Clacton on Sea, United Kingdom – February 27, 2014
– Comodo, a manufacturer of advanced camera stabilization systems, is announcing the release of their newest camera stabilization device, Orbit. Utilizing advanced engineering in mechanical gimbal technology, combined with application of basic physics, Orbit is the first mechanically driven, twin grip gimbal stabilization device of its kind to be introduced to the HDSLR and small camcorder segment of the filmmaking community.
Inspired and designed by award-winning filmmaker, and pioneer of the Single Shot Cinema Shooting Method, Leonard Retel Helmrich, Orbit is the perfect tool for photographers and filmmakers of all levels who want steady and fluid hand-held footage that is easy to capture. Unlike any other stabilization device currently available, Orbit requires no weights, motors, or batteries in its balancing and operation. This results in a simplified, streamlined, and straightforward way for filmmakers and photographers to utilize the tool within production environments without dedicating large amounts of set-up time to its usage.
Commenting on the announcement, Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group noted:
“Providing photographers and filmmakers with the world’s finest image making tools has always been the driving focus of MAC Group. I feel that we’ve taken our commitment to the next level with Orbit. Comodo Orbit brings such a level of ease and simplicity to capturing dynamic footage that we are all very excited to see how filmmakers across the country will use the product when it reaches their hands.”
“For the first time in a very long time, filmmakers will be able to create films without being hindered by the process of creating them.”
Orbit will arrive at a street price of $1,499 and is currently available for pre-order now at select authorized resellers across the USA. Product shipments will begin March 1, 2014. B&H
has the Comodo Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig
available for ordering (shipping in 7-10 days).
From Sigma USA:
LAS VEGAS– Feb. 27, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, will be exhibiting at the Wedding & Portrait Photography International Conference + Expo (WPPI) at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas at booth 521 from March 3-5.
At the booth, Sigma will be showcasing its entire camera and lens product lineup, including several recently announced lenses and accessories from the manufacture’s Global Vision Line like the improved and redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses, as well as the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | ART lenses and USB Dock.
“We look forward to the opportunity every year to interact with wedding and portraiture shooters at WPPI,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Attendees who stop by our booth will get a first look at some of our new Global Vision products like the 50mm F1.4 and 24-105mm F4 lenses, and learn how Sigma is bringing the most innovative gear to the market.”
Sigma is also pleased to be sponsoring the WPPI University event taking place on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1. Two of Sigma’s Pro Photographers, Lindsay Adler and Jennifer Rozenbaum, will share their photography tips and tricks during a speaking session on Friday afternoon, and event attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in our shooting station during the hands-on workshops, and interact and work with Lindsay and Jennifer on their photography skills.
Sigma Corporation of America’s WPPI activities will include:
- WPPI In-Show Lens Giveaway: Enter for a chance to win one of four different lenses throughout the show. Sigma fans that visit the booth and participate in the Sigma Shooting studio each day will be entered for a chance to win a different lens each day of the show, including either the 85mm 1.4 EX DG HSM, 35mm 1.4 DG HSM Art, 24-105mm f4 DG HSM OS Art or 50mm 1.4 EX DG HSM. Attendees must participate at the shooting station each day for a chance to win, and one winner will be chosen randomly each day. Three lenses will be given away, one each day, plus a grand finale winner on the last day. Stop by the booth to learn which lens is being given away each day.
- WPPI Online Lens Giveaways: For Sigma fans that are unable to attend the show, Sigma will be offering them a chance to win a different lens each day by entering online. Fans can enter by submitting their best wedding and/or portrait photos to Sigma’s Facebook page using the hashtag #WinSigma or on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #WinSigma. The hashtag must be used in order to account for all entries, and a winner will be judged and selected for each day of the show plus a grand finale winner. Submission period begins March 3 9am PST and end March 5 4pm PST. Winner names will be announced March 21, 2014. For more information, visit our social channels or website each day to see which lens will be given away!
B&H carries Sigma lenses.
has a limited supply of Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lenses for Canon
) available. Hit the "Add to Cart" button if you've been wanting to pick up this unique lens.
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Quick-Draw Strap and the Quick-Draw Strap S, two new products developed in cooperation with world-renowned American camera accessory manufacturer, BlackRapid. Overview:
The Quick-Draw Strap and Quick-Draw Strap S were developed based on quick-draw straps invented by photographer and BlackRapid founder, Ron Henry, and popular throughout the market for their incredible convenience. The straps have been further refined to offer even greater convenience.
Along with the great mobility offered by BlackRapid products through specifications that enable on-the-go shooting with a mechanism that allows the camera to slide diagonally up and down the shoulder strap, a system that utilizes the camera's tripod socket so that the camera hangs upside down for a smooth grip, a shoulder pad that effectively distributes weight for less burden, and an under-arm tether that holds the strap firmly in place, these two new straps offer an even greater sense of security with a safety strap that prevents the camera from falling in the unlikely event the fastener comes loose, and a cover that prevents the carabiner that connects the strap to the camera from scratching the camera body.
The Quick-Draw Strap, with a wider shoulder pad, is suited to use with digital SLR cameras. The Quick-Draw Strap S, with a narrower shoulder pad, is suited to use with Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses and Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras.
B&H carries BlackRapid straps.
NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2014 – Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of commercial digital imagery
, recently announced that it has paid over $200 million in royalties to contributors since the company’s founding in 2003. With artists in over 100 countries, the milestone illustrates the dynamic global marketplace the company has built, and its ability to connect more than 55,000 artists to nearly 1 million image buyers around the world. Each time a customer licenses an image from Shutterstock, the contributing artist receives a royalty. More than 100 million images were licensed in 2013.
“This milestone is testament to the quality of content being created by Shutterstock’s contributors,” said Shutterstock’s VP Content Scott Braut. “Businesses of all sizes need images and we’re proud to provide opportunities for photographers, illustrators and videographers to earn money licensing their work through our marketplace.”
Shutterstock currently has over 33 million images and more than 1.5 million high-quality video clips, including a growing 4K video collection available for license. Last year, the company launched Shutterstock Stories: Profiles in Creativity, an artistic grant program that celebrates the work of its contributors. To see the winning entries, visit shutterstock.com/stories
Image quality, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with some product photos have been added to the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Review
The Tamron 150-600 VC Lens vs. Canon 100-400mm IS Lens comparison
is what many of us have been waiting for.
Especially for the price, I think that you are going to be very pleased with the image quality this lens delivers. I hope to have a full review of this lens completed in the near future. B&H
is taking preorders for the Tamron 150-600mm VC Lens
RØDE has created a short film competition where you could win your share of the $70,000 in prizes seen below.
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B&H carries RØDE microphones and accessories.