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 Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home Bag (Black/Black)
For a limited time, B&H has the Crumpler 4 Million Dollar Home Bag available for $19.95 with free shipping. Compare at $68.00.
Post Date: 11/25/2014 6:08:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, November 24, 2014
Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens
For a limited time, B&H has the Bower 14mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens available for $259.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.00.
 
Sean's Note: I have the Rokinon version of this lens and absolutely love it. The lens is surpringly sharp at f/8, but has a rather difficult to correct mustache distortion. The best solution I've found for correcting the Rokinon 14mm's distortion is a program called PTLens. As the Bower and Rokinon brands are practically identical, I assume the Rokinon 14mm profile will work for the Bower lens listed above.
 
This lens would make a great gift, now that I think about it. :-)
Post Date: 11/24/2014 11:06:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, November 23, 2014
Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder
For a limited time, B&H has the Tascam DR-60D 4-Channel Linear PCM Recorder available for $129.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.99.
Post Date: 11/23/2014 7:23:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 21, 2014
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Through November 29, 16x20 canvas, acrylic, metal and poster prints are on sale at AdoramaPix. See details below.
 
Poster Prints (no coupon code required for pricing):
 
Paper TypeReg. PriceSpecial Price
Lustre$9.60$5.95
Metallic$11.68$6.95
Deep Matte$16.00$9.95

The following products require a coupon code for special pricing on 16x20s:
 
ItemReg. PriceSpecial PriceCode
Canvas$72.00$49.00PXCNVS49
Acrylic$72.00$54.00PXACRLC54
Metal$69.95$59.00PXMTL59
Post Date: 11/21/2014 12:56:34 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX Lens (White Box) available for $89.00. Compare at $249.00 retail.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 10:50:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Eyefi:
 
Eyefi mobile apps and cloud service gives photographers freedom to use multiple cameras and enjoy one unified, organized photo library available anytime, anywhere.
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., November 20, 2014 — Eyefi (www.eyefi.com), the global leader in connecting digital cameras across devices and to the Internet, today announced it would make Eyefi Cloud available without the need for Eyefi Mobi WiFi SD card enabling photographers to use their smartphone or WiFi enabled camera to experience the benefits of a unified, organized library anytime, anywhere.
 
With Eyefi apps and cloud service, photographers will enjoy the benefits of instant organization, editing and sharing as soon as they take a photo and know that all their photos, regardless of which camera they used to take them, will be organized in a unified library available anytime, anywhere. Eyefi Cloud syncs the entire photo library to all devices so photographers can enjoy a simple, elegant and visually engaging photo library — always organized, always up-to-date on any device.
 
"Our research shows that photographers use multiple cameras and devices to take photos and that well over 200 billion photos will be taken next year," said Alan Bullock of InfoTrends. "Photographers and consumers alike are turning to apps and services that organize their burgeoning photo collections and make them accessible on the devices they use daily."
 
"Photographers want to focus on their craft rather than be mired in the details of photo management," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eyefi. "By making Eyefi Cloud available to anyone, photographers have the freedom to select the camera that's right for the moment and still enjoy a unified library in sync on all their favorite devices — all by simply clicking the shutter."
 
Eyefi provides a companion to photographers who use multiple devices and cameras including smartphones and WiFi cameras. Eyefi gives photographers the flexibility to choose the right camera to capture the perfect shot while at the same time eliminating the hassles of manual merging, e-mailing and endless searching. Photographers can pick up a smartphone to snap a photo of dinner with friends and it's automatically organized and synced through Eyefi Cloud. Additionally, photographers have the flexibility to add an Eyefi Mobi WiFi SD card to their digital camera to take fast action, low light shots and view those photos right along side the ones taken with the smartphone. As soon as the photo is taken, Eyefi Cloud syncs the entire photo library to your smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop and makes original resolution photos safe and secure.
 
