers an Image Gallery viewer with a unique set of tools that enables the highest level of color accurate viewing:

  • Ambient Light Compensation – ColorTRUE will adjust to any ambient viewing condition ensuring that images are displayed correctly regardless of the lighting condition and display brightness setting
  • Print Simulation – Preview or soft-proof images using different printer profiles and rendering intents
  • White Point – Match your tablet to your desktop – to ensure you are assessing the same image on tablet and desktop, ColorTRUE lets you choose between D65, D50 and Native white point
  • ICC Profile – Embedded image profiles are used or you can manually select correct working color spaces for your images (sRGB, Adobe RGB, ProPhoto RGB)
  • Before and After – Toggle the calibration on and off to see the color accuracy improvements on your images

Coloratti George Jardine states, "It only makes sense that X-Rite would be first to the party with a super-easy mobile calibration solution that really works! ColorTRUE gives me the confidence that what I'm seeing on my iPad will match the corrections that I've made on my professional i1Display-calibrated and profiled desktop displays. And the best part is...ColorTRUE uses my existing hardware."
 
ColorTRUE Aware Partner Program
With the launch of ColorTRUE, X-Rite also announces its ColorTRUE Aware partner program. Unlike laptop or desktop operating systems, iOS and Android operating systems do not have system wide color management capabilities. This means each app must apply color profiles independently. X-Rite will soon release a Software Developers Kit (SDK) that will allow 3rd party app developers access to the ColorTRUE profile, enabling them to seamlessly deliver color management within their own app(s). ColorTRUE users can be confident any third party app such as image editing or viewing, inline production approval, or even creative sketching for proof of concept is color managed whenever they see the ColorTRUE Aware logo. More information can be found at xritephoto.com/colortrueSDK.
 
Steve Rankin, Product Manager, at X-Rite, continued, “As tablets and mobile devices increasingly permeate color and image based workflows, it has never been more important that these devices become truly color accurate. With ColorTRUE and the ColorTRUE Aware partner program, X-Rite now offers the missing color management components on iOS and Android platforms. Our goal is to enable app developers and help create an eco-system of color managed apps. We encourage all app developers where color is important to their users to contact us and learn more about our ColorTRUE Aware partner program.”
 
Supported X-Rite Devices
An X-Rite measurement device (sold separately) is required for the ColorTRUE calibration process. iOS phones and tablets support ColorMunki Smile, ColorMunki Display, i1Display Pro, and i1Pro 2, while Android phones and tablets support ColorMunki Display and i1Display Pro. Visit xritephoto.com/colortrue for complete specifications list.
 
B&H carries X-Rite color calibration products.

Category: X-Rite News
Post Date: 3/17/2014 1:10:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kata 3N1-33 DL Sling Backpack
Adorama has the Kata 3N1-33 DL Sling Backpack available for $74.99 with free shipping. Regularly $149.99.
 
Features:

  • Holds DSLR, 5-6 Lenses
  • Holds 15.4" Laptop or iPad/Tablet
  • Memory Card Storage Compartments
  • Rain Cover Included

Post Date: 3/17/2014 11:56:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Audio Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-05 Portable Digital Audio Recorder available for $59.99 with free shipping after $20.00 mail-in rebate.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 11:40:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Westcott 24x24
B&H has the Westcott 24x24" Soft Box with Bowens S-Type Adapter available for $60.00 Off – now only $29.95 with free shipping. Regularly $89.95.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 11:31:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron Tailgate Tour 2014
From Tamron:
 
100-City Tour Will Turn Photo Store Parking Lots Into A Full Day Photo Experience
 
March 17, 2014, Commack, New York – Tamron USA announced today that they are embarking on a 100-city national Tailgate Tour to promote photography and Tamron lenses. A fully equipped Tamron van will be visiting camera stores throughout the country, turning mundane parking lots into photo celebrations, complete with free photography mini-sessions, test drives on the latest Tamron products, full evening seminars, specials on Tamron lenses and complimentary tailgate lunches at most participating retailers. This casual and fun approach to photography education is designed to offer easy and free access to great information to anyone interested in photography.
 
"Our Tamron Tailgate Tour demonstrates our commitment to help all levels of photographers take better images," said Stacie Errera, Chief Marketing Officer of Tamron USA. "Everyone can use a little help with their photography, and we want to come to hometowns across the country to invite people to discover how new technologies and simple suggestions can improve their results."
 
The Tamron Tailgate Tour will work with local photo retailers to deliver this unique learning experience. The Tamron van will pull into the parking lot and set up for a full day of education with Tamron tech team members on-hand from 12pm to 4pm to help people with their photography questions. And each day will feature team members offering four free mini-sessions under the Tamron Tailgate Learning Tent - "Configuring Your Camera Bag," "Achieving True Colors," "Enhancing Your Image," and "Choosing Your Next Lens," offered every hour starting at 12:30 PM. Raffles will take place at the end of the last session that begins at 3:30 PM.
 
For those looking for even more tips to creating better photographs, Tamron will offer a two-hour evening seminar entitled "10 Steps to Epic Images," taught by experienced Tamron tech photographers. The cost of the seminars will be $25 dollars and will include a welcome bag with a reporter notebook and lens cleaning cloth. In select cities, an evening seminar plus an in-the-field workshop the next day will be offered for a total of $75.
 
Visitors will also see the latest in Tamron products, and be eligible to enter the #winatamron Instagram contest, where they can win one of three Tamron 16-300mm All-In-One 18.8X zoom lenses at the end of the tour. Full contest details can be found at the Tamron Tailgate website on April 13th for the kick off of the tour. A Tailgate lunch will be served at most locations from 12pm to 2pm.
 
"We hope that our Tamron Tailgate Tour will help inspire all of our attendees, from the casual snapshooter to the serious enthusiast, to take better images that will last a lifetime," said Errera.
 
For more information and to find out when the Tamron Tailgate Tour will be in your area, visit www.tamron-usa.com/tailgate.
 
B&H carries Tamron lenses.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 3/17/2014 8:50:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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