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Protect Your Gear with Camera Armor

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I can be terribly abusive to my photography equipment. Although I try to be gentle with my gear, I guess I’m just a klutz.

But now, I can worry a little less thanks to Camera Armor. Camera Armor is just what it sounds like … a silicone-based system that protects the camera and lens from bumps, scratches, dirt and drops. Although not fully waterproof, the system also does well protecting against moisture. Think of it as the bulletproof vest for your camera.

Camera Armor system for the Canon EOS 1D/1Ds Mark III.

Camera Armor system for the Canon EOS 1D/1Ds Mark III.

The system comes with 4 parts: the Body Armor, the Lens Armor, which fits a 49mm-84mm physical diameter lens, the LCD Shield and a Lens Cap Leash. Although it completely covers the camera, all controls are accessible.

The system is designed specifically for certain camera models. For Canon, there are Camera Armor systems for the following bodies: Canon XTi, XSi, 40D, 30D, 20D, 5D, 1D Mark II and the 1D Mark III. For Nikon, there are systems for the: D40, D40x, D60, D70, D80, D2x, D200 and D300. There are also systems for the Fuji S5, Sony A100, Pentax K10D, Pentax K20D, and the Olympus E-410.

Workshops: Volume III

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Here’s a list of photographic workshops/tours that may interest you:

The Mentor Series: The Nikon-sponsored Mentor Series photo treks have featured some of the top names in photography as instructors including Joe McNally, Leslie Bryn Alsheimer and Rob Van Petten.
Nikon pros not only share their secrets but participants get the chance to use Nikon digital cameras and Nikkor lenses.
The following dates are still available as of this posting.

June 10-15: Arches National Park 2009
July 11-18: Denali National Park, Alaska 2009
August 7-9: Montreal 2009
August 14-16: Colorado 2009
September 27-October 7: Egypt 2009.

Check the Website for available dates and for contact information.

Places to Go on the Web – Great Photo Sites Issue 8

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I love photography. Not only do I love to take photographs, I love to talk, teach, and explore photography. I also like to look at great photographs to get ideas on how I can be a better photographer.
If you have any interest in digital photography, then a visit to some of these sites is worth your time. Looking at great photos will help make your own photos better because you can get ideas, tips and see what and how others are photographing their subjects. As your cruise Cyberspace, spend a few minutes looking at these Websites:

David Mendelsohn: Photographer David Mendelsohn’s work reflects his training and career as a professional designer. His client list includes United Airlines, Nikon, Polaroid, GQ, Forbes and IBM.

Rosanne Pennella: Rosanna Pennella has been honored as a “Legend Behind the Lens” by Nikon and is an instructor of travel photography at the International Center of Photography and The New School in NYC. Pennella’s photo career wasn’t her first option: She was an attorney and left her career to travel the world and make images.

Reed Hoffman: With 25-years experience as a photojournalist and freelance photographer, Reed Hoffman has an extensive portfolio of captivating images. Hoffman has twice won the National Press Photographers Association’s Regional Photographer of the Year Award and has complimented his photography with teaching and consulting work.

Sigma Corporation Honored in Professional Photographer’s Hot One Awards

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has been awarded the prestigious Professional Photographer’s Hot One Award, in recognition of its superior quality telephoto zoom lens, the Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8 / 400-1000mm F5.6 EX DG.
The magazine’s editors said the competition’s judges picked the Sigma APO 200-500mm, in “record time,” while citing the telephoto lens’ “status as the only 500mm zoom with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture.” They also noted its motorized zoom and autofocus, and its compatibility with 35mm, full-frame DSLRs and APS-C type digital cameras.

“We’re extremely honored to be included in these prestigious awards,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, general manager of Sigma Corporation of America. “Professional Photographer serves as the ultimate, go-to guide for countless photographers looking for insight and reviews on newly released products, and we’re thrilled that Sigma’s continued commitment to quality products that help perfect the way photographers work has been recognized.”

The tenth anniversary Professional Photographer’s Hot One Awards, which honors the year’s best photography products, drew the largest number of submissions ever for 2009, according to Jeff Kent, Hot One Awards editor at Professional Photographer magazine.

“Every year, we talk about the Hot One Awards getting bigger and better. That trend continued this year, but in a more pronounced fashion,” said Kent. “The Awards took a huge step up in size, logging more than 350 entries by 180 companies. The 56 categories were more competitive than we’ve ever seen before. Winning an award in this year’s competition was no small feat. The 2009 Hot One winners truly represent the best and brightest in today’s professional photography market.”
Designed to create outstanding image expression with various types of photography, the Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8 / 400-1000mm F5.6 EX DG, the world’s first lens to offer an f/2.8 aperture at 500mm focal length, utilizes both SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass and three ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) glass elements to provide excellent correction capabilities for all types of aberrations. Additional features for this lens include super multi-layer coating, which reduces flare and ghosting, and provides high image quality from the extremely large aperture. The lens hood, designed exclusively for this lens, blocks out extraneous light that can interfere with photo quality.

The Sigma APO 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG incorporates an integrated Li-ion battery BP-21, used to power the zooming and AF operation, and provides the photographer with a convenient, built-in LCD panel, allowing focusing distances and focal lengths to easily be viewed. This lens is available in Sigma, Canon, and Nikon mounts, and is priced at $34,000 MSRP.

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April 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Cool Ads Part II: Nikon’s Coolpix Alley

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Even though posting this equals free advertising for Nikon, I don’t care. I really enjoyed this ad and wanted to share it with you.

According to information found at an advertising review Website, this ad was created by Duval Guillaume ad agency in Antwerp, Belgium. The photographer is listed as Tom Nagy.

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March 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm

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Visions of Rock

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What do John Mayer, Bryan Adams, Lenny Kravitz and Patti Smith have in common besides being talented musicians? They are also talented photographers.
American PHOTO magazine, Nikon with additional support from Epson, sponsor Visions of Rock, a Website and exhibition that highlights photography by some of the world’s most well-known musicians.

Visit Visions of Rock to see the works by these and other top musicians.

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March 16, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Nikon Posts Newest Podcast

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Nikon USA has recently released its newest podcast “Behind-the-Scenes with Rob Van Petten and the D3X” on its Website.

The podcast can be viewed here.

Van Petten is an advertising photographer who focuses on fashion and lifestyle. His images incorporate a strong color palette, modern architecture and powerful lighting.

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March 11, 2009 at 2:09 pm