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 Friday, February 28, 2014
From Manfrotto:
 
Spectra is the new family of Manfrotto’s professional LED Lights, designed to meet the needs of demanding videographers and photographers. Spectra LEDs excel in reliability and light quality and stands out from standard LED panels, thanks to their slim and elegant design.
 
Features:

  • Excellent Color Rendition – Colors are reproduced with fidelity and the skin tone of subjects are always natural.
  • Long Lasting Batteries – Thanks to the long lasting batteries (1.5 hrs on average), Spectra is ideal to be used not only in studio, but also on location.
  • Versatility & Portability – It’s extremely easy to carry Spectra LED lights wherever they are needed and to use them either on-camera or in combination with Manfrotto’s numerous complimentary accessories (stands, booms, clamps, arms, etc).

Models:
 
SPECTRA 1X1 FT BI-COLOR, FLOOD (Part Number: MLS1X1FT) – Manfrotto Spectra 1X1 FT is an extremely versatile LED panel; it provides a beautiful soft light, to match the requirements of demanding filmmakers, videograpers and photographers. The illuminance is greater than 1400 LUX at a distance of 1m and the color temperature can be regulated from 3200°K to 5600°K.
 
SPECTRA 1X1 S, 5600K, FLOOD (Part Number: MLS1X1F) – Manfrotto Spectra 1X1 F is an extremely versatile LED panel; it provides a beautiful soft light, to match the requirements of demanding filmmakers, videograpers and photographers. The light output is centered at a constant temperature of 5600°K (daylight), with an illuminance of more than 1400 LUX at a distance of 1m.
 
SPECTRA 1X1 S, 5600K, SPOT (Part Number: MLS1X1S) – Manfrotto Spectra 1X1 S is an extremely versatile LED panel; it provides a beautiful soft light, to match the requirements of demanding filmmakers, videograpers and photographers. The light output is centered at a constant temperature of 5600°K (daylight), with an illuminance of more than 1700 LUX at a distance of 1m.
 
B&H carries the new Manfrotto Spectra 1x1 LED lights.

Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 2/28/2014 1:01:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Imaging-Resource recently interviewed Go Tokura, Canon's Group Executive for Image Communications / Products Operations. Mr. Tokura was asked directly, "Will we eventually see the M2 in the U.S., or will you wait until the next generation?"
 
Mr. Tokura replied (via translator), "There are plans for the M2 to arrive in the U.S. However, having said that, I should make clear that that's the decision that is led by the sales groups in each division, so they are the ones who are holding the decision-making responsibility on that."
 
This news would contradict initial reports that the EOS M2 would only be released in Asian markets.
 
For more information, check out the rest of the interview on the Imaging-Resource.
Post Date: 2/28/2014 7:19:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 27, 2014
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).
Category: Comodo News
Post Date: 2/27/2014 4:57:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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.

Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/27/2014 1:46:50 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has a limited supply of Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Lenses for Canon (review) available. Hit the "Add to Cart" button if you've been wanting to pick up this unique lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/27/2014 10:40:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
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:

Nikon BlackRapid Quick-Draw Strap

Nikon BlackRapid Quick-Draw Strap S

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.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/27/2014 9:28:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Shutterstock:
 
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.
Post Date: 2/27/2014 7:52:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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 page.
 
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.
Post Date: 2/27/2014 7:32:42 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
RØDE has created a short film competition where you could win your share of the $70,000 in prizes seen below.

RODE 2014 Short Film Prizes

Enter your email address on the competition page to get started.
 
B&H carries RØDE microphones and accessories.

Category: RODE News
Post Date: 2/27/2014 7:01:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 26, 2014
eBay (via PhotoVideo4Less - 99.7% Positive feedback) has the Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Flash available for $455.00 with free shipping. Compare at $546.95.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/26/2014 2:53:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
 
February 26, 2014 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.3 for Mac and Windows. This upgrade means that DxO Optics Pro 9 now supports the Nikon D3300, the brand’s latest entry-level DSLR, along with the Canon EOS M2. Of note, too, is that DxO Optics Pro v.1.3 also now works with the Panasonic DMC-FZ70 and the Samsung NX1000 and NX1100, thus completing support for the entire hybrid camera range.
 
Nearly 270 new DxO Optics Modules added
 
DxO Optics Pro v9.1.3 has been enriched with new DxO Optics Modules: 264 new cameral/lens combinations have been added to the library, which today counts 17,400 available DxO Optics Modules.
 
Among the new lenses supported is the NIKKOR AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II — the upgraded standard zoom found in most of Nikon’s entry-level DSLR kits, as well as the Samsung NX 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED II.
 
DxO Optics Modules contain all of the information characterizing each camera and lens, thus enabling DxO Optics Pro 9 to automatically correct distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness with an unrivaled level of quality.
 
