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 Wednesday, September 2, 2015
B&H Photo & Video Superstore
As is normal for this time of year, B&H will be closed several days this month in observance of Labor Day, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur & Succos. If you need your gear to arrive in a timely manner, be sure to keep the upcoming holiday schedule in mind.
Labor Day Monday, September 7 Open 10AM - 7PM
Rosh Hashana Eve Sunday, September 13 Close at 1PM
Rosh Hashana Monday, September 14 - Tuesday, September 15 Closed
Yom Kippur Eve Tuesday, September 22 Closed
Yom Kippur Wednesday, September 23 Closed
Succos Eve Sunday, September 27 Close at 1PM
Succos Monday, September 28 - Tuesday, October 6 Closed
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 9/2/2015 10:36:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through 9/6, use coupon code PXLDAY2015 at AdoramaPix to save 20%* on your order of photo books, prints, calendars, canvases, albums, metal prints, cards, acrylic prints, framed prints and collages.
* excludes prepaids, gift cards and pro memberships
Post Date: 9/2/2015 6:43:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD & SP 45mm f/1.8 Di VC USD Lenses
From Tamron:
First to debut: two fast, fixed focal standard lenses packed with exceptional features that deliver ultimate performance
  • SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012)
  • SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013)
September 2, 2015, Saitama, Japan – Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono), a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces launch of a new series of SP lenses that are optimized to make the most of the superior imaging performance delivered by the latest advancements in digital photography. Sporting a totally revamped external appearance, the new lenses provide the ultimate in functionality and operation. The first two lenses in the series are compatible with full-frame DSLR cameras and offer fast apertures and versatile, fixed focal lengths. The pair consists of the SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012) and SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013), and both can be used with APS-C format cameras as well.
Features of fast-aperture fixed focal lenses: 35mm and 45mm, the first of new SP Series
To develop these two standard fixed focal lenses, goals were established to provide exquisite characteristics certain to set them distinctively apart from ordinary, conventional models. This required a new approach. All of the key performance criteria were redefined to achieve the ultimate in optical performance. VC (Vibration Compensation) was incorporated as an integral part of the opto-electronics design to expand shooting freedom. Priority was set to allow dramatically closer focusing capability to remove what would otherwise be a barrier to the subject. Yet with all this innovation, the overall mechanical package had to be kept within practical size limits with an elegantly sophisticated external design as a human interface.

Having optimized every prerequisite, remarkably versatile lenses have been developed that boast amazing performance from F/1.8 wide open aperture. These lenses can be enjoyed by users of APS-C cameras as well as full-frame.
  1. F/1.8 fast-aperture, fixed focal lenses aimed at ultimate performance
    Optimal use of the latest glass materials, coupled with Tamron's world renowned optical design technology, thoroughly compensated for aberrations of all types to achieve higher resolving power, while fine textures of materials and details are reproduced with subtle tonal gradations. The F/1.8 aperture delivers more light to the viewfinder—making it brighter for easier focusing – and more light to the sensor, allowing use even in very dim lighting conditions. In addition, the bokeh (background blur) effect obtained using the F/1.8 fast aperture delivers impressively smooth and soft transition from the main subject to the background.
  2. Dynamic close-focusing capability, unprecedented among standard lenses
    Both models deliver astonishingly short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) not available from other 35mm or 45mm standard lenses. Photographers can get closer to the subject with ease, unleashing new photo opportunities with an expanded scope of freedom. Superb image capture is ensured throughout the entire range from the closest to normal shooting distances, thanks to Tamron's proprietary Floating System built into both lenses.
  3. VC (Vibration Compensation) system, a feature crucial for high-pixel-density cameras
    Beneficial under all lighting conditions and especially useful in low light levels, the VC function provides noticeable advantages for handheld shooting by minimizing the adverse effects of camera shake. Cameras with high pixel densities, in particular, are sensitive to minute vibrations which cause unsharpness and degradation of image quality. VC works to ensure the maximum imaging performance even in dim lighting to allow photographers to enjoy the fast F/1.8 maximum aperture to the fullest extent.
  4. User-friendly product design with close attention to all details
    Opening a new chapter in the SP legend, product design, opto-mechanical construction and engineering processes are totally integrated. Every single detail and operating function has been thoroughly reexamined, explored and matured to a form that has a friendly, human touch.
