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Press Release: Gary Fong Introduces Lightbulb Adapter Kit and Lightblade Diffuser


Gary Fong expands its popular line of flash diffusers with two new products; Gary Fong Lightbulb Adapter Kit (US and EU) and Lightblade Diffuser.

Lightbulb Adapter retails for $53.95 and the Lightblade Diffuser retails for $34.95.



Continue reading for more information and full press release.

Nikon USA and Subsidiaries Will Fix D600 Issues for Free Including Expired Warranty


A couple of days ago, we had posted news of a potential lawsuit in regards to the Nikon D600 dust spots and oil issue. The law firm Zimmerman & Reed PLLP already filed a class action lawsuit in California federal court on February 19, 2014.

Nikon USA has responded and released a technical service advisory where they announced a free cleaning and free shutter replacement for all D600 owners, even those with expired warranty. Even if you don't have a problem with your camera, you can still send it in for repair. To schedule your service, go to this Nikon USA website. Nikon Japan, Nikon China, Nikon Canada and other subsidiaries have also issued similar service advisories.

Continue reading for full technical service advisory.

Kickstarter: The Looky Loo Light



Every parent wants to capture those fleeting moments of their child's life before it's too late, but kids love to look at everything and sometimes everything except the camera! That's where The Looky Loo Light comes in.

The Looky Loo Light was created to provide photographers of all skill levels the ability to achieve the impossible; capture the attention of children during a photo shoot. The Looky Loo Light is a wireless attachment that adjusts to any size SLR camera lens and provides hands free action to attract the eyes of the little ones in your life.

Child photographer Allison Carenza, who sought to solve her own common issues shooting young children, created the idea. “For me it was a no-brainer. You really only have 20 good solid minutes to shoot kids at the younger ages. The Looky Loo Light has helped tremendously. Now I don’t stress about getting that special shot,” says Carenza.


The Looky Loo Light is the first professional grade electronic “distraction” tool on the market. Combining colorful moving lights and integrated sound, the Looky Loo Light is sure to be a hit with your clients or family. The LED lights are designed to be low-light with indoor/outdoor settings with 3 light patterns and 3 different sound programs.

The cheapest price you can get the Looky Loo for was $149 for Early Bird pricing but has since been sold out. You can still get the early pricing of $199 and $249 is the Standard Edition. If you have the money, you can pay $2,000 which includes a trip to Kansas City, a photo shoot with Allison Carenza, weekend session of mentoring for you and a guest and live tutorial of the Looky Loo Light (airfare not included but they will cover your hotel and food!).

If you want to know more information about it or want to purchase one at a discounted price, visit their Kickstarter page.


Deal: SterlingTek LP-E6 Battery for $13.99 and 99% OFF Charger



Amazon is having a killer deal on SterlingTek LP-E6 batteries (review) for $13.99 each. Get 99% OFF on SterlingTek LP-E6 Charger when you purchase 1 or more STK LP-E6 batteries, just add it to your cart the discount is applied automatically.

Press Release: Nikon Releases Quick-Draw Strap and Quick-Draw Strap S by BlackRapid


TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Quick-Draw Strap and the Quick-Draw Strap S, two new products developed in cooperation with world-renowned American camera accessory manufacturer, BlackRapid.

Overview
Product name: Quick-Draw Strap
Model number: AN-SBR2
Color: Black


Product name: Quick-Draw Strap S
Model number: AN-SBR3
Color: Black


The Quick-Draw Strap and Quick-Draw Strap S were developed based on quick-draw straps invented by photographer and BlackRapid founder, Ron Henry, and popular throughout the market for their incredible convenience. The straps have been further refined to offer even greater convenience.

Along with the great mobility offered by BlackRapid products through specifications that enable on-the-go shooting with a mechanism that allows the camera to slide diagonally up and down the shoulder strap, a system that utilizes the camera's tripod socket so that the camera hangs upside down for a smooth grip, a shoulder pad that effectively distributes weight for less burden, and an under-arm tether that holds the strap firmly in place, these two new straps offer an even greater sense of security with a safety strap that prevents the camera from falling in the unlikely event the fastener comes loose, and a cover that prevents the carabiner that connects the strap to the camera from scratching the camera body.

The Quick-Draw Strap, with a wider shoulder pad, is suited to use with digital SLR cameras. The Quick-Draw Strap S, with a narrower shoulder pad, is suited to use with Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses and Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras.

No word on how much the Nikon branded sling straps will cost. But once we know how much, we will update this post along with links to where you can purchase.

Press Release: Nikon Officially Announces Flagship D4s Professional DSLR



Nikon has officially announced the D4s. While not a major upgrade to the camera (hence the 's' in the name), the D4s now packs more processing power, a updated autofocus system with new Group Area AF, faster continuous shooting (11 fps), and more video features (including 1080/60p support). A few other improvements photographers can expect are better low light ISO performance (up to 409,600), noticeable improvement in battery life (3,020 shots per charge batter life), and a new 8MP "RAW Size S" format with the new Nikon D4s.

Nikon D4s highlights:
  • 16.2MP FX-format CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 4 processing (30% faster)
  • ISO 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 50 - 409,600)
  • 51-point autofocus system
  • Group Area AF allows for more accurate subject tracking
  • 11 fps continuous shooting with continuous AE/AF
  • ISO Auto Control for Manual Exposure
  • New 8MP RAW Size S (12-bit uncompressed)
  • 1080/60p video
  • Smoother transitions when shooting interval or time-lapse stills/movies
  • CompactFlash and XQD card slots
  • Gigabit Ethernet port, in addition to support for WT-5A wireless transmitter
  • Improved EN-EL18a battery provides 3,020 shots per charge
The Nikon D4s digital SLR will be available in March 6, 2014 for $6499.95. You can place your preorder with the following authorized dealers:

Amazon
B&H Photo (including 2% back in rewards)
Adorama
DigitalRev

Continue reading for full press release.

Nikon’s Flagship D-SLR is the Evolution of a Masterpiece, Reinforcing Nikon as the Choice of Pro Photographers and Multimedia Creators

MELVILLE, NY (February 24, 2014 at 11:01 P.M. EST) - Announced today, the new Nikon D4S establishes itself as the premier HD-SLR available to professionals; unrivaled with its combination of incredible speed, accuracy, low-light performance and exceptional image fidelity. Designed for the most demanding photographers and multimedia professionals in the world, the Nikon D4S improves upon the revered D4 to give users enhanced image and video quality, improved autofocus (AF), faster performance during and after capture in addition to an astonishing ISO range.

