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 Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The trip to Hawaii was my first major photo trip using Canon 5D Mark III bodies.
The Canon 1Ds Mark III and Canon 5D Mark II were my primary camera bodies on prior trips. On these prior trips, I would typically need to clean each camera sensor (2 or 3 of them) every two or three days - and invariably would end up with dust in most landscape pictures. It was not unusual for me to spend days cloning dust spots out of my images after each trip.
Not this time. I took two 5D III bodies, shot intensely for over two weeks, and had no sensor dust the entire time. I hate sensor dust, I hate cleaning sensors and I find having to clean sensor dust from my images to be a waste of my time (but necessary). To me, the 5D III and other similar recent Canon DSLR cameras are worth the upgrade cost for the improved sensor self-cleaning features alone.
I also made great use of the 5D Mark III's built-in horizon level on this trip. Photographs with water against the horizon are unforgiving in revealing how level your camera was. And rotating an image to correct levelness is destructive at the pixel level. Not all of my images from this trip are perfectly level, but a much higher percentage are.
Two days into my trip, while perched on a high, narrow, very dry piece of volcanic rock to get a better angle for shooting waves, I took a major hit from a rogue wave. The wave came completely over me, the 5D III and the Canon 70-300mm L Lens I was using. A major amount of water was running off of the camera, the lens and me - like a waterfall.
I fortunately maintained my balance, but I was not pleased to see the significant amount of salt water on my gear. I quickly ran to the car and dried everything with a towel (I typically have one along when shooting in such an environment). I didn't expect to have any problems and was relieved to find the camera and lens to be working fine. That camera body and lens continued to work fine the duration of the trip - even after shooting in the rain on a few occasions. Weather sealing has definite value.
That strong wind makes sharp image capture a challenge was driven home on this trip. IS definitely helps, but ... sometimes faster shutter speeds rule. I would seldom trade high ISO noise for subject motion blur. Just sayin.
The Canon 70-300 L and Canon 24-70mm f/4L IS were my two primary lenses used on this mostly-landscape photography trip. Both performed very well.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/12/2013 7:51:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From the Canon YouTube Channel:
Thank you to all of our Canon fans in helping us reach a new milestone of 1 million minutes watched on our channel (and counting)! We could not have reached this great landmark without your help and support. As a thank you, we've created this short video including clips of our products, tutorials, movies, explorers of light and much more! We hope you enjoy!
B&H carries Canon products.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 3/12/2013 12:36:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
Modifications enabled with version 2.7.4:
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • The correct lens name is now be displayed for still images captured with a digital-SLR camera and the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR. However, in the following cases, the lens name displayed will indicate that it is a G-type lens in Metadata on the Edit palette.
  • Images captured with a Nikon 1-series camera and the FT-1 mount adapter
  • Movies recorded using a digital-SLR camera

Additional modifications to the Macintosh version

  • An issue that prevented images saved in JPEG format with Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3.0 or 2.3.1 from opening in ViewNX 2 has been resolved.

Download the ViewNX 2.7.4 Update: Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Macintosh
NEF Codec
NEF Codec is a module that makes Nikon RAW (.NEF) image files as easy to work with as JPEG and TIFF images.
Version 1.18.0:

  • Supports NEF (RAW) images taken with the D7100, COOLPIX A.

Download the NEF Codec 1.18.0: Windows

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 3/12/2013 8:58:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

Lowepro recently expanded their Lowepro Flipside Sport AW series by adding a larger bag to the lineup - the Flipside Sport 20L AW. This new bag features the same all-weather design as the previous 10L and 15L models, but provides even more capacity to store your gear.
The Flipside Sport 20L AW bag fits:

  • Pro DSLR with grip, with attached 300mm f/2.8 lens
  • Extra Pro DSLR body with grip
  • 2 extra lenses and a flash
  • Battery charger, filters and other accessories
  • Tablet or small laptop
  • Tripod or monopod
  • 1.5 liter hydration reservoir
  • Trekking poles, ice axe, other personal gear

B&H carries the new Lowepro Flipside Sport 20L AW bag as well as the rest of the Lowepro Flipside Sport AW series.

Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 3/12/2013 8:00:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 11, 2013
I'm just back (and somewhat recovered) from a 2+ week photo trip to Hawaii (Maui, Big Island, Kauai & Oahu). The trip was a great experience with lots of stories to tell and photos to share - though rain, thick cloud cover and high winds left some potential great photo opportunities on the list for another trip.
First up is a review of the Gura Gear Bataflae 32L. This is an excellently-designed backpack that worked out very well on this trip.
Even if you are not in the market for a high-end backpack, you might like the Kilauea Volcano night photo - and the brief summary of shooting the 500 L II in the rain.
Post Date: 3/11/2013 9:23:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From Spider Camera Holster:
The Spider Monkey Offers a Unique Solution That Allows Photo Accessories to Hang from a Belt for Quick-Draw Access; Visit Booth #330 for a Hands-On Demonstration
Las Vegas, NV – WPPI EXPO 2013 (Booth #330), March 11, 2013 - Spider Holster, a company specializing in unique holster-style camera carrying solutions for photographers, today announced the launch of its newest item, the Spider Monkey Holster for photographic accessories.
Spider Monkey is a compact yet durable holster clip that easily attaches to any belt or camera bag loop allowing photographers to hang their most-used equipment for quick-draw accessibility. Combined with a series of purpose-built Spider Monkey attachments, the new line offers photographers a new level of workflow flexibility. To learn more about the Spider Monkey Accessory Holster, photographers can visit, and attendees of the WPPI Expo (March 11-13, 2013 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV) can visit Spider Holster in booth #330 for a hands-on demonstration.
The scalable Spider Monkey accessory system eliminates the need for photographers to carry an added shoulder bag by hanging their most oft-used tools right on their belt. The durable Spider Monkey Base clip and tab are built for long-term use, with the ability to securely hold camera accessories weighing about one pound including flashes, light meters and battery packs. The Spider Monkey Tab attaches to the accessory with a robust adhesive tab (which removes cleanly after use) and an additional Velcro attachment band for ultimate security. The Spider Monkey’s built-in lock enables the user to ensure the accessory is securely hung and ready for quick-draw retrieval, all with one hand.
“Offering the same great benefits and flexibility as our Spider Camera Holster, the Spider Monkey accessory clip completely eliminates the strain that comes with the tangle of equipment bags and swing of neck and shoulder straps by safely holstering the gear you need on your belt,” said Shai Eynav, President of Spider Holster. “By transferring the camera accessories to the waste, we add a new level of accessibility to essential gear that allows photographers to get the best image at the right time, whenever needed.”
In addition to the holster clip, adhesive tab and the Velcro attachment loop which comprise the base Spider Monkey system. Spider Holster will soon be offering several add-on purpose-built items that will further enhance the functionality of the Spider Monkey, including a water bottle pouch, modular rain cover, and lens pouches for small to medium sized lenses.
The base Spider Monkey system, with holster clip, adhesive tab and the Velcro attachment loop will carry an MSRP of $17.00. Spider Monkey will be available for purchase at Spider Holster authorized dealers.
B&H carries Spider Camera Holster products.
Post Date: 3/11/2013 11:25:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From B&H:

"B&H will be closed Monday, March 25th in observance of Passover and will reopen on Wednesday, April 3rd at 9:00AM EDT.
Orders must be placed by 12:00PM EDT on Sunday, March 24th in order to ship before the Holiday. Orders placed after this time will ship when we reopen.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage."

Be sure to plan your purchases in advance to avoid delays.

