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  • Cincinnati Customer Appreciation Festival

    Join Us in Cincinnati on October 13th & 14th for our Customer Appreciation Festival!

    Dodd Camera Cincinnati: 6475 East Galbraith Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236 Phone Number: 513-791-3333

    This weekend marks our 5-year anniversary in Cincinnati. We've made so many friends over the last five years that we feel like celebrating! We've put together a fun-filled weekend complete with entertainment for photographers and their families. In addition to having nearly everything in the store on sale, you can also take advantage of free sensor cleanings, free seminars, free entertainment, free refreshments, a DJI New Pilot Experience, giveaways, and more!

    5 Year Anniversary Sale and Trade Show

    Friday, October 13th 10AM-6PM
    We’re celebrating our 5 year anniversary by putting everything in the store on sale! Take advantage of extra in-store savings and bonus rebates this weekend only. We’re also welcoming Tamron, Fuji, Profoto, and Manfrotto to our showroom to take part in this special occasion. 
    Free Sensor Cleanings
    Dodd Camera will be providing free sensor cleanings this weekend (Friday & Saturday). Bring your camera to drop off for cleaning and pick it up same day! No registration required, one camera per person please.
    Free Seminars
    Join Bob Sims from Tamron as he presents two free seminars!
    • Which Lens? Choosing the right lens for your subject — 12:00PM
    • Portraits 101 - Learn the basics of portraiture — 4:00PM
    Trade Show & Sale
    Join us as we welcome our sponsors Tamron, Fuji, Profoto, and Manfrotto to kick off our Customer Appreciation Weekend. Take advantage of extra savings on your favorite brands. Nearly everything in the store is on sale this weekend!
    Contests & Giveaways
    We’ll be running giveaways throughout the day to show appreciation to our customers. Be sure to stop by to see what you can win from Dodd Camera!

    Family Fun Festival

    Saturday, October 14th 10AM-4PM
    Our customer appreciation weekend continues! We’ve brought in entertainment from the Cincinnati Circus Company along with a petting zoo from Honey Hill Farm for the kids to enjoy. We’ll have an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, arts and crafts, snacks and refreshments, and more! You can also learn to fly with DJI as they are offering a new pilot experience workshop complete with a hands-on lesson. Bring the whole family as we celebrate what makes us great — you!
    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to fly a drone? Maybe your considering the brand new, state-of-the-art Mavic or Spark from DJI? Learn to fly safely and unlock your creativity by attending the DJI New Pilot Experience.
    Following an informative indoor session, participants will get hands-on flight experience with Mavic Pro and Spark from experienced instructors outdoors. Pilots will also have the chance to win prizes by completing the exciting NPE Challenge.
    Call 513-791-3333 or email [email protected] for more info or to register.
    Free Sensor Cleaning
    We’re continuing to clean sensors on Saturday! Don’t forget to bring in up to two cameras and we’ll clean them for free! No registration required.
    Free Family or Business Portraits
    We’re opening up our photography studio and giving away a free 10-minute portrait session, perfect for the business professional who needs a new headshot or a quick family photo for this year’s holiday cards. Participants will receive one free 8X10 print along with the digital files. 
    Call 513-791-3333 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot. Walk-ins will receive the next available time slot.
    Free Entertainment for the Family
    We’re providing free entertainment for the family all day!
    • Magicians, jugglers, & LED light spinners
    • Inflatable bounce house
    • Mobile petting zoo
    • Face paining and instant photo booth
    • Arts & Crafts
    • and more!
    Mark your calendar and don't miss this fantastic event!
  • Announcing The NEW Profoto A1 On Camera Flash!

    The Profoto A1 is designed with light shaping capabilities; it has a unique round head with a soft, smooth fall-off that makes it easy to create a natural and beautiful light. It also includes a smart magnetic mount and three dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools that click on and off quickly and easily – a Dome Diffuser, Wide Lens and Bounce Card. They can be stacked for more creative options. The A1 also offers a built-in LED modeling light that makes it easy to set the light and understand how light and shadows work together.

    And it’s extremely easy to use. The user interface is large, clean and clear. Like all Profoto products, it’s intuitive to use and you don’t need to read a long instruction manual to understand how it works. AirTTL remote is also built in to the A1. With AirTTL and HSS you create professional results fast and easy and with the remote you can seamless connect to other Profoto flashes and control them easily from the A1.

