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 Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Nikon D4s DSLR Camera
From Nikon:
 
This service supplies software that can be used to update the D4S camera “C” firmware to version 1.20.
 
Before proceeding, select Firmware version in the camera setup menu and check the camera firmware version. You will not need to download or install this update if the firmware listed above is already installed.
 
Modifications in firmware v1.10
 
  • Commander mode can now be selected for Custom Setting e3 (Optional flash) when an optional SB-500 flash unit is attached. *
  • The Auto and Flash white-balance options can now be used with the LED light on the optional SB-500 flash unit.
  • Auto white balance is now more consistent.
  • There is no longer a limit on the number of shots that can be taken in a single burst at shutter speeds of 4 s or faster when a continuous-release mode is selected in exposure mode S or M. *
  • There is no longer a limit on how long the shutter can remain open when “Time” is selected for shutter speed. *
  • We have changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if the camera is rotated between “wide” (landscape) and “tall” (portrait) orientations with Focus point and AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting a10 (Store by orientation) and different focus points chosen in each orientation. We have also changed how focus points are displayed in the viewfinder if a lens focus function button is pressed with AF-area mode selected for Custom Setting f19 (Lens focus function buttons).
  • Some help text has been changed.
  • The following issues have been resolved:
  • If the user focused using the AF-ON button before shooting in continuous-release mode, the frame rate would drop under the following conditions: AF-S selected for focus mode, Single-point AF selected for AF-area mode, Focus selected for Custom Setting a2 (AF-S priority selection), and AF-ON only selected for Custom Setting a4 (AF activation).
  • When an AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E lens was attached, “Err” would be displayed in the top control panel and pictures could not be taken under some exposure conditions.
  • Images would sometimes fail to display correctly during image review if playback zoom was used while the memory-card access lamp was lit.
  • Images would not clear from the display if an optional WR-1 wireless remote controller was used with On selected for Image review in the playback menu.
  • The camera photo info display would not show the correct range for pictures taken with an optional flash unit in distance-priority manual flash mode (GN).
  • When pictures taken using a PC-E lens were viewed in Capture NX-D and other Nikon software, the Metadata would list the lens as type E rather than type D.
  • The photo information display for movies, movie stills, and photos taken with the Silent shutter-release option would sometimes list incorrect values for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity.
  • If the camera was connected via HDMI to 4K a compatible TV, neither the camera nor the television would display menus correctly.
  • Volume sometimes could not be adjusted if indicators were hidden during movie playback.
  • If both XQD and CompactFlash cards were inserted in the camera when it was connected to a computer, the computer would not recognize the XQD card.
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Nikon D4S Firmare v1.10
 
B&H carries the Nikon D4s DSLR camera.
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Post Date: 4/21/2015 6:28:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, April 20, 2015
Spring Photography Tips: Photographing Flowering Trees
It is early spring here in the northern hemisphere and flowering trees, if not already in full bloom, will be so very soon.
 
While the spring flowering trees are incredibly beautiful, I find them a challenge to compose into an image I like. Part of the problem is that, when the trees flower, most other trees remain leaf-less and low in their color-rating. Lack of leaves reveal highly detracting power lines in many of the landscapes where these trees are planted. This leaves sky, green grass and man-made objects to provide the other good colors to compose with.
 
So, how does one create a good photo of this subject? A solution that often works well is to fill the frame with only the flowering tree or trees. In this case, I found a very large, densely-flowered tree, moved back to create a compressed perspective and zoomed in to frame only the flowers with a narrow aperture keeping the entire frame remaining in focus. The result is a pattern of complexity that fills the frame. I positioned the larger limbs visible in the picture so that their lines lead the viewer's eye into the frame. The bright color of the flowers becomes the predominant color of the final image.
 
Working with the same concept of filling the frame with the color of the tree, a close perspective with a wide aperture can be used to blur the background flowers as illustrated here.
 
If working with a wider angle focal length, the background is more likely to become part of the image. In this case, consider getting above the tree to use the often-bright-green spring grass as the background. Bright green often complements the color of the tree(s). Another advantage that getting higher sometimes affords is a better angle on the flowers in the image. Dogwood tree flowers, as illustrated in the just-referenced image, typically face upward. Looking downward from a ladder allowed me to see the full flower being isolated with shallow depth of field.
 
Incorporating flowering trees into portrait images is a strategy loved by many. My advice is to make sure that the tree colors do not steel the viewer's focus from the primary subject, your person. Using the fill-the-frame and blur-the-background strategies again work well for portraits. Use a telephoto focal length and wide aperture to isolate the subject against a completely blurred background of flowers.
 
