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  • 5 Things We Love About the Panasonic Lumix GH5!

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    This week, Panasonic tech rep Jack Salamanchuk visited our Cleveland and Cincinnati stores for in store training and a Panasonic Lumix GH5 Launch Event! Our store staff had the opportunity to get their hands on the GH5 and learn about some of the exciting new features that this camera offers. We put together a list of 5 things that we love about Panasonic's Lumix GH5 for anyone that wasn't able to make it to the event!

    5 Things We Love About the Panasonic Lumix GH5

    10 Bit Color:

    The Panasonic Lumix GH5 offers 10-Bit color in video recording mode. This is huge because most cameras today only offer 8-Bit color video recording. The addition of 10-Bit color means that you can capture many more shades of color in your video compared to what 8-Bit recording can offer. To put it simply, 8-Bit recording captures 16,777,216 different colors. 10-Bit color offers you the ability to capture over a billion different colors, or 64 times the number that 8-Bit allows.

    Dual I.S. Image Stabilization:

    We did a live comparison between the GH4's image stabilization and the Panasonic GH5's Dual I.S. Image Stabilization and were blown away! There is a night and day difference between the two, and the Dual I.S. system allows you to create ultra smooth handheld video without the use of gimbals or any other stabilizer. Panasonic's Dual I.S. image stabilization is incredible.

    Expandability

    Panasonic has created several accessories to expand the capabilities of the GH5. The two must have accessories are the XLR  Audio Adaptor and the V-Log L Firmware Upgrade Kit.

    The XLR Audio Adapter is a must have for anyone looking to produce professional level video with their GH5. It offers two XLR audio inputs with an output of up to 96 kHz at 24 bits. The adapter is powered by the camera through the hot shoe, and has a built in pre-amp.

    The V-Log L Firmware Upgrade Kit is another must have for anyone looking to produce professional level video with the GH5. This expansion provides the ability to capture 12 stops of dynamic range for better highlight and shadow details in your video. Please note: utilizing this accessory will provide video that requires color grading and other professional level file handling.

    2 Card Slots

    A first for the Lumix G Series cameras, Panasonic has added a second card slot to the GH5. You can utilize the second card slot in multiple ways including; backup, overflow, and RAW + JPeg.

    Unlimited Record Time

    Gone are the days where you have to re-start recording every 15-30 minutes! The Panasonic GH5 allows you to record until your card is full or the camera battery dies. This means that you can record a full wedding ceremony or event from beginning to end without missing any moments!

    Pre-Order Your Panasonic Lumix GH5 here or visit us in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Chicago to for more details!

  • Sony Alpha Savings Event

    Dodd Camera - Sony Alpha Savings Event - January - March 2017

    Get up to a $480 Bonus on select Sony a7 series cameras and FE lenses.

    Now through March 4th, 2017, receive a bonus trade-in IR when you trade any working DSLR, mirrorless camera, or camera lens toward your purchase of a new Sony a7 series camera or E-Mount Full Frame Lens! (Trade-in offer valid in-store only).

    These trade in bonuses stack on top of our current Instant Rebates, as well as the trade in value of your gear, providing you with huge savings opportunities! For example: if you bring in a camera with a trade in value of $500, you will receive $500 for your trade plus any applicable Instant Rebate and Bonus Savings that apply to the Sony product that you purchase. In this case, your total savings would be $1,280 on a Sony a7r Mark II body (purchased on 2/7/17).

