DJI Phantom 2 Now Available – Drone Safety and Q&A

One of the hottest topics in the media right now is drone videography and photography. Drones produce incredibly beautiful results through a fun and relatively easy process. This week our first drones arrived and we couldn’t wait to try it out.

One of Bergen County Camera’s employees, Tom Schiavone, is an experienced model plane and helicopter pilot and was the first to fly the drone. Within moments he was flying the Phantom 2 with ease.

As drone videography and photography becomes more popular, stunning videos of many different locations have been flooding the internet. Below is one of our favorite drone videos taken in Chernobyl, Russia.

Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

We want our customer base to be educated and feel comfortable enjoying drone photography. Below you’ll find several resources used to make your quadcopter flying experience safe and fun.

Rules and Regulations for Drone Photography

Currently drone photography and videography is allowed for personal use only. Any commercial use of drones is only permitted with permission of the FAA.

Tips for Safely Flying Your Drone (Via KnowBeforeYouFly.com)

  • Follow community-based safety guidelines, as developed by organizations such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
  • Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
  • Keep your sUAS in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
  • Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
  • Contact the airport or control tower before flying within five miles of an airport.
  • Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
  • Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the sUAS.
  • Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
  • Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
  • Do not conduct surveillance or photograph persons in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission (see AMA’s privacy policy).

Where to fly your drone (and where you should never fly a drone)

There are a number of location where flying any device is both unsafe and illegal. Check this helpful map for locations to avoid in your area. Always think both about the safety of the people around you and yourself. If someone could get hurt, find a different location. Flight should only performed when winds are minimal.

Also, we recommend joining the AMA and becoming a member of a local aeromodeling club. AMA members are provided liability coverage while using their drones and your local AMA club will give you access to a safe area to fly and other hobbyists to learn from.

 

We invite you to express any questions or concerns about drones below in our comments or on our Facebook page.

Coming Soon – Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 for Canon and Nikon

January 22, 2015, Commack, New York- Tamron, a leading manufacturer of precision optics, announces the release of a groundbreaking F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (model A012) is the only zoom lens in its category to feature image stabilization. The lens will be available starting January 30, 2015 at $1199.99. 

Since 2012, Tamron has been expanding its lineup of interchangeable lenses for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007) was the world’s first F/2.8 high-speed standard zoom lens to include image stabilization, followed by the development of the unique SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009), SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F004), and SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD (Model A011) lenses, all of which have been highly acclaimed among the photo enthusiasts around the globe. Now, we have developed SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012) to expand the world of imaging possibilities in the wide-angle range.

* For F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras (As of January 22,2015. Source: Tamron)

 


Product Highlights

 

1. Superior, class leading imaging performance using an innovative XGM lens element

With an optical construction consisting of 18 elements in 13 groups, including, for the first time, an XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element placed in the front group, and several Molded-Glass Aspherical elements and LD (Low Dispersion) elements used throughout the optical system, aberrations such as geometrical distortion and lateral color are efficiently corrected enabling the zoom lens to deliver outstanding image quality throughout its entire zoom range from corner to corner.

 

2. Enhanced sharpness with exclusive VC image stabilization when shooting handheld in low light or at night

In response to popular demand, Tamron has created the world’s first F/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with VC (Vibration Compensation)*4. The VC allows shooting at slow shutter speeds and in low light conditions, and effectively compensates for minor camera shake, whilst maintaining class leading optimal performance.

 

3. eBAND Coating provides superior anti-reflection properties

In addition to further optimizing Tamron’s acclaimed BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating, the eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating has also been employed in this lens. This combination offers superior anti-reflection properties especially important in ultra-wide-angle lenses which are particularly susceptible to flare and ghosting due to their wide angle of view, and provides superior quality and crystal-clear images by minimizing unwanted light reaching the sensor.

 

4. 15-30mm zoom covers both ultra-wide and semi-wide-angle focal lengths

At its ultra-wide-angle settings this lens can capture, in a single photograph, broad landscapes that cannot be taken in fully by the human eye. At its semi-wide-angle focal lengths, it’s ideal for travel and street photography. In short, this unique lens utilizes the zoom function to provide maximum shooting flexibility with a wide range of subjects.

 

5. Fascinating background “bokeh” throughout the wide-angle range due to its fast constant F/2.8 aperture

Utilizing its shallow depth of field at F/2.8, it enables users to capture beautiful bokeh effects even at wide coverage angles. Its advanced optical formula and 9-bladed circular diaphragm are designed with defocused photography in mind – perfect for creating images where subjects stand out from their natural, blended backgrounds.

