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 Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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
Zeiss Otus 55mm Lens Sample Pictures
A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens review. Some sample pictures include small tips to incorporate into your own photography.
Post Date: 3/17/2014 8:29:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D3300 DSLR with 18-55 VR II Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon D3300 DSLR with 18-55 VR II Lens available for $595.00. Compare at $646.95.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/17/2014 7:32:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
by Sean Setters
 
I spent the majority of last week exploring the wonders of the Windy City on Lake Michigan – Chicago, IL. On this trip you could find me:

I must admit something, though – I am directionally challenged. The phrase, "He couldn't find his way out of a paper bag" aptly describes my navigation abilities. My father spent 15 years as a truck driver and can tell you what direction he's facing with his eyes closed on an overcast day. Unfortunately, I didn't get that gene. But where genetics and experience fall short, software and technology step in to fill the void.
 
The first thing that made life so much easier in Chicago was a smartphone loaded with the Transit App. The Transit App proved essential in allowing me to find my way throughout the city. The app uses the GPS on your smartphone to calculate possible routes from your location to your destination using various forms of public transportation.
 
Want to go from the Skydeck to the Field Museum? Easy enough. The app gives you 4 possible routes, with this one being the least time-consuming:

  1. Walk 348 meters to the Monroe/Franklin bus stop.
  2. Take the J14 Bus toward 103rd/Stony Island.
  3. Get off the bus at 1100 S Columbus.
  4. Walk .6 km to your destination (follow the map).

The app estimates the entire trip to take about 24 minutes (I found time estimates to be fairly accurate). Other routes proposed by the app may take a little longer (with multiple transfers), but usually involve less walking.
 
Unfortunately, navigating constantly using your smartphone can be taxing on its battery. That, combined with other high-drain activities – like playing Candy Crush while waiting for the bus [hey, don't judge!] – may leave you with a dead battery before you get back to the AC outlets of your temporary living quarters.
 
That's where this second item came into play – an external battery pack for mobile devices. I purchased the RAVPower Element 10400mAh External Battery Pack in October of last year and it's come in very handy on many occasions. Fully charged, this external battery can charge my phone 4 or 5 times (from near 0% to 100%) before needing to be recharged itself.
 
This trip proved just how useful a tiny, relatively inexpensive external power device can be. Without it, I would have been lost nearly every day just after lunch!
 
So there you have it – a smartphone app and an external battery pack kept me navigating the city efficiently all week. Have any more suggestions? Alternate navigation apps? Leave us a comment!

Post Date: 3/17/2014 6:53:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 16, 2014
Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
eBay (via BestPriceOptics - 99.8% Positive feedback) has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens (for Canon/Nikon) available for $199.00 with free shipping. Compare at $282.00.
Post Date: 3/16/2014 7:50:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, March 15, 2014
Nikon D800 DSLR Camera
eBay (via RobertsCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon D800 DSLR Camera available for $2,099.99 with free shipping. Compare at $2,796.95 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/15/2014 11:27:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 14, 2014
Lowepro Pro Roller Lite 150AW
B&H has the Lowepro Pro Roller Lite 150AW available for $149.95 with free shipping. Regularly $279.95.
 
Product Highlights:

  • 1-2 DSLRs,70-200 Lens,3-4 Lenses, Flash
  • Holds Up to 11" Laptop/Tablet
  • Room for Extra Batteries, Memory Cards
  • Front Storage Pocket
  • Padded, Adjustable Main Compartment
  • Trolley System with Telescoping Handle
  • Side Carry Handles
  • YKK Zippers Accept Optional Lock
  • Optional Replaceable Wheels
  • All Weather Cover

Post Date: 3/14/2014 1:35:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera
The Nikon COOLPIX AW120 User's Manual (English - PDF, 13.9 MB) is now available for download.
 
B&H carries the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 12:40:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head
Just Posted: Vanguard BBH-200 Ball Head Review
 
This Arca-Swiss quick release plate-compatible ball head has great looks coupled with great functionality including a very smooth and strong ball and locking mechanism. It is one of the best heads I've used and is another contender for your kit.
Post Date: 3/14/2014 9:55:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From RØDE:
 
RØDE is excited to announce that it has commenced shipping its new Stereo Bar for precision microphone mounting in stereo arrays.
 
Spacing between the microphones is clearly indicated on both sides at 10cm, 15cm and 20cm, as well as the critical 17cm distance for ORTF stereo technique. In the middle of the Stereo Bar there is an angle indicator displaying both 90 degrees for X-Y stereo arrays and 110 degrees for ORTF placement, removing the need for guesswork and allowing the recording engineer to set up precision stereo arrays every time.
 
