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 Thursday, April 2, 2015
Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Camera
From Nikon USA:
 
The Ultimate Combination of Portability, Versatility and Performance, The Nikon 1 J5 Offers Users Commanding Speed and Powerful Imaging Technology
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced a portable yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 System of compact interchangeable lens cameras, the incredibly fast Nikon 1 J5, designed for photographers ready to creatively capture and share their passions. Featuring a blazing fast continuous full-resolution shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full Autofocus, a new 20.8-megapixel Backside-illuminated (BSI) 1-inch CX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 5A image processing and a slew of creative modes, the J5 packs advanced performance into an intuitively designed and compact body. Users can also utilize the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi(1) and Near Field Communication (NFC[2]) technology.
 
“Consumers are constantly looking for the right balance of portability and imaging prowess to ensure they are ready to capture each and every special moment,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With speeds that not even a pro DSLR camera can match, engineered into a compact camera body, the Nikon 1 J5 is a versatile and formidable addition to the Nikon 1 System whether shooting a Friday night football game or for the family constantly on-the-go.”
 
Breathtaking Speed Ready to Capture Life’s Moments
Capable of incredible speeds, the Nikon 1 J5 features a myriad of advanced features that help make it simple to capture fast moving subjects in brilliant image quality or Full HD video. Capable of shooting at an amazing 20 fps at full resolution with Autofocus (AF), even high-speed action can be captured with clarity and precision, while even reaching up to 60 fps with AF fixed on the first frame. This amazing speed is made possible in part by the addition of the new EXPEED 5A image processing engine, resulting in faster shooting and enhanced performance and efficiency. The Nikon 1 J5 also gives users an impressively fast hybrid AF system featuring 171 Contrast-Detect and 105 Phase Detect AF points to further achieve and maintain focus on tough-to-photograph subjects. Nikon has also introduced a new Sports Mode in the J5, offering intuitive preset settings to help optimize focus when capturing the “photo-finish” at the racetrack or last second “buzzer-beater.” When catching the right moment matters, the camera also utilizes the world’s shortest release time lag(3) to practically eliminate shutter delay for those moments when time is of the essence.
 
Amazing Detail in Every Shot
Whether shooting athletes in action or a flawless flattering portrait, the Nikon 1 J5 utilizes the latest Nikon technologies and an impressive imaging feature set designed to capture incredible detail, even in low-light. At the heart of the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System is a new 1-inch CX-format 20.8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that renders finer detail than ever before to the J-series, while allowing for cleaner images at higher ISOs. When the light is challenging, the J5 features a built-in flash and sports a wide ISO range from 160-12,800 that will help preserve precious memories even in the absence of available light. For extreme low-light situations, High ISO Noise Reduction captures and stacks four frames simultaneously to help reduce noise when shooting at 6400 and 12,800 (with noise reduction enabled).
 
Create, Capture and Share with Ease
With the Nikon 1 J5, the J-Series welcomes a new, innovative control layout that puts a full array of physical controls and creative modes at the fingertips of the photographer. Manual controls and PSAM exposure modes are now easily accessible via the Mode Dial, while the Command Dial allows settings to be changed quickly and easily. A programmable function button helps access often-used functions including ISO and white balance as well. The J5 features a high-resolution 3-inch 1,037k-dot touch LCD display with a 180-degree tilt to help users seamlessly navigate an enhanced menu system, frame shots and make focus point adjustments. The LCD screen tilts a full 180-degrees upward to help capture easy yet stunning self-portraits, particularly when using the new Self-Portrait Mode, to easily set skin softening, self-timer and exposure compensation using the touchscreen interface.
 
The J5 also offers a variety of Creative Modes and Scene Modes for stills and video designed to expand creativity and optimize settings for any shooting scenario. Seven new effects are now available including Nostalgic Sepia, Pop, Retro, High-contrast Monochrome, Fisheye, Skin softening (stills only) and Cross Screen (stills only). Nikon’s newest J-Series addition also features built-in Wi-Fi(1) and NFC(2) that allow for seamless connectivity via compatible smart devices, allowing for easy sharing with friends and family.
 
Impressive Movie Capabilities
The Nikon 1 J5 sports an impressive set of video features and is capable of effortlessly recording high-quality 1080/60p HD video and shooting at up to 120 fps (at 720p) to create slow motion playback. Users can utilize a variety of fun and innovative creative tools to add their own personal touch to any movie, including Jump-Cut, Fast Motion, 4-second movie and the new Time-Lapse Movie mode that captures up to 300 stills and replays them as a 10-second sequence. An interval timer has been added as well, allowing up to 999 images to be recorded in intervals between 5 seconds and up to nearly 100 minutes (99:59) to create time-lapse movies via external software. Also new with the J5, creative effects including Selective Color and Cross Process are now available for video application. The Nikon 1 J5 can also capture high-resolution 4K video at 15p for those who want to experiment with higher resolution video clips. Users can browse and edit videos using Nikon’s free View NX-i software, downloadable at http://nikonimglib.com/nvnxi.
 
