Kenko Tokina has announced a variable neutral density filter - the Variable NDX
Variable ND filters offer advantages over fixed ND filters including the ability to quickly reduce the amount of light filtering during focusing - and the reduced quantity of filters needing to be carried. Singh-Ray
offered the first popular variable ND filter
(I carry one).
Post Date: 8/1/2011 3:22:54 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon USA has announced:
"Captain America: The First Avenger" Action Shots Captured With Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Cameras
Full 1080P HD Capture, 24p Frame Rate and Canon EF Lenses Provide Compatibility and Creative Options for Movie Production
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 1, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that the highly anticipated feature film, "Captain America: The First Avenger", used Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras to capture many of the movie's action shots. Throughout the super hero action picture, the 5D Mark II was used to shoot motion sequences that were seamlessly integrated with the production's 35mm film footage.
More compact and lightweight than traditional motion-picture cameras, the 5D Mark II offers creative advantages such as compatibility with Canon's wide range of high-performance EF lenses, user-selectable frame rates, including 24p (23.976 fps), the standard for motion-picture cinematography, and full 1920 x 1080 HD imagery captured by the camera's high-resolution 21.1-megapixel (36mm by 24mm) Canon CMOS sensor. According to Jonathan Taylor, second unit director/director of photography on "Captain America: The First Avenger", these features made the 5D Mark II an excellent choice for the capture of dramatic POV (point-of-view) action shots.
"The challenge with a lot of action photography is getting the camera in the right position," Taylor noted. "I'm always looking to get the camera into impossible to reach places because those kinds of shots make action sequences much more exciting. Most 35mm motion-picture cameras and even the leading digital cinematography cameras are just too big to get into interesting positions."
Action scenes in "Captain America: The First Avenger" in which Taylor used 5D Mark II cameras for POV shots include a car chase and crash, and a high-speed motorcycle pursuit. The small size of the camera enabled Taylor to mount it on the interiors and exteriors of moving vehicles to capture dramatic action shots. The camera's size also ensured that it was "invisible" to the film cameras shooting the same scene from a distance.
"The thing with action is that the more angles you can shoot, the faster the cuts you can use, and the more energy you get into a sequence," Taylor added.
Previously, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras and EF lenses were used for action shots in the blockbuster hit "Iron Man 2".
Post Date: 8/1/2011 3:08:08 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Think Tank Photo
has announced a sale: SAVE 20% ON MODULAR AND SKIN COMPONENTS
Our Modular Component Systems are the best carrying solutions if you require quick and immediate access to your equipment. They consist of individual lens and accessory pouches that attach to and slide around our belts. Since the pouches are modular, the carrying system can be reconfigured to match any assignment, under any condition. Our Modular Component Systems feature:
Rotation: The ability to rotate or slide component bags individually around a belt. Rotating the bags periodically during the event not only allows access to gear, but makes the belt more comfortable since the position of the weight is changed.
Capacity: Bags that accommodate the width and depth of fast lenses such as the 16-35 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f2.8.
Speed: The ability to change lenses quickly. Having an open top is the fastest way to pull a lens from the pouch. No need to contend with a flap, or zippered, buckled enclosures.
Here is the list of Modular sets and individual components you can purchase at a 20% savings: MODULAR COMPONENT SYSTEM
Modular Set: 6-piece modular system. Components are padded for extra protection
Belly Dancer Harness: Supports your Modular and Skin components
Bum Bag: Quick access to clothing, food, and other essential items
LARGE Lens Drop In: Fastest possible access to larger lenses without the lens caps on
Lens Changer 75 Pop Down: Expandable for longer lenses, such as the 70-200 2.8
Lens Changer 15: Designed for smaller lenses such as 50mm, 85mm, and teleconverters
Lens Changer 25: For zoom lenses, such as the 24-70 2.8, 28-135, and 28-200
Lens Changer 35: For zoom lenses such as the 24-70 2.8 or the 100 Macro
Lens Changer 50: For zoom lenses, such as the 16-35 2.8 and 17-40
Lightning Fast: An easy place to store your SLR flash
Modular Pouch: Holds your point and shoot cameras, cell phones, Pocket Wizards
R U Thirsty? -- Take a full-size water bottle and an energy bar on your next shoot
Speed Changer: Change your batteries, teleconverters, small lenses and other SLR
The Chimp Cage: Carry one digital SLR body, as well as other SLR equipment
Trim Changer: Change your SLR items in this one easy-access trim bag
Whip it Out: Fastest retrieval possible for your 70-200 2.8, 80-200 2.8, 100-400 SKIN COMPONENT SYSTEM
Skin Set: 5 Piece unpadded system
Skin 50: For zoom lens such as the 16-35 2.8 with hood in position
Skin 75 Pop Down: Holds larger lens such as the 70-200 2.8 with hood reversed
Skin Chimp Cage: For carrying one digital SLR body, as well as other SLR
Skin Double Wide: Holds two LC 75's side by side
Skin Strobe: For SLR flash with front pocket for batteries Shop the Think Tank Photo Sale
Post Date: 8/1/2011 2:08:19 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
has announced a new Pro Video Hosting Service: New Vimeo PRO Service Combines High Quality Video Hosting With Business-focused Features for Small Businesses at a Yearly Rate of $199
NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), building on their reputation as the home for high quality video sharing today launched Vimeo PRO. The new Vimeo PRO account is the easiest and one of the most affordable professional video hosting solutions for small businesses available. The product will go live on the site today at 1:00pm Eastern.