Category: B&H News
Post Date: 3/11/2013 10:03:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Professional Network (CPN) has published an interview with a career sailing photographer Kos Evans. Evans discusses her early career, the challenges of shooting such an unpredictable sport, gear, and her thoughts on [Adobe] Photoshop.
See the CPN article on Kos Evans here.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/11/2013 8:12:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Tether Tools:
Tether Tools & BlackRapid have come together to offer a wearable iPad/Tablet strap solution for the Wallee System
March 11, 2013 (Scottsdale, Ariz.) - - Tether Tools is excited to announce a partnership with BlackRapid in the creation of the TabStrap featuring BlackRapid for the Studio Proper Wallee System. The TabStrap solution allows users to comfortably wear a tablet and free up their hands during events such as wireless tethering photo shoots, tradeshows, meetings, educational platforms and more.
The TabStrap for the Wallee System Kit contains a strap, connector and bracket that integrates with a Wallee tablet/iPad case. The lightweight BlackRapid Metro Strap can be adjusted to the user’s preferred length. The streamlined Hitch D-Ring connector is designed to fit the Tether Tools’ Wallee Connect Lite bracket and case. The system currently supports all iPad models and Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets (case sold separately). The complete TabStrap kit retails for $89.90.
For current users of the Tether Tools Connect Lite for the Studio Proper Wallee Tablet Case, the BlackRapid Metro Strap & Hitch D-Ring can be purchased separately. The Metro with Hitch retails for $39.95.
For those who already own the Tether Tools Connect Lite, Studio Proper Wallee Tablet Case and have a BlackRapid Strap, the BlackRapid Hitch D-Ring can be purchased separately. The D-Ring retails for $14.95.
B&H carries Tether Tools products.
Post Date: 3/11/2013 6:56:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, March 10, 2013
B&H has the Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens in stock with free shipping and 2% Rewards.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/10/2013 10:13:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending March 9nd, 2013.
In the news...On Sunday, both Canon and Nikon extended previously running rebate programs while Canon created additional programs for the EOS 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D, 60D, and EOS M cameras. Rebate programs from both companies are scheduled to end March 30th.
On Monday, Nikon announced three new COOLPIX cameras – the S3500, P330, and most notably, the COOLPIX A. The S3500 features a 20 megapixel sensor with image stabilization and 720p video recording, while the P330 features a 12 megapixel sensor with image stabilization, full 1080p HD video recording, Wi-fi compatibility with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, and built-in GPS.
The standout, however, was the announcement of Nikon’s first COOLPIX with a DX-sized sensor, the COOLPIX A. Sporting the same sensor found in their consumer grade DSLRs with an 18.5mm f/2.8 prime lens, the COOLPIX A promises DSLR-like performance from its 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, full manual controls, and RAW output.
Also on Monday, Nikon announced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens. Although the lens is designed for full-frame bodies, DX-format bodies will enjoy an equivalent focal range of 120-600mm. The new NIKKOR 80-400mm lens should be available in April with a suggested price slightly under $2,700.00.
On Wednesday, we posted an announcement regarding the availability of white lens hoods at B&H. The novel white lens hoods, made by Vello, are available to fit various Canon EF 70-200mm L zoom lenses.
On Friday, Sigma announced pricing for its updated 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM Lens. The lens will have a suggested retail price of $499.00.
And, for our deal of the week…
On Sunday, we posted a deal from the Canon Store where you could get a Refurbished 5D Mark III DSLR Camera for 15% off, or $2,379.33 plus tax. Compare that to a new model going for $2,949.00.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 3/10/2013 9:25:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, March 8, 2013
From Kenro:
Friday March 8, 2013 - Kenro, the official UK distributors of Nissin Flash Guns, gave Focus visitors a first-look at the Nissin Di700, a new second-generation advanced flash gun, ahead of its official UK launch in the coming months.
The new enhanced flash gun comes with a range of innovative functions all designed with the photographer’s needs in mind. The Di700 model has increased to 24-200mm from its predecessor and can achieve a maximum output of GN50 at 200mm. Compared with same-level flashes from other brands, the Nissin Di700 can create a variety of light changes, giving the photographer a wider range of option whilst shooting.
Nissin have also developed a new rotating lock release button feature for greater versatility. The model supports 180° horizontal rotation to the right and left, tilts up to 90° and expands 7° downwards, making it ideal for close-up photography.
What’s more, the Nissin Di700 is the only flash in its category equipped with an external power socket. Operating with the new Nissin Power Pack PS 8 can greatly shorten the recycling time and increase number of flashes, which is further reinforced by its impressive synchronization, supporting up to 1/8000 second shutter speed, perfect for incredible wildlife and action photography.
For maximum practicality, Nissin has also added sockets for PC sync and 3.5mm sync for studio lighting system connection.
Other features of the Nissin Di700:
Recycling time: 0.1 – 4 seconds
Flash duration: 200- 1500 flashes
Colour temperature: 5,600K
Exposure control: E-TTL II / E-TTL (for Canon), i-TTL (Nikon) and Sony ADI/P-TTL
Wireless Mode: Wireless TTL non TTL Slave (SD mode FS mode)
AF-assist beam effective range: 0.7-6m / 2.3-19.7 feet
Dimensions: 40 (H) x 75 (W) X 115 (D) mm/ 1.6 (H) x 3 (W) x 4.5 (D) inches
Weight: 350g (without battery pack)