Nikon’s D series of flagship cameras continues to push the boundaries of professional image quality, speed and features. The newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format sensor works in conjunction with the new EXPEED 4 image processing engine to deliver new levels of still and HD video quality and performance. A new Group AF function and overall improvements build upon Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system, while the camera breaks convention with an ISO range that goes to an incredible 409,600 ISO (Hi-4) for maximum versatility in nearly any lighting condition. Overall speed and response is also enhanced, capturing full resolution at an astounding 11 frames-per-second (fps) with auto focus and auto exposure (AE), while benefiting from an overall 30% increase in processing power.

“By announcing the development of the new Nikon D4S earlier this year, Nikon has been able to work openly with professional photographers in the field to hone the cameras’ core capabilities into an unparalleled tool that makes otherwise impossible images a reality,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The challenges of today’s professional multimedia photographer go beyond simply capturing amazing content. After the shutter clicks, the workflow enhancements that the D4S provides will give Nikon users an obvious edge in the stands, the studio, on the sidelines or in the field.”

Extreme Speed and Accuracy Give the Edge in the Field
Whether shooting extreme action sports or elusive wildlife, the Nikon D4S has been engineered to be the ultimate combination of speed and accuracy, giving photographers the power to capture even the fastest moving, unpredictable subjects with confidence and control. The proven Multi-CAM 3500 FX AF sensor module’s thoroughly recalibrated AF algorithms quickly zero in on its intended target— no matter how near, far, or abruptly a subject appears in the frame. Additionally, the D4S includes a new innovative Group AF mode. When selected, this mode utilizes five AF points to provide increased stability while tracking subjects, and enhanced accuracy by reducing instances of background focus. In situations where the background is bright with strong contrasting colors, photographers can now feel more confident, knowing that small, distant and fast-moving objects can be rendered sharper, faster and more frequently. Nikon’s AF Lock-on technology is also upgraded, shortening time in reverting from focus interruptions, such as a referee running into the frame.

Hundredths of a second can make the difference when capturing the decisive shot that graces the front page, the double-truck spread, or the client’s mantel. With this in mind, the Nikon D4S also improves tracking on high-speed continuous shooting at a blazing fast 11 fps, with continuous AF/AE. Because missing the shot is just not an option, Nikon’s EXPEED 4 plays an integral role in the D4S’ seemingly instantaneous response and swift performance, while enhancing energy efficiency. The camera now features a processing time that is a full 30% faster, in addition to a 200-shot buffer (JPEG) at full resolution at the maximum continuous mode.

As a proven flagship for the world’s most demanding photographers, the D4S retains the features that made its predecessor the professional’s choice in the first place. The Nikon D4S HD-SLR aligns 15 cross-type sensors in the center to detect contrast data in both vertical and horizontal planes. In addition to detecting each AF-NIKKOR lens with an aperture of f/5.6 or lower, the camera also utilizes nine cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and a teleconverter with a combined aperture value up to f/8, a great advantage to those photographing sports and wildlife from extreme distances.

The Advantage of Superior Image Quality
At the core of the Nikon D4S is a newly developed 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor (36 x 23.9mm), engineered to deliver an immersive dynamic range, with exceptionally low noise. This newly developed image sensor works in tandem with the latest generation of Nikon’s powerful image processing engine, dubbed EXPEED 4, to bolster image quality, color and sharpness in both stills and video. The benefits of EXPEED 4 go well beyond high-speed image processing to provide evolved real time noise reduction, along with depth and clarity gradation rendering. The resulting images exhibit a wide tonal range, with true and faithful colors.

Thanks in part to the new EXPEED 4 processing engine, the Nikon D4S now shatters the perception of what’s possible with available light photography, giving users a native ISO range from 100-25,600 expandable from 50 ISO (Lo-1) to a staggering 409,600 ISO (Hi-4). This amazing ISO range rewrites the rulebook for available-light shooting, and is especially useful for professional sports shooters, photojournalists, as well as military and law enforcement agencies. The powerful EXPEED 4 image-processing engine incorporates an entirely new algorithm for even higher ISO noise reduction and color fidelity, resulting in an enhanced overall sharpness and clarity without sacrificing subtle textures and luminous details. The enhanced ISO is also a major advantage for other professionals including wedding and portrait photographers, who can now confidently capture the darkest reception, a candlelit ceremony, or create crisp studio portraits with flawless fidelity.

Other advanced Nikon technologies also contribute to the superior image quality of the Nikon D4S, including a new enhanced standard Picture Control tone curve that gives greater depth and clearer color rendition, especially on skin tones. For additional versatility, users have the ability to toggle Face Detect AF on or off while shooting through the viewfinder, and white balance calculation has been further refined for accuracy, while spot white balance is employed for easier presetting with more options.

Nikon’s exclusive 91,000-pixel RGB 3D Color Matrix Metering III system returns on the D4S to help capture true-to-life colors while solving the most challenging exposures, from sun-lit snow to stadium lighting. The system works by meticulously analyzing the variables within each scene and recognizing factors such as color and brightness values with unprecedented exactness. This data is then interpreted and compared against the camera’s on-board database to implement various settings, resulting in vibrant images with faithful color reproduction and balanced exposure.

Faster Workflow During and After Capture
While shooting speed and response matter in the moment, workflow speed has become increasingly important in a more competitive landscape. The D4S delivers upon the need for that speed with features that are engineered for today’s professional:

  • New RAW SIZE S files: In addition to shooting JPEG, full size RAW (NEF) and TIFF files, the Nikon D4S also has a new file setting to enhance workflow, RAW SIZE S. This setting allows for shooting 12-bit uncompressed Nikon NEF files that are approximately half the size (2464 x 1640) of standard uncompressed RAW files and are more easily manageable—speeding up the entire workflow process.
  • Faster transfer rate: When connected via LAN, users can now transmit files using Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Base-T LAN). This significant decrease in transfer times means more time to shoot, and less time transmitting files.
  • Improved battery life: Despite its processing power, the D4S is remarkably power-efficient. With the addition of a new EN-EL18a Lithium-Ion battery, the D4S can easily outlast the action with up 3,020 (CIPA rating) shots in single mode and 5,960 shots (Nikon testing) in continuous mode.
  • Dual card slots: The D4S uses both CF cards as well as the super-fast XQD card format to achieve the fastest possible transfer and write times.