Online video continues to experience explosive growth. Recent predictions(1) show that video will account for 50% of all consumer Internet traffic by the end of 2012. Nearly 60 percent of viewers(2) watch video before reading text on the same webpage and are more likely to make a purchase. This year, 83 percent of small businesses plan to use social media channels for their business(3). With the web rapidly moving from text to video, small businesses need to adapt to the shift in technology or quickly become irrelevant or less impactful to their consumers who expect to see video everywhere online.
"Until now, quality video hosting has been expensive, confusing, and extremely difficult for a small business owner to understand. Small businesses have fallen between the cracks of free video services and massive enterprise video solutions," said Dae Mellencamp, Vimeo's General Manager. "Vimeo PRO resolves the contradiction that best-of-breed video quality and hosting can also be easy and affordable."
Vimeo developed its PRO account, which will exist as a separate service outside of the Vimeo.com community, based on demand for a cost-effective video-hosting service equipped with core features that meets the growing needs of small businesses. It's priced at $199 for 50GB of storage and 250,000 plays as a flat annual fee. Customers can purchase increased storage capacity in 50GB increments for $199. Businesses can also purchase additional plays in increments of 100k for $199. Vimeo PRO is one of the most affordable professional video hosting solutions on the market.
Enabling small businesses to compete with larger companies, Vimeo PRO offers robust product features including exceptional video quality, customizable Portfolio websites, extensive video player customization, Video Review Pages, advanced statistics, social media sharing and broad privacy settings. Production companies will be able to create many separate portfolios and share rough cuts with clients. Restaurants can show their atmosphere and signature dish preparation online to potential diners. Real estate agents can provide home hunters with higher quality housing previews. And, even doctors can create private groups to educate patients and medical students.
Customers can upload up to a 5GB file at a time with no time limits and Vimeo will not run any advertising over their videos. Coupled with its current array of popular features like HD and HTML5 video, full tablet, mobile and connected TV support, and Vimeo Video School, Vimeo PRO provides all the major tools small businesses need to host videos online. In addition, Vimeo PRO accounts can opt-in to the Community Pass, which is a feature that allows PRO accounts to interact with the Vimeo.com community as long as the account and each individual video abide by the community guidelines. About Vimeo, LLC
Leading video sharing site Vimeo® provides the easiest way for people to host and share their videos in high quality. The site provides great privacy features and inspiring videos from a vibrant, respectful community of creative users who care about how and where they show their work. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in New York, NY, Vimeo offers users a video sharing experience that is both entertaining and easy to use. Vimeo is a 2010 & 2009 Time Magazine Top 50 Website. Vimeo, LLC is a subsidiary of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).
(1) "Cisco Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2010-2015" http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/ns705/ns827/white_paper_c11-481360_ns827_Networking_Solutions_White_Paper.html
(2) December 2010 Forbes Insight survey
(3) (Source: Emarkerter).
Post Date: 8/1/2011 1:25:43 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
The current Canon super telephoto lenses are leaving the store shelves. Not as in going out of stock (yet), but as in people deciding that the current models are excellent and, while expensive, far less expensive than the version II models.
Going out of stock is going to happen for these lenses at some point. If you are considering adding a super telephoto lens to your kit, consider buying now
Post Date: 8/1/2011 10:09:45 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Abe's of Maine
has the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens
(Canon mount) for only $904.00 shipped. Use the following coupon codes to make this deal work (thanks Ferdi).
Normal price $ 969.00
Coupon NKDS50: $ -50.00
Coupon LOYALTY15: $ -15.00
Total: $ 904.00
Post Date: 8/1/2011 10:01:23 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
The Tamron Lens
rebates have been extended through August 31, 2011.
"Printed Tamron rebate forms that may be found at an authorized Tamron dealer dated May 1, 2011 - July 31 2011 will be acceptedd through August 31, 2011 with a redemption date of September 15, 2011."
You can also download the current Tamron lens rebate form here
Post Date: 8/1/2011 9:46:36 AM CT Posted By: Bryan