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 Friday, June 26, 2015
Logan Graphics 750-1 Simplex Elite Mat Cutter
For a limited time, B&H has the Logan Graphics 750-1 Simplex Elite Mat Cutter (40" Cut Length) available for $229.95 with free expedited shipping. Compare at $319.95.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Cutter for Variety of Materials
  • Cuts Mat/Foam Board, Plexi, Acrylic
  • Cuts Paper, Sizes Glass
  • Base Board Mounted
  • Hinging Guide Rail with Production Stops
  • Parallel Mat Guide / Aluminum Channels
  • 27" Squaring Arm with Stop
  • Made in the USA
Post Date: 6/26/2015 7:31:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
Watch how San Francisco-based design director Bradley G. Munkowitz uses lazers, smoke, colored filters and falling crystal dust to create what will soon be the ubiquitous Windows 10 hero image.
 
For historical context, Windows XP hero image is generally regarded as one of the most viewed photographs in history. Below you can see photographer Charles O'Rear describe how he captured the familiar image.
 
Post Date: 6/26/2015 7:08:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, June 25, 2015
Samyang Optics UK Website Changing to Samyang Foods
Not long ago, the Samsung UK website was one of the better sources for obtaining information regarding Samyang Lenses. Why? As the Samyang UK site was authored by English-speaking natives, it was much easier to read (the press releases were translated very well) compared to some of the other international Samyang sites.
 
Over the past year or so, the main Samyang Optics site has gotten much better for English-speaking individuals and has been redesigned with a great look. The main site has gotten so good, in fact, that it looks as if Samyang decided to go a different direction with their UK-oriented site.
 
Just think, if Samyang had made this change around April 1, no one would have thought I was being serious in reporting this change. But truthfully, I'm just not creative enough to have come up with this.
 
Ramen, anyone?
Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 6/25/2015 9:02:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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If you are one of the customers who took advantage of Adobe's previous free trial offer but didn't bite, Adobe wants you to try Creative Cloud one more time...
 
Programs eligible for a free 30-day trial include Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and InDesign CC. Users who have already taken advantage of a free trial can begin a new trial by opening the Creative Cloud application and clicking ‘Update.'
 
Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (USD$9.99 per month) includes Photoshop CC, Photoshop Mix and Lightroom CC across desktop, web and mobile.
Post Date: 6/25/2015 7:43:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens (review) available for $514.00. Compare at $669.00 after $300.00 instant rebate.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market.
Post Date: 6/25/2015 7:01:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, June 24, 2015

 
In this video, B&H provides some hands on insights regarding the Audio-Technica System 10 Wireless Mic System.
 
This looks very similar to the RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit that was released earlier this year (though the AT System 10 came out first). I've been researching audio recording options over the past few months and I've been weighing the pros and cons of this type of setup. I'm not quite sure what I'll eventually end up with, but Audio-Technica System 10 is now high on the list of possibilities. [Sean]
 
B&H carries the Audio-Technica System 10 Wireless Mic System.
Post Date: 6/24/2015 2:30:00 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Nikon Europe:
 
#Nikonpresents the work of urban explorer & photographer, David de Rueda. David had an ambition: to explore abandoned places across Europe and photograph them in a way that had never been done before. Nikon supported his goal and after 44 days of exploring 9 countries he came back with incredible photographs. Stay tuned for more!
 
B&H carries the Nikon D810 DSLR camera.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/24/2015 1:46:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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From LensRentals:
 
We've extended our July 4th special! You can now use promo code JULY15 to save 15% on any rental arriving the week of July 4th (June 29 - July 3)!
 
Details
 
  • Order must be placed by 11:59 PM CDT on June 28th
  • Not combinable with other offers
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Post Date: 6/24/2015 1:08:24 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Impact EX Portrait Kit
For today only, B&H has the Impact EX Portrait Kit available for $164.85 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $236.85.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • Impact 100Ws Flash Head
  • Reflector
  • 24 x 24" Softbox
  • Air-Cushioned Light Stand
  • Telescopic Arm
  • 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector: 32"
Post Date: 6/24/2015 10:45:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Manfrotto XPRO Ball Heads
June 23, 2015 – Manfrotto, world leader in the photography and imaging equipment and accessories industry, announces the launch of the new XPRO Ball Head. Designed for passionate, advanced hobbyist photographers and experienced professionals, the new XPRO Ball Head completes the XPRO Heads range that is dedicated to the new 190 and 055 tripods.
 
It ensures three features essential to photographers: extreme precision, thanks to its Triple Locking System; portability, with a hard-wearing magnesium body; simplicity and convenience, thanks to its 200PL and Top Lock camera plates.
 
