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Review Ratings
I'm not a fan of using a number to represent a camera, lens or accessory, but ... external pressures have led me to do so. You will now find product ratings, represented in stars, near the top of many of the site's reviews.
 
Please hit the About the Review Ratings page in the help section to learn more about these ratings.
 
Then check out my first-pass rating for your favorite photography gear.
Post Date: 5/31/2013 12:15:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens
Both B&H and Adorama have informed us that they have started shipping the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens to preorder customers. If you've been on the fence regarding this purchase, now would be a good time to preorder.
 
Preorder Opportunities: B&H | Adorama | Amazon
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2013 12:20:15 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lowepro CompuDaypack Camera Bag
Amazon is featuring the Lowepro CompuDaypack Camera Bag as a Lightning Deal and is available for $70.00. Compare at $99.99.
 
Features:

  • Fits D-SLR Camera, 3-4 Lens Kit
  • Fits 17" Laptop Computer
  • 840D and 600D Ripstop Nylon Exterior
  • High-density Closed-cell Foam Interior
  • Padded Carry Handle
  • DryFlo Shoulder Harness

Post Date: 5/31/2013 2:04:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
By Sean Setters
 
There are more than a few Android apps designed specifically for photographers. Here are some of the apps that I have found particularly useful:
 
Depth of Field Calculator (Free)
 
If you've ever used DOFMaster online, then you will be immediately familiar with what this app can do. Plug in your variables such as camera sensor size, focal length, aperture and subject distance, and the app will tell you how much depth-of-field you can expect when using those variables.
 
gps4cam ($2.99)
 
gps4cam allows you to geotag your images using your phone or tablet's GPS. The neat thing about gps4cam is that your phone and your camera's dates and times don't have to be synchronized in order for it to work. The program uses a QR code (the last image captured should be the QR code) to properly synchronize the track log with the times that the images were captured. Download the free gps4cam Desktop Client (click on "Downloads") on the gps4cam website.
 
The Photographer's Ephemeris ($4.99)
 
The Photographer's Ephemeris is a fantastic little app that can show you the sun or moon's position in the sky for any date, time and location. I used the app today to find out where the sun would be in the sky during a wedding ceremony I will be photographing next month. It's also incredibly handy for planning landscape photography trips, too.
 
Easy Release - Model Releases ($9.99)
 
Easy Release - Model Releases is an app I've used many times. The app generates model or property releases on your phone. You simply fill in the variables (Shoot Name, Location, Date, Subject Info, etc) and a release is automatically generated. Once generated, signatures using the phone's touchscreen are required to complete the process. Once complete, a PDF of the release can be emailed to the Photographer and/or the model/property owner. The releases generated by Easy Release are approved for use by Getty Images, iStockPhoto and Alamy.
 
If you have any other suggestions for Android apps that photographers might be interested in, let us know on our Facebook page.
Post Date: 5/31/2013 1:43:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
CanvasPeople Logo
CanvasPeople is offering their canvas prints at 80% off. Order by tomorrow for guaranteed delivery by Father's Day. Sale runs through July 30th.

Canvas
Size
Standard
Wrap
Thick
Wrap
8x10$10.00 
11x11$13.40 
11x14$13.60$17.60
16x16$16.40 
9x27$17.00 
16x20$18.40$22.40
18x24$20.60$24.60
24x36 $27.00
20x48 $28.00

Post Date: 5/31/2013 12:37:17 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS Rebel T3i Kit
B&H has a Canon EOS Rebel T3i with 18-55mm IS II Lens Bundle available for $599.00 with free shipping.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR Camera
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Autofocus Lens
  • Watson - LP-E8 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1100mAh)
  • Ruggard - Hunter 25 DSLR Holster Bag
  • SanDisk - 16GB SDHC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-I

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2013 10:25:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera Body available for $779.00. Compare at $896.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/31/2013 10:11:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Orange)
Best Buy has the Nikon 1 J2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Orange) available for $299.99 with free shipping. Compare at $455.95.
TOKYO SKYTREE Panoramic Camera System
From Nikon:
 

"TOKYO SKYTREE® went into operation on May 22, 2012, as a broadcasting tower for digital terrestrial broadcasting and as a general tourist facility designed to promote local development. At a height of 634 meters, it is currently the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower*1 in the world. TOKYO SKYTREE was entered in the Guinness World RecordsTM as the "world's tallest tower" on November 17, 2011.
 
A multi-camera control system from Nikon Systems Inc. has been installed on one of TOKYO SKYTREE's observation levels for the purpose of photographing and filming the spectacular panoramic view of Tokyo. This system has been photographing the 360° panoramic view continuously since TOKYO SKYTREE went into operation."
...
 
