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 Thursday, November 30, 2017
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo’s new Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag is specifically designed for traveling photographers. By complying with international carry-on requirements, photographers can keep their most valuable gear safe and near them when they fly. The roller’s ultra-lightweight design at 6.9 lbs. (3.1 kg) helps meet weight restrictions, yet features the same level of protection for which Think Tank is known. Its dedicated laptop pocket fits up to a 17” laptop in a padded sleeve, a 10” tablet, or an Eagle Creek Medium Clothing Folder for overnight trips.
 
The Airport Advantage Pus holds one gripped DSLR with lens attached, one ungripped DSLR with lens attached, plus five to eight additional lenses, and a 17” laptop. Or, it can hold two gripped DSLRs with lenses detached, plus five to seven lenses. For Mirrorless users, the roller can fit two bodies with a crazy amount of lenses. It can hold up to a 200–400 f/4 detached (hood reversed) lens.
 
“Traveling photographers are finding it increasingly difficult to keep their most valuable and fragile gear—their bodies, lenses, and laptops—near them and safe from rough baggage handling,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The new Airport Advantage Plus was designed with not only this in mind, but with the more restrictive size and weight requirements that go with international travel.”
 
KEY FEATURES
 
  • Multi-use interior for cameras and clothes
  • Custom designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing for added strength and durability
  • Extra tall handle height keeps the bag away from feet when rolling
  • Tripod mount pocket on side (Additional straps included for larger tripods)
  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, ballistic nylon, and closed-cell PU foam are the highest quality materials in the industry
  • Lockable zipper sliders (lock not included)
  • Travel pouch included for organizing clothing or shoes
  • Interior zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards, filters and accessories
  • User-replaceable retractable handle, wheels, wheel housings, and front foot extends product life
  • Custom-designed, high-performance, 80mm wheels with sealed ABEC grade 5 bearings for quiet rolling
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Handles on three sides ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, car trunks, etc.
  • Reinforced dividers support heavy gear and maintain strength over time
  • Business card holder on top for identification
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellent (DWR) coating, plus underside of fabric has a polyurethane coating. The bag is also constructed with 420D velocity nylon, YKK RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, custom designed extra tall skid plates, high performance 80mm super quiet wheels with sealed bearings, rubberized laminate reinforcement, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane backed high-density nylex liner and dividers, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, closed-cell foam and reinforced PE board dividers, mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
 
Interior Dimensions: 13.4” W x 20.5” H x 4.9 – 6.4” D (34 x 52 x 12.4–16.3 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 22” H x 7.3” D (35 x 55.9 x 18.5 cm)
Laptop Compartment: 13” x 17.6” x 2.9” (33 x 44.7 x 7.4 cm)
Weight: 6.9 lbs. (3.1 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo has the Airport Advantage Plus Rolling Camera Bag in stock. And as an added bonus for using our links, you'll get a free gift with your purchase.
Post Date: 11/30/2017 1:43:37 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: LensCoat RainCoat Review.
 
I found the camo camera and lens raincover I was looking for.
 
Looking for a great gift idea? Any of the many RainCoat models qualify!
 
The LensCoat RainCoat is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.
Post Date: 11/30/2017 8:41:41 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
November 30, 2017 – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of version 2.0 of SnapBridge, the app that enables users to easily and conveniently expand the rich experience of their Nikon digital camera via Bluetooth connection to a smart device.
 
SnapBridge Version 2.0 reflects feedback from users of earlier versions of the app, and represents a complete overhaul of screen design and menu structure. It also offers new functions, including instructions for connecting to a camera, that make the app easier to use, more intuitive, and enable simpler connection.
 
When pairing a smart device with a camera, the SnapBridge app provides clear instructions on the steps to be performed with each device, for a simpler pairing process. The convenience of the app has also been increased in a number of ways — it is equipped with a power-saving mode, images are displayed faster, and connections are more stable to ensure the smooth and reliable transfer of photos.
 
Lastly, functions that support full-scale remote photography with a digital SLR camera have been extended. This enables users to apply and adjust main camera settings using the app. With all of these added improvements, the app has been developed with the focus on significantly improving the user experience.
 
