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 Thursday, August 6, 2015
Lowepro Whistler and Photo Sport II AW Backpacks
From Lowepro:
 
Two Distinctive Designs Offer Nod to Lowepro Brand’s Outdoor Heritage
 
SALT LAKE CITY and PETALUMA, Calif., Aug. 5, 2015 - Lowepro, the leading maker of photography carrying solutions, today expanded its trusted offerings for outdoor photographers with the launch of Whistler, a four-season and alpine-inspired backpack series, and the next generation of its best-selling and active-adventure backpack, Photo Sport II.
 
“Both of these inventive, technical designs evoke memories of founder Greg Lowe and the origins of the company that he built,” said Tim Grimmer, vice president of brand and product at Lowepro. “From the adventurer who works in extremes, to the athlete who likes to go fast and light, we’ve created these bags to help outdoor photographers take and protect their gear to the ends of the earth.”
 
Born on the side of a mountain, the Whistler series was designed and tested by professional photographers, including Whistler shooter Paul Morrison, in the extreme conditions of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.
 
“I’ve worked with Lowepro bags since I began shooting skiing over 35 years ago, and it was a Lowepro bag that helped my camera gear survive a large avalanche in 1997,” said Paul Morrison, professional photographer and Loweprofessional. “Cameras mean different things to different photographers, but I think most agree that there is an attachment to cameras that can run quite deep. Bags are the protective connections between our gear and us. That was the thinking that brought about Whistler.”
 
Whistler is a versatile, four-season technical backpack that comes in two sizes - 350 AW and 450 AW. Ideal for wilderness photographers and adventurers who carry an equal measure of camera, video and functional outdoor equipment, the bag’s hinged and zippered back panel offers partial or full access to photography gear, and its rigid internal structure can support attachment of skis, poles, tripods, ice axes and more. Featuring Lowepro’s ActivZone System harness and MaxFit divider system, the bag is comfortable to wear and flexible to pack. Whistler’s extra-protective build keeps gear safe from the elements, including a waterproof fabric and base, detachable All Weather AW Cover and removable camera gear insert.
 
Addressing the demands of two passions in one pack, the updated Photo Sport II series offers camera and personal gear portability when engaged in aerobic sports or activities. The Photo Sport BP 200 AW II and 300 AW II both include a new UltraCinch design, featuring side access and a custom pull-tab to tighten and stabilize the bag’s photo gear space in one swift action. Lightweight, weather-resistant materials and a built-in All Weather AW Cover keep photographers moving when the weather changes. An ActivZone harness system, padded waistbelt and adjustable shoulder straps offer padding in all the right spots, while the bag’s dedicated compartment for a 2-liter water reservoir (not included) helps photographers stay hydrated while running, hiking, biking, climbing, boarding or trekking.
 
The Whistler BP 350 AW ($349.95) and 450 AW ($389.95) and the Photo Sport BP 200 AW II ($169.95) and 300 AW II ($199.95) are now available for purchase at authorized retail locations.
 
B&H has the Whistler BP 350AW / 450AW and Photo Sport BP 200 AW II / 300 AW II available for preorder.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 8/6/2015 8:08:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC Lens
From Tamron:
 
August 6, 2015, Saitama City, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of precision optics, today announces the introduction of a new high-performance lens that zooms from 18 to 200mm for APS-C DSLR cameras.
 
The new 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC (Model B018) is the successor to AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] MACRO (Model A14), which has been one of Tamron's best-selling lenses since its introduction 10 years ago. The new 18-200mm VC uses the most modern optical and mechanical design to achieve compactness and high performance. Incorporating image stabilization, the 18-200mm VC delivers superior image quality and is the lightest zoom in its class. Tamron made full use of its long experience and expertise as a pioneering force in high-power zoom lenses to create an optimal all-in-one lens that opens up new photographic possibilities to all DSLR camera users.
 
Product Highlights
 
  1. No need to change lenses—shoot in a wide variety of settings, from true wideangle to telephoto, with a single lens
    A zoom range of 18 to 200mm (35mm equivalent: 28-310mm) means there is no need to change lenses even when switching from wideangle shots in tight places to long telephoto shots of distant objects. Ideal for everything from large groups photos, family pictures, portraits, scenery, animals and school events—even for close-up shots (less than 0.5m / 19.7 in.) of food.
     
