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 Friday, November 20, 2015
Adorama Glow 28
Through the end of the year, Adorama has their Glow Series Beauty Dishes on sale for 15% off.
The assortment of Glow beauty dishes is large and varied with sizes ranging from 17" to 28" in both silver and white finishes in 12 different mounts.
Post Date: 11/20/2015 10:32:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fall Photography Tips: The Availability of the Color Orange
The other day, I looked over a large, steep, grassy clearing on our property. I quickly noticed a round orange object approximately 400' below. The bright color caught my attention, the round shape caused me the think it was a pumpkin and I later hiked down to confirm my guess.
What I found was a medium-large pumpkin with deep bear teeth marks in it. Upon my return to the house, the girls informed me that the pumpkin was from our deck. The bear had carried the pumpkin away and likely, at some point, put it down, only to have it roll hundreds of feet down the hill. While the bear story is one for our memories, the fact that orange stands out so much is the lesson for today.
Orange is a fall color and a primary source of that orange comes in the form of pumpkins. It is quite likely that one will show up at your house in the fall and if not, a neighbor likely has one that you could borrow. Or, take the family to the farm or market, photograph your people there and then bring home some color to work with. At home, spend some more time getting creative with your color source, increasing the color orange in your portfolio.
Then, print your own fall decoration for next year, perhaps in the form of a metal print (love these).
This simple image was captured in the shade of our front porch. I explored various angles on the subject, trying to consume the entire frame with it. This angle seemed to work nicely.
After you have your orange, explore the yellows and other colors available in the other fall favorite, gourds!
Camera and Lens Settings
35mm  f/1.4  1/500s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 11/20/2015 7:55:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED Lens available for $249.99 with free shipping. Compare at $323.95.
This is a really fun lens to use and my go-to favorite for creating 360-degree panoramas. Being a manual focus, manual aperture lens means that there are fewer variables to think about when creating a panoramic image. Put the camera on a tripod, set the aperture on the lens (f/8 looks great), manual focus (using Live View 10x) and set the camera to manual mode and you're good to go.
This is also a great lens for real estate/architecture and was used for the image below. It can make a small space look comfortably roomy – a desirable trait when used for real estate images.
Real Estate Image Taken with Rokinon 14mm f 2.8 Lens

PTLens is my preferred program for removing the Rokinon 14mm's rather noticeable "mustache" distortion. [Sean]
Post Date: 11/20/2015 6:56:34 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (Black)
For a limited time, B&H has the Ruggard Fabric Camera Rain Cover (Black) available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $69.95.
Product Highlights
  • For Canon DSLRs
  • For Nikon DSLRs with Square Viewfinders
  • For Lenses 7 to 14" Long
  • Fits Lenses with 4 to 4.5" Diameter
  • Water-Resistant Protection
  • Camera-Access Control Window
  • Eyepiece Port for Viewfinder
  • Adjustable Lens Barrel Sleeve
  • Three Assorted Eyepieces with Caps
  • Drawstring Case
Post Date: 11/20/2015 6:42:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From LensRentals:
Our annual Black Friday sale starts next week! Beginning at 8:30 AM CT on Wednesday, Nov. 25th, you can save 25% on any rental. 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
    • One use per customer
    • Rental must begin by March 31st, 2016
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Post Date: 11/20/2015 6:38:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Marshall Electronics 7" LCD Monitor with Canon LP-E6 Plate/Battery/Charger available for $159.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $259.95.
Product Highlights
  • 800 x 480 Native Resolution
  • Supports Up To 1920 x 1440 Resolution
  • Battery And Charger Included
  • 2x Composite Video Inputs, HDMI, VGA
  • Rear Speaker For Audio Monitoring
  • Auto Aspect Ratio Detect
  • Image Flip / Flop
  • Color Temperature Adjustment
 Thursday, November 19, 2015
AquaTech Sensory Gloves Black/Moss
B&H has the AquaTech Sensory Gloves available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $49.95.