Winter is past and the winter-like landscape is about to awaken, bursting into vibrant color. Go capture it!
Post Date: 4/20/2015 7:54:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Photoflex Back in Business?
Earlier this month the Photoflex announced they were closing their doors after 30 years in the photography industry. An update on the lighting manufacturer's homepage indicates they are actively working on a deal to keep the brand alive.
 
Their bold "Buy with Confidence" statement is reassuring; it seems as if Photoflex is confident in likelihood of a deal.
Category: Photoflex News
Post Date: 4/20/2015 6:57:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Fire HD 7 Android Tablet
Amazon is featuring the Amazon Fire HD 7 Android Tablet as a Gold Box Deal of the Day and the tablet is available for $79.00. Regularly $139.00.
Post Date: 4/20/2015 6:08:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, April 19, 2015
Fujifilm 32GB UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (45 MB/s)
For a limited time, B&H has the Fujifilm 32GB UHS-I SDHC Memory Card (45 MB/s) available for $12.95 with free shipping. Regularly $29.95.
Post Date: 4/19/2015 8:18:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, April 17, 2015
RedRock Micro Wirless Focus Control with Halo
From Redrock Micro:
 
Ability to track and focus on any subject with tap-to-focus ease wins four best of show awards at NAB introductions
 
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional cinema accessories, today announced Halo, a system for video production that solves the challenge of accurate focus control by dynamically mapping and tracking subjects, and providing an easy to use interface for manually selecting or automatically tracking subjects for focus.
 

Introduced at NAB 2015, Halo was quickly recognized for its potential to shift the industry, creating intense buzz and earning three Best of Show awards.
 
Focus re-designed from the ground up
Incorporating the same technology cars use for collision detection and avoidance, the Halo Explorer creates a real-time scene map, combining pinpoint accuracy with up to 180 degrees of view. Artificial intelligence precisely identifies all your subjects (people and objects) and tracks their distance and location in real-time. The beautifully crafted user interface shows birds-eye view of all subjects, and enables anyone to tap-to-focus, or drag to follow focus with visual audible and haptic feedback. Halo becomes the technician, handling the intricacies of focus so operators can concentrate on the creative performance.
 
We often refer to this as our Avatar product, says James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary at Redrock Micro. We had to wait five years for technology to catch up so we could deliver a something that solves focus and does it cost-effectively. This quote references Director James Cameron's famous quip that he waited 10 years for technology to evolve before he was able to shoot the groundbreaking feature film Avatar.
 
Designed for today's production environments and creative shots
Production never has time for long setups, extra gear, or constant tweaking. The Halo Explorer is small and lightweight, and lives on your camera. There is virtually no setup or configuration, just power on, and you?re ready to go. Halo also performs brilliantly in a wide range of situations: total darkness or bright light (even heavy backlight), with or without human faces. Halo components can be moved between the camera and your remote AC, wherever it makes the most sense. A light footprint and wide range of usability use make Halo intensely practical.
 
A valuable tool for a crew of one or a crew of one hundred

Productions at any level can benefit from Halo. High-end productions can use Halo for precise reference and focus assist. Solo operators can use Halo for completely autonomous focus tracking. Any amount of assistance or automation is your choice. Whatever your camera and lens, and whatever your level of expertise for focus control, Halo is incredibly effective, easy to use and understand, and profoundly affordable.
 
B&H carries Redrock Micro products.
Post Date: 4/17/2015 9:40:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR Lens
For a limited time, DigitalRev has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR Lens (White Box) available for $264.00. Compare at $496.95 retail.
 
Note: When purchased by US customers, items sold by DigitalRev are considered grey market. Grey market items do not qualify for Nikon USA warranty or service.
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Post Date: 4/17/2015 8:59:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From the ExpoImaging YouTube Channel:
 
Erik Valind demonstrates how to overcome on-location lighting problems by using on-camera flash, Rogue FlashBender 2s, and Rogue Gels.
 