  2. Greater portability at a weight of just 400g (14.1 oz.)—the lightest lens in its class
    Covers the focal length range of 18 to 200mm and features Tamron's VC (Vibration Compensation), but weighs a mere 400g (14.1 oz.). Tamron designed the 18-200mm VC to be as user-friendly as possible by emphasizing portability and convenience. Users will appreciate the incredible balance and comfortable feel of this lens—even when used with the newest APS-C DSLR cameras.
     
  3. Features VC and AF, providing valuable support for DSLR camera novices
    Camera vibration is magnified in telephoto shots and when a slow shutter speed is used because of dim lighting. Even beginners can take great photos at long distances, at night, and indoors—and avoid camera shake—thanks to Tamron's acclaimed VC mechanism. By incorporating a newly designed autofocus drive module with optimal DC motor-gear train integration, the 18-200mm VC also focuses much more quickly and quietly than models with conventional DC motors.
     
  4. Delivers enhanced imaging performance in a lightweight package
    Featuring 16 elements in 14 groups, the 18-200mm VC uses an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element to minimize chromatic aberrations. Although light and compact with VC, Tamron's new offering also delivers amazing overall optical performance for an all-purpose lens. A circular, seven-blade aperture diaphragm maintains an almost perfectly round shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture, providing desirable and beautiful bokeh with point light sources blurring into naturally rounded shapes.
     
  5. Works great as an easy-to-use lens for day-to-day use
    For added dependability and longer life, Tamron's new lens features moisture-resistant construction that helps prevent damage caused by accidental exposure to wetness. The lens also comes with a Zoom Lock feature to prevent unwanted barrel extension when users carry their lens and camera body combinations with the lens pointed toward the ground.
Specifications
 
ModelB018
Focal Length18-200mm
Maximum Aperturef/3.5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal)75°33'~ 7°59'
Optical Construction16 elements in 14 groups
Minimum Object Distance0.49m/19.3 in. (at 180mm)~0.77m/30.3 in. (at 35mm)
[at f=18, 200mm: 0.5m /19.7 in.]
Maximum Magnification Ratio1:4 (at f=200mm: MOD 0.5m)
Filter Size62mm
Maximum Diameter75mm
Lengthfor Canon 96.6mm (3.8 in.)
for Nikon 94.1mm (3.7 in.)
Weight400g (14.1 oz.)
Aperture Blades7 (circular diaphragm)
Minimum Aperturef/22-40
Standard AccessoriesFlower-shaped lens hood, Lens caps
Compatible MountsCanon, Nikon, SonyCanon, Nikon, Sony

The Canon and Nikon mount models will be simultaneously launched August 20, 2015. The launch date of the Sony mount model will be announced at a later date.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 8/6/2015 7:16:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head
For a limited time, B&H has the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head available for $189.88 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $319.88.
Post Date: 8/6/2015 6:18:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, August 5, 2015
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera available for $1,149.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,499.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
 
You may also qualify for $23.00 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/5/2015 4:16:25 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Summer Photography Tips: Lightning
Let me first say that photographers (myself included) tend to overlook safety too frequently when attempting to capture the perfect shots. Lightning is extremely dangerous and strong caution is advised when attempting to photograph it. That said: Summer is the season for lightning.
 
A couple of days ago, my wife came in from walking the dog at nearly midnight and said that I had to go out and see the lightning in the distance. A quick check of the weather radar showed that a strong thunderstorm was going to graze us and even though my body said "No! It's time for bed!", my brain knew that this was a great opportunity and that the potential photos, if realized, would last far longer than my tiredness.
 
I quickly assessed the focal length needs and mounted a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on a Canon EOS 5Ds R. Lightning strikes tend to be random in location and, with the extreme resolution of the 5Ds R, I could afford to shoot with a wider focal length and crop into the frame for the shorter and more-distant lightning bolts. Lightning bolts also vary greatly in brightness and the f/2.8 lens gave me plenty of latitude for exposure settings.
 