Portability and Versatility
Remarkably lightweight, the Nikon 1 J5 is a versatile and portable companion that users can bring with them wherever they go. As the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System, the compact J5 is compatible with the entire 1 NIKKOR line of lenses and accessories and many DX and FX NIKKOR lenses when using the FT-1 Mount Adapter(4).
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 J5 will be available in Silver and Black, Silver and White and all Black in multiple kit configurations. The J5 alongside the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP*) of $499.95, while a kit with both the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 will be available for $749.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. Additionally, the Nikon 1 J5 will also be kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens for $1,049.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. The Nikon 1 J5 will be available soon, with exact timing still to be determined.
 
B&H has the Nikon 1 J5 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 6:11:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samyang 100mm Macro Photo and Cine Lenses
April 2, 2015, Seoul, Korea – The global optics brand, Samyang Optics today announced macro lenses for full frame sensors with 1:1 life-sized reproduction ratio – Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO lens and 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC MACRO cine lens. These new products will be the first macro systems, housed under the 40 years Samyang’s class-leading core optics technologies.
 
Focusing on the Essence of Nature - Samyang 100mm F2.8 Macro Photo
The Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO photo lens realizes 1:1 life-sized image with superior image quality. It enables to capture the essence of nature with the minimum focusing distance of 0.3m (1 feet). It is a versatile lens which can be used both as macro lens for close-ups and telephoto lens for portraits and landscapes. The bright f/2.8 aperture offers the best level quality images under various exposure conditions.
 
Free Your Action! – Samyang 100mm T3.1 Macro Cine
The Samyang 100mm T3.1 VDSLR ED UMC MACRO cine lens is the ideal lens for close-up videos with greater quality. This lens is optimally designed for professional follow focus system thanks to the quiet and smooth uncoupled focus and aperture gear rings. Also, the distance scale and T numbers are marked on both sides of the lens for convenience when filming. Also, the Samyang 100mm T3.1 lens is one of Samyang Optics VDSLR II Cine Lens Line Up which produces the matched image color and has identical location of aperture and focus gear rings.
 
Based on exceptional optical technology of Samyang Optics, the Samyang 100mm series features 15 glasses in 12 groups, including high refractive lens (HR) and extra low dispersion lens (ED) to minimize the unnecessary light dispersion and deliver high resolution throughout center to corner of image. Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) of Samyang Optics is used to optimize the light penetration and minimize flare and ghost. The Samyang 100mm series comes in 10 camera mounts: Canon EOS, Nikon, Pentax, Sony ?, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon M, Samsung NX, Four-Thirds, and MFT.
 
The Samyang 100mm series will be available globally from the end of April 2015. Suggested retail price is 100mm f/2.8 for EUR 549 and 100mm T3.1 for EUR 599.
 
B&H carries Samyang lenses.
 
Note: For what it's worth, the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM (review) sells for $549.00 USD after $50.00 instant savings. [Sean]
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 4/2/2015 6:01:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 
From the Fotodiox YouTube Channel:
 
For the first time ever, we're pleased to announce the Canon to Nikon adapter.
Category: Fotodiox News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 3:50:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Miz Mooz YouTube Channel:
 
At Miz Mooz, we understand the importance of looking great without giving up the comfort our women on-the-go have come to love about our footwear. Introducing the Selfie Shoes.
 
No matter where you go, you’ll always be camera-ready. Just insert your phone into the port at the front of either your right or left shoe, raise it to the perfect angle and click the internal button with a tap of your toe to take the photo. With the Selfie Shoes, you no longer have to use your arm, so now both hands are free to be in the photo.
 
Amazon carries Miz Mooz shoes.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 3:41:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Google YouTube Channel:
 
We’re excited to introduce Smartbox—a better, smarter mailbox that fuses physical mail with everything you love about the electronic kind.
 
Smartbox is currently in field trial—stuck in the ground, in a field—for Inbox by Gmail customers. If you’re not yet using Inbox, simply email inbox@google.com any time before April 2 to be invited, and to reserve your spot on the Smartbox waitlist.
Category: Google News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:37:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Google Maps Pac-Man
Today, Google has a little suprise for you. Open up Google Maps and click on the icon beside the satellite view (bottom left corner) and enjoy your game of Pac-Man. ;-)
Category: Google News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:23:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Google Fiber YouTube Channel:
 
The loading bar is a signal to many of us to take care of those little things- like making a cup of coffee, taking that bathroom break or just petting the dog. We have been told that Fiber’s seemingly instant connections have taken away that valuable time. So today we are introducing Dial-Up Mode to slow your Fiber speeds down. Relax to your 56k connection and get those precious moments back.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 2:10:49 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From ExpoImaging:
 
We are happy to announce the launch of our Rogue Speedlight Video series.
 