Other features include:
 
  • Enhance and organize on the spot: Preview all your photos, make adjustments — crop, rotate, or organize them with tags or create albums using your phone, computer or tablet.
  • Learn and improve: See what camera settings (EXIF visualization) were used so you're able to recreate the perfect picture or make adjustments.
  • Enjoy every shot, everywhere: Photos sync to other devices automatically for instant access whenever and wherever you are, even offline.
Photographers can download the Eyefi Mobi app available for iOS, Android and Kindle devices to organize, edit and share the photos on their mobile device. Users can sign up for Eyefi Cloud within the Eyefi Mobi app to sync those photos to their favorite devices. Eyefi Cloud includes a free 30 day membership. Annual memberships are available for $49.99/year and include support for unlimited photo syncing and storage.
 
For pricing and additional information on Eyefi products visit www.eyefi.com/go/cloud.
 
B&H carries Eyefi Wireless Memory Cards.
Category: Eyefi News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 10:04:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon COOLPIX S6900 Digital Camera
Upon reading the modifications listed in the COOLPIX S6900 Firmware v1.1 release, I actually laughed heartily for several seconds (laughing harder with every modificaiton I read). This is definitely the strangest set of bugs I have ever seen in a camera. [Sean]
 
From Nikon:This service provides software for upgrading COOLPIX S6900 firmware to 1.1
 
  • This software is provided to those who agree to the terms of the software license at the bottom of this page. When the user selects the I agree - Begin download option outside of the frame, agreement to the terms of the software license is inferred and the user is bound by the terms of the Nikon Corporation (hereafter “Nikon”) License Agreement.
  • Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement before initiating download of this software.
Modifications enabled with this firmware upgrade
 
The following issues with display languages selected for Language in the setup menu have been resolved.
 
  • The German language could not be selected if Date and time under Setup Menu>Time zone and date had not been set.
  • The Hungarian language could not be selected when a locked SD memory card was inserted in the camera.
  • The Portuguese (PT) language could not be selected while the battery was charging while inserted in the camera, or with an active Wi-Fi connection.
  • The Russian, Hungarian, and Romanian languages could not be selected with an active Wi-Fi connection.
  • Depending upon the display position on the Language settings screen, the Persian language sometimes could not be selected.
Download the COOLPIX S6900 Firmware v1.1 Update.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 8:46:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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JuicedLink debuted a product at NAB (March) that I was very interested in, the Little DARling (Distributed Audio Recording). The concept was simple – instead of using wireless mics to transmit their audio to a single recording source, each mic would be individually recorded at the point of capture to a small wearable device. While I was sure that distributed audio recording could introduce some issues that I'd need to consider, I thought it was a solution that I could use for several of my video productions (assuming it was cost-effective).
 
The Little DARling was initially scheduled for release in late summer 2014. As that time came and went, I sent an email to Robert at juicedLink on Wednesday to inquire about the delayed release. He was tight-lipped about the details regarding the delay, but nudged me to subscribe to the blog for updates (the blog hadn't actually been updated since March). Two days later, an updated appeared...
Little DARling Update: Wireless Control
 
So, everybody wants to know what happened to the Little DARling Distributed Audio Recorder that I showed at NAB this year. Well, I got more ideas of things I wanted to add to it. Specifically, wireless control. It was clear after many conversations at NAB, that the market adoption of the Little DARling would be limited until a couple of problems were first solved:
 
  • How to sync the audio from the Little DARling with the video, when the Little DARling audio could potentially be very different from the camera audio.
  • How to navigate within potentially very long DARling recordings.
My plan became to introduce both versions of the Little DARling at the same time, so they could share the same printed circuit board. So, this meant pushing out the original DARling, to work on the wireless stuff. I also did not want to go public with this plan until I was far enough along with the design, where I knew I could fit the wireless receiver on the board. Check out this brief introduction v-log:
 
The entire update is worth reading if you might be interested in the Little DARling. I'm personally looking forward to this release.
 
We'll keep you updated as more details – like availability and price – roll in. [Sean]
Category: juicedLink News
Post Date: 11/21/2014 7:57:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 20, 2014
Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
B&H has the Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens available for $199.00 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $249.00.
 
Sean's Note: This is a really fun lens. It's one of the lenses I throw on my 7D/7D II when I just want to be creative. Viewing the world through a fisheye lens enables you to see relatively mundane subjects in a whole new way.
 