"The Multi-Camera Control System consists of 12 D3S digital single-lens reflex cameras installed on TEMBO DECK, the observation level at 340 meters, that continuously photograph the 360° view 24 hours a day. The images that are shot are transmitted to PCs in TOKYO SKYTREE's server room. This is where the images are stored and the camera settings are made. The interval between photographs can be set to any duration of not less than 30 seconds. The current settings are for 10-minute intervals between photographs during the daytime and 60-minute intervals at night. However, there are times when the interval will be purposely reduced—for events such as the Sumida River Fireworks Festival or when images of particular interest such as photographs of rainbows, lightning and typhoons are anticipated."

Check out the entire article on Nikon's website.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D3s's successor, the Nikon D4 DSLR Camera.

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon News
Post Date: 5/31/2013 9:31:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Gizmodo:

"Not content to just turn paint into a power source, revolutionize headphones, suck pollution out of oceans, bestow us with hyper-fast upload times, and pretty much anything else you can dream up, graphene is at it once again. And this time, the supermaterial that keeps on giving is opening the door to better low-light photos in the form of an image sensor that can catch light 1,000 times better than traditional sensors. Oh, and it uses 10 times less energy, too."

Check out the full Gizmodo article for more info.

Post Date: 5/31/2013 9:05:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Canon Professional Network:
 
For Spanish photographer and filmmaker Mikel Prieto, a commission from Maserati to produce a two-minute film and a set of still images for its new GranCabrio Sport and GranCabrio MC cars was to put him and his Cinema EOS C300 to the ultimate test. CPN writer Pablo Carballo finds out more…
 
May 2013 - For Spanish photographer and filmmaker Mikel Prieto, a commission from Maserati to produce a two-minute film and a set of still images for its new GranCabrio Sport and GranCabrio MC cars was to put him and his Cinema EOS C300 to the ultimate test. CPN writer Pablo Carballo finds out more…
 
Mikel Prieto had heard a lot about the EOS C300 but had never actually used one before the Maserati shoot. “When we got the job with Maserati the C300 hadn’t been out long, so we were eager to work with it, to check its quality, to find out more about the much-talked gamma curve and so on,” he recalls. Its performance left him more than happy. “The resulting quality was stunning,” he reveals.
 
Visit the Canon Professional Network to read the full article.
 
B&H carries the Canon EOS C300 Cinema EOS Camcorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/31/2013 7:10:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens
Image quality samples (ISO 12233 resolution chart crops) and distortion test results are now available on the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Review page.
 
Check out the difference in "Aperture Max by Focal Length" between this lens and the non-PZD predecessor in the lens specifications and measurements tool.
Post Date: 5/30/2013 8:47:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Flashpoint Bright Beam 1000 Watt Tungsten Quartz Hot Light
Adorama has the Flashpoint Bright Beam 1000 Watt Tungsten Quartz Hot Light available for $89.95 with free shipping. Regularly $119.95.
Post Date: 5/30/2013 4:38:01 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens and USB Dock
From Sigma:
 
Introducing an industry milestone of lens customization. Fine tune the critical parameters of your 120-300mm f2/.8 lens with our proprietary USB Dock and Sigma Optimization Pro Software and you'll see:
 
This is more than an advance, it's an evolution.
 
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Autofocus Motor Speed
 
The overall speed of the AF motor can be adjusted when the AF is engaged.
 
Microfocus Adjustments
 
Fine-tune your lenses' response in multiple zones at all focal distances without having to send your camera in for adjustment.
 
Focus Limiter Setting
 
The Autofocus limiter range can be customized to keep the focal distance response zone exactly where you want it.
 
Lens Firmware Updates
 
Adjust your lens firmware and make updates yourself, even with new lens/camera communication protocols that aren't included in the previous chip. And do it all without service support.
 
Optical Stabilizer Customization
 
Dynamic, Standard and Moderate OS customization allows for control of the visual feel of the Optical Stabilizer through the viewfinder while framing the moment.
 
Multiple Custom Settings
 
The C1 and C2 switch on the lens allows for different customization presets for different situations – one for ballgame and another for birdwatching.
 
Learn more about Sigma's Optimization Pro Software and USB Dock.
 
B&H carries the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon and Sigma USB Dock.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 5/30/2013 2:57:56 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens
B&H has the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens for Canon in stock (with limited supply).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/30/2013 1:22:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From AdoramaTV:
 
Apply a guerilla filmmaking approach to on-location photography: Keeping it simple. Don't forget your paint pole!
 
In this eposiode of Photo on the Go, shot exclusively for AdoramaTV, Joe McNally describes how he was able to capture a dramatic scene in a remote setting while staying mobile and with a great light source.
 
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Note: I [Sean] have been using the Shur-Line Painter's Pole with a Kacey Pole Adapter for several years. If you have some assistance, it can really make "run-and-gun" off-camera lighting much easier.

Category: AdoramaTV
Post Date: 5/30/2013 1:09:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
B&H has a Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Bundle available for $93.95 with free shipping.
 
Bundle Includes:

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
  • Kelby Training - DVD: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Crash Course

Post Date: 5/30/2013 10:24:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera available for $1,624.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,899.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 5/30/2013 10:11:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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