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 Monday, November 03, 2014
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Through November 8, use coupon code PXHBOOKS14 at AdoramaPix to save 30% on premium quality, lay-flat custom photo books.
Post Date: 11/3/2014 9:58:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Art Wolfe's Live Composition, Technique and Impact Webinar
Last Chance: Paying the regular/full $25 price to hear Art Wolfe's wisdom and insights sounds like a great deal to me, but we have been provided with coupon code that reduces the price of Art's upcoming Composition, Technique and Impact webinar to an amazing you-can't-afford-to-miss-this price of only $7.00 (with this site still receiving support from your signup).
 
On Nov 3rd at 9:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Pacific), Art will present live on the following topics:
 
  • How to capture more compelling compositions
  • How to improve your technique
  • 5 ways to shoot with more impact
  • Questions and Answers
  • Photo Review of 20 Submissions
To take advantage of this educational opportunity and great deal, navigate to PhotographyWebinars.com (using this link or the one from above) and use coupon code thedigitalpicture. The site includes a warning indicating that "Space is limited and these LIVE trainings always fill up, so RSVP today to reserve your spot." I signed up, and there seem to be just a few spots left.
Profoto Announces RFi 4' Octa
From Profoto:
 
Octagonal softboxes are great for portraits, fashion and beauty shots, as they create an appealing round catch light in the subject's eyes.
 
A new octa softbox has now been added to Profoto's extensive line of RFi Softboxes. The new 4' Octa fills in the gap in between the 3' Octa and the 5' Octa.
 
The new octa is not too small and not too large. It is just perfect.
 
Benefits of Profoto's RFi Softboxes
 
  • 13 unique models in four shapes.
  • Compatible with over 20 flash brands, thanks to our speedring adaptors.
  • Deeper shape and recessed front for more precise control.
  • Double-layered diffusers and a highly reflective silver interior.
  • Optional Softgrid available for even more precise light shaping.
  • Color-coded speedrings and Velcro attachments result in hassle-free assembly and disassembly.
  • Designed to withstand years of professional use.
B&H carries the Profoto RFi 4' Octa Softbox and other RFi Softboxes and accessories.
Category: Profoto News
Post Date: 11/3/2014 8:23:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Kindle Fire HDX 7
Amazon is featuring the Refurbished Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and is only $119.00 for the 16GB version or $149.00 for the 32GB one.
Post Date: 11/3/2014 7:07:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, November 01, 2014
Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera
eBay (via AdoramaCamera) has the Refurbished Nikon COOLPIX AW120 All-Weather Camera (Orange) available for $169.95 with free shiping. Compare at $289.00 new.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/1/2014 12:37:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 31, 2014
DxO Optics Pro 10
Use coupon code BHPPE14 at B&H to receive special discounts on DxO Optics Pro 10 Essential and Elite Edition downloads.
 
Discount Details:
 
ProductReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
DxO Optics Pro 10 Essential$129.00$30.00$99.00
DxO Optics Pro 10 Elite$199.00$50.00$149.00
Post Date: 10/31/2014 1:44:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive
B&H has the WD 1.5TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive available for $69.00 with free shipping. Regularly $89.00.
Post Date: 10/31/2014 12:52:21 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tiffen IRND 3.0 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter
B&H has the Tiffen IRND 3.0 10-Stop Neutral Density Filter [77mm] available for $69.00 with free shipping after $33.00 instant savings with promo code BHPPE14. Regularly $102.00.
 
Product Highlights:
 
  • 10 Stop Neutral Density Filter
  • Attenuates Infrared Light
  • ColorCore Water White Glass
Post Date: 10/31/2014 12:41:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration System
B&H has the X-Rite i1Display Pro Color Calibration System available for $149.00 with free shipping after $75.00 instant savings with promo code BHPPE14 and $25.00 mail-in rebate. Regularly $249.00.
 
Other Color Calibraiton Deals with Promo Code: (use links from above)
 
  • X-Rite ColorChecker Passport - $59.00 after $30.00 instant savings and $10.00 mail-in rebate (Reg. $99.00)
  • X-Rite ColorMunki Display - $119.00 after $25.00 instant savings and $25.00 mail-in rebate (Reg. $169.00)
  • X-Rite ColorMunki Photo Color Management Solution - $339.00 after $70.00 instant savings and $50.00 mail-in rebate (Reg. $459.00)
Post Date: 10/31/2014 12:16:57 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Rokinon 14mm T3.1 Ultra Wide Cinema Lens
B&H has Rokinon Cinema Lenses on sale with instant savings of $50.00 - $100.00.
Post Date: 10/31/2014 10:45:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
Use promo code BHPPE14 at B&H to receive $50.00 off the following Sigma lenses:
 