Video Features Fit for the Modern Production Environment
With an increase in potent processing power, the D4S ups the ante when it comes to multimedia workflow and content capture. A versatile tool on location or on set, the D4S offers enhanced video quality and video-friendly features, in a compact and lightweight HD-SLR form factor. In addition to the innovative video attributes from the D4, the D4S offers the following new features:

  • Full HD video in variable frame rates: Users have the choice of various resolutions and frame rates, including a new 1080/60p option for increased flexibility in post. Users can also shoot at 1080 30p or a cinematic 24p, as well as various other NTSC and PAL frame rates and resolutions. By utilizing the B-Frame data compression method, users can record H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC format video with unmatched integrity for up to 29:59 minutes per clip.
  • Selectable image area: Users now have the ability to select an image area in Live View mode to match the glass or shooting style. To best suit the scene, FX, DX (1.5x) and 2.7x cropping is available.
  • Expanded ISO range for video and auto ISO control: D4S’ FX-format image sensor and EXPEED 4 work hand-in-hand to render a natural transition between bright and dark scenes, all while delivering rich tones, sharp edges and minimized noise, even at high ISOs. The D-Movie mode has awide standard ISO range — from 200 to 25,600 to shoot in nearly any lighting. Furthermore, the ISO can be pushed up to an ISO 409,600 (Hi-4) equivalent. Additionally, D4S lets you maintain manual exposure for controlled shutter speeds and aperture settings while the camera automatically dictates the ISO maximum sensitivity from 400 to Hi-4. For assignments with dramatic shifts in lighting, this can be a remarkably useful tool.
  • Uncompressed 1080 60p: For the purest video quality, the D4S allows direct output of uncompressed files via HDMI. Output can be recorded to an optional outboard digital video recorder, making for an efficient editing workflow.
  • Manual control: Like the D4 HD-SLR, D4S offers full manual control when shooting video for maximum creative versatility.
  • Simultaneous recording: When recording to an external digital recorder via HDMI, the D4S can now simultaneously write to the CF or XQD card. This function is ideal for creating backups and recording while live-streaming content.
  • Improved sound: The range of audio frequency is now selectable, with options such as Wide Range and Voice Range. Wind noise reduction and audio levels can be changed during recording.
  • Smoother exposure transition during time-lapse and interval-time shooting: Creating breathtaking time-lapse movies is even easier with the D4S. The camera renders exposure transitions with unprecedented smoothness. Such scenes have been difficult to capture in manual or auto exposure mode, but now users can apply an auto exposure to achieve professional-grade time-lapse and interval-time shooting.
  • NIKKOR lens compatibility: The highest caliber optics are vital to creating HD images and Nikon is the world leader in optics manufacturing with a legacy spanning more than 80 years. Nikon has a vast NIKKOR lens system, with more than 80 lenses including 65 FX-format lenses with a variety of focal lengths and features, including VR vibration reduction.

Pro Grade Construction and Controls
As a flagship camera for professionals, the D4S is engineered to excel in the world’s toughest environments, while giving pros the features needed to get the shot. The shutter has been tested to 400,000 cycles, and the camera chassis is constructed of lightweight and durable magnesium alloy. Additionally, the camera is sealed and gasketed from moisture, dust and electromagnetic interference to resist the elements.

While shooting, users will appreciate a slightly modified control layout and ergonomics for faster and more comfortable shooting. Subtle changes increase grip and comfort, making the camera easier to hold for a wider range of hand sizes and more comfortable during prolonged use. Photographers will also benefit from composing through a bright viewfinder with 100% coverage. The D4S also features a newly designed mirror-moving mechanism, which uniformly and effectively absorbs mirror slap to minimize viewfinder blackout time. Even at 11 fps, this innovation makes it easier to track a fast subject through the optical viewfinder.

The wide and bright high-resolution 921k dot, 3.2-inch LCD screen of the Nikon D4S lets users easily change menu settings, compose and review images. Photographers have the ability to customize the color of the LCD monitor to better match studio monitors or personal preference. Additionally, the LCD monitor retains its auto-brightness function that automatically adjusts the brightness of the monitor to increase visibility and conserve battery life.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D4S HD-SLR will be available March 6, 2014 for a suggested retail price* (SRP) of $6499.95*.

New .photography Domain Names for Photographers - 35% Off Discount



Recently, the ICANN (or Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) the organization responsible for the internet domain names (.com, .org, .net etc.) has released a full list of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) including several ones which are especially interesting for photographers and people in the photography industry.

The new domains include:

.photography
.gallery
.graphics
.equipment
.camera
.lighting

*If you're trying to get one with a manufacturers name such as Canon, Nikon, Sony and other companies, they've all been probably snatched up by their respective companies.

If you currently have one called JoeSmithPhotography.com, it can be a little long. But what if you can get one that is JoeSmith.photography?

Like with all domain names, its first come first serve. Typically good domains or popular ones are grabbed early, especially if you have a common name. So if you're thinking about getting one, do so as soon as possible. There may be plans to also release .photo and .photos which will make your link even more short but it's just a matter of when.

There are a few advantages and disadvantages to using the new photography domains over more conventional domains (such as .com or .net):

Advantages:
  • Domain name is an asset and investment - It can increase in value over time and if you invest in it, such as creating a website which brings in readers and revenue.
  • Domain names related to photography combined with a strong name can improve your SEO results for that name.
  • Using .photography is a great professional way of reaching out to your clients.
  • Web URL is shorter.
When there are advantages, there are disadvantages as well but as the internet gets more accustomed to these new domains, the disadvantages will be eliminated:

Disadvantages:
  • Search engines still prefer existing domain names (such as .com .org .net etc.) - This will be expanded as the months passes and the internet gets accustomed to the new domains.
  • It may take a while for the new domain to catch on - Some people might not even understand that the .photography link you're providing is an actual link and may still put the usual domain names as mentioned above.
** 32% DISCOUNT AT GODADDY.COM **

If you're interested in purchasing a .photography or any of the new domains, we have a 32% off discount for you through GoDaddy. The deal will give you a 32% off the price of the domain so instead of $25 for a .photography domain you will only pay $17 a year. The more expensive .camera will be around $27 instead of $40.

All you need to do to get the discount is go to this link: GoDaddy 32% discount link (discount will already be calculated automatically).

Don't forget, all the domains with popular manufacturers name such as Canon, Nikon, Sony and other companies, they've all been probably snatched up by their respective companies.

And don't forget to sign up and use Mr. Rebates and get back 8% cashback (up to $13.74).

*UPDATE* - 2/20/2014

There is now a 35% off coupon - WOWcjc295d. *Cashback will not apply with this coupon.

Review: Pelican 1510 1514 Carry-On Camera Case with Dividers



Overview : The Pelican 1514 camera case offers an interior storage area of 19.75" X 11.00" X 7.60". This case comes complete a padded divider set that allows you to configure and organize small and large items within the case. This divider set is made from ballistic nylon and are padded and flexible. Velcro fastener on the edges that are used to attach the dividers to the tray or other dividers.

In addition, this Pelican case features built in wheels with stainless steel bearings and a retractable handle to make transporting a breeze. This case meets FAA carry-on approval specification.

