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 Thursday, June 30, 2016
Image quality results from the Canon EOS 5Ds R, 1Ds Mark III and 7D Mark II have been added to the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens (also branded as Rokinon, Bower, etc.) page.
 
You are going to like what you see from this lens, especially for the price. Here are some comparisons:
 
Samyang 135mm f/2 compared to the Canon EF 135mm f/2L lens
Samyang 135mm f/2 compared to the Zeiss 135mm f/2 lens
 
A full review of this lens is planned.
 
B&H has the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens in stock.
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Post Date: 6/30/2016 8:34:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
If you are a USA resident, I am sure you are keenly aware of the explosive holiday that is approaching. Of course, I'm talking about Independence Day (July 4th) and with it brings an excellent opportunity for festive image making.
 
As you enjoy the colorful explosions this year, be sure to bring along your camera to capture the action. Here are a few basic tips:
 
  1. Arrive early and find out exactly where the fireworks will be setting off from at your chosen location. Use this information to plan your optimal shooting location, keeping in mind various elements that might be used as a background.
  2. Choose a wider focal length to capture background elements in your fireworks photos; choose telephoto focal length to isolate the explosions. A general purpose zoom works well and allows you to capture a wide range of framings without the need to change lenses.
  3. Use a sturdy tripod to allow you to capture the fireworks from their lift off point to explosion. The trails leading back from the explosions will help viewers' eyes wonder around the image.
  4. Bring a shutter release cable for a more relaxed style of shooting. It's easy to enjoy the fireworks from a folding chair and still get compelling images with a cable release trigger in your hand.
Want to get creative? Check out these posts on capturing fireworks:
 
And if you plan on shooting off fireworks off this year (or plan on being in close proximity to them), please BE SAFE and enjoy the celebration!
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Post Date: 6/30/2016 6:30:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sigma:
 
Thank you for purchasing and using our products.
 
We would like to announce the availability of a new firmware update for the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports in Nikon mount and the SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary in Nikon mount. This firmware update can be installed using SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
The lens firmware update corrects the phenomenon of overexposure when the lens is attached to the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 on Nikon Digital SLR camera “D500”, released by NIKON CORPORATION.
 
For customers who own the following applicable products and also SIGMA USB DOCK, please update the lens firmwareusing SIGMA Optimization Pro.
 
For customers who do not own SIGMA USB DOCK, the lens firmware update will be provided free of charge. Please contact your nearest authorized subsidiary/distributor of SIGMA.
 
Applicable products
 
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports – Nikon mount
  • SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary - Nikon mount
Benefit of this firmware update
 
  • It has corrected the phenomenon that it shows some overexposure when it is attached with SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 on Nikon D500.
* For customers who are using SIGMA Optimization Pro Ver1.1 or earlier, please ensure to update it to Ver1.3 from the Optimization Pro download page before updating the lens firmware.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports, 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary & USB Dock.
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Post Date: 6/30/2016 6:27:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Firmware Version 1.0 to 1.1
 
  • Fixed an issue that in rare cases would prevent the camera turning on even when a battery with sufficient charge was inserted.
  • Updated some help text.
Download: Nikon COOLPIX A300 Firmware v1.1
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Post Date: 6/30/2016 6:15:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Google Maps Blog:
Three years ago we introduced a cloud-free mosaic of the world in Google Earth. Today we’re rolling out an even more beautiful and seamless version, with fresh imagery from Landsat 8 satellite and new processing techniques for sharper images than ever before. Satellite images are often cloudy, but not always over the same place, so we looked at millions of images and took the clearest pixels to stitch together this cloud-free and seamless image.
 
Higher Quality Imagery
 
Landsat 8, which launched into orbit in 2013, is the newest sensor in the USGS/NASA Landsat Program—superior to its predecessors in many ways. Landsat 8 captures images with greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency—capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day. This new rendition of Earth uses the most recent data available -- mostly from Landsat 8 -- making it our freshest global mosaic to date.
 
Our previous mosaic used imagery from Landsat 7 only, which at the time was the best imagery of its kind. Unfortunately, Landsat 7 images captured after 2003 were affected by a hardware failure, resulting in large diagonal gaps of missing data You can see this effect in the subsets of two Landsat 7 images captured over Oklahoma City, OK, in 2000 and 2003.
 
Processing imagery with Earth Engine
 
To produce this new imagery, we used the same publicly available Earth Engine APIs that scientists use to do things like track global tree cover, loss, and gain; predict Malaria outbreaks; and map global surface water over a 30 year period.
 
Like our previous mosaic, we mined data from nearly a petabyte of Landsat imagery—that’s more than 700 trillion individual pixels—to choose the best cloud-free pixels. To put that in perspective, 700 trillion pixels is 7,000 times more pixels than the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy, or 70 times more pixels than the estimated number of galaxies in the Universe.
 
Open data is good for everyone
 
This update was made possible in a large part thanks to the Landsat program and its commitment to free and accessible open data. Landsat, a joint program of the USGS and NASA, has observed the Earth continuously from 1972 to the present day and offers a wealth of information on the changes to the Earth's surface over time. And it's all available in Earth Engine!
 
The new imagery is now available across all our mapping products. To check it out, open up Google Earth, or turn on the satellite layer in Google Maps.
 