PRECISION
Introducing a new sphere lock mechanism, and triple locking system, the XPRO Ball Head is a state of the art head in the Manfrotto ball heads range. The triple locking system guarantees the camera position stability and avoids drifting. It consists of three wedges which apply pressure to the sphere to lock it in position, as the ball lock lever is rotated. The new polymer rings mean that photographers can count on extreme accuracy, and together with the sphere’s PTFE treatment the head ensures smooth, accurate and less jerky camera movement. The innovative sprung system means that, should the lever butt against something during the locking movement, it is possible to pull the lever and rotate to avoid any interference and reposition so it is ready for use. Finally, the levelling bubble helps the user level compositions precisely reducing post-production work.
 
PORTABILITY
Its magnesium alloy body, together with the new hollow sphere, enables the XPRO Ball Head to guarantee high payload performance while maintaining an extremely light structure. It weighs a mere 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs), but can support up to 10kg (22 lbs) of payload.
 
SIMPLICITY & CONVENIENCE
To match various needs, the XPRO Ball Head comes in two plate versions, each with a specific plate. The 200PL is the most common Manfrotto plate: its compact size and lightweight aluminium construction allow it to stay constantly attached under the camera – ideal for advanced hobbyists who are looking for a practical, easy to use product. The Top Lock is an innovative solution for experienced professionals, who need to feel totally secure even when using heavy and expensive high-end camera gear. The XPRO Ball Head is available in two versions that are distinguishable by the coloured finish on their magnesium body: the black version comes with the 200PL, while the grey version comes with the safe and rapid Top Lock System, the MSQ6PL (Arca-Swiss compatible) plate. The new XPRO Ball Head’s design follows the iconic new styling that unites Manfrotto’s entire offering for advanced hobbyists and professionals – while boasting groundbreaking technology, further proof of Manfrotto’s commitment to research and development.
 
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Manfrotto XPRO Ball Heads are available now from authorized resellers. The Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Head with 200PL Quick-Release System retails for an MSRP of $149.88 while the MHXPRO-BHQ6 XPRO Ball Head with Top Lock Quick-Release System retails for an MSRP of $199.88.
 
B&H carries the Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 XPRO Ball Heads.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 6/23/2015 5:34:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 FX Lens
From Kenko Tokina USA:
 
JUNE 23, 2015 – Kenko Tokina USA, Inc. is excited to announce the new Tokina AT-X 24-70mm F/2.8 PRO FX lens designed for use with Canon and Nikon full-frame sensor DSLR cameras.
 
Tokina’s latest addition to its family gives full-frame photographers a 24mm wide-angle to 70mm moderate telephoto lens with a fast F/2.8 aperture at an affordable price.
 
The new groundbreaking proprietary optical design uses three precision molded all-glass aspherical lens elements to achieve excellent contrast, sharpness, and corrects for spherical aberrations. One of these elements is very special and difficult to manufacture. G09, is made from Super-Low Dispersion (SD) glass and is a large sized aspherical element.
 
These lens elements also yield even illumination across the whole image sensor.
 
The Tokina 24-70MM lens also uses three SD (super-low Dispersion, “FK01” and FK03”) glass elements in the rear groups to control chromatic aberrations.
 
All these specialized lens elements work in consort to yield maximum resolution to match the 50-megapixel DSLR cameras entering the market.
 
The fast constant F/2.8 aperture makes viewing and auto focusing possible in very low light situations while keeping some flexibility for setting the shutter speed.
 
In addition to excellent optics, the lens incorporates a fast moving SDM (Silent Drive-Module) motor to greatly reduce AF noise making it one of Tokina’s quickest and quietest auto-focusing lenses to date.
 
Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the lens mount for manual focusing. The lens is also designed to stand up to the rigors of daily use by photographers in a wide variety of shooting conditions and environments.
 
Specifications:
 
Mount AvailabilityCanon, Nikon
Focal Length24-70MM
Full Frame Sensor Comp’Yes
Maximum ApertureF/2.8
Minimum ApertureF/22
Optical Construction15 Elements / 11 Groups
CoatingsMulti-layer coatings
Angle of View84.20° – 34.49°
Minimum Focus Distance14.96 in. (0.38m)
Reproduction Ratio1
Zooming SystemRotary Zoom
Number of Diaphragm Blades9
Filter Size82mm
Maximum Outer Diameter3.52 in. (89.6mm)
Dimensions4.23 in. (107.5mm L) x 3.52 in. (89.6mm W)
Weight35.63 oz. (1,010g)
Lens HoodBH-822 Included with lens (pictured)
ETAAugust
Price$999.00

B&H has the Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 FX Lens available for preorder with an expected availability at the "End of August."
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 6/23/2015 2:54:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angle Macro Lens
From Venus Optics:
 
The first 1:1 Macro lens with a 110° angle of view. It offers an impactful and unprecendented macro photography experience.
 