Example Using Rokinon 8mm Fisheye
 
Rokinon 8mm f 3.5 Fisheye Example Image - Tree
 
Post Date: 11/20/2014 11:59:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Trout Surfacing in Alta Lakes, Telluride, CO
The drive to the abandoned mining camp at Alta Lakes in the Uncompahgre National Forest just south of Telluride is a treat – if you have a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle and you know how to drive off-road. The AWD crossover SUV I had rented was marginal in meeting that first qualification, but I'm apparently at least somewhat qualified for the second requirement as I managed to navigate the vehicle to Alta Lakes. Unquestionable is that the drive to this amazing scenery was worth taking.
 
When at a high elevation, strong wind is generally what you find. OK, more like always what you find. Even at about 11,000' of elevation, there was no wind on this day and the Alta Lakes (3 of them, Upper is shown here) were absolutely calm.
 
Give me a mirror-smooth lake with something attractive behind it and I can be entertained for hours. OK, more like days. The snow-covered Wilson Mountain easily qualified as "attractive".
 
There was one exception to the mirror-smooth water surface and that was the occasional trout feeding on the surface, sending rings of ripples across the lake surface. When this happened, I would pause my shooting until the lake was again smooth. Then the nicely-time trout rise happened.
 
I was shooting HDR images to insure that I had lots of flexibility in final image brightness. One frame was exposed to hold the highlights, preventing the brightest clouds from becoming blown (pure white with no detail). The second frame was exposed to maintain the shadow details including those in the evergreen trees. The third frame included a trout's jump that synched perfectly with my 2 second self-timer release. I find the trout, though small in the frame, to add a positive element to an image that I already liked.
 
I generally share images because I like them. It seems that images with clean frame borders very frequently bubble up in my selection process and this image again has this trait. From a compositional perspective, placing the horizon in the middle of the frame with a reflective lake in the foreground virtually guarantees a perfect vertical balance to the image.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Google+, Facebook and Flickr.
 
Camera and Lens Settings
24mm  f/11.0  1/25s  ISO 100  5760 x 3840px
Post Date: 11/20/2014 9:55:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic
B&H has the Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic available for an in-cart price of $199.95 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $299.95.
 
Note: Special savings only show up in-cart. If the in-cart price is not discounted, then you may have to apply promo code SHOPEB30.
Post Date: 11/20/2014 10:06:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon USA:
 
“I AM Generation Image” Will Include Inspiring Content and Encourage Others to Share Their Own Passions Through Authentic Imagery
 
MELVILLE, NY (November 20, 2014) Today, Nikon Inc. has announced its new “I AM Generation Image” integrated campaign, which is the imaging leader’s new platform to amplify the voices of individuals who want to stand out in a world of visual noise. The brand campaign aims to reinforce confidence in the entry-level and enthusiast DSLR markets, and inspire people to create images far beyond just “good enough,” to have their stories heard. “I AM Generation Image” will officially start today, with the launch of an immersive website featuring the content of a select group of creative individuals representing some of the eyes and voices of this generation.
 
“Each day we upload tens of thousands of images, making us the first generation to truly embrace pervasive visual communication. Whether it’s love, laughter or a call to act for the greater good, the feeling you get when you look at a photo or watch a video should reflect the intent and emotions of the person behind the lens,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “Generation Image was created to answer this need, and celebrates the stories of our lives and the important role that imagery plays in telling them, while inspiring users to capture more, and capture better using Nikon.”
 

 
Defining “I AM Generation Image”
 
The concept of “Generation Image” was born from a desire to understand people’s relationships with their images. After extensive research, it became clear that the number of images captured and shared every day is significantly increasing, and that quality is critical to celebrate and purposefully represent the motivations of this new generation of image makers. Across the country, people are using their cameras as a tool to share what is important to them and each have the potential for significant impact. From families or hobbies, personal causes to accomplishments, this new segment of creative individuals enjoys expressing and sharing what they are passionate about through photos and videos. On social media channels, the hashtag #IAMGenerationImage is a rallying cry. It echoes the desire to deliver the best images possible, in order to convey emotions and passions that rise above the noise.
 