    Below is a list of eligible models with bonus trade-in savings:

    Sony a7 Mark II (Body Only): $265 Trade In Bonus

    Sony a7 Mark II w/ FE 28-70mm OSS Lens: $300 Trade In Bonus

    Sony a7r Mark II (Body Only): $480 Trade In Bonus

    Sony a7s Mark II (Body Only): $450 Trade In Bonus

    Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F/4 ZA OSS Lens: $202 Trade In Bonus

    FE 24-240mm F/3.5-6.3 OSS Lens: $150 Trade In Bonus

    FE 24-70mm F/2.8 GM Lens: $150 Trade In Bonus

    Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F/4 ZA OSS: $180 Trade In Bonus

    FE 28-70mm F/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens: $75 Trade In Bonus

    FE28mm F/2 Lens: $67 Trade In Bonus

    Distagon T* FE 35mm F/1.4 ZA Lens: $240 Trade In Bonus

    Sonnar T* FE 35mm F/2.8 ZA Lens: $120 Trade In Bonus

    Planar T* FE 50mm F/1.4 ZA Lens: $225 Trade In Bonus

    FE 50mm F/1.8 Lens: $37 Trade In Bonus

    FE 50mm F/2.8 Macro Lens: $75 Trade In Bonus

    Sonnar T* FE 55mm F/1.8 ZA Lens: $150 Trade In Bonus

    FE 70-200mm F/4 G OSS Lens: $225 Trade In Bonus

    FE 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 G OSS Lens: $180 Trade In Bonus

    FE 85mm F/1.4 GM Lens: $180 Trade In Bonus

    FE 90mm F/2.8 Macro G OSS Lens: $165 Trade In Bonus

    FE PZ 28-135mm F/4 G OSS Lens: $375 Trade In Bonus

  • Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II Launch Event - Cleveland

    Be one of the first to get your hands on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II at our launch event in Cleveland January 28th!

    Dodd Camera will be hosting an event with Olympus representative Mike Amico on Saturday, January 28th between 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM. The event will provide the opportunity to take the E-M1 Mark II for a test drive at several shooting stations that will demonstrate the tremendous speed as well as other functions of this impressive camera!

    Schedule of events:

    Breakfast With Olympus

    9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

    Join us for a breakfast and presentation from Olympus about the incredible technology that they put inside of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II mirrorless camera. Breakfast will be served at 9:30, followed by a presentation by Mike Amico.  Seating is limited. Registration is required to reserve your seat. Click here to register.

    Hands On With The E-M1 Mark II

    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Put the Olympus E-M1 Mark II to the test with at our shooting stations designed to capture the speed and image quality that only the E-M1 Mark II can capture!

    Olympus Product Demos

    1:00 - 3:00 PM

    Test drive the entire Olympus product lineup and get your questions answered by Olympus representative Mike Amico during this portion of our launch event.

  • CES 2017: A Sneak Peak at Nikon's Latest Cameras

    CES 2017 is off to an impressive start with new product announcements! Nikon has refreshed their camera lineup with two new point and shoot cameras and a new DSLR.

    Nikon D5600

    The Nikon D5600 is Nikon's latest DSLR in their D5000 series camera line. It boasts a 24.2 megapixel sensor, improved ISO sensitivity (100 - 25,000), a 39 point autofocus system and a 3.2-inch vari-angle touch screen LCD screen. Nikon has also added their impressive SnapBridge technology to the D5600 giving the camera the ability to be constantly connected to a user's smart device and automatically sync images to their phone!

    Nikon is offering the D5600 in several package options that include body only, an 18-55mm lens kit, and an 18-140mm lens kit. The Nikon D5600 is available for pre-order today: Click Here to Pre-Order Yours!

    Nikon has also released two new point and shoot cameras at CES: the Nikon Coolpix A300 and Nikon Coolpix W100. Just like Nikon's D5600, both of these cameras have Nikon's SnapBridge technology built-in.

    26519_A300_frontThe Nikon Coolpix A300 offers high performance Vibration Reduction (VR), paired with a 20.1 megapixel image sensor, to ensure that you are capturing ultra-sharp photos and smooth HD videos! It's slim and stylish design make it the perfect everyday camera to capture and share life's moments!

    The Nikon Coolpix A300 is available for pre-order today: Click Here to Pre-Order Yours!