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art
  • Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
  • Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
  • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
  • ...and many others
Note: The promo code box should be displayed in your cart screen if you use the links from above.
Post Date: 10/31/2014 7:50:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tascam DR-100 Mark II 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
B&H has the Tascam DR-100 Mark II 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder available for $199.00 with free shipping. Regularly $299.00.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 4 Built-In Microphones
  • Dual XLR Inputs with 48V Phantom Power
  • 24-bit/96kHz WAV and MP3 Recording
  • Record to SD and SD-HC Cards
  • Line Level I/O
  • S/PDIF Input
  • Variable Speed Playback (-50% to +16%)
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Rugged Aluminum Casing
  • AC or Battery Power
Post Date: 10/30/2014 11:52:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D810 DSLR Camera
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera available for $2,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $3,296.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligibe for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/30/2014 10:06:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II HSM Lens
DigitalRev has the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM II Lens (review) available for $709.00. Compare at $874.00.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 10/30/2014 7:25:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BestStopDeals) has the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,499.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,696.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for a Nikon USA warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/29/2014 11:11:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
DxO OpticsPro 10
From DxO:
 
DxO OpticsPro 10 adds DxO ClearView, a spectacular new feature that eliminates haze, and improves its revolutionary PRIME denoising technology
 
October 29, 2014 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO OpticsPro 10, the new version of its flagship software that has been acclaimed numerous times for the unrivaled quality of its image processing. DxO OpticsPro 10 adds DxO ClearView, a new feature that eliminates atmospheric haze in a spectacular fashion. This new version also enhances the revolutionary PRIME denoising technology, DxO’s breakthrough noise reduction approach that can improve image quality of up to one full stop over the best noise reduction algorithms currently on the market.
 
DxO OpticsPro leverages DxO Lab’s rigorous scientific calibration of camera equipment, now including over 20,000 camera and lens combinations. Based on this proprietary data, DxO OpticsPro is able to offer the most powerful tools for processing RAW and JPEG images: unequaled optical corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, and preservation of colors and details. Its many presets allow photographers to adapt the processing to suit their tastes, and to bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.
 
More accessible than ever, DxO OpticsPro 10 is available in two new editions – ESSENTIAL and ELITE – for both Mac and PC, starting from $129/£99/129€.
 
New DxO ClearView feature
The new exclusive DxO ClearView feature automatically eliminates the phenomenon of atmospheric haze visible in many landscape photos, as well as the smog often present in urban images. Based on a powerful algorithm, DxO ClearView analyzes the color components of each pixel and locally improves the image contrast.
 
“Due to its physical nature, the phenomenon of haze increases with the distance between the camera and the subject. That’s why DxO OpticsPro establishes a kind of depth map of the image scene and removes the impression of grey veil only when necessary” explains Frédéric Guichard, Chief Scientist Officer of DxO Labs. He adds: “The correction is local and completely automatic, making it unnecessary to draw areas by hand or to create a graduated filter.”
 
The results are spectacular: in just one click, the contrast in the image is instantly improved and faded colors are revived. For expert photographers, the intensity of the effect can be modified, so as to tailor the correction to the individual taste of each photographer.
 
Revolutionary PRIME technology optimized
Designed to achieve optimal image quality, DxO OpticsPro 10’s revolutionary PRIME (Probabilistic Raw IMage Enhancement) denoising technology has been improved to reveal more details and further optimized to increase speed, with processing time up to 4 times faster! In addition, the interface of the Noise reduction palette has been improved and provides a larger area for previewing denoising.
 
A DxO exclusive, PRIME denoising technology is based on a thorough analysis of the structure of an image in order to differentiate between noise and fine details. For each pixel, nearly a thousand neighboring pixels are studied to identify the similarities and recombine information. This ultra-high-quality denoising brings spectacular results: textures, details, and color saturation are preserved, particularly in shadows, even in images shot at very high sensitivities.
 
DxO Smart Lighting and DxO Lens Softness optimization
The exclusive DxO Smart Lighting feature optimizes the contrast over the entire image by intelligently adapting to its contents. Improved in DxO OpticsPro 10, it now offers a better rendering in automatic mode, thanks to a more detailed analysis of the scene content. In manual mode, the Selective tone sliders act even more precisely: information that one thought was lost in the dark or burnt zones are better restored, even in cases of strong backlighting.
 