 

6. Proven fluorine coating utilizing Tamron’s industrial lens expertise is used on the front element

Fluorine coating, with an established track record in Tamron’s industrial lenses, such as those used in automotive cameras, has been applied to the front element. It repels water and dirt, and makes it easier to remove smudges.

 

7. Flexible, high-performance focusing with USD

USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)*5 delivers high torque, high precision, and virtually silent autofocus action. A full-time manual focus mechanism permits fine focus adjustments instantly without needing to exit AF mode.

 

8. Lens hood designed to prevent light from striking lens at all focal lengths

This unique lens hood provides effective shading of the front lens surface over the entire zoom range to minimize flare. It utilizes the unique characteristics of the optical system in which the front lens group recedes as you zoom in from 15 mm to 30 mm.

 

9. Double-hood structure provides additional strength

A double-hood structure has been incorporated into the lens design to improve the durability of the zoom mechanism.

 

10. Comes with “SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron”, RAW image processing software customized for Tamron SP lenses

The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras.

 

The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron’s SP series lenses – renowned for their crisp, high-resolution imaging – this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.

1 The XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) lens element is capable of efficiently correcting aberrations in the angle of view that changes significantly with an ultra-wideangle zoom lens. Furthermore, it has an especially significant impact on minimizing distortion and enhancing sharpness of the image at its periphery.2 eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating is a new nanotechnology-based coating technique developed by Tamron to reduce unwanted reflections.

3 The Sony mount version does not include VC since Sony digital SLR bodies incorporate built-in image stabilization functionality. The name of the Sony mount model is “SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di USD” without the VC designation.

4 VC (Vibration Compensation) is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization mechanism.

5 USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) is Tamron’s proprietary ring-type ultrasonic motor.

 

 

Specifications

 

 


* Length is the distance from the front tip of the lens to the lens mount face.

**Length and weight are based on figures for the Canon-mount and the Nikon-mount lens.

*6 The circular diaphragm stays almost perfectly circular up to two stops down from maximum aperture.

 

Specifications, appearance, functionality, etc. are subject to change without prior notice

Detailed Feature Specifications


* VC (Vibration Compensation)

VC is Tamron’s proprietary image stabilization system. Tamron’s VC employs a three-coil system, whereby three driving coils activate the shake-compensating VC lens group electromagnetically via three ceramic ball bearings. The VC lens elements are held in place only by contact with the ceramic ball bearings, achieving smooth movement with little friction. And since the VC mechanism is moved in parallel using only the motorized control, the mechanical structure has been simplified, enabling the development of more compact lenses.

 

*The Ultrasonic Motor
In the ultrasonic motor, a piezoelectric element arranged in a ring formation generates ultrasonic vibrations in a metallic ring stator, and this vibration energy is used to rotate a metallic ring rotor that is attached to the stator. The rotation energy is in turn transferred from the metallic ring rotor to operate the focusing mechanism of the lens.

 

* eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating

eBAND Coating, developed by Tamron, is a new coating technique that radically improves anti-reflection properties. A nano-structured layer (1nm = 1/1,000,000mm), with dimensions smaller than the wavelengths of visible rays of light, is deployed on top of multiple coating layers to maximize light transmission efficiency.

Reflections occur at the interface between the lens and the air because of the difference in refractive indices of the two substances. The nano-structure of the eBAND Coating makes possible an extremely low refractive index by minimizing the differential with that of air while actively inducing air to its own structure, thus significantly suppressing the extent and degree of reflections.

 

In addition, the total anti-reflection efficiency at the lens surface is further improved by means of integrating the conventional coating technique based on an active utilization of the “interference of light” principle, attenuating the level of reflections by overlaying reflected light on the coating front surface and that of the back side with its phase shifted, thus increasing the net transmissivity.

 

As a hybrid technology that integrates the newly developed nano-structured layer with an extremely low refractive index and conventional multiple-layer coatings, the eBAND Coating provides superb anti-reflection performance, delivering crisp, razor sharp images, and eliminating the flare and ghosting that can tangibly damage image quality to a remarkable degree.

