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 Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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From LenRentals:
Our annual Black Friday sale starts now! Beginning at 8:30 AM CT this morning, you can save 25% on any rental using promo code BLACKFRIDAY. This is our best deal of the entire year!
  • Sale begins at 8:30 AM CT November 25th, and ends 11:59 PM CT November 30th.
  • Use the code BLACKFRIDAY to get 25% off any single rental
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Post Date: 11/25/2015 9:45:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network:
In recent years, the photographic industry has called for clearer criteria on entering and judging World Press Photo Contest submissions. The World Press Photo Foundation has answered this call for the 2016 Photo Contest by publishing a new code of ethics, revised entry rules, and a transparent description of the judging and verification processes. The 2016 Photo Contest changes are part of a new strategy which the World Press Photo Foundation devised during a five-month review involving 17 consultations with photographers, editors and publishers at events in 15 locations worldwide.
Entries to the highly anticipated annual World Press Photo Contest are regarded as visual documents and are therefore expected to be an accurate and fair representation of the scene the photographer witnessed. The first entry rule concerning manipulation was enforced in 2009 and in the 2014 Photo Contest World Press Photo began requesting photographers submit original camera files. The challenge being addressed now is making contest participants more aware of what counts as manipulation.
Managing Director of World Press Photo, Lars Boering, says: “In the past two years 33 entries, out of a total of 240 in the second last round, were excluded, and one story was disqualified after the award. If we want pictures to be documents and evidence, we cannot accept the addition or removal of content, even if it is just ‘tidying up the image’.”
As photographs are at risk for manipulation during every stage in the photographic process – capture, production, publication, and circulation – the World Press Photo Foundation has introduced a new code of ethics and committed to continued use of independent digital analysts and a fact-checking team to review original camera files, metadata and caption accuracy.
See the entire article on the Canon Professional Network for full details.
Post Date: 11/25/2015 8:11:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From the Karl Taylor YouTube Channel:
In this video Karl Taylor and Urs Recher demonstrate how to shoot a simple 3 light portrait using Siros lights and softboxes.
B&H carries Broncolor Siros lights and Broncolor light modifiers.
Post Date: 11/25/2015 6:16:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G
DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G available for $1,259.00. Compare at $1,596.95.
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
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Post Date: 11/25/2015 5:31:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Interfit EZ-FLO Fluorescent 2 Light Kit
B&H has the Interfit EZ-FLO Fluorescent 2 Light Kit available for $136.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $236.99.
Product Highlights
  • 2x EZ-FLO Heads
  • 2x 20 x 20" Fixed Softboxes
  • 4x 28W 5200K Lamps Each Fixture
  • 2x Light Stands: 7.5'
  • Educational DVD
Post Date: 11/25/2015 5:17:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
B&H has the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens in stock with free expedited shipping.
Post Date: 11/24/2015 8:07:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
SanDisk 960GB Ultra II Internal SSD
B&H has the SanDisk 960GB Ultra II Internal SSD available for $199.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.99.
Product Highlights
  • 960GB Storage Capacity
  • Max Data Read Speed: 550 MB/s
  • Max Data Write Speed: 500 MB/s
  • 1500G Shock Resistance
  • Enhanced Vibration Resistance
  • SATA Revision 3.0 (6 Gb/s) Interface
  • 1.75 Million Hours MTBF
The 480GB version is also on sale for only $109.99. Regularly $166.95.
Post Date: 11/24/2015 2:04:40 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver
For a limited time, B&H has the PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver available for $126.65 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $149.00.
Product Highlights
  • Combination Transmitter and Receiver
  • Long Range of 1640'
  • Frequency: 340-354 MHz (FCC/IC)
  • 32 Channels and Quad-Zone Triggering
  • Auto-Sensing and Auto-Relay
  • Up to 14.5 fps Shooting
  • Side-View Design and LCD Monitor
  • Full Compatibility with Previous Models
  • Runs on Two AA Batteries
Post Date: 11/24/2015 1:22:28 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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For a limited time, new users can Save 40% off any SmugMug Package. There are several website packages to fit a wide variety of budgets from $3.34 to $25.00 per month (billed annually).