Watch leading photographic educators share insightful photography tips and lighting techniques using speedlights in-studio and on-location.
 
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel or follow our Lighting Blog and be the first to watch our new lighting video each week.
 
B&H carries Rogue products.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 1:23:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From PBS.org:
"After two years of extensive upgrades, the Large Hadron Collider was warming up on March 21 for another round of experiments when a circuit controlling one of its massive magnets shorted out. Dismayed, scientists began repairing the equipment, hoping for a short delay. Just yesterday, CERN announced that the LHC could restart within days.
 
Then the unexpected happened. As physicists were testing the repairs by zipping a few spare protons around the 17 mile loop, the CMS detector picked up something unusual. The team feverishly pored over the data, and ultimately came to an unlikely conclusion—in their tests, they had accidentally created a rainbow universe.
 
'Rainbow universes were pure speculation before this happened,' said Jessica Czerniski, the CERN physicist who was overseeing the warm-up procedures. 'We had some solid math backing us up, of course, but none of us ever dreamed we would live to see this day.'"
Read the entire article on PBS.org.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 1:09:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens
Hot Deal: eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-55mm IS STM Lens available for $799.00 with free shipping. Compare at $1,149.00 after $200.00 instant savings.
 
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically eligible for a Canon USA warranty.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 11:59:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Scott McDermott Vimeo Channel:
 
Still using a traditional baby carrier with too much shake and wobble? You need the SteadiKid. The only baby carrier that uses technology developed for the movies.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 11:48:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the iFixit Videos YouTube Channel:
 
We’ve heard rumors about it forever, and today we’re finally getting a look at it. It’s Apple’s first foray into the fashion world and it’s coming in the form of a watch. Whether or not this wearable will become the next big thing from Apple remains to be seen, but we want to find out just what makes this watch tick, so today we are tearing down the Apple watch.
Post Date: 4/1/2015 11:26:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Flashpoint PolarLight LED Lights
From Adorama:
 
April 1, 2015 – After months of research Flashpoint has developed the first ever on and off camera LED light series especially designed for cinema cameras with 4K recording.
 
Our new lights have a polarizing filter which spreads the rays for optimal 4K capture by dispersing the light in a "slower" way and matching the sensitive sensors that 4K cameras have. Available as a standard LED light or with adjustable color temperature, and as an on-camera unit (300 diodes) or an off-camera panel (1350 diodes).
 
The on-camera unit features a universal battery design, silent vented cooling, and up to 3 hours battery life. The off-camera panel can use AC power or V-mount batteries, and is the brightest unit of its kind on the market, even with the polarizing filter.
 
Flashpoint PolarLight 4K LED (Color Temperature Adjustable or Regular)
 
  • On-Camera – $349
  • Light Panel – $1,200
Product Highlights
 
  • Industry changing breakthrough technology
  • Exceptional brightness (1000lux /6150lux)
  • Vented cooling for silence
  • Color temperature adjustable
  • 6 stops stepless power control
  • Power source flexibility
  • Battery life readout
  • Panels can be combined to create large arrays
  • 1 year USA warranty
Pre-orders coming soon! Projected shipping time is beginning of September 2015.
Category: Flashpoint News
Post Date: 4/1/2015 11:14:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Sony Playstation YouTube Channel:
 
Ariel Ingannare, Wearable Tech Manager, PlayStation Wearable Entertainment Technology introduces a watershed moment in wearable technology; PlayStation Flow
Post Date: 4/1/2015 9:59:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
LensRentals Blog Announces C-4 Precision Optics
One of the most trusted names in camera and lens rentals – Roger Cicala of LensRentals – has announced a new partnership with Brian Caldwell (designer of the Metabones Speedboosters) and Aaron Closz which will be manufacturing lenses under the brand name C-4 Precision Optics.
 
C-4 Precision Optics has designed several revolutionary lenses that it aims to release:
 
  • The Beast – 66.6mm f/0.666 Lens for Micro 4/3
  • The Night Stalker – 150mm f/1.0 Lens for full-frame mirrorless
  • The Flying Saucer / Lightbender – 4.9mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for full-frame mirrorless
Check out the LensRentals Blog for more information regarding C-4 Precision Optics.
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