External Design
  1. Product design with maximum emphasis on the human interface in order to achieve the ultimate in functional beauty
    While the lens is constructed with the absolutely most modern technologies inside, the exterior is articulated to offer the best possible comfort and confidence under a product design philosophy of "Human Touch." Organically composed lines and patterns on the barrel produce subtle changes in its appearance by reflecting ambient light on the surface. Metal-based barrel materials provide a pleasant feeling of comfort, high quality and durability, fitting firmly in the hands of the photographer. Design of the front face of the lens is also taken into consideration so that it is not intimidating.
  2. Brand ring and SP emblem
    A brand ring that's tinted "Luminous Gold" adorns the lens just above the lens mount. On one side of the lens barrel there is an SP emblem in the same luxurious color.
  3. Design of distance and aperture scales
    The window over the distance scale has been enlarged by 20% to maximize visibility and legibility. Font style of the characters and numbers has been newly developed to enhance the legibility as a critical element of the overall product design.
  4. Switches with optimized geometric shape and tactile feedback
    The geometric shape and sliding torque of the AF/MF change-over and VC On/Off switches have been configured and engineered to deliver the utmost comfort with secured operational feedback.
  5. Lens hood and caps
    To complete the lens product design, accessories such as the lens hood and caps for front and rear have been totally redesigned as well. Attaching and removing the lens hood has been fine-tuned by optimizing the connection interface to render both secure seating and durability.
Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
Tamron SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD
Post Date: 9/2/2015 5:35:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Sekonic L-308s Cash Back Promotion
From Sekonic:
JP Distribution are pleased to announce a £20/€25 CASH BACK Promotion on the ever popular Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Meter.
The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308S Flashmate is the smallest and lightest digital light meter in the Sekonic line-up. It is designed to read ambient or flash exposures in either reflected or incident modes and it displays accurate exposure readings in full, half, or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure settings of today's DSLR and film cameras.
£20/€25 CASH BACK Sekonic L-308S
The promotion is only available from authorised UK and Republic of Ireland resellers for purchases made between 1st September and 31st October 2015. Customers will be entitled to claim £20/€25 cash back by redemption of a voucher and valid proof of purchase. Terms and Conditions apply.
Promotion Ends: Tuesday 31st October 2015
Download the Sekonic L-308s Cash Back voucher.
Amazon UK carries the Sekonic L-308S light meter.
Post Date: 9/1/2015 11:56:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Meerkat at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
by Sean Setters
When I travel, I usually try to visit a zoo if there is one nearby. Zoos offer tremendous opportunities to photograph wildlife that would otherwise be economically infeasible (because of travel) or dangerous to photograph otherwise.
After visiting several zoos over the past few years, I've learned a few things that may help you on your next zoo trip.
Plan to start your day early.
Animals are generally more active in the morning before the sweltering sun sets in for good. Plan to arrive at the zoo when it opens. This will not only give you the best opportunity to see animals active and out in the open, but you will also be able to avoid the large crowds that develop as the day wears on (thereby making the best vantage points easier to reach). Doing online research of the zoo before you set off can help you determine which exhibits you want to visit first to increase your chances of capturing the best shots.
Alligator at Oatland Wildlife Center Savannah GA

Getting to Oatland Wildlife Center as soon as it opened allowed me to photograph the alligators while no one else was around. This gave me the freedom to choose any shooting position I wished for optimal framing.
Pack these: your longest (non-super) telephoto, a general purpose zoom & a standard wide aperture prime lens.
Generally speaking, a telephoto lens in the 300-400mm range will be ideal for many outdoor wildlife exhibits. The long reach and narrow angle of view of these lenses will help allow you fill the frame with your animal subjects while also minimizing the evidence of captivity in your photos. Lenses such as the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM work very well in this regard.
Hyacinth Macaw at Nashville Zoo

A long telephoto lens can even aid in minimizing the impact that fences/nets have on your images as long as the barricade is close to the end of your lens and your focus point is well beyond it. This causes the fence/net to become blurred sufficiently enough so that it may not be readily distinguishable in your image (though you will likely notice a loss of contrast).
You may find that your long telephoto lens never leaves your camera while visiting a zoo. However, don't discount the value of having a general purpose lens on hand just in case. My recent trip to Oatland Island Wildlife Center in Savannah, GA proved less than fruitful in regards to animal photography than I had hoped because the early morning heat left most animals hiding in their shaded enclosures. However, one section of the trail proved especially beautiful as the boardwalk ventured out over a large marsh. I quickly affixed the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM to my 5D III and captured the following handheld HDR image.
