Refurbished Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens (White) - $99.95 Shipped (Compare at $246.95 New)
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Posted to: Nikon News
DateTime: 6/13/2013 2:07:28 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens - $863.04 Shipped (Compare at $899.00)
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(for Canon/Nikon) available for an in-cart price of $863.04 with free shipping and a free Hoya NXT UV Multi Coated filter. Compare at $899.00.
Adobe Addresses "Hot Issues" Regarding Lightroom 5
From Adobe Lightroom Journal:
The team would like to provide an update on several issues discovered since Sunday night’s launch. Thanks for your patience while we investigated and compiled this list. Noise Reduction and Sharpening Not Visible on export
As mentioned here
, a bug was introduced in Lightroom 5.0 where files exported at less than 1/3 of their original size may not retain Output Sharpening and Noise Reduction settings. We are working on a solution and will include it in our next update. Incorrect photos selected when working with Publish Services
When working in a Publish collection, it is sometimes possible for the grid view to indicate that certain photos are selected, while the filmstrip indicates that different photos are selected. In this case, the filmstrip is actually correct, and any actions that are performed will be performed on the photos that are selected in the filmstrip. If you are concerned about this bug, make sure that you have the filmstrip showing while you’re working in a Publish collection, so that you know for sure what photos are selected. We are working on a fix and hope to include in a future update. Presets Disappearing when Upgrading Catalog to Lr5
As reported here
, user created presets were not migrated to Lightroom 5 with a catalog upgrade. This only occurs when the “Store Presets with Catalog” preference is checked (enabled). Within Lightroom 5, the “Store Presets with Catalog” preference will be unchecked (disabled). Please check (enable) this preference and the missing user created presets will return. Please note that this only occurs on Mac. Revel Publish Service
The Revel Publish Service for Lightroom 5 is available here
. Lightroom 5 Upgrade Eligibility
We’ve had several questions around who is eligible for an upgrade to Lightroom 5. Any Lightroom 1, 2 3, or 4 version of Lightroom, education editions included
, can utilize the upgrade version of Lightroom 5. The prior version of Lightroom does not need to be installed on the computer, however you will need the prior version serial number at the time of installation of Lightroom 5. If the prior version is still installed on the computer, Lightroom 5 will automatically pick up that serial number so you don’t need to go digging through boxes or your email.
Customers who purchased Lightroom 4 through the Mac App Store are eligible for upgrade pricing. Please see here
for instructions. Lightroom 4 must be installed on the machine before installing the Lightroom 5 upgrade. Upgrade policy for those that just purchased Lightroom 4
We’ve seen quite a few questions from those who have just purchased Lightroom 4. If you purchased Lightroom 4 very recently you may be eligible for a complimentary upgrade to Lightroom 5: http://www.adobe.com/go/pa We’re listening
If you have additional workflow or how-to questions visit our user community on Adobe.com: http://forums.adobe.com/community/lightroom
To report Issues or Ideas on how to improve Lightroom, visit our Feedback Site on Photoshop.com: http://feedback.photoshop.com/ B&H
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Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 80 Million
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses* for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached eighty million in mid June 2013.
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition has continued over the many years since that first lens was released. What's more, Nikon continues to expand its lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 cameras, the first of which was released in October 2011, and bringing total lens production to eighty million.
At the beginning of November 2012, total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras reached seventy-five million. Since then, Nikon has continued to actively release new NIKKOR lenses.
In January 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, a super-telephoto 800mm lens compatible with the Nikon FX format and offering the longest focal length in the history of NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lenses, and the approximately 385-gram compact and lightweight, approximately 1.9x zoom AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra wide-angle zoom lens, also compatible with the Nikon FX format. Further, in March of this year, the 5x telephoto-zoom, FX-format compatible AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, offering one of the fastest AF speeds in its class, was also announced.
In January 2013, Nikon announced two new lenses for Nikon 1, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses—the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 10x zoom lens, a single lens that covers focal lengths ranging from wide-angle to telephoto, and the ultra wide-angle zoom 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, offering the widest angle of view in the 1 NIKKOR lineup at 100°. In addition, the fastest lens in the 1 NIKKOR lineup, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, a mid-telephoto fixed focal length lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2, was announced in May of this year. The current lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 cameras consists of nine lenses, and Nikon will continue to expand and enrich this lineup. The 80th Anniversary of the NIKKOR Lens
NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. This year, the NIKKOR camera lens celebrates its 80th anniversary since the first lens was introduced in 1933. The NIKKOR name arose from adding "r"—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.
Nikon's own high-quality standards are applied to all stages from initial design and development to final product release for design that responds to user needs, and production system and inspections that ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses.
Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses. Nikon will continue to develop and release high-quality products that appeal to users the world over.
* Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses B&H
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Posted to: Nikon News
DateTime: 6/13/2013 9:57:57 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC LD IF Lens for Canon - $369.00 (Compare at $649.00)
For a limited time, DigitalRev
has the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II VC LD IF Lens for Canon
available for $369.00. Compare at $649.00. Note:
The Nikon version of the lens is available for $389.00 (same link - choose "Nikon" on the right side of the page).