I grabbed a tripod, remote release and a tiny flashlight. I went out the door and spent the next hour capturing lightning strikes.
 
Note that rain protection for both you and the gear is a very good idea as rain typically accompanies thunderstorms. In this case, my shirt became the gear protection and I simply got wet.
 
When it is very dark out, lightning photography is not too difficult. Frame the scene in the direction of the storm (consider incorporating some foreground) with a level camera. Turn off image stabilization (if available) and switch to manual focus. Establishing accurate manual focus in the dark can be challenging, but a street light, a light on a distant tower or even a star (if visible) can work.
 
Attach the remote switch (needs to be able to lock the shutter open) to the camera and set the camera's mode to "B" (Bulb). The shutter speed will be established by the duration of the remote release press. With the dark sky contributing very little light to the exposure, the image brightness will be determined by the lightning and its illumination of the clouds in combination with the selected ISO and aperture settings. Lightning bolts are very bright, but because of the varying distance and intensity of the light output, some trial and error may be necessary to dial in the most-optimal settings. I'll throw out a starter setting of f/4 and ISO 400.
 
You may decide that turning off the camera's long exposure noise reduction is advisable as dark frame capture is time consuming.
 
Once the camera is setup, open the shutter using the remote release and wait for lightning to strike. After a strike, release the shutter and immediately open it again.
 
Bryan's Law of Lightning Photography: The best lightning bolts are guaranteed to occur in the brief period of time that the shutter is closed between exposures.
 
You may find that you want to start a new photo after a period of inactivity to reduce long exposure noise in the images. Leaving the shutter open for multiple strikes is an option, though a risk is that parts of the image, generally clouds near an area of recurring lightning activity, become overexposed. You may find it more optimal to combine specific images later during post processing.
 
I captured more lightning strikes in this 1 hour storm than I have in any storm I previously photographed. The results were definitely worth an hour of lost sleep. This image, my favorite of the take, is a single exposure practically straight out of the camera (slight cropping and Picture Style change).
 
While the nighttime lightning photography technique is relatively easy, daytime lightning photography is much more challenging. Daylight lightning photography procedures are not dissimilar from normal daylight photography, but the problem is that relatively short exposures are required to achieve proper image brightness and short exposures are hard to time with a lightning strike. To catch a bolt of lightning in daylight requires FAST reflexes (or better, a lightning trigger) and a camera with a short shutter lag.
 
Give lightning photography a try – the results will be ... "striking."
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 8/5/2015 9:48:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In this video, Nikon's mechanical design team recounts the challenges they overcame while developing the newly released AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR.
 
One part that proved especially facinating to me was that Nikon was able to reduce the external diameter of the VR lens by 10mm by reducing the size of one [likely internal] component by .1 mm. [Sean]
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/5/2015 8:21:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens (White Box) available for $589.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/5/2015 7:24:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Beachtek DXA-POCKET Compact Audio Adapter
For a limited time, B&H has the Beachtek DXA-POCKET Compact Audio Adapter available for $89.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
 
Product Details
 
  • DSLR Camera Mountable
  • 2x Mono 1/8" Inputs
  • 1x Stereo 1/8" Input
  • 1/8" Stereo Output
  • Dual Trim Control Knobs
  • VU Meters
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Output Cable is Included
  • 2x Mounting Shoes Included
Post Date: 8/5/2015 6:17:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Canon EOS 5Ds R and EF 16-35mm f/4L IS Lens Capture Sunrise at the Portland Lighthouse
While it is painful to get up early enough to photograph the sunrise in early summer (4:20 AM in this case), early summer is the right time of the year to photograph the Portland Lighthouse and the distant Ram Island Lighthouse from this angle with the sun in the frame.
 
With the middle daughter accompanying me, I arrived at Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth, ME just before sunrise. I selected one specific composition to concentrate on during the prime shooting minutes, timed the rotating lighthouse light, bracketed exposures and, when capturing the foreground rocks being hit with the first light rays of the day, adjusted focus to a closer distance.
 