Availability and prices
 
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro v9.1.3 for Mac and Windows are immediately available at photo resellers at the following prices:

  1. DxO Optics Pro 9 Standard Edition: $169
  2. DxO Optics Pro 9 Elite Edition: $299

B&H carries DxO Optics Pro 9.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 2/26/2014 8:18:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Europe has posted several D4S sample pictures to its Flickr account. Each image can be viewed at full resolution for closer inspection.
 
B&H has the Nikon D4s available for preorder with 2% Rewards.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/26/2014 8:07:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your imaging needs.
 
Affected Products:
Nikon D600 Digital SLR Cameras
 
Some users of Nikon’s D600 D-SLR camera have reported the appearance of tiny spots on certain of their images. Not all users have experienced this issue. Nikon has thoroughly evaluated these reports and has determined that these spots are caused by dust particles which may become visible when the camera is used in certain circumstances and/or with certain settings. It is a well-known fact that the presence of dust particles cannot be completely avoided when using a D-SLR camera even after normal sensor cleaning procedures, because of a number of factors including components moving at high speeds when images are taken, the use of interchangeable lenses, and the different environments in which a D-SLR camera may be used. As part of its customer-service commitment, Nikon is providing a customer-service measure to reduce the potential impact of dust particles on images taken by its D600 D-SLR cameras.
 
The solution: Nikon is making available to all owners of D600 cameras (even if Nikon’s product warranty has expired) this customer-service measure, which includes the inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly and related parts of your camera, FREE OF CHARGE as well as the cost of shipping D600 cameras to Nikon and their return to customers. Once again, please understand that regardless of this service, your D600 camera as is the case with all D-SLR cameras, will continue to require normal periodic sensor cleanings.
 
To have your D600 camera serviced free of charge please follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Schedule Free Service link below.
  2. On the following pages, you will need to provide the serial number of your D600 camera and your contact information.
  3. Then, you will be prompted to create and print your Pre-paid UPS Return label and packing slip.
  4. In shipping, please secure the D600 camera in a plastic bag inside the shipping box with several inches of quality packing material on all sides of the D600 camera. Please send your D600 camera and packing slip only. Do not include any lenses, batteries, memory cards or other accessories. Please do not ship in the original display box (It will not be returned)
  5. Drop the shipping box off at any UPS facility. (Visit https://www.ups.com/dropoff for hours and locations.) You may also arrange to have your shipment collected by a UPS driver.

Schedule Free Service

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/26/2014 7:00:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Just posted: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens Review
 
This lens was announced with a LOT of hype. It is definitely worthy of such.
Post Date: 2/25/2014 9:20:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Manfrotto:
 
055 Series Tripods
 
Manfrotto is proud to announce the launch of the new 055 collection of highly innovative, practical, precise and quick to use tripods.
 
The 055 is our best-known and most successful tripod for professional photographers; this latest redesign continues to build on the range’s heritage,
 
Technical Details

  • Unprecedented Stiffness - Quick power locks with high locking power guarantee the maximum camera stability. Compared with the classical locking levers, the QPL allow to apply extra locking power to the leg locks which, in turn, increase the stiffness of the tripod and enable it to support a higher payload.
  • Unlimited Creativity - The Easy Link attachment, allows to convert the new 055 in a portable photographic studio. By simply attaching an arm with an LED light, a reflector, or any other accessory, the new 055 goes beyond the classic boundaries of tripods’ functionalities.
  • Versatility - The new horizontal column mechanism combined with the 4 leg angles allows the new 055 to smoothly reach whatever camera position you have in mind.

Manfrotto X PRO 3 Way Head

X-PRO 3-Way Head
 
Manfrotto is proud to announce the launch of the new X-PRO 3-WAY HEAD, designed for photographers who want maximum precision from a compact size.
 
The new Manfrotto head has been designed to ensure three essential aspects to both the amateur and the profes
 
Technical Details

  • Portability - For anyone serious about photography, a tripod is an essential piece of equipment for sharp, clear photos in low light or with moving subjects. However, carrying a complete tripod and head takes up a lot of space in a photographer’s bag and means extra weight to carry. This is why the new X-PRO 3-WAY HEAD has been designed to occupy as little space as possible, with retractable levers that can be extended when needed, but remain extre
  • Friction Control - Manfrotto has once again focused on the details that help make every picture perfect and has equipped the X-PRO 3-WAY HEAD with friction controls. Friction on the pan and tilt axes can be set to balance the weight of the camera even when the locking knobs are open, allowing fine framing adjustments to be made before the shot is locked down.
  • Leveling bubbles - The head has three small leveling bubbles that help the photographer set the shot even more precisely in-camera, reducing post-production work.

B&H carries Manfrotto tripods and heads.

Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 2/25/2014 7:57:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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