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JJC LH-J48B Professional Lens Hood for Olympus 17mm 1.8 Black Zuiko Lenses Replaces Olympus LH-48B
JJC LH-J48B Professional Lens Hood for Olympus 17mm 1.8 Black Zuiko Lenses Replaces Olympus LH-48B
Offered by A&R PHOTO VIDEO INC
Price: $20.90
5 used & new from $20.50

4.0 out of 5 stars A good hood for the price., September 2, 2014
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Very good hood for the Olympus 17mm f1.8. It fits well and does the job.


Studio & Commercial Photography (Kodak Pro Workshop Series)
Studio & Commercial Photography (Kodak Pro Workshop Series)
by Jack Reznicki
Edition: Paperback
63 used & new from $0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Jack's book stands the test of time., September 2, 2014
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This book was written long ago and it is still tremendously valuable as a general guide to studio photography in 2014. The tools may have changed but the thoughts and the behind the scenes work is the same. This is a valuable primer for anyone contemplating commercial photography.


Richard Avedon: Avedon Boxed Postcards (cards)
Richard Avedon: Avedon Boxed Postcards (cards)
by Richard Avedon
Edition: Cards
Price: $12.44
5 used & new from $12.44

5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful to have a little gallery of Avedon Images at hand., September 2, 2014
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Gorgeous images, well printed and nicely packaged.


CowboyStudio Lens Hood for Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G Lens (Replaces HB-47)
CowboyStudio Lens Hood for Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G Lens (Replaces HB-47)
Offered by cowboystudio
Price: $8.00
2 used & new from $8.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice lens hood which should have come with the lens., September 2, 2014
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A little thinner construction than the name brand but at such a great price. The value proposition is good.


Letting Go of the Camera
Letting Go of the Camera
Price: $5.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good essays on doing the work..., September 2, 2014
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This is a charming, thought provoking collection of essays on the why and what of photography instead of the usual "how."


HB-32 Dedicated Altura Photo Lens Hood for Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED Nikkor DX Lenses (Nikon HB-32 Replacement) + MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
HB-32 Dedicated Altura Photo Lens Hood for Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED Nikkor DX Lenses (Nikon HB-32 Replacement) + MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
Offered by Digital Goja
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars And I got a very nice hood at a very good price, August 1, 2014
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The hood is for a Nikon lens. The lens retails for $600. You'd think they would include a hood! But no, you get to choose your vendor. I chose Not Nikon. And I got a very nice hood at a very good price.


Transcend 64 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3 Flash Memory Card 95/60 MB/s (TS64GSDU3)
Transcend 64 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3 Flash Memory Card 95/60 MB/s (TS64GSDU3)
Price: $36.95
35 used & new from $34.36

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The right memory card for 4K video in a Panasonic GH4, July 8, 2014
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Perfect price and flawless performance. I bought two of these and have been using them to record 4K video on a Panasonic GH4. The work exactly the way they are supposed to and are much less expensive than the competing cards. A bargain.


Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
DVD
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best film noir movies ever., June 26, 2014
This is Harrison Ford's most important role as an actor. The direction is amazing and the sets are dystopian supreme.


The Real Business of Photography
The Real Business of Photography
Price: $3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Weisgrau has written a very valuable business book for photographers., June 3, 2014
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I bought it and devoured it. Even though I've been doing photography commercially for quite a while it's great to hear a different approach or even some great tips about maximizing your time and profit. Many thanks for a clean and readable writing style!


Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY 16.05MP Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Camera with 4K Cinematic Video (Body Only)
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28 used & new from $1,524.95

79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I started clearing out old gear a month ago to make room and money for this camera. It's worth it., April 27, 2014
To understand where I'm coming from I've been a professional photographer for about 25 years, have written five books about photography (all available here on Amazon...) and I've been shooting video on and off for well over a decade. I originally bought a Sony a99 to do video with since it seemed set up to do good video production but the camera is crippled with a poor codec, line skipping and a generally mediocre image quality (in video, the stills are great). Searching for another option I researched the Panasonic GH3 and bought two of them. They've been really great video cameras and I think their image quality, especially from raw files is as good as nearly all APS-C cameras and the Olympus m4:3 cameras. While I like my GH3's and have made money with them in video production the specs on the GH4 were too good to pass up. The camera isn't a giant step up from the GH3 but it's a great refinement. A well done evolution.

The processors in the camera are twice as fast as the ones in the previous generation and that means faster focusing, faster read times and generally better processing while the camera is reading information off the sensor. The camera will shoot 4K video which is twice the resolution overall as the 2K video on the previous generation. I won't be using the full 4k any time soon but the improvements required to handle 4k mean a better image in 2k.

I've had the camera for three days, have shot over 1,000 still images and tested the video in both 2K and 4k and everything about the camera exceeds my expectations. I love having more video controls. There is a master pedestal control that allows you to set black levels. There are two cine profiles that give you footage that's easier to color correct and grade in post processing. There's a better set of audio meters with a marked zero Db hashmark. There are two settings for Zebras to help you nail exposures. There's focus peaking to assist you in focus pulling and using manual focus legacy lenses.

The camera takes the same batteries as the GH3 which, since I own five or six of them, is a big bonus. But the best thing of all on the new camera is the very much improved EVF (electronic viewfinder) which I find to be much closer to an optical viewfinder than anything Panasonic has done before.

I've only had the chance to play with the large, Jpeg Fine files since I haven't loaded SilkyPix yet. Since my real need is for video production, and I have two of the GH3s, I have the luxury of waiting for Adobe to add the raw file converter to Adobe Raw in Lightroom and PhotoShop.

If you shoot only stills and you have the GH3 you probably don't need to change. I don't think the files are more than about 5% better in the new camera. If you shoot video you'll probably be interested in all the upgraded features and the ability, if needed, to buy a unit that attaches to the bottom of the camera and provides XLR microphone inputs and good pre-amps for the microphones.

My take on it is that the GH4 is the best of the DSLR video cameras at this moment. It's a moving target so check back frequently.

Final thing. The Autofocus. It's as fast as anything I've ever shot with and more accurate than a lot of them. I'd buy this camera again in a heartbeat.
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