Oatland Island Wildlife Center Marsh

Another lens you may find particularly useful is a standard wide aperture prime lens in the 50-85mm focal range. These lenses can prove extremely beneficial if the zoo you are visiting features indoor aquariums or exhibits. The wider aperture provided by these lenses can be essential for minimizing motion blur (from animals or the photographer) while maintaining acceptably low ISO levels.
And while on the subject of photographing animals through glass, wearing a dark colored shirt can help you avoid capturing distracting reflections in the glass. Unfortunately, wearing a dark colored shirt may not be ideal if it's a hot summer day, so you may want to simply throw the shirt in your camera bag in case you need it.
Bring sunscreen and water.
While many zoos have done a good job in providing ample shade for visitors, you may find yourself getting a little more sun than you thought you might after a long day of photographing captive wildlife. Be sure to wear sunscreen to the park and keep a small tube of it in your camera bag (inside a zip-top plastic bag) for reapplying when necessary.
Not only can the sun take a toll on your skin, but the heat combined with the exercised involved in toting camera equipment around the park can easily lead to dehydration if you aren't careful. Most zoos have water fountains located throughout the park, but you may want to keep a water bottle on hand for when you need it most. A small snack (like a granola bar) can easily be stowed in your camera bag and can help provide a little energy during a short break.
And that's it. If you have any more tips, please feel free to share them in the comments section!
Post Date: 9/1/2015 10:10:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 V2.0
B&H has the Think Tank Photo Urban Disguise 70 V2.0 available for $129.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
Product Highlights
  • Holds Pro DSLR,70-200mm f/2.8,5-8 Lenses
  • For 2 DSLRs,24-70mm f/2.8,70-200mm f/2.8
  • Expanding Front for 2 Pro DSLR Bodies
  • Looks Like Luggage and Not a Camera Bag
  • Side Loops for Optional Carry Straps
  • Pee Wee Pixel Pocket for Memory Cards
  • Non-Slip,Contoured Shoulder Strap
  • Rear Trolley Sleeve/Tethered Rain Cover
  • Accepts Optional Urban Disguise Straps
Post Date: 9/1/2015 8:14:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From WD:
New My Cloud OS 3 Puts Control of Content into the Hands of Consumers with Greater Photo Sharing, Backup and Synchronization
IFA - BERLIN, Germany – Sept. 1, 2015 – WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced significant enhancements to WD’s family of My Cloud personal storage devices, including a new, redesigned My Cloud OS 3 operating system, Software Developer Kit (SDK) enabling enhanced app integration and a dual-drive My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage offering increased memory and faster processing performance than previous generations.
WD’s My Cloud OS 3 features an intuitive user interface delivering a rich content sharing experience, and back-up and sync capabilities that elevate the personal cloud NAS offering while retaining the privacy and control unique to personal cloud devices physically located in the home or office.
"We know our personal cloud customers place the highest value on their personal content and enjoy the peace of mind from backing up PCs, smart phones and tablets to and centralizing content on their My Cloud systems," said Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager of Content Solutions at WD. "They tell us they are confident in the privacy, control and anywhere access we provide them with the My Cloud OS. Now, with My Cloud OS 3, we’ve made users’ management of their digital lives easier than ever before."
My Cloud OS 3 features powerful new photo and video capabilities via two new user experiences: and My Cloud Albums app. provides users global access to their My Cloud via an intuitive web browser based user interface and enables file collaboration, comprehensive access management and a photos and videos gallery view. My Cloud Albums, available for download late September on iTunes and Google Play stores, allows a My Cloud OS 3 user to send a link to a common location, or "album", on the My Cloud to all their friends and family.
My Cloud OS 3’s new WD Sync feature syncs data across multiple PCs and notebooks, ensuring that important files are up to date and available to users from almost any device. The new OS also allows users to set up automatic camera-roll backup of photos from smartphones and tablets and offers a new transfer tool that enables users to easily and quickly move their files to My Cloud devices. The OS also includes Chromebook and Chromecast support.
As part of the My Cloud OS 3 launch, WD has introduced My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API enabling developers to build new extensions, features and capabilities within the My Cloud ecosystem of personal cloud storage devices. The My Cloud Device SDK, based on the Docker open platform technology, ensures developers can easily access and collaborate to create customized experiences. Partners already developing extensions and new features based on the new SDK include Plex and Milestone.