Product Highlights
  • Fleece seal for wrist, and fleece cover for fingertips
  • Special stitched hole allows thumb or index finger to extend beyond glove's confines when desired
A similar product that you may want to check out is the Freehands Men's Stretch Thinsulate Gloves. And just to be on the safe side, you might want to pick up some HotHands Hand Warmers for your pockets, too.
Post Date: 11/19/2015 1:36:30 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Vello Bluetooth Shutterboss Advanced Intervalometer
B&H has the Vello Bluetooth Shutterboss Advanced Intervalometer for iOS available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $79.95.
Product Highlights
  • Bluetooth Communication with iOS Devices
  • Up to 10 Scheduling Modes
  • Multiple Shooting Modes
  • Powered by 2 AAA Batteries
Note: The latest verson of the Vello Bluetooth Shutterboss App is compatible with iOS9.
Post Date: 11/19/2015 11:48:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Image quality results have been added to the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens page.
Unlike many of the new Zeiss Milvus lenses, this model has a new optical design. The difference between the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 and the previous version of this lens is dramatic! Nicely done, Zeiss!
Here are some more comparisons that you might be interested in:
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Lens
Another comparison that warrants discussion is the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 vs. Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens. The Otus retains the lead in center of the frame performance, but ... the Milvus is sharper in the corners. Adding support to these results is the MTF comparison between these lenses. This performance combined with a price tag that is far less than half of the Otus is going drive popularity of this Milvus lens model.
B&H has the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 Lens in Nikon mount in stock with the Canon mount version available for preorder.
Post Date: 11/19/2015 9:28:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
When Opportunities Arise Around the House, Which Lens do You Grab?
The answer to the "When opportunities arise around the house, which lens do you grab?" question for me is often whichever lens(es) I happen to be evaluating at the time. Some lenses are more easily pressed into general purpose use than others, largely due the focal length(s). Fortunately, 35mm focal length-containing lenses have been very popular lately and that focal length is great for general purpose use.
Especially great was when I was putting the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens through its evaluation. Not only does this lens have the right focal length, but it also has a wide aperture, ideal for those around-the-house needs and often ready to capture high quality images without any additional lighting needed. That this lens has such great image quality at that f/1.4 max aperture is especially great.
On this day, Brittany came home tired and took a moment to relax with the dog that is of course tired and relaxing most of the time. My currently-mounted lens was the 35 L II and it allowed me to snap a few cute pictures using only ambient window light.
What is your favorite around-the-house lens?
Camera and Lens Settings
35mm  f/1.4  1/100s
ISO 100
8688 x 5792px
Post Date: 11/19/2015 9:01:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Get a Free Rain Cover or Contact Sheet with Purchase of MindShift Gear Backpack
Here is a great holiday offer from our friends at Mindsihft Gear. From now until December 31, get a FREE Rain Cover or Contact Sheet ($39.99 value) when you purchase any one of MindShift’s award-winning outdoor backpacks.
It’s easy to get your free gift. Click on the backpack you want to order and then fill out and submit the promo form.
Eligible for Rain Cover:
  • rotation 80 Trail (#230 or #231)
  • rotation180 Travel Away (#240 or #241)
  • rotation180 Panorama (#220 or #221)
  • rotation180 Horizon (#215 or #216)
Eligible for Contact Sheet:
  • rotation180 Professional (#200)
  • FirstLight 20L (#350)
  • FirstLight 30L (#352)
  • FirstLight 40L (#354)
  • BackLight 26L (#360 or #361)
Post Date: 11/19/2015 8:33:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From the Canon Professional Network
Wildlife photographer and Canon Explorer Marina Cano discusses her career with CPN Editor David Corfield, revealing how music, cameras and a new pair of binoculars have helped her get closer to the natural world...