“I AM Generation Image” reminds us that we are all part of this generation, and Nikon will enable our stories to ring loud, true and authentic. The campaign will help to define this generation as the first to overwhelmingly express themselves through images en masse and on a global scale. The successful “I AM” international campaign has acted as a worldwide catalyst for millions of fans to self-identify with the Nikon brand. The new campaign builds upon the “I AM” architecture to make imaging a personal experience for North America.
 
Campaign Elements
 
In North America, the campaign begins today in the United States with an experience site that features content from a select group of extraordinary individuals who document their own passions through imagery. This group of visual storytellers will capture content that will be seen through an immersive experiential website that acts as a portal, offering a glimpse into their fascinating worlds. These individuals are a diverse group of personalities who are not professional photographers; they represent a wide range of stories from entrepreneurs, philanthropists, comedians and more. The online portal will also act as a hub for the campaign, offering followers a chance to become personally invested with the lives of this imaginative group as they share content in real-time. Formal participants in the campaign will share imagery under the hashtag “#IAMGenerationImage” and Nikon will encourage widespread consumer participation through its social channels.
 
The “I AM Generation Image” Campaign will be driven by non-traditional media, including video advertisements, digital media on relevant websites, rich media and social paid promotion. Additionally, a series of videos defining the campaign will drive to the branded microsite. Consumers will see an immersive experience through rich media advertisements, and both mobile and desktop users will enjoy an interactive experience with high production values for video and sound. Users will also be encouraged to interact with the campaign by tagging their own visual stories with #IAmGenerationImage for the chance to be incorporated into the campaign. Advertisements will run through the end of 2014 and the Spring of 2015 to support the various aspects of the campaign. The integrated campaign was created and will be executed by Nikon’s agency partners, McCann Erickson, ID Media, MRM / McCann, Initiative Media and MWW.
 
B&H carries Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/20/2014 9:33:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Profoto YouTube Channel:
 
On November 19, Profoto and Jared Platt did a live webinar on how to mix ambient light with strobes. Did you miss it? Don't worry.The webinar was recorded and is now available as a video.
 
In this webinar, Jared Platt show you how to mix ambient light with strobes in different situations on a trip to Barcelona. You will also get to see what tools Jared is using.
 
Gear Used
 
Budget Alternatives
 
Post Date: 11/20/2014 8:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, November 19, 2014
B&H Holiday Deals 2014
B&H has posted a selection of popular products with special savings this holiday season.
 
Select Deals
 
ItemReg. PriceSale Price
Bower 16mm T2.2 Cine Lens for Canon EF-S$479.00$299.00
Toshiba 512GB Q Series Internal SSD (OEM)$329.00$199.00
Toshiba 32GB FlashAir II Wireless SD Card$65.99$31.99
Post Date: 11/19/2014 12:42:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From Photoshelter:
 
What are your plans for 2015?
 
It’s hard to believe 2014 is coming to a close. As PhotoShelter gears up for next year, we’d like to invite you to participate in our third annual survey, The Photographer’s Outlook on 2015.
 
This survey will help us better understand your goals as a photographer, how you plan to spread the word about your work in 2015, plus any challenges you anticipate in the coming year.
 
Take the Survey
Post Date: 11/19/2014 12:40:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens - $154.99 Shipped (Compare at $196.95)
eBay (via PhotoVideo4Less) has the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens available for $154.99 with free shipping. Compare at $196.95.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and not technically eligible for Nikon USA service or warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/19/2014 12:02:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Nikon D610 DSLR Camera available for $1,199.99 with free shipping. Compare at $1,596.95 after $400.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market/import item and therefore would not qualify for Nikon USA service or warranty.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/19/2014 10:34:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Crumpler Kashgar Outpost Camera Bag - Large (Brick)
B&H has the following Crumpler Kashgar Outpost Camera Bags on sale with free shipping:
 
ItemReg. PriceSavingsSale Price
Crumpler Kashgar Outpost Camera Bag (Large, Brick)$144.95$85.00$59.95
Crumpler Kashgar Outpost Camera Bag (Medium / Midnight Blue)$119.95$70.00$49.95
Post Date: 11/19/2014 6:33:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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