With its precise knowledge of lens performance, DxO OpticsPro’s exclusive DxO Lens Softness tool harmonizes the sharpness of photos from the center to the edges, giving images exceptional crispness, regardless of shooting conditions. It performs with fewer artifacts than the previous version, as well as preserves colors better, to provide even stronger visual accents. Default color accentuation has also been increased to obtain even sharper images.
 
The power of DxO ViewPoint’s geometrical corrections applied to RAW files
DxO OpticsPro 10 can now integrate DxO ViewPoint’s powerful geometrical corrections. After the DxO ViewPoint plugin is activated, a dedicated palette lets photographers directly correct perspective problems and volume deformation in RAW and JPEG images. The dedicated DxO ViewPoint palette includes all the same visual tools as the standalone application version.
 
Even more comfort and productivity
The DxO OpticsPro interface has evolved once again. The White Balance and Dust Correction tools can now be used in full-screen mode for greater comfort and precision. The image browser has been simplified and the overall design of the interface has been revised.
 
More powerful than ever before, DxO Optics Pro has sped up its boot speed (x1.5), paired with a much faster file loading sped (x10) on both Mac and Windows for immediate access to images.
 
Finally, DxO OpticsPro 10 now supports DNG files converted using Lightroom or Adobe DNG Converter (so long as the original RAW file is also supported), for an easier workflow with Adobe products
 
New editions and new prices
DxO OpticsPro 10 is now accessible via two new editions, ESSENTIAL and ELITE, both of which support all of the equipment calibrated by DxO. The two editions differ in terms of the number of features available. Check out the feature comparison list for complete details.
 
The two editions of DxO OpticsPro 10 are available at even more attractive prices:
DxO OpticsPro 10 ESSENTIAL Edition - $129.00 (versus $169.00 for the previous version)
DxO OpticsPro 10 ELITE Edition - $199.00 (versus $299.00 for the previous version)
 
Availability and special introductory offer
The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO OpticsPro 10 for Mac and PC are immediately available at photo resellers.
 
Photographers who purchased DxO OpticsPro 9 on or after September 1, 2014, are entitled to a free upgrade to version 10. All users who upgrade to DxO OpticsPro 10 ELITE Edition are entitled to a free copy of DxO ViewPoint 1.0.
 
B&H carries DXO OpticsPro 10.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/29/2014 10:23:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
7x7 Bull Elk Bugling in Rocky Mountain National Park
My big lens choice for my Colorado trip was the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Lens with the built-in 1.4x extender. The decision to bring this lens was not a difficult one. I was going to be primarily shooting landscape with access to certain views limited to very long distances. I also planned to photograph wildlife in a range of sizes when the opportunity presented itself. For both situations, the zoom focal length range was more important that a (potentially) 1 stop wider aperture for this lens choice.
 
I came across this large, fresh-out-of-the-wallow, bull elk trashing a thick clump of small trees with its antlers. After shooting this activity for about 20 minutes from a bad position (from-the-rear was the only angle available to me), I decided to move on. I didn't have much time in this park and still had a long distance to cover.
 
I was back at the SUV with the lens and tripod torn down/compacted for transport in a Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator backpack when I saw the bull finally leave the thicket (I think one of Murphy's Laws covers this situation).
 
I rapidly re-deployed the setup and worked my way to the opposite edge of the clearing that the bull had entered. If I had a 400mm lens prime lens, I would have needed to move back into the woods, making a clear shot far more difficult. A 300mm prime lens would have framed the scene wider than I wanted. With the zoom, a quick adjustment to 350mm was all that was needed.
 
My preference is to shoot wild animals at their level (a below-level vantage point also works well sometimes), so I setup the Gitzo GT3542LS Tripod in its fully retracted position. Getting a clean background was not going to happen, but I like the trees being present in this case. I did make sure that the bull's head was framed between trees. I adjusted my position to get a just-slightly-forward of a direct side perspective with the head framed between the trees. In this position, a large number of focus points land on the desired plane of sharp focus that includes the all-important eyes. When the bull bugled, I was ready.
 
You can't tell in a reduced-size image, but even with a wide open f/4 aperture being used, this image is razor sharp even when viewed at 100%. This encounter with the large 7x7 bull elk was another confirmation that the 200-400 L is, in very many cases, the ultimate wildlife lens.
 
A larger version of this image is available on: Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
350mm  f/4.0  1/800s  ISO 400  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 10/29/2014 8:44:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens
Image quality, vignetting, flare and distortion test results along with specs, measurements and standard product images have been added to the Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens Review page.
 
B&H has the new Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens in stock.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/29/2014 8:37:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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