Features :
  • FAA maximum carry on size
  • Retractable extension handle
  • Strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings
  • Easy open Double Throw latches
  • Open cell core with solid wall design - strong, light weight
  • O-ring seal
  • Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
  • Comfortable rubber over-molded top and side handles
  • Stainless steel hardware and padlock protectors
  • Pick N Pluck™ with convoluted lid foam (optional)
  • Lifetime Guarantee of Excellence
  • Watertight, crushproof, and dust proof
Camera Case Includes :
  • Convoluted lid foam
  • Pelican 1510 Case
  • 1 layer of dividers
  • Unconditional Lifetime Guarantee (Case only)
Certifications :
  • IP-67 Rating for temporary submersion. (1 meter submersion for 30 minutes)
  • DEF STAN 81-41/STANAG 4280
Specifications :
  • Ext. Dim.: 22.00" X 13.91" X 9.00"
  • Int. Dim.: 19.75" X 11.00" X 7.60"
  • Lid/Case Depth: 1.79" / 5.79"
  • Buoyancy: 64.15 lbs.
  • Shipping Weight: 15.0 lbs.

Quality/Usability : Protecting your camera is a must since you invested so much money into your gear and depending what you do for a living, it brings in income. I've gone on trips with my gear in a shoulder bag or backpack. Although it hauled what I needed, there wasn't much protection from accidental bumps.


Pelican is well known when it comes to protecting your gear whether it be cameras, firearms, laptops or just fragile and/or expensive equipment in general. Professional photographers, big name movie studios, government agencies and other departments use Pelican cases to haul their gear. Pelican cases are made of high impact structural Copolymer Polypropylene, they are nearly indestructible, watertight, dustproof and guaranteed for life. The case weighs about 15lbs. without any gear. So it has some weight to it but that's something you'll have to sacrifice if you want protection. As I mentioned above, I go on trips so looking for a case that is FAA approved carry-on is a must.

I'm sure you've heard of lost luggages, expensive jewelry stolen or big wads of money (you should be carrying that on you anyways), or just luggages being chucked around on the tarmac. So I would never check my bag in especially with gear valued over $10,000 or more.





To be able to lift the handle up, there is a small pull tab locking mechanism. Simply pull back on it and lift the hand out of from the back. Once the handle is fully up, the locking mechanism will lock in place. To put the handle back down, simply pull back on the locking mechanism again and push the handle down until it locks in place. One thing I would like to see is the ability to be able to lock the height rather than all the way up. If there was another 1-2 notches somewhere on the handle, this would be helpful since everyone is not the same height.

It would be nice if the handle can be better supported for when I want to sit on the case in the vertical position and I want to lean on the handle when its up.


Like with all hard cases that is used in extreme conditions, there is a pressure equalizer. This allows the free passage of gases and vapors, equalizing the pressure differential between the enclosure and surrounding area.


The Pelican lid locks hold a tight grip and keeps the case close. There's not additional steps or safety measures. Simply just lift up and the case can be opened. On both ends of the case and next to the lid locks is a spot for you to place a lock to add additional security from anyone breaking in. Pelican added metal cutouts around the hole to prevent someone from cutting or breaking through the case.


You can choose the Pelican case with Pick-N-Pluck foam or padded dividers. There's also interior lid cover pouches if you need more storage instead of the foam. I opted for the dividers because this offered more flexibility when the gear is swapped out for something different. The pluck foam offers a much more sturdier protection and less movement but if you ever change your gear, you'll have to buy new foam. An example, you have a telephoto lens like the 70-200mm f2.8 and you plucked the foam to conform to the lens. But down the road, you change your type of shoot and no longer need telephoto anymore and got all primes. You can't place the foam back. Once its removed, its gone for good.

There are a few bulges on the inside of the case where the wheel and handle is on the edges. So you will lose some space but nothing much. In these areas, I would put all the little nit-nack stuff like batteries, chargers, memory cards, etc.


Since the dividers are held in place with velcro, you can easily move them around. This isn't all my gear but pictured is a Canon 600EX-RT, Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II and a gripped Canon 5D Mark III. Attached to my camera is a Herringbone Heritage Hand Strap and a Luma Labs Cinch 2. When it comes to gear, I want to make sure that it is able to accommodate gripped camera bodies. Yes, not everyone uses grips or professional camera bodies, which is why you see majority of manufacturers only show non-gripped cameras. But if it can fit a gripped camera body, it can definitely hold non-gripped cameras and still have plenty of room.

In the second (middle) image, you can see that with the lens attached, due to the camera body and hand strap, it's a bit side and pushes the center divider. This is fine if you are going to put small stuff next to the camera. If this doesn't work for you, you can detach the lens from the camera and store them in separate locations. You can configure the dividers to your likings.

Conclusion : Overall, the Pelican 1510 1514 Carry-On Camera Case with Dividers is a must but if you travel a lot with your gear. The durability of the case is top-notch. The padding is nice, thick and provides plenty of protection. If you're looking for a durable case and it's made by Pelican, you know you're getting quality product.




Manufacturer: Pelican
Site: Buy from Amazon / Buy from B&H Photo / Buy from Adorama / Buy from The Pelican Store

Price: $139.99 (Case only) / $149.99 (Foam) / $174.99 (Padded Dividers)

Potential Nikon D600 Class Action Lawsuit



US law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein is currently collecting Nikon D600 dust complaints for a potential class action lawsuit against Nikon. This is great for Nikon D600 owners but there's been reports of Nikon D600's being replaced with Nikon D610's. If it is indeed true, this lawsuit won't happen because Nikon is trying to rectify the situation by replacing the cameras.

*UPDATE*
The law firm Zimmerman & Reed PLLP, filed a class action lawsuit in California federal court on February 19, 2014.

Deal: Adobe Lightroom 5 for $69



Adobe Lightroom 5 is regularly priced at $149 dollars from B&H Photo. It is on sale for $119, add a promo code to knock off an extra $50 dollars, and you’re down to just $69 dollars for Adobe Lightroom 5.

Must add to cart, use Promo Code: 1510432155578536 to see discount.

Deal: Canless Air Systems Special Edition for $80



Canless Air System, the manufacturer of O2 Hurricane Canless Air (Industrial - review) is having a special. For the months of February and March they have lowered the cost of their Special Edition unit from $159.95 to only $79.95. It is also available on Amazon for the same price.
The Canless Air System O2 Hurricane Special Edition is the most revolutionary cleaning tool since the vacuum. The cordless and rechargeable Special Edition O2 Hurricane blows air out at over 220mph and is perfect for cleaning and dusting anything you can think of. Each unit is rechargeable just like your cell phone and will provide you with hundreds of hours of cleaning time. The O2 Hurricane Special Edition is our strongest unit and comes in a brand new blue color. We also offer a 30 day money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose, try it now!
  • Blows over 220MPH!
  • 2 year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee!
  • Comes with our 3 piece attachment kit!
  • This is our strongest unit yet!
  • Eco-friendly. It just uses the air we breathe!
They are also now offering a 3-pay option (three payments of $24.95 + shipping & handling) over at http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-5513140-11316962

Press Release: Canon Announces the PowerShot G1 X Mark II



Canon officially announced the new 12.8MP PowerShot G1 X Mark II. It's smaller than its predecessor with a faster 24-120mm f/2-3.9 lens, 31-point AF system, tilt-able touchscreen LCD and Wi-FI connectivity. To make the camera compact, Canon replaced the optical viewfinder with an optional Electronic Viewfinder (EVF).