    26516_W100_frontThe Nikon Coolpix W100 offers a 13.2 megapixel CMOS sensor with 3x optical zoom. It is designed to be waterproof down to 33 feet, shockproof up to 5.9 feet, and freezeproof down to a temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Priced at only $159.95, the W100 is the perfect camera to take with you on vacation!

    The Nikon Coolpix W100 is available for pre-order today: Click Here to Pre-Order Yours!

  • Winter Show & Sale in Cleveland

    Winter-Show-Blog Our Winter Show & Sale has become an annual tradition at our East 30th store in Cleveland. It presents us with the opportunity to connect our customers with manufacturer representatives as well as offer in store specials on the latest photography equipment!

    This year, we are adding excitement by offering the first 25 customers each day an envelope that includes Dodd Dollars valued up to $100! Plus, we will be offering customers free sensor cleanings (one sensor cleaning per customer). FREE Tech Sessions will be taking place in our classroom (arrive early - limited seating). These Tech Sessions will provide you with an opportunity to learn new skills, including audio recording, lighting techniques and creative lens techniques. A complete list of Tech Sessions with descriptions can be found below:

     

    Tech Session Details:

    The New Sennheiser MKE440 Microphone! Sponsored by Sennheiser

    Sennheiser is proud to present a session on the AVX system from Sennheiser and their new MK440. The best of both worlds combine .Crystal clear, professional audio brought by a stellar, reliable company that continues to be an innovator in the industry as it has for the past 50 plus years. Combined with immense ease of use and an matched performance, this session will enable you to add fantastic audio quality to superb visuals , completing your masterpiece for years to come. This session will be presented by Ricardo Hurtado, fun, informative and interactive! “

    Easy Continuous Lighting for Portraits Sponsored by Westcott

    Westcott representative Pete Fox will demonstrate step-by-step techniques to show how easy portraits can be made with a value priced continuous light setup. Pete will show you how to set-up for flattering images with lighting that shows you the results of the light even before you take the photograph. Learn how modifiers like softboxes, umbrellas and reflectors can enhance your lighting with any light source. Level-Beginner

    Creating Portraits that Stand Out Sponsored by Westcott

    Westcott representative Pete Fox will show how to take your portrait images to the next level using a Beauty dish, specialty reflectors and a line of modifiers that has an ability to create a variety of looks from your light very quickly.  Level-Intermediate +

    DSLR Audio - Microphone Selection & Application Sponsored by RODE

    This class will be an overall run-through of microphone options for DSLR cameras.  Presenting each type of microphone used for on camera recording to DSLRs and external recording devices.  Briefly discussing a microphone’s design and educate on the science behind it.  Finally, going over the most common applications for each type of microphone. Presented by Product Specialist Ryan White

    How to use the Creative Filters and Exposure Modes built into the Olympus Camera System

    Learn how to use those creative filters that are already built into your Olympus camera system! Olympus Sales Representative Mike Amico will cover just what filters are available, how to find them and how to use them to unleash your creative potential! Mike will also show some example images that showcase what these features can do to enhance your next Photography outing!

    Reigniting your Creativity with Lensbaby with Ben Hutchinson

    Do you love the act of photography - experimenting, tinkering, opening yourself up to surprising results? Are you looking for new tools to add something special to your images and your vision? Lensbaby makes award winning creative lenses to help you discover the wonder of photography. Embrace the vintage timelessness of the brand new Twist 60. Redefine distortion and capture beyond what the eye can see with the ultra-wide 185° Circular Fisheye. Create emotion with the film-like, organic qualities of the Velvet 56 classic lens with macro capabilities. Spotlight specifics with a dramatic sweet spot of focus with the Composer Pro with Sweet 50. Whether your favorite camera is your interchangeable lens camera or your phone, Lensbaby will remind you why you fell in love with photography in the first place.

