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 Monday, March 17, 2014
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
Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera
eBay (via FocusCamera) has the Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera (review) available for $579.99 with free shipping. Compare at $699.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/16/2014 6:51:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon EOS 7D DSLR Camera (review) available for $839.44. Compare at $1,399.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/16/2014 10:14:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
Canon EOS Rebel T5 with EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens
B&H is now shipping the Canon EOS Rebel T5 DSLR Camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 2:20:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash
Right now, B&H has the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash (review) for $449.00 with free shipping. Regularly $549.00.
Alternately, you can purchase a Canon RT Speedlite Bundle that includes (2) 600EX-RTs and (1) ST-E3-RT for $1,079.95 with free shipping. Regularly $1,179.95.
But don't wait - both these deals end tomorrow!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 1:45:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens
Focus Camera has a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens + Adobe Lightroom 5 Bundle available for $180.00 with free shipping. Compare at $247.00 for the lens without additional software.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 1:08:41 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
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via 6ave) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (review) available for $1,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,749.00.
Note: This is likely a grey market camera and not technially eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 10:55:22 AM 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
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/14/2014 9:13:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

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:
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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