Photo Deals and News – April 10, 2014

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Nikon has announced an updated 18-300 DX lens.  This is almost a 17x zoom. In general I am not a fan of do it all lenses. I recognize that they are extremely convenient but in my opinion and testing you end up making quality sacrifices to get that convenience.  That said – if you plan to just share photos online and you are not going professional anytime soon – the Nikon versions of these do it all lenses are the best of the do it all lenses and the new one promises to be a little lighter and a little sharper.  AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR | $896.95 from B&H, Available April 24.

Tamron has announced their own super duper do it all lens, the 16-300.  These lenses come just in time for summer holiday travel.  Pricing has not been announced yet- I expect it will be a little cheaper than the Nikon version- UPDATE: $629.00 Canon, Nikon and Sony versions available. Pr

LensBaby – makers of gimmicky creative DSLR attachements has announced a 5.8mm fisheye for Canon and Nikon. At first glance I’d suggest you are better off with the Bower/Rokinon 8mm fisheye.  No image circle with the 8mm and you save $50.

Sony has announced the a7s – I have written a short post detailing the differences. Christina and I also chat about the 4k capabilities in our latest podcast(up tomorrow). Still waiting to hear from Sony on pricing of the a7s. I will have more to say about the a7 when mine arrives Friday from Lumoid.

Nikon has camera/lens rebates this month (ends Apr 26th)- The new D3300 is included in this rebate. Truthfully there are no amazing savings here but all the normal body/lens combos are at least $50 off – D3300, D5300, D7100 are all on the list.

B&H will be CLOSED Monday April 14 through Tuesday April 22. -Get your orders in ASAP!

Mysteries of the Unseen World
Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.  Some neat imagery in this video.

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 They all had dreams. They all had family. They died for us. Arlington National Cemetery is a heavy place, I can't help but think about all the pain and suffering when presented with row upon row of a headstone representing a fallen soldier and my mind boggles that this still happens today. On this little planet hurtling through an incomprehensible ginormous space - some people think it is ok to kill each other. :( p.s. You should google Cornelius H. Charlton - his story is interesting p.p.s My grandfather is buried in Arlington- my Mom's father was instrumental in designing and implementing early radar systems for the Navy in WW2. Captured with the #Sony #a7RII and #Canon #70200L at 200mm and f/3.2
 #mondaymorningshare - I want to see your failed experiments or favorite photos from the last week. GO TO to share your fav image from the past week. Here's my #failedexperiment The US Capitol at Sunset. File this under because I could - a 2 minute exposure with the use of a NISI Filters 10-stop ND. I hoped I would get some interesting wispy movement in the clouds but nothing developed. Next I tried a 6 minute exposure (swipe to see it) and while there may be a little more movement in the clouds it certainly wasn't anything to get excited about. And while I often recommend very carefully shooting building and monuments as symmetrically as possible, I purposefully shot from right of center to avoid losing Ulysses S. Grant statue in the front of the capitol. *  Sony #A7RII and #Canon 2470mm with #NiSiFilters #10StopND
 I love traveling with other photographers on #mckaylive trips. Kari, a trip participant, noticed this line of trees and shared her perspective with me. I had glanced at them but hadn't noticed how nicely they lined up when standing at a certain spot #teacherbecomesthestudent :) We had a great day leaving behind the cherry blossom crowds for a much quieter walk around #HarpersFerryWV. And a visit to #BolivarHeights a much fought over hilltop during the civil war and the site of the largest surrender of Union troops - over 12,000 men surrendered to Stonewall Jackson. *  Captured with the #Panasonic #GH4 and #1235mm lens

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