Nikon will continue to enhance the app's usability and strengthen its functions in order to provide users with increasingly rich imaging experiences well into the future.
 
Key advances
 
1. A new screen design and menu structure for improved operation
 
Screen design and menu structure have been significantly overhauled in a number of ways, including the adoption of progress displays, to provide visual confirmation of the status of an operation. These include when a smart device is paired with a camera or connection is changed to a Wi-Fi connection. Direct access to help functions from the app menu is also available.
 
2. Instructions that make it easier to pair for the first time are displayed
 
The app offers different instructions for each category of camera. With explanations of the steps to be taken with both the smart device and the camera provided using text and images, even those attempting to pair devices for the first time will have an easy time of it.
 
Further, up to five cameras can now be registered with the smart device running the app. This makes switching between cameras much easier for those who own multiple Nikon cameras.
 
3. Lower power consumption, faster operations, and more stable connections
 
The stability of smart device connections to cameras has been increased for all operations, including the automatic downloading of photos. Additionally, the speed with which images are displayed has been improved, enabling the faster display of images in the SnapBridge app — acquired via auto download or those within the camera with manual download. The app is also equipped with a new power-saving mode that controls the amount of smart device power consumed by the app when it is not connected to a camera for an extended period of time.
 
SnapBridge Version 2.0 also features a location data accuracy setting that allows users to choose between lower power consumption and greater location data accuracy by selecting how often the smart device updates location data. Three options — High (high accuracy), Medium and Low — are available.
 
4. Greater flexibility with remote photography
 
Important digital SLR camera settings can now be controlled from the SnapBridge app with remote photography. The live view display on the smart device can be used to confirm and adjust camera settings, allowing users to enjoy more full-scale shooting.
 
Settings that can be applied/adjusted
 
  • Exposure mode (P/S/A/M)
  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture value
  • Exposure compensation
  • ISO sensitivity
  • White balance
5. More thorough collaboration with Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE
 
SnapBridge Version 2.0 has a dedicated tab that makes it easier than ever to use NIKON IMAGE SPACE. In addition, photos taken using remote photography can now be uploaded to NIKON IMAGE SPACE automatically. This means that all photos that have been downloaded to the smart device can now be automatically uploaded to NIKON IMAGE SPACE.
 
Download: SnapBridge Version 2.x (iOS | Android)
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: SnapBridge News
Post Date: 11/30/2017 8:40:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Product Highlights
 
  • Holds 2 Pro DSLRs, 6-8 Lenses & More
  • Accommodates up to a 15" Laptop
  • Impact-Resistant Molded Interior
  • MaxFit Touch-Fastening Divider System
  • Interior and Exterior Storage Pockets
  • Retractable Trolley Handle with Wheels
  • Top & Side Leather Grab Handles
  • Tripod Carrying Straps on Side of Roller
  • YKK Zippers with a TSA-Approved Lock
  • All-Weather Cover & Pouch Included
Post Date: 11/30/2017 5:46:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight, B&H has the following display calibration tools on sale with free expedited shipping:
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Datacolor Spyder5PRO$189.00$50.00$139.00
Datacolor Spyder5ELITE$279.00$100.00$179.00
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35 Optic available for $199.95 with free shipping. Regularly $349.95.
 
Discounted mount versions include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji & MFT.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 35mm Selective Focus Optic
  • Enhanced Ball & Socket Selective Focus
  • 12-Blade Diaphragm Adjustable Aperture
  • 4 Multi-Coated Elements in 3 Groups
  • 46mm Front Threads
  • Precise Control for Selective Focus
  • Interchangeable Optics System
  • Manual Focus
  • Pre-Installed Sweet 35 Optic
Post Date: 11/30/2017 5:29:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with V-Mount Battery Plate available for $209.95 with free shipping. Regularly $795.00.
 
Included Free (Value: $44.80)
 
  • Dracast V-Mount to Dual NPF Converter
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • 16 x 7.8 x 1.8" Panel, Weighs 4.0 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • Low Power Draw: 60W
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • 4-Leaf Barndoors
  • Carry Case
 Wednesday, November 29, 2017
B&H has the Oben BC-139 Ball Head available for $129.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.00.
 