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II will be available in April with a retail price of $799.


Camera highlights:
  • 13.1 megapixel at 4:3 and 12.8 megapixel at 3:2
  • High-Sensitivity 1.5" CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • Canon 5x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 24-120mm f/2-3.9 (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0" 1,040k-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi Connectivity with NFC
  • High Speed AF and 5.2 fps Shooting
  • HS SYSTEM and Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Dual Control Rings and 14-Bit RAW
You can purchase from these authorized retailers:

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: AmazonAdorama | B&H Photo
Canon EVF-DC1 Electronic Viewfinder: Adorama | B&H Photo
Canon WP-DC53 Waterproof Case: Adorama | B&H Photo
Canon LH-DC80 Lens Hood: Adorama | B&H Photo
Canon FA-DC58E Filter Adaptor: Adorama | B&H Photo
Optional Grip will be available only through Canon Direct: www.shop.usa.canon.com

Continue reading for full press release.


Canon’s Latest G-series Digital Camera Features a New Type of 1.5-Inch CMOS Sensor, 5x Zoom Lens, Wi-Fi and NFC Capabilities, Full HD and A Three-Inch Touch Tilt LCD Screen

MELVILLE, N.Y., February 11, 2014 – Building upon the success of the PowerShot G1 X digital camera, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled its new flagship PowerShot G1 X Mark II, a digital camera designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Boasting a sensor that is 4.5x larger than a 1/1.7” sensor found in professional level point-and-shoot cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera can produce high-quality images with a wide dynamic range. It features a new type of 1.5-inch, 12.8 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, made by Canon, allowing for optimum performance with an ISO range of 100-12800. This sensor, combined with the DIGIC 6 Image Processor, comprises the Canon HS SYSTEM resulting in faster autofocusing speeds over the PowerShot G1 X camera, allowing photographers to capture detailed, vivid images even in low-light conditions.

Featuring a newly-developed f/2.0 – f/3.9, 5x optical zoom lens (equivalent 24-120mm zoom range) with Dual Control Rings, this new camera provides customized zooming and focus-functionality similar to a DSLR camera. With this wide of an aperture, photographers have the ability to isolate their subjects by separating them from a background that is blurred. This gives more control and creative possibilities when using a PowerShot camera. The Dual Control Rings include a Step Ring to adjust various customizable settings and a Continuous Ring to make focusing adjustments during manual focus, as well as additional customizable settings for manual shooting. This new lens features a nine-blade aperture to provide beautiful, blurred backgrounds even at full-zoom range.

“The new high-end PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera delivers incredible, professional-level shooting capabilities in a compact camera body making it the ideal second camera for DSLR shooters,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “In addition, with the introduction of advanced wireless capabilities such as NFC and enhanced low-light shooting and autofocusing, the G1 X Mark II is a well-rounded professional-level camera that allows photographers to get creative.”

Improved Operation and Performance
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with a new type of Canon-made, 1.5-inch CMOS sensor to help achieve optimal performance from low to high ISO speeds. It has a default aspect ratio of 3:2 which is the same ratio the advanced user has come to expect when shooting with a DSLR camera. If the photographer wants to switch to a 4:3 ratio, it can be done without impacting the field of view.

The new PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera uses 31 Auto Focus (AF) points, compared to the PowerShot G1 X camera that uses nine AF points, resulting in improved autofocus capabilities allowing the user to easily compose the image and focus on a specific subject in the frame. Utilizing the bright, capacitive touch, three-inch tilt LCD on the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera helps provide flexibility in shooting by tilting 180 degrees up and 45 degrees down.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is also compatible with Canon’s new optional electronic viewfinder that mounts to the hot shoe. A new optional grip* will also be available for the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera. These accessories are ideal for photographers looking for the feel of a DSLR camera with the portability of a point-and-shoot camera.

Seamless Connectivity
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi® technology, so users can share still images and videos online quickly and easily using compatible mobile devices.1 Using the Mobile Device Connect button, users can connect to a smartphone, a tablet or a Wi-Fi enabled computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon iMAGE GATEWAY2 through the cloud. For even easier connectivity, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera introduces Near Field Communication (NFC)** – a first for Canon’s G-series cameras – so transferring photos to a compatible Android device can be simple and intuitive. This digital camera’s new remote shooting feature also allows the user to sync the G1 X Mark II with a smartphone or tablet and utilize the shutter, optical zoom and self-timer features from that device.

Extensive Shooting Modes
Ideal for portrait photography, the camera’s Background Defocus mode softens the background behind a subject to help users create professional-looking portraits. In addition, simply pressing the camera’s dedicated movie button allows photographers to capture 1080p Full HD video with ease. And, as commonly found in most DSLR cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera has a full range of shooting and recording modes, including 14-bit RAW + JPEG, for outstanding creative control.

Unique to Canon PowerShot Digital Cameras, the PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera features Advanced Star Mode with four options to capture images of starry night skies with impeccable quality. The “Star Portrait” and “Star Nightscape” modes help capture the radiance of stars while still allowing you to capture the subject. The “Star Trails” mode captures video trails of stars to turn trails into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time Lapse Movie” mode will shoot images of star movement and then combine the images to make a film that shows the movement of the stars, creating a truly stunning video.

Availability
The PowerShot G1 X Mark II camera will be available starting in April for a retail price of $799.99.

*Optional grip will only be available through the Canon Direct website. Visit www.shop.usa.canon.com
**Compatible with Android devices version 4.0 or later.

Deal: Nikon Lens Only Rebates



The new Nikon "lens only" rebates are now live - a total of 15 lenses are now up to $400 off and you don't have to buy a DSLR body in order to qualify. The best deals are:

$100 off the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens - B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
$100 off the Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens - B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
$185 off the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens - B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
$300 off the Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens - B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
$300 off the Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens - B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
$400 off the Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens - B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon

Deal: Canon Lens Sale Discounted in Cart at B&H Photo *UPDATED*


B&H Photo has a bunch of Canon lenses at discounted prices once it's placed into your shopping cart. These are not part of any rebate program and no expiration date is given for these discounts.

The discounted prices are only reflected when added to the cart because of:
This Item has a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) restriction set by the Manufacturer / Distributor that limits how we can display our selling price. The price above is our actual selling price.
Below are the most popular lenses with discounts:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 - $339 (Reg $399)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 - $389 (Reg $419)
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II $1548 (Reg $1699)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II - $2359 (Reg $2499)
Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS - $1449 (Reg $1599)
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS - $1559 (Reg $1699)

There are lots of other lenses at discount prices, just head over to B&H Photo.