In addition to new software upgrades, WD has also introduced a new version of My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage devices, featuring two hard drives set to Mirror Mode (RAID 1), ensuring content is stored on one drive and automatically duplicated to a second drive. My Cloud Mirror personal cloud storage includes the new features announced for My Cloud OS 3 and an improved processor and 1 GB RAM for faster file transfers and application support
Attendees of the annual IFA Consumer Electronics Unlimited show in Berlin September 4-9, 2015 can visit the WD booth (#103) in Hall 11.2 of the Berlin ExpoCenter for a demo and hands-on experience with the new My Cloud OS 3, My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API.
Pricing and Availability
WD My Cloud OS 3 will be available at the end of the month as a free download on current My Cloud personal cloud storage devices. My Cloud devices supporting the new OS 3 include: My Cloud, My Cloud Mirror, My Cloud Expert Series EX2/EX4, My Cloud Expert Series EX2100/EX4100 and My Cloud Business Series DL2100/DL4100. Customers can also download the new WD My Cloud mobile apps, which are now available on the iTunes and Google Play stores. All WD My Cloud devices are available today in the WD store at and at select retailers and distributors. Access to My Cloud Device SDK and My Cloud API will be available to interested developers late September.
My Cloud Mirror will have a Manufactured Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of 4 TB $309.99, 6 TB $379.99, 8 TB $429.99 and is available at select retailers and distributors beginning on September 30th.
B&H carries WD drives.
Category: WD News
Post Date: 9/1/2015 7:40:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Adobe:
To respond to the growing demand from creatives worldwide, Adobe decided to expand its annual Adobe MAX conference, taking place in early October at the Los Angeles Convention Center, to 6,000 attendees this year. Last year, MAX attracted 5,500 attendees from 78 countries.
Adobe MAX is the world’s leading creativity conference bringing together the most creative minds across the creative industries, including inspirational and iconic speakers from graphic design and illustration; photography and creative imaging; video; digital publishing; as well as Web and app design.
Adobe president and CEO Shantanu Narayen and David Wadhwani, senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe, will kick off the show with a high-impact keynote presentation on Monday, October 5.
Check out the Adobe MAX website for more info.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 9/1/2015 7:21:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G  NIKKOR ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G NIKKOR ED VR Lens available for $1,139.00. Compare at $1,396.95.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 9/1/2015 4:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, August 31, 2015
Samyang Changes Name?
I received a Facebook notice this morning that one of the brands I was following – Samyang Optics – had changed its name to "Next77 Global."
I'm not quite sure what's behind the name change, but I'll keep an eye out for any press releases on the matter.
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 8/31/2015 1:16:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens
Just posted: Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens Review.
Kudos to Sigma for bringing us a groundbreaking f/2 full frame zoom lens!
B&H has the Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Lens in stock.
Post Date: 8/31/2015 10:30:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Rokinon 8mm Fisheye Lens
For a limited time, B&H has the Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Ultra Wide Angle Fisheye Lens for Canon available for $179.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $239.00.
Product Highlights
  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • For APS-C Size Image Formats
  • Rounded Image When Used With Full Frame
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12"
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood
Note: A fisheye lens is an excellent tool for inspiring creativity. I purchased this lens several years ago and I always have fun when I pull it out of the gear bag. [Sean]
Rokinon 8mm f 3.5 Fisheye Example Old Car
Post Date: 8/31/2015 5:23:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, August 28, 2015
Summer Photography Tips: Visit the Amusement Park After Dark
Amusements parks, carnivals, fairs, and similar are popular summer attractions. The next time you visit such attractions, be sure to take your camera gear (including a tripod) and ... make sure that you stay until the lights come on. To be more "attractive", amusement rides are typically well-lit at night and these rides (along with other signage) can make colorful images.
The first step: before you leave home, make sure that you know the park's rules for photography. The bigger the park, carnival, etc., the more likely that your activity will fall under regulation. The Ferris wheel shown here was captured at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA (America's largest free-admission park). This park requires permission for "Professional Photography".
Also before you go, scope out potential opportunities using the park's map, satellite imagery and photos found online. Look for colorful rides that move significantly and have lots of lights on the moving portions of the ride. While motionless lights can be attractive in images (especially if out of focus), moving lights can be made to cover much more of the frame, replacing dark sky with bright light. Spinning rides often work well, but roller coasters often do not.