About Tamron“New Eyes for Industry” is Tamron’s philosophy. This creed is consistent with the company’s position as a comprehensive manufacturer of a wide range of original optical products, from interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras to various optical devices for both the general consumer and OEM. Tamron makes optical products that contribute to a range of different industries and will continue to devote its rich creativity and leading-edge technical prowess to various industrial fields. Furthermore, Tamron is fully aware of its responsibility to the environment and aspires to help preserve the natural environment in all of its business activities. Among its many optical and mechanical innovations since the founding of the company in 1950, Tamron’s development of mass-produced hybrid Aspherical elements paved the way for today’s compact high power All-In-One™ lenses when, in 1992, this technology was incorporated into the ground-breaking 28-200mm. Tamron continues to lead in this category of lenses with the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD – the world’s smallest and lightest 15X All-In-One™ zoom lens featuring Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) system for blur-free hand-held shooting of photos in low light and at telephoto settings and PZD (Piezo Drive) autofocus system for fast and quiet autofocus operation. Tamron’s recent SP (Super performance) lens introductions have received accolades and high praise from leading photographic magazines and websites for their outstanding best-in-class performance. Tamron has garnered international acclaim for its extensive line-up of professional and consumer lenses. 

Optical Product Line-up:

Interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras, digital camera lenses, video camera lenses, lenses for automotive applications, CCTV and IP lenses, lenses for long wavelength infrared cameras, ultra-precision optical components and more.

Free Focus Sessions – February 2015

Focus sessions are free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10 am. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Feel free to use the comment option to make suggestions for future focus sessions.

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February 7 – Urban Landscape Photography

February 14 – For The Love of Photography

February 21 – Macro Photography

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Coming Soon – DJI Phantom 2

Untitled-3Bring your photography to new heights with the DJI Phantom 2. Coming soon to Bergen County Camera. This amazingly easy to use quadcopter features support for a GoPro Hero 3/3+/4. Reserve your new quadcopter today by calling us at (201)664-4113. Details on an in store (or above store) demo coming soon.

General Features

  • Ready to Fly, Multifunctional Quad-rotor System
  • Customized H3-2D and H3-3D Gimbal Support
  • Precision Flight and Stable Hovering
  • 25min Flight Time & Smart Battery
  • Auto Return-to-Home & Landing
  • Advanced Power Management
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Easy Battery Replacement
  • Self-tightening Propeller
  • Video Downlink Support
  • CAN-Bus Expansion Module

Aircraft

Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)
1000g
Hover Accuracy (Ready To Fly)
Vertical: 0.8m;
Horizontal: 2.5m
Max Yaw Angular Velocity
200°/s
Max Tilt Angle
35°
Max Ascent / Descent Speed
Ascent: 6m/s; Descent: 2m/s
Max Flight Speed
15m/s(Not Recommended)
Diagonal Length
350mm
Flight Time
25mins
Take-Off Weight
≤1300g
Operating Temperature
-10°C ~ 50°C
Supported Battery
DJI Smart Battery

DJI Smart Battery

Type
3S LiPo
Capacity
5200mAh, 11.1V
Charging Environment Range
0℃ to 40℃
Discharging Environment Range
-20℃ to 50℃

2.4GHz Remote Control

Operating Frequency
2.4GHz ISM
Communication Distance (Open Area)
1000m
Receiver Sensitivity (1%PER)
-97dBm
Working Current/Voltage
120 mA@3.7V
Built-In LiPo Battery Working Current/Capacity
3.7V, 2000mAh

Print Critique Focus Session Special

This Saturday, January 17th at 9:30 am, bring in one of your printed images for this week’s focus session and we’ll critique your print and provide you helpful tips in how to improve your photography. For participating in the focus session, you’ll save 20% on any frame for your print. Limited to one frame per person. Available on in stock items only.

Photo Books at Bergen County Camera

Bergen County Camera’s selection of photo books can provide hours of enjoyment, wonder, and inspiration. We welcome you to visit Bergen County Camera or Gallery 270 and view our growing collection of books from artists including George Tice, Baron Wolman, Sebastiao Salgado, Herman Leonard, Jefferson Hayman, Melchior DiGiacomo, and many more.

New additions to our photo books include:

Baron Wolman’s “Woodstock”baron

Relive the original 1969 Woodstock experience with this incredible book featuring over 75 images from the 3-day festival,  An exclusive 14-page interview of Baron and Michael Lang, concert promoter and co-creator of Woodstock, a complete set of Baron’s never before seen Woodstock contact sheets, and a foreword by none other than Carlos Santana.

Also available is the limited edition version of only 250 copies featuring:

• The widely-praised hardbound book nestled in an elegant custom slipcase with gold embossing.

• One correspondingly numbered and signed 8×10 silver gelatin print of Baron Wolman’s “Woodstock Cows”.