*UPDATED*
Adorama and Amazon also has Canon lenses on sale:

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Standard AutoFocus Lens - Adorama | Amazon
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM AutoFocus Telephoto Lens- AdoramaAmazon
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens - AdoramaAmazon
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM AutoFocus Telephoto Zoom Lens - AdoramaAmazon
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM UD Autofocus Telephoto Zoom Lens - AdoramaAmazon
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM AutoFocus Image Stabilized Telephoto Zoom Lens with Hood & Tripod Mount - AdoramaAmazon

Press Release: Panasonic Announces 4K-Capable Lumix DMC-GH4



Panasonic has announced today its latest flagship Micro Four Thirds camera, the Lumix DMC-GH4. It's designed as a 'hybrid camera' that can shoot both stills and videos, and the emphasis of the improvements is clearly on the latter. Its revised 16MP Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine IX processor allow for 4K video, 12 fps continuous shooting and 1080p shooting at bitrates as high as 200Mbps.

The GH4 uses a new 'Depth from Defocus' autofocus system which offers focus times as quick as 0.07 sec and less hunting, according to the company. You can compose photos and videos on either a 3" 1.04M dot fully articulating OLED display or an OLED EVF with over 2 million dots. The GH4 also includes Wi-Fi with NFC, as PC sync port, highlight and shadow control, and a 'silent mode' which uses the electronic shutter only.

The big story about the GH4 is it's video recording capabilities, which can record at 4K and 1080p, with support for the IPB and ALL-Intra codecs. Shooting aids include focus peaking, zebra pattern, luminance level adjustment, and cinema gamma presets. An optional 'interface unit' adds five SDI and two XLR terminals, and permits 10-bit 4:2:2 output with time code.

No word on pricing and availability but it will be announced at a future date.


You can pre-order from these following authorized retailers:

Panasonic LUMIX GH4 Black Camera Body: B&H Photo | Adorama
Panasonic DMW-YAGH Interface Unit: B&H Photo | B&H Photo (with GH4) | Adorama
Panasonic DMW-FL580L Flash - Wireless: Adorama

Continue reading for full press release.

The Panasonic LUMIX GH4 DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless) Camera is the World’s First* DSLM with 4K Video Recording Capability

Designed To Meet Professional Needs for Both Still and Video Capture


Panasonic is proud to introduce the ultimate still/video Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera for both photographers and cinematographers alike. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 (GH4) is the world’s first DSLM with 4K cinematic recording capability. The image quality for both still and video is dramatically improved by Panasonic’s cutting-edge technologies.

The newly developed 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for the GH4 excels both in sensitivity and response and suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using the electronic shutter. The Venus Engine image processor has been newly developed dramatically boosting its performance with a new quad-core CPU that allows high speed signal processing that is required for rich 4K video recording. Integrating superior noise reduction systems, the GH4 enables shooting at maximum ISO 25,600. Sensitivity, gradation performance, resolution and color reproduction are dramatically improved to achieve even higher picture quality. The GH4 boasts high speed burst shooting at 12 frames per second (AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps(AFC) to capture fast moving subjects.

The new GH4 has evolved into a professional video camera. One of the most prominent advances is unlimited 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*2. The GH4 is also capable of recording Full- HD video with ultra high bit rate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB) without recording time limit*2. Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage. For professionals working globally, the system frequency can be easily selected between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz. The GH4 is also capable of real-time image output to an external monitor via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. For more unique video expression, VFR(Variable Frame Rate) or Time Lapse/Stop Motion Animation can be produced with GH4 without postproduction processing. In addition, a variety of practical functions required for professional video recording are newly integrated.

The high-precision Contrast AF system in the GH4 is further enhanced by Panasonic’s integration of DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology which shortens the time to focus to achieve ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*3. Not only speed but also the operability is enhanced thanks to the addition of Face / Eye Detection AF or 49-point AF with Custom Multi AF mode.

The GH4 boasts newly developed high-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays of 2,359K-dot LVF (Live View Finder) and 1,036K-dot rear monitor. Both the LVF and rear monitor adopt an OLED to achieve high speed response with minimum time lag while enhancing the resolution. Notably, the OLED for the LVF in GH4 boasts 10,000:1 high contrast for superior color reproduction.

To be tough enough to withstand heavy field use, the main structure of the GH4 is composed of a magnesium alloy full die cast front/rear frame. It also features splash / dustproof construction by sealing every joint, dial, and button. The shutter unit allows a max. 1/8000 shutter release and is also redesigned to be even more durable for approx. 200,000 actuations.*4

1. The World’s First Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera Recording High Quality Video in 4K – To Meet Professional Quality and Standards

One of the most prominent advances is unlimited*1 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096x2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840x2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*2. The GH4 is also capable of Full- HD video with ultra high bit rate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB), which does not have limit of recording time. Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage. In MP4 / MOV, high quality sound in LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) is recordable.

The GH4 is also capable of real-time image output to an external monitor in 4:2:2 / 8-bit*5 via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. Even 4:2:2 / 10-bit is available which is suitable for the professional requiring serious monitoring of the footage. Users can choose to output only the recording content or the content with the menus individually depending on a display.

Plus, the VFR (Variable Frame Rate) enables recording video with slow/fast motion such as 96 fps, 4x, all in Full-HD*6. Time Lapse / Stop Motion Animation video can be produced in camera, too.

For more precise control over video image quality, the GH4 integrates Zebra Pattern to prevent white wash-out and Focus Peaking to aid with manual focusing. The GH4 even offers a Master Pedestal Adjustment with 15 steps. Gamma presets exclusively for video recording are now available in Creative Video mode - “CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” for rich video expression. Synchro Scan mode is also newly available to reduce and suppress flicker. It is possible to display a Center Marker while recording.

The GH4 is equipped with functions that meet global standard for synchronous video recording. A 1KHz Test Tone and Color Bars (SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are available on the GH4. The camera also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronize the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production workflow. Time Code Value can be started at any point of [Reset], [Manual Input] and [Current Time]. Drop frame or Non Drop Frame time code is selectable*7. When recording the video in MOV, AVCHD Progressive, AVCHD or MP4 (LPCM), the GH4 automatically generates multiple seamless files for continuous recording. During playback, the AVCHD Progressive / AVCHD files are reproduced with seamless, interruption-free continuity.

A total of 22 LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses offer any creative perspective according to the scene, including HD lenses allowing silent, high performance AF control suitable for video recording.

2. The Newly Developed 16.05-Megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor and Venus Engine Achieving High Speed, High Sensitivity Image Recording

Panasonic developed a new 16.05-megapixel Digital Live MOS Sensor for the GH4 that achieves high quality, high sensitivity image recording with quick response. Approx. 50% higher speed signal readout suppresses rolling shutter effect even when using an electronic shutter or recording video. Taking full advantage of the Live MOS Sensor, dynamic range is expanded by max.1/3 stop at low ISO sensitivity.