Category: SmugMug Deals
Post Date: 11/24/2015 10:19:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 16mm f/2.8D AF Fisheye Nikkor Lens
Since I recently declared what I thought was World's Most Beautiful Lens, I thought that it would only be fitting to share what I thought was the world's ugliest lens. Problem is ... I find all lenses beautiful, so singling out a lens for this award was challenging for me. To quickly narrow down the candidate field, I limited this award to only lenses currently available for retail purchase in new, unopened box condition.
Looking completely past performance and functionality, I'm going to pick the Nikon 16mm Fisheye Lens. There were some Tokina lenses that had my attention, but ... sorry Nikon.
The 16's gnarly (not in the good way) design elements include a short, built-in lens hood, crinkle paint finish, coarsely patterned focus and aperture rings, a part sticking out, lots of white paint (with a little yellow and orange thrown in) and an aperture ring marked in two different font sizes. The nearly $1,000 price tag really sets off this homely (by the North American definition) looking lens.
Your turn. Which lens do you think is most in need of a design modernization?
Post Date: 11/24/2015 7:50:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
CamRanger Wireless Transmitter
B&H has the CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras available for $224.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.99.
Product Highlights
  • Control DSLR Remotely via iOS Device
  • Photo/ Video Capture, Live View, HDR
  • Intervalometer, Bulb, Focus Stacking
  • Control Shutter Speed, Aperture, WB, ISO
  • Metering, Drive/Shooting Mode, and More
  • Creates Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Network
  • Effective Range: 150'
  • Works with iOS 4.3, Android 3.2 or Later
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • USB and Ethernet Cables Supplied
Post Date: 11/24/2015 6:11:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 23, 2015 Affiliate Retailers
Just as many retailers depend on the Christmas holiday shopping season for their necessary support, we depend on your support during the Christmas holiday shopping season to keep this site going (and to keep it free to all). Our support page details the various ways that you can help keep us going, but the primary way we receive the necessary operating revenue is through your purchases. At no extra cost to you, starting your shopping using any links on the site provides the significant percentage of what is needed to keep us going. Note that support comes from the purchase of anything, not just camera gear. And while the Christmas shopping boost is as important for us as it is for retailers, making this site your first stop when shopping year round is even better.
The first reminder I want to share is that, just because you see a sale advertisement this Christmas season, including those mentioning "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday", doesn't mean that the price being advertised is a great one. Many of the items printed large or displayed large on a web page are at the same "sale" price as they have been for quite some time and are available for the same price (or less) at other retailers. For example, ads for Canon cameras and lenses often utilize an existing rebate to promote a "special" and B&H probably has the same or better price.
My second reminder, primarily for those of us in the USA, is that, even though start of the Christmas shopping season is ever-earlier, the Thanksgiving holiday is yet to come. Do not skip anticipation and celebration of this great holiday. Plan now for a special time of giving thanks with family and friends. You and those around you will all benefit from this celebration and the state of heart that giving thanks brings with it.
I'll get us started by saying, thanks for your continued support! It is greatly appreciated. Without you, this resource would not exist.
Post Date: 11/23/2015 8:17:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Gaffer Tape Saves the Day!
A couple of years ago I finally converted all my Manfrotto RC2 Quick Release plates and clamps to the Arca-Swiss standard. Looking back, I don't know why I waited so long.
Arca-style plates and clamps lock down your gear so well that they've become the industry standard in camera support. And thanks to the system's popularity, you can buy Arca-style plates and clamps from a myriad of manufacturers, meaning there's a brand to fit nearly every budget. As there aren't a lot of technologically demanding aspects of the plate and clamp system, I oftentimes buy well-reviewed (and significantly less expensive) plates and clamps from the cheaper brands like Sunwayfoto and Desmond. Generally speaking, I've been very happy with these price conscious brands.
Unfortunately, there's a small catch. Even though the Arca system is indeed an industry standard, there still seems to be some variation in the widths of plates among the wide range of manufacturers. If you're using a typical quick release clamp that is tightened with a knob, the slight variation in plate widths is no problem and you can use any plate with utter disregard for the brand name. But if you're using a clamp with a lever release, things can get a big trickier.