Kenro managing director Paul Kench commented: "Nissin are renowned for creating innovative flash guns across the globe and their latest offering is an extremely exciting opportunity for photographers to experience these new and unique functions to further their photographic work. The Di700’s light, stylish design teamed with its easy-to-use features make it an ideal choice of flash and we are confident that it will be very popular.”
The new Nissin Di700 will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sony digital SLR camera fittings and is scheduled to be launched April 2013. Pricing details will be available closer to its launch.
B&H carries Nissin Flashes.
Post Date: 3/8/2013 2:11:11 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma has just announced pricing for its new 30mm F1.4 DC HSM lens. The lens will have a suggested retail price of $499.00 in Canon, Nikon, and Sigma mounts.
Preorder Opportunities:
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Lens for Canon - B&H
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Lens for Nikon - B&H
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 3/8/2013 10:15:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From X-rite:
Online educational tutorials provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging and video workflow
North White Plains, NY – March 6, 2013 – X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of March 2013 Webinarsthat have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers and videographers.
Four free webinars this month are sure to help photographers and videographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their color workflow. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.
“X-Rite continues its dedication to teaching photographers and videographers how to effectively take control of their color management and digital imaging workflows with four helpful webinars this month,” said Mark Rezzonico, vice president, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “This month’s webinars not only focus on professional color management applications for video as well as still photography but we will also feature two very special new webinars - one co-sponsored by X-Rite and Sekonic and hosted by Professional Photographer Joe Brady and another with Fine Art Travel Photographer Andy Katz. These new webinars are sure to get a photographer’s creative juices flowing while providing them with practical ways to improve their photography.”
March Webinar Schedule:
Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Simply Amazing Color. Take control of your monitor, printer and camera!
The ColorMunki Family of color management solutions provides advanced control for a photographer’s digital workflow. This webinar will review the individual ColorMunki solutions including software demonstrations and discussions of how each solution is used.
From monitor and projector to printer and camera, the ColorMunki family provides choices and solutions for any photographer’s needs. All options are small and portable for travel.
This live webinar gives users the opportunity to ask questions and understand each solution in detail so they can make the right decision on what ColorMunki family solution is for them. Attendees will enjoy special discounts.
To register for this webinar at 12:00 PM EST, visit:
Monday, March 25, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT
Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video
As more and more still photographers move into videography with DSLR cameras the need for color management solutions specific to those output environments has become obvious. X-Rite’s i1Profiler software now includes video presets for popular video formats including NTSC, PAL-SECAM, and Rec. 709. The introduction last year of the new i1Display Pro colorimeter combined with these presets in i1Profiler makes the X-Rite i1Display Pro the perfect solution for calibrating and profiling monitors for video editing and output.
When i1Display Pro is combined with X-Rite ColorChecker Targets the combination provides a capture to output solution for video editing that allows exceptional control over white balance in any scene.
This brief webinar will review how to access and utilize the video presets in i1Profiler software and will briefly look at use of ColorCheckers in the video footage as a visual reference. For those shooting, editing, and preparing video for output this webinar will provide the insight into X-Rite color management solutions that can streamline color control in video.
To register for this webinar at 12:00 PM EST, visit:
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM EDT
Fine Art Travel Photography with Andy Katz
Travel photographer Andy Katz travels the world to capture amazing images. His photographs are in permanent collections of museums and private collectors the world over. The subject matter that captivates his vision is diverse from landscapes to portraits to still life in color and black and white. Andy uses light, contrast, and color to tell a story of his travels and evoke emotion in the viewer.
Andy's work requires critical color management to capture and carry the subtleties of his work from the camera to the print. He uses Sony Alpha 99 and RX-1 to capture the entire nuance in every detail and the depth of every tonality. X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, i1Display Pro, and i1Publish Pro ensures accurate and repeatable reproduction of color and contrast every time.
This webinar will discuss traveling with photography equipment, finding the shot in faraway places, composition, using light, and more. Andy will talk about how he communicates with people, listens to their stories, and creates the relationships that allow him to capture beautiful and revealing portraits.
To register for this webinar at 11:00 AM EST, visit:
To register for this webinar at 1:00 PM EST, visit:
B&H carries X-Rite products.
Post Date: 3/8/2013 7:36:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, March 7, 2013
B&H has the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A1 Lens for Nikon in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/7/2013 1:43:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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