The Venus Engine image processor is newly developed boosting its performance with a quad-core CPU that lets high speed signal processing required for rich video recording such as 4K. The advanced Multi-process NR (Noise Reduction) applies effective noise reduction and edge processing according to each component frequency. Plus, a newly added Random Filter granulates chromatic noise to be blended into the image even more naturally. As a result, a max. ISO 25,600 has been achieved. On the other hand, optimizing the combination design of new sensor, new imaging engine and low pass filter enhances the limit resolution by more than 5% while suppressing moire. A newly adopted aperture filter is capable of controlling over a wider frequency range. It adjusts the amount of sharpness according to the frequency level, resulting in faithful stereoscopic effect. The Venus Engine also improves color reproduction with accurate evaluation of each color even if it is similar not only in color phase but also in saturation and luminosity.

3. High Speed Response Required for Professionals and Practical AF Options

All LUMIX G cameras use the Contrast AF for its focusing system. Compared with the Phase difference system AF, the Contrast AF boasts higher accuracy especially in shooting with a bright lens with a small F value. With a LUMIX G digital interchangeable lens capable of digital signal exchange at max. 240 fps, the focusing is stunningly quick and smooth. The Contrast AF system in the GH4 is further enhanced by Panasonic’s integration of DFD (Depth from Defocus) technology which even shortens the time to set focus. It calculates the distance to the subject by evaluating 2 images with different sharpness level while consulting the data of optical characteristics of the current lens. As a result, the GH4 achieves ultra high speed AF of approx.0.07 sec*8. This improvement benefits more as focusing distance increases. The burst speed of shooting is dramatically faster than its predecessor, the DMC-GH3, boasting high speed burst shooting at 12 fps (AFS) up to approx.40 (including RAW) / approx.100 (excluding RAW) and 7.0 fps (AFC) to capture fast moving subjects in-focus.

In addition, the stability of continuous focusing is improved by minimizing wobbling in both still and video recording. Together with the quick start-up and short release time lag, the GH4 never lets photographers miss fleeting shooting opportunities.

The GH4 incorporates Eye Detection AF which automatically sets focus right on the eye of human face. Focus point is increased from 23 (GH3) to 49 points for more flexible composition together with Custom Multi mode in which users can freely select the blocks needed to focus out of the 49 points. Now the 1-area AF area can be seamlessly magnified not only in manual but also in auto focus mode. Tracking AF is also advanced in the point of tracking accuracy by estimating the subject’s movement. Focus point can be set on any part of the 100% field of view. The time to show magnified image can be selectable in Pin-point AF. Focus point can be magnified either with the MF ring or with cursor key in MF Assist mode. In the Touch Pad AF, the position can be set either on absolute/relative coordinate. Together with the Eye Sensor AF which starts focusing by just looking into the viewfinder, the AF/AE lock button works for AF for quick auto focusing even when using the LVF.

4. Stunning Mobility Supported by Mechanical Advancements

The GH4 boasts newly developed high-precision, high-speed dual OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays for LVF (Live View Finder) and rear monitor. Increasing the resolution of display area to 2,359K-dot, the new 16:9 Wide Screen LVF boasts approx.1.34x / 0.67x (35mm camera equiv.) magnification and 100% field of view and eye point of approximately 21 mm. Thanks to the newly designed large eyecup, the visibility of LVF is dramatically improved. The image output between the LVF and the rear monitor is switched automatically with the eye sensor on the LVF, which features options of sensitivity - high, low and off - to reduce false operation during touching on the rear monitor. The 3.0-inch 1,036K-dot free-angle OLED rear monitor (3:2 aspect) with wide-viewing angle rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down offers approx. 100% of field of view. This rear monitor adopts static touch control for more smooth operation either in shooting or in playback. Both LVF and rear monitor adopted OLED to achieve high speed response with a minimum time lag while enhancing the resolution. Notably, the OLED for the LVF in GH4 boasts 10,000:1 high contrast for superior color reproduction. Now the excellent visibility comes closer to OVF. On the other hand, live view image can also be displayed in monochrome through the LVF enabling concentrating on contrast.

Even a moment’s waste matters in professional shooting, but it is possible to make target setting intuitively with the GH4. Three dials are equipped on the top and back of the camera and the main dial is now comes with a lock structure. A dedicated button allows direct reach to exposure compensation, white balance adjustment or ISO setting and max.5 settings can be assigned to the Fn button. All these external components are designed to be operated easily without taking eyes off the viewfinder.

Both built-in/external flash can be synchronized with max.1/250 second shutter speed.

5. Expandability for A Variety of Workflows

Easy Wireless Connectivity via Wi-Fi® / NFC with Smartphones
The GH4 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology camera to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. With the Panasonic "Image App", remote shooting of both photo and video is available by using the smartphone/tablet as a remote shutter with a monitor. Not only releasing the shutter, but zooming, focusing and settings of shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation are all controllable with a smartphone / tablet. All these flexible shooting / browsing / sharing styles are made possible with the GH4 and the Panasonic's dedicated application software, the Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android smartphones / tablets. It is also easy to embed geotags in the image after shooting. For the smartphone/tablet without NFC, the camera can display a dedicated QR code on its monitor to complete pairing easily by reading the code.

Output/Input Terminals
The GH4 comes with a variety of connection terminals for more flexible shooting options. The 3.5mm microphone jack is for high quality audio recording using an external microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jack which enables monitoring the audio while shooting video real-time. It is also capable of real-time image output on an external monitor via an optional HDMI micro cable simultaneously while recording video. In addition to these, the GH4 complies with AV outputs (Audio 2ch, Composite), flash sync terminal and 2.5mm jack for remote controller. 
For reliable recording of rich video, the GH4 complies with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) which is the new speed class standard of SD memory card. The UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) guarantees a constant minimum write speed of 30MB/s to respond to market needs for 4K video.

Optional Accessories
A GN58 is a powerful External Flash (DMW-FL580L) and is newly added to the LUMIX G optional accessories which allows high speed charging of approx.1.7 sec. Not only with wireless control but also LED video light function are available. The Stereo / Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2) which enables stereo/shotgun switch even allows more precise sound recording with selectable Super Shotgun / Lens Auto / Manual option on GH4.

6. Other Features

Luminance Level Adjustment
Just as the concept of “the ultimate hybrid DSLM camera” identifies, the GH4 supports smooth postproduction for photographers migrating to videography. In addition to the standard luminance level of 16-235*9 and 16-255*9, GH4 offers 0-255*9 which is equivalent to photo standard.