    Off-Camera Flash Sponsored by Phottix

    This program will deal with the ability to remove your flash from your camera, coordinate that flash with camera functions, and create beautiful imagery of studio like quality with a simple off-camera flash set up. Modern radio controls and state of the art electronics have made this process easier than ever. Why settle for flat lighting and or poor quality lighting when for a minimal investment you can have studio quality lighting almost anywhere. Doug will show you how to think like a pro-studio photographer on a budget and capture images through the use of manual as well as ETTL setting. a discussion of the lighting ratio setting and how to use them will allow you to go into the field with confidence. By the end of this program you will have gained the knowledge necessary to step into the world of professional off-camera flash photography. Yes this can be challenging, yes it is technical, and yes it produces results that every photographer dreams of. Presented by Photographer Doug Hansgate

  • What's New: A Tour Of Our New Online Store

    Over the last several months, we have been hard at work on a new online store and online photo ordering system. We wanted to highlight a few of our favorite new features, and invite you to check them out for yourself!

    Dodd Camera's Online store:

    Search and Navigation:

    Our number one goal was to make it easier for you to find the products and information that you are looking for. Our new search engine makes it extremely easy for you to search for products, as well as information throughout our website. When you are in the mood to browse the store, the new navigation bar is broken down by product category to make it easy!

    Filtering:

    We have improved the filters that you can use when browsing for products. This allows you to sort product categories and search results by brand, price, product features, and more!

    Blog:

    We are beyond excited to connect with you through the new blog on doddcamera.com! We will keep you updated on what's new in the photography world, as well as offer tips and tricks from our staff.

    Dodd Camera's Photo Finishing Store:

    Customizations:

    Dodd Camera's new online photo finishing store brings improved usability and endless customization to your photo projects. Working with a template but want to change the position of a photo? Simply click and drag to reposition the photo. You can even resize and add more photos to any template!

    Projects & Albums:

    One of our favorite new features of the new photo finishing store is the ability to save projects. We understand how much time you put into your photo projects and understand that it sometimes takes multiple sessions at the computer to get things just right. With our new photo finishing store, you can save projects and get back to them at your convenience!

  • Introducing the Profoto D2

    Profoto_D2-480x275With the ability to freeze action at up to 1/63,000 of a second, to shoot bursts of 20 images per second and sync with camera shutter speeds as fast as 1/8,000 of a second, the D2 is redefining the definition of speed in monolights

    “For a photographer, every new day is a new challenge. So for them, speed isn’t one thing – it’s many. That’s why we created the D2 to be remarkably fast in every way” says Johan Wiberg, Product Manager at Profoto.

    A photographer might need to freeze action with absolute sharpness. The D2 brings pin sharp clarity with a flash duration of 1/63,000 of a second, which makes it faster than most high end studio packs on the market. Better still, it maintains a super short flash duration across the full energy range.

    With the D2 you can shoot up to 20 flashes per second . That allows you to catch 20 versions of the same moment, and quite often that’s the difference between capturing a good image and a great image.

    profoto_d2_backBringing yet another dimension to speed is Profoto’s High Speed Sync technology (HSS). This allows the D2 to sync with the fastest shutter speeds available. An advantage when you need to catch a deep blue sky or take full control of ambient light.

    The D2 can also help to speed up workflow because it’s equipped with patented TTL technology. You can point-and-shoot and the D2 will automatically adjust its output for perfect exposure. But manual mode is available at click of a button, so switching between both modes with settings intact just makes everything move faster.

    In terms of output, the D2 is available in 500Ws and 1000Ws versions. At full power you’ll easily overpower the sun, or fully illuminate a larger Light Shaping Tool. Both versions come with a super wide 10 f-stop energy range and superior color consistency over the entire range. So leave the ND filters at home and add just a hint of light if needed.

    What can the Profoto D2 do for you?

    Freeze the moment

    The D2 can provide super quick flash durations up to 1/63,000 of a second. Shoot a splash of water and it will be frozen in mid-air – a photographic work of art.

    Catch the moment

    The D2 can shoot up to 20 flashes per second. That’s fast enough to catch the best of any moment. Ask your subject to jump and you’ll have 20 mid-air exposures to choose from.