A lever release is designed to clamp down with a sufficient amount of tension at a very specific width. Even though the clamp can typically be adjusted to different widths, the adjustment usually requires the use of a hex key. If you're using several plates from a range of manufacturers, the adjustments necessary would be less than convenient when switching between cameras. This is the exact problem I experienced with a recent QR plate purchase.
I own a Glidecam HD-4000 that I use for video production. As I wanted to use the gimbal stabilizer with more than one DSLR, I decided to use an Arca-style clamp on the top to make switching out cameras faster and easier. Finding just the right QR clamp proved challenging as I needed one whose clamping mechanism did not extend beyond the bottom of the base of the clamp. That requirement ruled out all of the knob style clamps I came across. The one product I found that worked was the Desmond DLVC-50 Lever Clamp (seen above). Its tensioning lever does not extend past the base of the clamp meaning that it can sit flat on top of the Glidecam. Its "skeleton" design saves weight and the hole in its lever makes it easy to tighten and release even with the camera in place. I adjusted the clamp with the included Allen wrench so that it provides the optimal tension when used with my Kirk L-brackets and the setup worked well – but not perfectly.
I'm a huge battery grip fan and both my cameras have L-brackets designed for use with the battery grip. And while using a battery grip with the Glidecam works, it's trickier getting everything balanced when the weight of your camera and lens sits that much higher off the stabilizer's base. Therefore, I bought a universal QR plate for the times I wanted to use the Glidecam with a battery grip-free camera. Unfortunately, the plate proved very slightly narrower than the Arca-style plates on the Kirk L-brackets, meaning that the plate would slide back and forth in the clamp when tightened.
To prevent this, I could of course adjust the clamp so that it was properly calibrated for the new plate. However, I wanted to leave the clamp's adjustment as-is just in case I wanted to use it with a DSLR with the battery grip attached (for times when extra battery power trumps ease of stabilization). I considered returning the plate and getting one from another manufacturer in the hopes that the new plate would fit better. But then I had an idea...
The Fix
Gaffer tape.
Or in this case, technically speaking, spike tape (a narrow width gaffer tape). I cut the gaffer tape so that it would fit along the lower half of the groove where the QR clamp should come into contact with the plate. Two small strips (one on each side) was all it took to provide the perfect amount of friction between the plate and the clamp. If I had needed an even smaller adjustment, could have used gaffer's tape only on one side of the plate.
Will this solution work forever? Probably not. With enough use, the tape would likely wear down enough to warrant replacement. However, my guess is that because the tape is consistently being squished against the plate via the clamp, it'll stay in place relatively well. It should only experience wear during the mounting and unmounting of the camera, thereby leading to a relatively long lifespan for the fix.
In the end, a $12.50 plate and a few cents of spike tape worked just as well for my needs as buying a comparable Kirk-branded, $50.00 plate. Gaffer's tape never ceases to amaze me when it comes to its usefulness in photography.
Post Date: 11/23/2015 8:45:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
PNY 128GB Elite Performance UHS-1 SDXC 95MB/sec Memory Card
B&H has the PNY 128GB Elite Performance UHS-1 SDXC 95MB/sec Memory Card available for $39.99 with free shipping. Regularly $63.49.
Product Highlights
  • 128GB Capacity
  • Class 10 / UHS-1
  • Max. Read Speed: up to 95 MB/s
  • Water / Shock / Magnet Proof
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Built-in Write-Protect Switch
 Sunday, November 22, 2015
Polar Pro DJI Phantom 3 Filter 3-Pack
For a limited time, B&H has the Polar Pro DJI Phantom 3 Filter 3-Pack available for $29.99 with free shipping. Regularly $69.99.
Product Highlights
  • Fits DJI Phantom 3 Camera Lens
  • Designed for Aerial Photography
  • Polarizer Cuts Reflections and Glare
  • 2- and 3-Stop ND Filters
  • Slows Shutter Speed for Smoother Motion
  • Glass Lenses
  • Low Profile and Lightweight
Post Date: 11/22/2015 6:34:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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