Focus Peaking
For more practical control over focusing, the GH4 incorporates Focus Peaking function that shows the peak of focus in MF and AF+MF mode. Users can see the peaking of focus while monitoring the subject in live view. It can be set to HIGH / LOW / OFF and the color can also be changed to blue, white or orange according to the color of the shooting scene during live view. Users can take advantage of this function when controlling the camera with a smartphone / tablet via Wi-Fi in both photo / video recording.

Silent Mode
This mode switches shutter from mechanical to electronic and turns all sound (AF, operation) off while suppressing the emission of the AF assist lamp and flash with just a single setting for special shooting occasions.

Highlight/Shadow Control
The Live View function is also advanced digitally making it possible to adjust highlight / shadow separately with the front/rear dial. Three patterns of settings can be customized in addition to the three presets.

RAW data development in Camera
The GH4 is capable of developing RAW images in camera. In addition to the color space setting ( sRGB / Adobe RGB ), the parameter of white balance, exposure compensation, contrast, highlight/shadow, saturation, noise reduction, sharpness or hue can be flexibly adjusted while LUMIX’s Photo Style, Intelligent D-range Control, Intelligent Resolution can also be applied.

Interface Unit (DMW-YAGH)
Panasonic offers an new optional Interface Unit (DMW-YAGH) exclusively for professional/industrial workflow with GH4 that enables more powerful video transmission. It complies with Full HD (4:2:2 / 10-bit) offering four parallel outputs and these can be used for 4K (4:2:2 / 10-bit) output - both with time code*10. The XLR input terminals (2ch) are also equipped to connect line or condenser microphone. When connecting with microphone, volume can be controlled for L and R separately, which can be monitored LED audio level display on the back of the unit. The 12V DC IN is highly compliant with large-capacity industrial battery and continuously supplies the GH4 with power*11.

Footnotes:

* For a digital single lens mirrorless camera as of February 7, 2014.
*2 Use SDXC/SDHC Memory Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) when using high bit rate video recording mode over 100 Mbps.
*3 In AFS, With LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. or LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
*4 Panasonic in-house testing.
*5 Setting the HDMI output picture quality
[4:2:2 10bit]:You can output the image through the HDMI connection in higher picture quality, but you cannot record it as a motion picture or still pictures. Ideal when the HDMI output is to be saved on external devices.
[4:2:2 8bit]:You can record the image while outputting it through the HDMI connection. Ideal for recording while checking the motion picture on an external monitor. When using 4:2:2 / 8-bit output, video is recorded in 4:2:0 / 8-bit on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card.
*6 In 24p playback. Effect value varies depending on the recording format and frequency.
*7 When system frequency [59.94Hz] is selected
*8 In AFS, With LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S. or LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm / F2.8 ASPH. / POWER O.I.S.
*9 8-bit
*10 Setting the HDMI output picture quality [4:2:2 / 10bit]
You can output the image through the HDMI connection in higher picture quality, but you cannot record it as a motion picture or still pictures. Ideal when the HDMI output is to be saved on external devices. When using 4:2:2/10-bit output, simultaneous video recording on SDXC/SDHC Memory Card in the camera is not possible.
*11 HDMI output from the camera is not possible when the camera is mounted on the Interface Unit.

Source: Dpreview

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Review: Think Tank Photo CityWalker 20 Shoulder Bag



Overview : These lightweight, soft and refined messenger bags have a hip-hugging form and room for a tablet. The removable insert enables you go from a camera bag to messenger bag.

Features :
  • Dedicated compartment for iPad
  • Accommodates a 70 - 200, detached
  • Removable main insert increase functionality for multi-uses
  • Soft and flexible to conform to your body
Gear Profile:
  • Fits one standard size body w/ 24 - 70 attached + 1-3 extra lenses + flash + tablet. Accommodates 70-200 detached
Technical Specs:
  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D (35 x 25 x 17 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions : 13” W x 8.7” H x 5.3” D (33 x 22x 13.5cm)
  • Tablet: 10.3” W x 8”H x 1” D (26.2 x 20.3 x 2 cm)
  • Weight: 2.0-2.3 Lbs. (0.9-1.0 kg)

Quality/Usability : I was starting to outgrow my ThinkTank Retrospective 10 after going full-frame with my purchase of the Canon 5D Mark III and L lenses. So I've been on the hunt for something a little bigger and lighter.


In comes ThinkTank CityWalker series. The CityWalker is also a shoulder bag but weighs less than the Retrospective series and is a soft bag which conforms to your body where as the Retrospective is much more solid and rigid.


There are loads of storage flaps. On the outside, the overall flap has a big zippered pocket. The back has another zippered pouch to hold your magazines or papers. On the left and right are mesh holders for water bottles or flashes.


The shoulder strap is a fat 2" (5cm) wide and has a foot-long (30 cm) soft grippy padded pad. There is also a smaller, shorter carry strap on top of the bag for just grabbing the bag as it sits.


On the inside of the flap there is a business card holder, and SoundSilencer for the velcro if you want silent access but sacrifices protection. In addition to velcro, there is a plastic latch to lock it closed.


Once you flip it open, there is another big flap on the outside of the bag for chargers, cables, batteries, and inside of which are lots of smaller pockets for memory cards and pens.

Each bag also has a place to hide an iPad (the CityWalker 30 will hide a laptop), and lots of other storage.


Each has three sections inside: a central one for your body and lens pointed down, and two more sections, one on each side, each for holding a lens, lenses or flash.

The biggest part of the bag is the three section camera and lens holders. You can take out this divider section to use the bag as a diaper or lunch bag with all one big compartment.


The above image on the left is with the center storage removed with a Canon 600EX-RT and Pixel TD-381 battery pack on the side pockets. The image on the right is with the center storage in the CityWalker with a Canon 5D Mark III with BG-E11 grip and a Canon 24-70 f2.8L II lens. A Canon 50mm f1.4 is also inside one of the pockets.

Conclusion : Overall, the ThinkTank CityWalker 20 Shoulder Bag has replaced my love for the ThinkTank Retrospective bag. Its lighter and soft enough to conform to my body. The shoulder pad is the same as the Retrospective which is very comfortable. There's plenty of storage and even a spot to hold your tablet. I'm even able to hold a water bottle thanks to the elastic mesh pockets on the side of the bag.

As with all ThinkTank products, you won't be disappointed with the quality and craftsmanship of the products. From all the products we've tested and reviewed, it's all been top notch.




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 / Buy from B&H Photo (Blue) / Buy from Adorama (Blue)
Price: $129.75

ThinkTank CityWalker 30: Buy from ThinkTank (Black) / Buy from Amazon (Black) / Buy from B&H Photo (Black)
 / Buy from Adorama (Black) / Buy from ThinkTank (Blue) / Buy from Amazon (Blue) / Buy from B&H Photo (Blue) / Buy from Adorama (Blue)
Price: $164.75
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