    Control your surroundings

    Profoto High-Speed Sync (HSS) enables you to shoot with shutter speeds up to 1/8,000 of a second. Use HSS to shoot with large aperture in bright conditions or to freeze action with absolute sharpness.

    Shoot with ease using TTL

    Point-and-shoot in TTL Mode. Switch to Manual Mode and control the light with intuitive buttons and menus. Forget about the flash and focus on the light.

    Overpower any light

    The D2 packs enough of punch to overpower the available light in almost any situation. Its power is also a blessing when shooting at larger distances or when using larger Light Shaping Tools.

    Grow with speed

    It has the speed to set you free, and the power for you to be at your best. It’s an integrated part of the extensive Profoto system. Go full speed ahead with the D2.

  • Sneak Peak Of the New Canon 5D Mark IV

    canon_5DIV-350x200The EOS 5D Mark IV camera builds on the powerful legacy of the 5D series, offering amazing refinements in image quality, performance and versatility. Canon’s commitment to imaging excellence is the soul of the EOS 5D Mark IV.

    Wedding and portrait photographers, nature and landscape shooters, as well as creative videographers will appreciate the brilliance and power that the EOS 5D Mark IV delivers. Superb image quality is achieved with Canon’s all-new 30.4 Megapixel full-frame sensor, and highly-detailed 4K video is captured with ease. Focus accuracy has been improved with a refined 61-point AF system and Canon’s revolutionary Dual Pixel CMOS AF for quick, smooth AF for both video and Live View shooting. Fast operation is enhanced with Canon’s DIGIC 6+ Image Processor, which provides continuous shooting at up to 7.0 fps*. Built-in Wi-Fi®**, GPS*** and an easy-to-navigate touch-panel LCD allow the camera to become an extension of you. When quality matters, the EOS 5D Mark IV helps deliver results to inspire even the most discerning imagemaker.

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    The EOS 5D Mark IV camera boasts a full-frame, high-speed CMOS sensor that’s ideal for a broad range of applications with its remarkable high-resolution abilities. Measuring approximately 36.0mm x 24.0mm, the same size and ratio as a 35mm film frame, it records 30.4 effective Megapixels at normal ISOs of up to 32000. It also captures incredible still and 4K video clips suitable for significant post-processing, retouching and cropping.

    ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 50-102400) Featuring an ISO range of 100-32000 (expandable to 50-102400), the EOS 5D Mark IV camera is incredibly well-suited for low-light photography. Its sensor has an improved S/N ratio plus an improved noise-processing algorithm to help deliver high-level light sensitivity along with its high resolution, with virtually no compromise in image quality. Whether working in a dimly lit auditorium, trying to capture the action at night, photographing at the fastest possible shutter speed or simply suppressing camera shake blur, the EOS 5D Mark IV has an extended ISO range that contributes to its ability to excel in nearly every situation it faces.

    4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab* of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.

    The EOS 5D Mark IV is a remarkably capable video camera. Thanks to its impressive CMOS sensor and its high-speed DIGIC 6+ Image Processor, it can transition from taking still photographs to shooting videos in a near instant, capturing Digital Cinema (DCI) standard 4K (Motion JPEG) videos of 4096 x 2160 pixels at up to 30 or 24 fps. Adding to its versatility, it also supports the 4K broadcasting standard of 3840 x 2160 pixels with slight trimming on the left and right sides.

    Superb Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.

    Adding to its powerful and portable design, the EOS 5D Mark IV camera utilizes Canon’s smooth, fast and intelligent Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Featuring two photodiodes per pixel and each pixel capable of phase-difference detection autofocus, the CMOS sensor can deliver fast and accurate AF throughout approximately 80% of the image plane. Able to detect shifts in movement at the pixel level, Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables continuous automatic AF and AF tracking that enhances overall camera operation for sharp still images and smooth, accurate focus transitions in movies.

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