Anhui China, Jun 12, 2015 – Venus Optics, the Chinese camera lenses manufacturer who had launched the world’s first 2:1 Macro Lens in last Sept, has just released the world’s widest Macro lens for full frame cameras, Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angled 1:1 Macro Lens.
 
The new Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro lens is the first lens in the market which posseses a ultra wide angle of view and 1:1 Macro ability. This allows photographers from around the world to start experiencing the rather undeveloped field of ‘Wide Angle Macro Photography’ without using an extension tube. Macro Lenses currently in the market tends to have a mid to long focal length and it limits users to take very close-up shots on the insect or flowers, without showing much of the background details like its habitat or environment.
 
The new Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 Macro lens features an ultra wide angle of view of 110 degrees with 1:1 maximum magnification. Photographers can focus very close to the subject and let the foreground dominates in the photo but at the same time, have the background telling viewers about where and how the subject lives. You picture will immdiately become very informative and intriguing.
 
Venus Optics Laowa 15mm f 4 Wide Angle Macro Lens Sample Image

Full Resolution Samples (see Update)
Image 1 | Image 2 | Image 3 | Image 4 | Image 5 | Image 6
 
The lens can also serve as an excellent ultra-wide angle lenses with infinity focus for cameras with full frame sensors. A shift mechanism is added at the rear end of the lens with a maximum adjustment of +/- 6mm, which is extremely useful for landscape/architecture photography for distortion correction.
 
The lens houses with 12 elements in 9 groups with 3 pieces of High Refractive elements and 1 piece of Extra-low dispersion elements to deliver crystal sharpness both in the center and the edge. Barrel Distortion was also carefully controlled. 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture, capable of creating creamy shallow depth of view. The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability. Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha, Sony FE and Pentax K mounts are available.
 
Product Specifications
 
Focal Length15mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperture f/32
Angle of View110 degrees (FF) 85 degrees (APS-C)
Format CompatibilityFull Frame
Shift (for APS-C sensors only) +/- 6 mm
Lens Structure12 elements in 9 groups
(High Refractive Elements x 3pcs, Extra-low Disperson Elements x 1pc)
Aperture Blades 14
Min. working distance0.47 cm (1:1)
Min. shooting distance12 cm
Max. Magnification Ratio1:01
FocusManual Focus
Filter Thread77mm
Dimensions83.8 x 64.7 mm
Weight410g
MountsCanon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Sony FE

Pricing and Availability
The Laowa 15mm f/4 wide-angle macro lens will be available in late July at authorized resellers. The recommended retail price is at USD $479.00.
Post Date: 6/23/2015 11:12:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Joe McNally YouTube Channel:
 
Nikon Ambassador, Photographer Joe McNally, revisits Dubai again to dangle on ropes off the side of the amazing Burj Khalifa (The World’s Tallest Building). This time it’s a descent from floor 112 with fearless window washers. For McNally’s story and a wonderful array of photos, check out his blog.
 
B&H carries the Nikon D810 DSLR Camera (which currently qualifies for a $300.00 instant rebate).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 6/23/2015 8:45:20 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
National Geographic Walkabout Slender Messenger Bag
B&H has the National Geographic Walkabout Slender Messenger Bag available for $33.88 with free shipping. Regularly $63.88.
 
Product Highlihgts
 
  • For Mirrorless Camera with Attached Lens
  • Holds 15.4" Laptop
  • Padded Removable Insert
  • Movable Interior Nylon Dividers
  • Two Front Zippered Organizer Pockets
  • Zippered Pouch for Cell Phone MP3 Player
  • Zippered Front Flap/Touch Fastened Tabs
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap/Trolley Sleeve
  • Rear Cloth Handle
  • Cotton Canvas Exterior/Leather Accents
Post Date: 6/23/2015 7:31:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Toshiba 5TB Desktop 3.5'' Internal Hard Drive
B&H has the Toshiba 5TB Desktop 3.5'' Internal Hard Drive available for $144.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $179.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • SATA III Interface
  • Up to 6 Gb/s Transfer Rate
  • 7200 rpm Spin Speed
  • 128MB Cache Buffer
  • Windows, Mac, and Linux Compatible
Post Date: 6/23/2015 6:34:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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