This image is composed primarily of three source images run through a complicated manual HDR process with manual focus-stacking. After the big effort made to capture this image (a long drive in addition to the early alarm), I was anxious to see how this photo turned out. It was the first-processed from my recent photo trip to Maine. I'm happy with the result – it was definitely worth my effort.
 
I'm also very happy with the 5Ds R and 16-35 f/4L IS combination. I can say that they "rock".
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, 500px and Facebook. Also, if reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
Post Date: 8/4/2015 10:48:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via ElectronicsValley) has the Canon EOS Rebel T5i with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $469.00 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore would not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 8/4/2015 10:32:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX II Lens available for $399.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $479.00.
Post Date: 8/4/2015 10:26:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,999.99 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: 8/4/2015 7:08:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 VR, 200-500mm f/5.6 VR and 24mm f/1.8 Lenses
From Nikon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced three exciting new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, improving upon its versatility and image quality. Nikon has also announced two additional new lens options, including the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, a super-telephoto zoom that gives FX and DX-format photographers incredible reach in a compact size. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses and is ideal for those seeking a sharp, fast-aperture prime lens.
 
“These three very different lenses are representative of the diverse range of Nikon photographers, but they all provide the most vibrant, sharp images and HD video possible; with color and clarity that only genuine NIKKOR optics can deliver,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Look into the bag of nearly any Nikon-wielding pro and you will find Nikon’s iconic 24-70mm f/2.8, and with good reason; this lens’ versatility and image quality has made it an essential workhorse lens for every type of shooter. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR improves upon its respected predecessor in nearly every aspect, adding the best Nikon lens technologies to create an essential optic. An exciting evolution to come to this lens is the much-anticipated addition of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. With up to four stops of image stabilization*, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle the challenging light of a wedding ceremony or on-the-spot news, while Tripod Mode helps to banish blur for landscape shooters. VR is also a huge benefit to filmmakers shooting handheld or on a rig who already appreciate the lens’ depth-of-field control and precise sharpness.
 
The new NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 utilizes Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images, and is ideal for capturing portraits, landscapes and weddings. For nearly any assignment in any kind of light, the combination of a fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture and useful zoom range make this lens the choice of many professionals. A first for NIKKOR lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a thrilling new level of optical precision. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is also employed to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
 
The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality, while retaining the overall balance and handling that made this a favorite of photographers in the first place. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements, and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out of focus area with beautiful bokeh. Additionally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR features a new filter diameter of 82mm and will accept the new Nikon CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82mm NC (Neutral Color) filters.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective; with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. The lens also lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, for when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or capturing intricate details of nature.
 
Whether spending all day at an air race or in the field, the new NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 is surprisingly lightweight at only 5 lbs 1.2 oz. (2300 grams) including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to use handheld for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverters** to capture even the most distant subjects.
 
The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a desirable, smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95mm NC (Neutral Color) and the 95mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to the exceptional system of NIKKOR f/1.8 primes, and provides enthusiast photographers with a fast wide-angle prime lens that’s both lightweight and affordable. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers superb bokeh and excellent low-light ability. Whether a photographer’s passion is capturing environmental portraits or the delicious details of a meal, this lens creates a dramatic separation between subject and background.
 
The new NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8 complements Nikon’s high-resolution DSLRs and provides amazing image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.
 
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,399.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for the SRP $1,399.95. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for the SRP of $749.95.
 
Preorders:
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 8/4/2015 6:27:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 3, 2015
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From Photoshelter:
 
It's more than halfway through the year and that means time to check in with your photo business. Download The 2015 Photo Business Plan Workbook to help assess where your business stands today and identify real opportunities for growth.
 
Inside the workbook, get strategies and examples to help you:
 
  • Define your products & services
  • Determine your audience and addressable market
  • Create a marketing plan
  • Fix your finances
  • Tune-up your website
  • Build your Search Engine Optimization
  • Get social
  • Create an advisory group
  • Follow up with old clients
Rev up your strategy so you can target the photo clients you want and land more gigs before the year is up.
 
Get the Free Guide
Post Date: 8/3/2015 12:38:19 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H Photo Video
B&H has several Back to School Specials going on right now. See below for more details.
 
Back to School Deals with Free Shipping
 
Post Date: 8/3/2015 12:25:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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