Sekonic LITEMASTER PRO L-478D Light Meter - $350.00 Shipped (Reg. $389.00)
has the Sekonic LITEMASTER PRO L-478D Light Meter
available for $350.00 with free shipping. Regularly $389.00. Features:
L-478D for Still Photographers
- Full featured Ambient-Flash modes including new T-F mode. Measure, compare, and mix ambient and flash displayed on a color, touch screen for beautiful, controlled, results.
- DTS Exposure Profiling matches the meter to the performance of your camera. Precise exposure and lighting starts with precise, repeatable metering.
L-478D for Filmmakers
- Cine/HD Cine modes for today's HDSLR and Video Cine cameras. Effortlessly switch between HDSLR and Cine for exact exposure settings in exact increments for both.
- Infinite frame rate and shutter angle selection. Create special settings for special applications. Video cine cameras are becoming boundless. Metering should be too.
- Unique, light-source filtration compensation mode. Finally, precise control lighting using industry standard CTO/CTB/ND types at the touch of a finger.
- Illumination measurement and extended ISO range. Lighting design and exposure in a single tool. ISO and exposure settings to match today's digital cameras.
Adorama also has the Sekonic LITEMASTER PRO L-478DR Light Meter with built-in PocketWizard triggering available for $422.00 with free shipping. Regularly $469.00.
Datacolor Spyder4Pro Color Calibration System - $149.95 Shipped (Compare at $169.00)
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available for $149.95 with free shipping. Compare at $169.00.
Think Tank Airport 4-Sight Roller Camera Bag - $149.75 Shipped (Reg. $249.75)
has the Think Tank Airport 4-Sight Four Wheel Roller Camera Bag
available for $149.75 with free shipping. Regularly $249.75. Features:
- 4 wheel rolling capability. Walking a 4-wheeler is much easier than pulling it behind you or carrying it over your shoulder
- Side hinge opens completely for unencumbered access to gear
- Two position locking handle for better comfort and ergonomics
- For easy identification, a business card holder is located directly under the handle. There is also a zippered pocket under the handle that can hold your passport and other items
- Integrated and removable Cable Management organizer keeps everything organized and at-the-ready
- Lockable zipper sliders provides security with a user-supplied TSA (Transportation Security Administration) approved lock
- Three handles for easy retrieval from overhead bins. Lightweight; easy to manage in tight quarters
- Replaceable wheels and protective wheel housings. If you wear out the wheels, Think Tank provides a free kit so that you can replace the wheels. The wheels being located on the very outside of the bag makes it very stable when rolled
- Compatibility: Holds two standard size DSLRs, 3-5 standard zoom lenses or two pro sized bodies with limited lens attachment options; holds a 300 mm f/2.8 with standard body attached
20% Off Select RadioPopper Products at Adorama
is featuring select RadioPopper Products
at 20% off
One great way to improve the quality of your pictures is to use off-camera flash. RadioPoppers
allow you to trigger a Speedlite flash up to 1,500 feet away and even control its output remotely (the JrX system
requires the RadioPopper Cube
accessory for remote control output).
LumiQuest Wedding/Event Kit - $34.95 Shipped (Compare at $55.95)
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available for $34.95 with free shipping. Compare at $55.95. Kit Contains:
- The Quik Bounce light modifier
- FXtra includes a gel holder and 8 color gels
- UltraStrap accessory strap
What My Daughter Brought Home
This site supports my family, but my family also supports this site. Brittany, my 13 year old, frequently provides support through subjects she raises or finds. This time, it was an at-least 54" (1.4m) black rat snake that she carried home.
Black rat snakes are somewhat common here. They are non-venomous and usually docile after a short initial fright. This one, however, was anything but docile. It was out to get anything near it.
And of course, an angry snake provides a more dramatic picture than a friendly one. So, with the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
begging for subjects, Brittany and I had a short photo session with the snake.
The first photos (just snapshots) were of course of Brittany holding the snake – for the memory – and to freak out her friends. I grabbed the handy Canon EOS Rebel SL1
and with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Kit Lens
for these shots.
Having held the snake for a good period of time, Brittany was ready to photograph the snake herself. She goes everywhere with a Rebel T3i
and a Tamron 18-270mm VC Lens
in a Think Tank Photo Digital Holster 20
over her shoulder. But, she needed a second hand to operate the camera with – and didn't want her snake to escape before getting the shot. We quickly moved on to more serious photogrpahy - snake portrait photos to be specific.
I usually have specific shots I am looking for at any given time. For this session, I was looking at the 200-400's maximum magnification and AF accuracy at minimum focus distance. Both proved to be quite good.
This snake was not about to pose in a more-woodsy environment, so we shot right in the front yard. Groomed front yard grass is not ideal for nature subject backgrounds, but getting down very low (only my hand between the grass and the lens plate), using a long focal length (560mm, f/5.6) and moving in close allowed the background and foreground to be completely blurred. This position gave a nice perspective of the always-ready-to-strike snake. It was not too hard to focus the snake's attention on us (and it was incredibly fixated on the dog), so I was able to position myself in relation to a nice background.