Constructed from durable PC-ABS plastic the bar can easily support the weight of two large diaphragm microphones at a capsule distance of up to 20 centimetres (7 3/4”). Microphones are mounted via two removable 3/8” threads that slide along the bar, with spacers mounted below the bar that can easily be relocated to the top of the bar to configure stacked microphone pairs.
 
When combined with RØDE’s Pivot Adaptor accessory the Stereo Bar can be tilted through 210 degrees for optimal versatility.
 
B&H carries RØDE products.
Category: Rode News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 8:57:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Goes On Location with Leading Pro Photographers to Educate and Inspire Passionate Photo Enthusiasts with New Video Series and Online Community
 
MELVILLE, N.Y., March 11, 2014 – Nikon Inc. today launched the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series, dedicated to empowering and entertaining intermediate level photographers by equipping them with the skills they need to take their photography to the next level. The video series follows a diverse group of leading photographers into the field, including Nikon Ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich and Nikon Professional Photographer Tamara Lackey. These pros provide insight on subjects ranging from lighting, lensing, posing models, shooting landscapes, working with different subjects and gearing up for a shoot.
 
“Nikon is committed to engaging our fans with interesting and informative content, and the ‘Nikon Behind the Scenes Video Series’ is an entertaining way to fulfill this promise,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “From the moment someone picks up their camera, they have in their hands unlimited creative possibilities and we hope this inspires them to make amazing images and videos. With this video series and the new community on Google+, Nikon is there to support photographers as they explore visual storytelling and tap into their creative potential.”
 
Nikon Behind the Scenes Starting with Nikon Ambassador and lighting expert Joe McNally, each featured photographer will focus on their area of expertise. In “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Light It Up with Joe McNally,” McNally will be exploring what is possible with Nikon Speedlights and off-camera flash techniques. Over the course of five videos, he will show viewers how to make the most of lighting in whatever situation a photographer may find themselves in.
 
“Nikon Behind the Scenes: High Altitude Adventure with Corey Rich” will focus on Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich’s techniques for shooting portraits, time lapse, action stills and video while high in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Whether suspended from a sheer cliff face or braving the elements, Rich’s penchant for adventure can inspire others to capture their extreme shot.
 
Finally, the series is rounded out with Nikon Professional Photographer Tamara Lackey, “Nikon Behind the Scenes: All in the Family with Tamara Lackey.” Lackey is well known for her family photography, and shares some of her secrets to a successful portrait, whether it’s coaxing an elusive smile from a rambunctious toddler or capturing a couples’ true personality.
 
The first video in the series will be go live on March 11 on the Nikon YouTube channel and the new NikonUSA Google+ page. A new video on a different topic will be posted every couple of weeks to both the YouTube channel and Google+ page for viewers to check out. The new Google+ page will feature work from Nikon Ambassadors and Professional Photographers, and serve as a hub for passionate photographers to share favorite photos, insights on techniques and behind the scenes stories. On this page, Nikon aims to help advanced, professional and aspiring photographers looking to further their craft and take their passion to the next level. Please find the official NikonUSA Google+ page at: plus.google.com/+NikonUSA
 
Video Series Schedule (subject to change)

Launch DateVideo SegmentPro Photographer
Tuesday, March 11Nikon BTS: Reading LightJoe McNally
Thursday, March 20Nikon BTS: Golden Hour ExpeditionCorey Rich
Tuesday, April 1Nikon BTS: Photos with the Family and PetsTamara Lackey
Monday, April 14Nikon BTS: Small Lighting, Big ResultsJoe McNally
Thursday, April 24Nikon BTS: Extreme Action ShootingCorey Rich
Monday, May 5Nikon BTS: Capturing an Authentic SmileTamara Lackey
Thursday, May 15Nikon BTS: Using Light to Tell a StoryJoe McNally
Monday, May 26Nikon BTS: Packing for an Outdoor ShootCorey Rich
Thursday, June 5Nikon BTS: Romantic PortraitsTamara Lackey
Monday, June 16Nikon BTS: Dramatic Portrait LightingJoe McNally
Thursday, June 26Nikon BTS: Starry Night Time-LapseCorey Rich
Monday, June 30Nikon BTS: Little Kids, Big PersonalitiesTamara Lackey
Thursday, July 10Nikon BTS: Advanced lightingJoe McNally
Monday, July 21Nikon BTS: Action with VideoCorey Rich
Thursday, July 31Nikon BTS: Lenses for Great PortraitsTamara Lackey

B&H carries Nikon cameras, lenses and flashes.

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon USA News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 7:37:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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