B&H carries ExpoImaging Rogue FlashBender products.
Post Date: 4/17/2015 7:01:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Glidecam XR-4000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer
For a limited time, B&H has the Glidecam XR-4000 Handheld Camera Stabilizer available for $199.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $289.99.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • For Mid-Sized Camcorders from 4-10 lb
  • Three-Axis Gimbal
  • Camera Balance Platform
  • 16 x Included Counterweight Discs
  • Telescoping Central Post
  • Foam-Padded Handle Grip
Post Date: 4/17/2015 6:12:35 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 16, 2015
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera
B&H is offering a bundle deal where you can get a free 12-month subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop CC + Lightroom, $119.88 value) with the purchase of a Nikon D750 DSLR body. This is an especially good deal as the camera also qualifies for a $300.00 discount for a limited time.
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Post Date: 4/16/2015 12:35:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
WD My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive
eBay (via Adorama) has the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB External Hard Drive available for $79.99 with free shipping. Compare at $99.00 after $30.00 instant savings.
Post Date: 4/16/2015 12:08:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Benro S7 Video Head & Tripod Kits
From Benro:
 
Benro adds new flat base video head and tripod kits to their video lineup
 
North White Plains, NY – April 15, 2015 – Benro today announced the expansion of their S-Series with the S7 Video Head and Tripod Kits at NAB. The S7 is designed for filmmakers and videographers demanding compact and versatile solutions with a full set of features.
 
The S7 Video Head follows the same flat base head design that the S-Series is known for. The flat base provides much needed versatility for mounting on sliders, jibs and half ball adapters.
 
“We’re excited to add the S7 to our S-Series lineup and we think this will be the perfect balance of features and size. Having a fully featured compact system is ideal for the filmmaker on the go,” said Brian Hynes, Benro’s brand manager for marketing. “The S7 is perfect for everyone from the student filmmaker to documentary crews.”
 
S7 Video Head features include:
 
  • 15.4 lb (7kg) payload capacity
  • 65mm flat base
  • 4-step counterbalance (0-3)
  • Continuous pan drag
  • Continuous tilt drag
  • Independent pan lock
  • Independent tilt lock
  • Illuminated bubble level
  • Tilt range +90°/-50°
  • Includes 501 compatible QR6 plate
S7 Tripod Kit features include:
 
  • Available in Carbon Fiber or Aluminum
  • 15.4 lb (7kg) payload capacity
  • 65mm Flat base head paired with 75mm half ball adapter
  • Single leg tripod with 75mm bowl
  • 4-step counterbalance (0-3)
  • Continuous pan drag
  • Continuous tilt drag
  • Independent pan lock
  • Independent tilt lock
  • Illuminated bubble level
  • Tilt range +90°/-50°
  • Includes 501 compatible QR6 plate
  • Max height of 63 in / 161 cm
  • Min height of 11 in / 29 cm
  • Flip leg locks
  • Rubber feet with spiked feet
  • Case included
B&H carries Benro products.
Category: Benro News
Post Date: 4/16/2015 10:06:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Logo
From Nikon:
 
Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.
 
Nikon will offer a service for updating AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR firmware. Details of this firmware service are as follows.
 
Firmware update details
We have confirmed that when the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR lens is used with the D800, D800E, D810 or D810A, images captured at shutter speeds of around 1/125 s with the VR function enabled (NORMAL or SPORT) sometimes exhibit noticeable blur.
 
To address the occurrence of this, we are offering a service for updating your AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR firmware. When cameras other than the D800, D800E, D810, or D810A are used, this firmware update is not needed.
 
Updating lens firmware
Users of the D800, D800E, D810, or D810A who are concerned about this issue may take or send their lens to a Nikon authorized service center, where your lens firmware will be updated free of charge.
 
When sending your AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4 E PF ED VR lens to a Nikon authorized service center, the user must pay the cost of shipping to the service center, and Nikon will pay for return shipping.
 
Identifying lenses with which the firmware has already been updated
Firmware for lenses with a serial number of 205101 or later have already been updated.
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Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:54:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From the Jimmy McIntyre YouTube Channel:
 
This very useful technique will give your workflow greater depth. You will be able to make very specific changes based on colour alone, using a Black & White adjustment layer. Sound strange? Watch and find out:
Post Date: 4/16/2015 9:23:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon D750 DSLR Camera with 24-120mm Lens
Through 4/25, you can save up to $900.00 on a Nikon D750. See below for details.
 
Nikon D750 Discounts
 
ItemReg PriceDiscountSale Price
Nikon D750 Body$2,296.95$300.00$1,996.95
Nikon D750 + 24-120mm f/4 VR Lens$3,596.95$900.00$2,696.95

Update: B&H just added a great bundle deal – Buy the D750 body, get a 12-month subscription to Adobe's Creative Cloud Photography Plan (Photoshop + Lightroom) absolutely free. Link above udpated to take advantage of the bundle deal.
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Post Date: 4/16/2015 6:51:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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