• One very rare original Woodstock admission ticket.

“The Rolling Stones”

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The kind of fame and success The Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-years and counting career is without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and mesmerizing off and onstage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and 1970s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. They also set the standard for how a rock band should look and behave. Produced in close collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones’ remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in over 500 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, and gathered from archives all over the world. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones’ own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to their story. For Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie this is their official photographic record.

Featuring over 500 pages of incredible images from some of the world’s greatest photographers, including David Bailey, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Bob Bonis, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Bent Rej, and Ethan Russel, a foreword written by President Bill Clinton, three new essays from award-winning writers David Dalton, Waldemar Januszczak, and Luc Sante, and an appendix including Stones in the media, a Stones timeline, a discography, and photographers’ biographies.

Also available is the Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,150 copies. Numbered and signed by Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie!

National Geographic “Around The World in 125 Years”Natgeo

For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s trailblazing magazine has inspired millions of readers to explore and take an interest in the planet we inhabit. Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has opened their archives to distill the journey of a lifetime.

Features:

  • 1,404 pages of photos in three volumes
  • Includes photos by Steve McCurry, Frans Lanting, George Rodger, James Nachtwey, and dozens of National Geographic staffers who covered the world from Timbuktu to Tuvalu
  • Introductory essays by Douglas Brinkley
  • Photographer biographies
  • Each slipcase converts into its own bookstand because these treasures deserve to be put on display!

 

Sebastião Salgado’s “Genesis”sal1

On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense. From that day onward—though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer—the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who “always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,” shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely. This new opus, GENESIS, is the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society—the land and life of a still-pristine planet. “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,” Salgado reminds us. “We must preserve what exists.” The GENESIS project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future. Salgado likens GENESIS to “my love letter to the planet.”

Over 30 trips—traveled by foot, light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions—Salgado created a collection of images showing us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in breathtaking beauty. Mastering the monochrome with an extreme deftness to rival the virtuoso Ansel Adams, Salgado brings black-and-white photography to a new dimension.

Whereas the limited Collector’s Edition is conceived like a large-format portfolio that meanders across the planet, this unlimited book presents a selection of photographs arranged in five chapters geographically: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces, Amazonia and Pantanal. Each in their own way, this book and the Collector’s edition, pay homage to Salgado’s triumphant and unparalleled GENESIS project.

The Collector’s Edition, limited to 2,500 copies, numbered, and signed by Sebastião Salgado, is also available.  Featuring:

  • Two volumes bound in quarter-leather and cloth
  • SUMO size: 46.8 x 70 cm (18.4 x 27.6 in.)
  • A book stand in cherry wood veneer designed by Tadao Ando
  • A cloth-bound caption book
  • Delivered in a wooden cargo box (total weight: 59 kg [130 lb])

Available now both online and in store.

 

The Bergen County Camera Advantage

BCC_Since1980_Spectrum_Iris-Outl copyIn this day and age when many stores are interested in selling you the box, Bergen County Camera is still selling what’s inside the box – and often priced remarkably close to thebig box stores. An approach that truly puts the focus on you!

Here’s what’s included

  • We’ll assess your needs and guide you to the right camera and accessories to meet your goals and objectives
  • We’ll set up your new camera so you’ll leave the store ready to take pictures
  • You’ll learn as much about your camera and photography as you want — we’re always available to answer your questions in-store, by phone or email.
  • We are authorized retailers for all the brands we carry and never sell grey market goods
  • Free Focus Sessions educate on a variety of photographic topics every Saturday at 9:30 am
  • We offer a yearly lineup of photo excursions and meetups to explore and enhance your enjoyment of photography
  • We offer classes on variety of digital photography topics from beginner to advanced
  • We take trade-ins towards your new purchase and also offer consignment sales
  • Should your camera ever require service we’ll arrange all the details to get
    your camera repaired
  • We’ve got you covered from start to finish for most photographic projects with rentalsprocessing, framing and more
  • A full service Fine Art Photography gallery, Gallery 270, located in Englewood, New Jersey
  • A local business since 1980 and proud donor to local charity Table to Table

Free Focus Sessions – January 2015

Focus sessions are free and take place in the Westwood store from 9:30 am – 10 am. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Feel free to use the comment option to make suggestions for future focus sessions.

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January 3 – Night Photography / Long Exposures

January 10 – Using Flash Indoors

January 17 – Photo Critique

January 24th – Take Better Portraits

January 31 – Winter Photography / Snow Photography

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