If it weren’t for a flute, Marina Cano wouldn’t be the wildlife photographer she is today. It’s been an unusual journey for the Spanish lenswoman, but she is grateful for her past life as a professional flutist and says it is her love of music that has brought her closer to nature. “I was a teacher of music for more than 15 years – it’s my other passion,” Marina reveals. “I feel that music helps me with my aesthetic vision.”
“My work is about a celebration of the natural world,” she continues. “I think I have a special aesthetic sense and this comes to me naturally. The city in which I live, Santander, is incredibly beautiful and the land around me is beautiful too. So my life is steeped in all this beauty and I try to recreate it in my photography.”
“There is a really strong sense of design in my work. I can’t simply document a subject. I have to try and do something artistic, either by finding some drama with the subject or waiting for the light.”
Marina continues: “My father was a keen amateur photographer and when I was about 17 years old I started taking pictures with his old camera, just taking pictures of everything really; but a few years later I discovered wildlife photography and instantly I was in love.”
Read the entire article and see Marina Cano's excellent wildlife imagery at the Canon Professional Network.
The binoculars Marina Cano uses for wildlife photography can be found here.
Post Date: 11/19/2015 7:11:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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Through 11/23, use coupon code PXBKFL8X8 at AdoramaPix to get 10-page, 8x8 Hardcover Photo Book for $11.95. Regularly $22.80.
Post Date: 11/19/2015 6:57:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

From Triggertrap:
  • Dozens of photographers gathered in five cities across the globe to capture a single day in their city
  • The resulting timelapse video is an incredible look at the hustle and bustle of life in a 21st century city
  • Over 65,000 individual frames were captured across the five events
This autumn, Triggertrap–creators of the world’s most intuitive timelapse tools–brought together photographers from all backgrounds in London, New York, San Francisco, Milan, and Cape Town for a series of one day timelapse events, to create an ambitious crowdsourced timelapse study of these five cities.
LapseWorld invited photographers to capture a series of timelapse clips from their own unique perspective on the cities they call their own. The photographers captured over 65,000 frames between them, amounting to almost an hour of video footage. These clips were assembled to form LapseWorld - a three-minute film highlighting the hustle and bustle, atmosphere, diversity, and pace of the five featured cities. Each city is also featured in its own separate timelapse movie, highlighting what makes that city unique within its country and continent.
Working alongside EyeEm in San Francisco, Apromastore in Milan, OmegaBrandess in New York, and Sunshine Co in Cape Town, LapseWorld provided a unique opportunity for Triggertrap to host five individual events almost simultaneously, bringing together photographers of all skill levels and backgrounds to create a collaborative timelapse project.
With guidance from Triggertrap’s tutorial videos, inspiration from Triggertrap Spotlight photographers, and Triggertrap’s affordable and intuitive kit, anyone can learn to create beautiful videos charting change across minutes, hours, days, and even months. Anyone who feels inspired by LapseWorld and would like to get involved with timelapsing–and maybe event feature on Triggertrap’s future crowdsourced international timelapse videos–should follow Triggertrap on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and, of course, take a look at!
Post Date: 11/19/2015 5:26:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Nikon has announced that it is working on the next iteration of its top-of-the-line DSLR. No details – including specs, a release date or MSRP – were provided in the release.
Wouldn't everyone assume Nikon is working on the next version of its highest-end DSLR? I'm still trying to figure out why they thought this information was ripe for dissemination. :-/ [Sean]
From Nikon:
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it is developing the Nikon D5 digital SLR camera, which represents the next generation of professional Nikon FX-format models.
The new Wireless Transmitter WT-6 and Speedlight SB-5000, which will be positioned at the top of Nikon's Speedlight lineup, are also being developed.
Through the combination of this next-generation professional camera offering an even higher level of performance, these advanced accessories and the rich lineup of existing NIKKOR lenses, Nikon is pursuing further possibilities for imaging expression.
* Details including release date and suggested retail price for this product have not yet been determined.
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Post Date: 11/18/2015 7:18:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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