The highlight of this shoot was the snake moving toward Brittany and suddenly striking her front lens element. Brittany squealed. I laughed (knowing that she was not at risk as her hands were farther back from her extended long lens – I was closely monitoring). The snake eventually calmed down. And we let it crawl away.
One photography-related snake characteristic I like is their curves. Snakes naturally create the curves that photographers are frequently searching for. Note also that longer focal lengths allow you to stay farther away from dangerous situations.
Now, the next time your kid brings home a snake, you know what to do.
Image Quality Results from Second Canon 200-400mm f/4 L IS 1.4x Lens
Image quality results
from a second Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens
are now available on the site.
The second lens' results are displayed as sample "3" and "4". Read the Is This the World's Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens?
post to learn the details of this lens' image quality presentation.
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 6/12/2013 10:32:27 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens - $724.99 Shipped (Compare at $1,149.00)
(via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
available for $724.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00.
Posted to: Canon News
DateTime: 6/12/2013 4:27:40 PM CT Posted By: Sean
PocketWizard Announces Major ControlTL Firmware Update
From PocketWizard: Free update provides compatibility with several new cameras and dramatic improvements to HyperSync, further removing the barrier to x-sync limitations. So. Burlington, VT – June 12, 2013
– LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today a major update to its ControlTL firmware for the MiniTT1
, PowerMC2 and PowerST4
radios and minor updates for the Plus III
The new ControlTL firmware (version details below) provides compatibility for several new Canon and Nikon cameras, greatly improves the performance of PocketWizard’s exclusive HyperSync feature and resolves bugs in previous versions. It is available now as a free download using the PocketWizard Utility and it is strongly recommended that all current owners of the MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PowerST4 and PowerMC2 update all their radios to the latest firmware for best performance. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install this version via USB connection and update their PocketWizard radios for free. Complete details are available at the PocketWizard website here.
The new firmware includes complete compatibility for the Nikon D600 and D3200 cameras and manual power control compatibility for the Canon EOS 6D, EOS-1D X and EOS Rebel T4i cameras.
In addition to the new camera compatibility, this new firmware version offers significantly improved HyperSync flash performance. This exclusive feature offers photographers the ability to use studio flash well beyond their camera’s normal x-sync speed, for greatly expanded creative control.
“Our PocketWizard HyperSync technology has redefined studio flash photography for those working outdoors,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “When photographers can go beyond the normal x-sync shutter speed limitation of 1/200 second or so, they can create an entirely new look whether they need to reduce ambient light to achieve shallow depth-of-field, or freeze action, or both, photographers can now do so quickly, simply and with more creative control than ever before.”
Adventure photographer Tom Bol
has been using the new firmware in beta version for the past month and had this to say about the latest version, “Performance with the new software in my MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and ST4s is remarkable.” You can read more about what Tom had to say on the ProPhotoCoalition website
Any owner of PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PowerMC2 or PowerST4 can benefit from the latest firmware. This release also includes several bug fixes found in earlier versions. “Downloading and installing the latest firmware is one of the simplest and smartest things a creative photographer can do,” Schmidt added. “We’ve designed our products to be reliable and upgradable because it allows owners of PocketWizard radios to keep their equipment up-to-date as new cameras, flash units and features are introduced.”
The Plus III and MultiMAX radios also have new firmware. The new firmware for the Plus III resolves some minor bugs. The MultiMAX firmware, which has been available for a while in beta, adds two new features.
PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or newer is required before installing these updates. For more information on the latest firmware versions and how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/
The latest firmware versions are:
- 6.400 for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon
- 3.400 for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon
- 5.400 for the PowerST4
- 2.400 for the PowerMC2
- 1.200 for the Plus III
- 7.51 for the MultiMAX
B&H carries PocketWizard products.
Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station (5th Generation) - $149.00 Shipped (Compare at $174.99)
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4% Rewards Scheduled to End Soon at B&H
has notified us that their current 4% Rewards
promotion is expiring on June 15. If a new Canon/Nikon DSLR camera
is on your wish list, you may want to pick it up while the 4% Rewards and
instant rebates are in effect.
Tascam DR-05 Digital Audio Recorder - $73.90 (Compare at $99.00)
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Datacolor Hosts "Focus Control" Webinar
Creating extraordinary images may seem daunting. It’s important to choose the right combination of tools to bring your work to the next level. Combining Spyder products with onOne Software solutions will enable you to work confidently throughout your workflow. You'll have everything you need to solve the most common problems in digital photography, correct your color, maximize your creativity and realize your photographic vision.
Join us, Tuesday, June 18th from 2PM-3PM EDT, as Datacolor Experts David Saffir and C. David Tobie explore the tools and techniques necessary for having controlled focus and enhancing or limiting depth of field along with focus related issues related to color management.
Be sure to attend to hear our special partnership announcement!
An interactive Q&A will take place throughout the webinar to answer any questions you may have. Webinar attendees will have the chance to win a free Spyder4PRO or onOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 7 and receive exclusive discount offers! Title:
Focus Control: Before, During, and After the Shot Co-sponsored by onOne SoftwareDate:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013Time:
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Register here
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