A perfect night photography ride example is the big Ferris wheel at Knoebels. The park has recently installed a new LED lighting system that displays constantly changing colors as the big wheel spins. The ride looks impressive and attracts many spectators in addition to riders.
Though it has excellent image quality, my choice to use the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L Lens for this image was foremost for the ultra-wide focal lengths. Because of the many obstructions around (notably, trees), I wanted to be as close to the ride as possible and also wanted the close, looking-up perspective. This position also helped avoid people (the spectators I mentioned) in the frame (and the model release complication they could potentially add).
There are many options for photographing amusement parks in the dark (or just before dark), but I like to fill a significant amount of the frame with light. In this particular case, I liked having the entire wheel in the frame while shooting (I was over 11 hours into my commercial shoot and had gone to bed at 3:00 AM that morning, so I can't argue that my decision making ability was not slightly clouded at the time). During post processing, I decided that I liked the wheel cropped tighter, showing even more color in the frame and making the support structure larger in the frame. That the 5Ds R has such extreme resolution enabled me to crop significantly into the frame and still have a high resolution image remaining (roughly 22 megapixels). And, I still have the full size image available if wanted at a later time.
Camera exposure settings for lights moving in the dark are often determined by aperture and ISO. That was the case here. Since the lights in the middle of the wheel are not moving as fast as the outermost lights, there is an overall exposure balance required. The LED lights were very bright and ISO 100 with an f/11 aperture worked well in this case (I reduced the brightness somewhat in post processing). I adjusted the shutter speed (in manual mode) to capture the complete movement between wheel spokes without overlap (which would cause overexposure), generating a complete circle of light that, with the changing lights, resembles a pinwheel.
Dark park photography will test your visualization ability, but it is great fun to anticipate and view the results. It is not hard to create attractive blurs of light at these venues. Give after-dark amusement park photography a go! It shouldn't be hard to entertain the kids while you do.
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: 8/28/2015 1:46:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From MindShift Gear:
The Industrial Designers Society of America named our sister outdoor company MindShift Gear’s rotation180° Panorama Backpack a winner of the Silver IDEA Award. The rotation180° Panorama was selected from among more than 1,700 projects entered from around the globe in 20 categories.
“When we look at a design, we’re not just looking at what’s trendy or fashionable at the moment. We have the context of a long line of designers that came before us,” said IDEA Award Chair Matthew Marzynski, IDSA. “That collective knowledge exists within IDSA, kind of like a living treasure.”
New IDSA Board of Directors Chair, John Barratt—a former IDEA Jury Chair—calls the competition “the authority on design” and says IDEA jurying is “the most rigorous and thoughtful” in the world.
The rotation180° Panorama is the first rotating day hiker backpack. Designed for hikers who carry cameras, binoculars, GPS devices, nature identification books, maps, tablets, and more, the rotation180° Panorama’s beltpack rotates to the front for quick gear access without first having to take off the backpack, or even stop hiking.
MindShift Gear backpacks are available from and other leading outdoor and photography retailers.
Post Date: 8/28/2015 5:43:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Instagram Now Displays Portrait and Landscape Images
From Instagram:
Today, we’re excited to announce that — in addition to square posts — you can now share photos and videos in both portrait and landscape orientation on Instagram.
Square format has been and always will be part of who we are. That said, the visual story you’re trying to tell should always come first, and we want to make it simple and fun for you to share moments just the way you want to. It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end. Now, when choosing a photo or video, you can tap the format icon to adjust the orientation to portrait or landscape instead of square.
Once you share the photo, the full-sized version of it will appear to all of your followers in feed in a beautiful, natural way. To keep the clean feel of your profile grid, your post will appear there as a center-cropped square.
Instagram Announces Portrait and Landscape Photos

We’re especially excited about what this update means for video on Instagram, which in widescreen can be more cinematic than ever. While we’ve historically had separate filters for photos and for videos, all filters will now work on all types of moments. You can also adjust the intensity of filters on videos, too.
We continue to be inspired by the creativity and diversity of the Instagram community, and we can’t wait to see what you create next.
To learn more about the changes in today’s update, check out the Instagram Help Center.
Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple's App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.
Category: Instagram News
Post Date: 8/28/2015 4:41:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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