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Only A Few Days Left for Trade-In Credit towards Sony a7 Cameras and Lenses

Only A Few Days Left for Trade-In Credit towards Sony a7 Cameras and Lenses

So you didn't get the new Sony a7 Camera you wanted for the holidays? Well there's still time to take advantage of Sony's trade-in incentives toward a new a7 camera and/or select lenses. In addition to the trade value of your working SLR or mirrorless camera, B&H is also offering 15% credit toward your purchase. I don't want to sound like an advertisement, but I had an opportunity to use the Sony a7 system recently for a product shoot and I'm definitely buying one. I just need to figure out whether to go with the a7, a7II, a7R, or a7S before this promotion expires on December 31st.

Joey L. Reviews Three Portable Lighting Kits for Traveling Photographers

Joey L. Reviews Three Portable Lighting Kits for Traveling Photographers

Joey L. is a photographer best known for his stunning personal work creating portraits of the peoples of Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, and other exotic places of the world. He uses studio lights on-location to achieve his unique and dramatic look for his portraits of these exotic people. Consequently, he is frequently asked about what lighting gear he takes with him for those kinds of shoots. Recently, Joey made a video and blog post outlining three major options for portable studio lighting for photographers with varying budgets who want Joey L.-esque studio lighting on the go.

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Gets an Official Price Tag and It's Lower Than We Thought

The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Gets an Official Price Tag and It's Lower Than We Thought

Update: This official announcement is only for Japan. The US price has not been announced. Earlier in the week a potential price leak was reported for Tamron's newest wide-angle zoom, which features vibration compensation and a fast f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. As it turns out, we were misled — but this is actually good news. Not only will the new Tamron come in several hundred dollars below what we previously thought, but it is also set to release before the year's end.

New Firmware for Fujifilm X-T1, X-E1, X-E2, and X-Pro1 Cameras Now Available

New Firmware for Fujifilm X-T1, X-E1, X-E2, and X-Pro1 Cameras Now Available

Fujifilm has just rolled out the firmware updates they announced last month for various members of the X-Series camera family, including the X-T1, X-E1, X-E2, and X-Pro1. While all of the updates include new features, the X-T1 enjoys the most, with a generous 21 additions. These include a new maximum shutter speed of 1/32000s, better control over the electronic viewfinder (EVF) and LCD screen, a Natural Live View function, better customization over the AE-L/AE-F button, PC tethering support, as well as new video frame rates including 24fps, 25fps, and 50fps.

A DSLR Shooter’s Guide to Medium Format Film

A DSLR Shooter’s Guide to Medium Format Film

For the last 2 years I've made my living shooting architecture with DSLRs, mostly short videos of California's fanciest multifamily apartment communities. When my client Synergy Corporate Housing asked me to continue that mission with all of their international properties in 10 major cities across 8 European countries, the first thing I thought when I saw the 32-day itinerary was, "bring a Hasselblad."

One Bite-Sized Intervalometer to Rule Them All

One Bite-Sized Intervalometer to Rule Them All

Coming in at eleven grams and roughly the size of a silver dollar, this programmable device will regulate your timelapse intervals and more in simple fashion. The Pico timelapse controller is an affordable intervalometer created with the mission to make timelapse photography easy for everyone. The Pico combined with a free mobile app can regulate photo intervals, manage HDR brackets, speed ramp through intervals, and adjust to natural changes in light.

Behind the Scenes: Clark Little Shoots Big Waves with Nikon

Behind the Scenes: Clark Little Shoots Big Waves with Nikon

Nikon takes us behind the scenes of their recent "I Am Different" documentary series with Clark Little, a professional shorebreak photographer. Clark gives a little insight on how he uses his Nikon gear in what could be arguably be the most challenging and dangerous environments. Outfitted with Aquatech housing, Clark uses his Nikon D4S for its lightning-fast focusing and high frame rate to capture that perfect moment each time a wave breaks.

Polaroid's New Instant Print Socialmatic Camera is Coming Next Month

Polaroid's New Instant Print Socialmatic Camera is Coming Next Month

Yes, the instant print camera popularized by the one and only Polaroid is back and in a new form factor for 2015. The long awaited Socialmatic doesn't use film but rather snaps and shares your photos via the web and social media options along with delivering nifty adhesive prints of your photos. Wrapped in an Android based OS that shares to Facebook, Twitter and of course Instagram, I'm interested in seeing how people respond to its release come January.

"The Parrot" Is A Portable, Inexpensive Teleprompter That Uses Your Smartphone

"The Parrot" Is A Portable, Inexpensive Teleprompter That Uses Your Smartphone

For a long time teleprompters were considered bulky, unweildy, and often required you to be tethered to a laptop or other control station. In the last few years, more affordable options that used wireless technology and compact mounts began to hit the market. Now, "The Parrot" might just be the most compact system I've ever seen, and it uses a device that the majority of us will already own: a smartphone.

Profoto Adds High Speed Sync to Beloved B1 Strobe through Firmware Update

Profoto Adds High Speed Sync to Beloved B1 Strobe through Firmware Update

Until now, High Speed Sync (HSS) has been a luxury feature designed exclusively for speedlights (and select new strobes), allowing you to shoot using strobes at shutter speeds previously unavailable. However, announced this morning, Profoto has enabled High Speed Sync solutions to their beloved B1 studio strobe, and best of all? It's available now as a simple firmware update.

PES Releases New Stop-Motion Short Film "Submarine Sandwich" and BTS

PES Releases New Stop-Motion Short Film "Submarine Sandwich" and BTS

Whether or not you knew it, you have most likely viewed a short film by Adam Pesapane, better known as PES. The director and animator has released several immensely popular stop-motion shorts, directed numerous commercials for major companies such as PlayStation, Scrabble, and Bacardi, and has even been nominated for an Academy Award. Along with the release of his newest short, "Submarine Sandwich," PES and Nikon Cinema have teamed up to bring you a rather comprehensive behind-the-scenes look into the process that goes into the making of PES’ films.

Lytro Introduces Focus Spread, an Entirely New Way to Look at Editing DOF in Post

Lytro Introduces Focus Spread, an Entirely New Way to Look at Editing DOF in Post

Ever since the first mention of the Lytro camera system, I have been intrigued by how exactly it works and what possibilities it opens for photographers wanting to have complete control over their image, right down to the depth. With Lytro's announcement of the new Focus Spread feature built into their new software you can now pick and choose, in post-production, which sections of a photo that will be in focus.

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