Post authored by: Chris Herwig, Program Manager, Google Earth Engine
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Category: Google News
Post Date: 6/30/2016 6:05:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Bolt CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack (Canon/Nikon) available for $44.95 with free shipping. Regularly $74.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Extends Portable Flash Capacity
  • Up to 595 Flashes Per Charge
  • Fast Recycle Times Up to 1.24 Sec
  • Thermal Switch Prevents Overheating
  • Option of Using 4 or 8 AA Batteries
  • Alkaline, Lithium or Ni-MH Batteries
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Post Date: 6/30/2016 5:41:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 29, 2016
eBay (via ElectronicsValley – 99.6% Positive feedback) has the Nikon D750 DSLR Camera available for $1,399.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,996.95 after $300.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore ineligible for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 12:09:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the Federal Aviation Administration:
 
KEEP YOUR DRONE AWAY FROM WILDFIRES
 
There are lots of great places to fly your drones, but over or near a wildfire isn’t one of them. In fact, drone operators who interfere with wildfire suppression efforts are subject to civil penalties of up to $27,500 and possible criminal prosecution.
 
Here’s why it’s important: Aerial firefighting aircraft, such as airtankers and helicopters, fly at very low altitudes, just a couple hundred feet above the ground and in the same airspace as hobby and recreational drones. This creates the potential for a mid-air collision that could seriously injure or kill wildland firefighters in the air or on the ground.
 
As a result of unlawful drone operations near fires this year, fire managers have temporarily grounded all aerial firefighting aircraft on several occasions for safety reasons. Shutting down firefighting operations could cause wildfires to become larger and can threaten lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources.
 
The bottom line is “If You Fly, We Can’t."
 
Please fly responsibly – keep your drone away from wildfires.
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 11:49:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via RedTagCamera) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (review) available for $619.95 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore technically ineligible for a Canon USA warranty.
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 11:00:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Looking for great access to photograph a car race? Your local dirt track may hold that key for you. Sprint car racing and other dirt track events provide great photography experiences with typically easy access and lots of freedom. Check out the Dirt Track Racing Photography Tips page to learn much more about this topic.
 
The 1D X Mark II and EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II make a great combo for this event.
 
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. If you find these tips useful, please share them in your circle of friends!
 
Camera and Lens Settings
70mm  f/4.5  1/250s
ISO 2000
4716 x 3144px
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 8:16:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
Learn out to create a photo booth with Raspberry Pi!
 
Full Instructions
 
Learn more about Raspberry Pi components here.
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 8:48:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Changes from Version 1.2.1 to 1.2.2
 
  • Upload of MP4 files to NIKON IMAGE SPACE is now supported.
  • Fixed the following issue:
    • The Convert Files option in ViewNX-i would produce solid gray images when applied to photos shot with the D500 and later processed using the Fisheye option in Capture NX-D.
Download: ViewNX-i v.1.2.2
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 8:36:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, Manfrotto 190Go! Tripods qualify for a $30.00 - $100.00 instant savings.
 
Qualifying Models Include:
 
B&H Specific Kits that Also Qualify
 
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 8:01:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Western Digital:
 
IRVINE, Calif., June 28, 2016 – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced the launch of its My Passport Ultra, and upcoming My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal portable hard drives, with up to 4TB capacity, filling the need for people to physically carry massive personal collections of videos, photos and other content with them, in a device roughly the size of a smartphone. The perfect blend of style and functionality, these My Passport portable hard drives meet the needs of today’s consumers with features people love like easy-to-use backup software, password protection and portable style in multiple colors, coupled with USB 3.0 connectivity.
 
Perfect for students, business people and general consumers on-the-go who prefer to carry their device with them, these My Passport portable hard drives are dependable, with easy-to-use WD Backup automatic backup software1 with cloud-ready Dropbox integration and 256-bit AES hardware encryption with password protection to help safeguard against unauthorized drive access. With these My Passport drives, it's now easier than ever to have a content protection plan that fits everyone’s busy life.
 
“The increasingly mobile lifestyle has consumers capturing their lives with smartphones and high-resolution cameras, growing their personal content collections and creating demand for even more storage capacity,” says Sven Rathjen, vice president of marketing, content solutions, Western Digital. “At WD, we’re committed to providing our consumers with space to take their digital lives with them through high-capacity and high-quality devices.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
My Passport Ultra 4TB portable hard drives have a 3-year limited warranty and are available now at select retailers and distributors. The My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $159.99. The My Passport for Mac and My Passport Ultra Metal 4TB hard drives will be available next quarter.
 
B&H carries the My Passport Ultra 4TB hard drives.
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 7:11:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Foldable Bi-Color LED Light available for $495.00 with free shipping. Regularly $1,345.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1000 LEDs with CRI of >95
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K
  • Beam Angle: 45°
  • Dimming from 0-100%
  • Folded Size: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.4"
  • Extended Size: 9.1 x 15.7 x 0.7"
  • Physical Dimming Dial; Aluminum Chassis
  • Power Draw: 58W
  • V-Mount Battery Plate & AC Adapter
  • Center Mount Yoke and Carrying Case
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Post Date: 6/29/2016 5:59:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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