I use an Oben BC-139 on my backup tripod. I especially like the very smooth panning base that works very well for video. It's a great ball head for the price. [Sean]
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 39.6 lb Load Capacity
  • Arca-Type Compatible Quick Release
  • Tension Control
  • Separate Panning Lock
  • Bubble Levels
Post Date: 11/29/2017 1:20:02 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the ASUS 10.1" ZenPad 10 Z300M 16GB Tablet (Wi-Fi, Dark Gray) available for $159.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8163 Quad-Core
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM | 16GB eMMC Storage
  • 10.1" 1280 x 800 IPS Multi-Touch Display
  • 520 Mhz Mali T720MP2
  • 2MP Front & 5MP PixelMaster Rear Camera
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi | Bluetooth 4.0
  • Micro-USB | microSD Slot | AUX Jack
  • Front Speakers with DTS HD Premium Sound
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
B&H has the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens (for Canon, Nikon & Sigma) available for $699.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $799.00.
Post Date: 11/29/2017 9:44:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Gitzo GT1555T Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod Review.
 
If you do not have a high quality travel tripod in your kit, consideration of a model from the Gitzo Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod lineup is warranted.
 
The Gitzo GT1555T Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama. Additional recommended retailer options are included at the end of the review.
Post Date: 11/29/2017 8:16:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
In the video above, we get a glimpse of an upcoming feature to Photoshop CC – the ability to select subjects in an image with a single click. Looking closely at the video, it looks like the automatically calculated selections will need some refinement, but... the new feature looks like it provides a fast and solid starting point for subject selections.
 
From the Adobe Photoshop YouTube Channel:
 
We’re excited to give you a sneak peek into one of the new functionalities coming to Photoshop CC. Select Subject, powered by Adobe Sensei, is a tool that enables users to make their selections in one click. With Select Subject, you’ll be able to get started with your selections faster than ever before.
 
B&H carries Adobe Photography Plan subscriptions.
Post Date: 11/29/2017 7:22:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Nanuk 935 Waterproof Hard Case with Wheels and Foam (Black) available for $127.46. Compare at $169.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Interior Dimensions L20.5" x W11 . 3" x H 7.5" | Exterior Dimensions L22.0" x W14.0" x H9.0" | Includes 2 layer cubed foam insert with base pad and lid foam
  • Waterproof (IP67 rated), dustproof, shockproof | Automatic purge valve equalizes pressure on the inside of the case when travelling
  • Designed for mobility with a 2-stage retractable pull handle with quick release button and smooth rolling polyurethane wheels
  • Two Powerclaw (patented) triple action latches molded in super-tough Nylon keep the case securely closed using compressive force
  • Limited lifetime warranty on NANUK 935 case |1 year warranty against manufacturing defects on the foam inserts
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the G-Technology 16TB G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 External Storage System (Mac) available for $999.95 with free shipping. Regularly $1,699.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 16TB Storage Capacity
  • 4 x 4TB 3.5" Enterprise Class Drives
  • 2 x Thunderbolt 2 Ports (up to 20 Gb/s)
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 Compatibility
  • Pre-Configured in RAID 5
  • 660 MB/s RAID 0 Transfer Speed
  • Preformatted for Mac
  • Windows Compatible with Reformatting
Flash Deal: Through 9:00am Eastern Time, B&H has the Dracast LED500 Silver Series Bi-Color LED Light with Dual NP-F Battery Plate available for $169.95 with free shipping. Regularly $534.95.
 
Note: The V-mount battery plate model is likewise reduced.
 
Included Free
 
  • Dracast DLS-805 Spring-Cushioned Light Stand (7.2')
  • Dracast 2x NP-F 2200mAh Batteries and Charger Kit
Product Highlights
 
  • 3200-5600K Variable Color Temperature
  • Works with NP-F Batteries
  • 10 x 10.4 x 1.8", Weighs 2 lb
  • 45-Degree Beam Angle
  • AC or DC Operation
  • 100-0% Dimming
  • CRI: 95
  • 100-240 VAC Power Adapter Included
  • Carry Case
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