    Profoto A1 is not only an on-camera flash, it’s also very effective off-camera as a standalone unit. The A1 has its own Li-Ion high capacity battery built-in that lasts up to four times longer than AA batteries with no performance fade, and a facility to recharge quickly. So you can shoot for longer with confidence. A1 can keep up with you because it recycles four times faster than other on-camera solutions – that’s 1.2s at full power. Put simply, you’ll never miss a shot.

    Features

    • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off.
    • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast.
    • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools.
    • Dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available.
    • LED modeling light integrated to the head.
    • Air Remote built-in.
    • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery.
    • 1.2s recycling time.
    • TTL/MAN switch.
    • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
    • Auto focus (AF) assist.
    • Large Hi-Res display.
  • Photographing the Eclipse with #DoddPro Roger Mastroianni!

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    #DoddPro Roger Mastroianni spent some time in St. Louis, Missouri on Monday experiencing and photographing the Eclipse. We sat down with him to discuss his experience and check out his work!

    What expectations did you have about photographing the eclipse?

    I thought photographing the eclipse would be more of an event for astronomers with their telescopes on equatorial mounts and wanted to stay away from the crowds and traffic jams because of all the hype and interest in the solar event. I was a little concerned about the weather and in the end was lucky enough to get the shot just before the clouds moved in.

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    Why did you decide to travel to see and photograph the eclipse?

    Seeing the Total Eclipse of the Sun is something that I've wanted to experience since I witnessed a partial eclipse in 1994. The fact that you could choose from so many locations across the United States made traveling a no brainer. I chose St Louis, Missouri to shoot the eclipse because my daughter is a student at Washington University in St Louis and it was an opportunity to visit with her. I'm more familiar with St. Louis and knew it would be easier to get around than Nashville or the Western United States.

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    How did you photograph it?

    I arrived early to claim a spot that I had scoped out the day before. I waited in the 99 degree heat, tracking the sun with my solar glasses until 1:18 PM CST when the Eclipse occurred. I had chosen the St. Louis Arch because I knew the eclipse would be at such a high elevation in the sky and needed something to frame it with.

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    What equipment did you use, and why?

    I used the Sony A9 and the new Sony 100-400mm F/4-5.6 Lens with an 18 stop ND filter for the partial eclipse and then no filter during the total eclipse. I chose a Sony mirrorless camera because of their live-view capabilities, which offered me extra eye protection when compared with an optical viewfinder. I did use a Nikon D810 and the PhaseOne Fx for the wide views.

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    What was your experience? Was it profound, or not?

    Experiencing the eclipse was a profoundly moving experience. Being able to be in the right spot at the right time as predicted by science and witnessing the moon block out the sun, watching the street lights turn on in the middle of the day and hearing the crickets chirp confused by the darkness was an other worldly experience.

    #DoddPro Roger Mastroianni

  • Eclipse Photo Contest

    Celebrate the upcoming Eclipse with us by participating in our Eclipse Photo Contest! A panel of judges consisting of guest judges from Fujifilm, Olympus and the Cleveland Metroparks will pick winning photos from one of four categories:

    Grand Prize: Best Overall Photo

    Runners Up: Best Landscape | Best Documentary Style | Most Creative

    Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on 8/27/2017. Judging for all categories will take place the week of 8/28/17.

    Please follow the below rules to ensure we receive your entry:

    1. Experience and photograph the Eclipse on August 21st!
    2. Post your photos to Facebook and or Instagram using the following two hashtags: #DoddCamera #SolarEclipse2017
    3. Submit a high resolution digital copy of your photo using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/47zR7GSFJzgyur2C3
    4. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see who won!
  • Tamron Lens Rentals at Dodd Camera

    Need a lens for an upcoming shoot, but not ready to buy? Our rental department has you covered with the latest Tamron lenses!

    Call or visit your local Dodd Camera store to reserve a lens today.

    Tamron Lens Rental Rates (Daily):

    Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II - $25

    Tamron 15-30mm F/2.8 Di I VC USD - $35

    Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II VC - $25

    Tamron 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD - $35

    Tamron 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 - $35

    Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD - $25

    Tamron 150-600mm F/5.6-6.3 Di VC USD G2 - $35

    Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC PZD - $25

    Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC PZD - $25

    Tamron 28-300mm Di VC USD PZD - $25

    Tamron 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD - $25

    Tamron 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD - $25

    Tamron 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD - $25

    Tamron 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro - $25

  • 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!

  • 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

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    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

  • 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.

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