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  • Manfrotto Trade-In Event, August 12th & 13th

    Manfrotto Trade-in Event

    ANY bag or tripod, ANY condition.

    This Friday & Saturday only, bring in your old bag or tripod and receive a trade-in credit of up to $125 when you purchase a new Manfrotto bag or tripod! We'll accept any brand or condition, so bring in your old, ugly gear and trade up this Friday and Saturday to something shiny and new!

    Here's the breakdown.

    Bring in your old tripod or tripod kit and receive one of these discounts off a new Manfrotto photo support, video support, or head:

    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $150-$199.99: $50 Trade-in Credit
    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $200-$349.99: $75 Trade-in Credit
    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $350-$599.99: $100 Trade-in Credit
    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $600 or more: $125 Trade-in Credit

    Bring in your old camera bag and receive one of these discounts off a new Manfrotto bag:

    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $50-$99.99: $20 Trade-in Credit
    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $100-$149.99: $30 Trade-in Credit
    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $150-$199.99: $50 Trade-in Credit
    Purchase Manfrotto product priced $200 or more: $75 Trade-in Credit

    Credits can't be combined with any other offer.

  • Exclusive airshow discounts on Sigma, August 8th - 14th

    Exclusive instant savings on Sigma for this week only!Green Mountain Camera is excited to be at the Wings Over Vermont Airshow this Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14, with our vendor partners Sigma and Manfrotto.

    We'll have gear to demo at the show, and you'll also be able to register for a chance to win over $1500 in prizes (you must visit us at the airshow to enter)!

    Plus, we want to help you have a picture-perfect show, so, for August 8th through the 14th only, we have exclusive specials, like up to an additional $50 off Sigma lenses! This is above huge savings that are going on now of up to $350 off select Sigma lenses!

    Now is a perfect time to buy a lens with more reach for the airshow, like the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS Contemporary, which has a combined $150 in savings through the 14th!

     

  • Mother's Day is May 8th. Give Mom a gift from the heart.

    Free print with matching frame purchase

    Give Mom a gift she'll love. Now through Mother's Day, purchase a ready-made frame and get a matching print for FREE! That's right, this Mother's Day we're making it easy and affordable to give Mom a personalized gift that she'll absolutely cherish.

    Fine print:
    Free print size must match the intended document size of the frame. For example, purchase a frame intended for a 11x14 document/print and receive an 11x14 print for free. This offer can't be combined with any other discounts or promotions, except our Photo Discount Members who regularly enjoy 10% off frames. PDMs can receive 10% off a frame, and still be eligible for a free print! If you are not already a PDM, ask an associate for details. Standard papers only. 

     

  • Nikon D810 Launch Party - Friday, July 25th

    Nikon D810 Launch Party at Green Mountain Camera

    Nikon recently announced an exciting new release, the D810. The Nikon D810 is the direct replacement for both the extremely popular D800 and D800e.

    As Vermont's largest independently owned Nikon dealer, and the area's only Nikon Professional Dealer, Green Mountain Camera is excited to host a Nikon D810 launch party on Friday, July 25th.

    A representative from Nikon will be on-hand with the all-new Nikon D810. You'll be be one of the first people to try out the new flagship Nikon camera! The launch party will be held at Green Mountain Camera's retail location in Staples Plaza, South Burlington from 4-7PM.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Sigma Demo Day Event at Green Mountain Camera in South Burlington

    Sigma Demo Day Event

    Green Mountain Camera is pleased to host a Sigma Demo Day at the South Burlington store location. This free event will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 10AM to 3PM. This event is open to the public, and we welcome everyone to come.

    The Sigma Demo Day will include Mike Deutsch from Sigma to answer questions and demonstrate lenses. He'll have over 30 Sigma lenses on hand to test and try out in the store. He'll will also have some Sigma schwag to give away to some lucky attendees.

    Green Mountain Camera and Sigma will also offer exclusive discounts available only during the event. Discounts of $25 for lenses priced $250 to $599 and $50 for lenses priced $599 and up will be offered. These discounts can be combined with any current Sigma Instant Savings promotion too!

    Stop on by on Saturday, December 14th. He hope to see you there!

    Sigma Demo Day
    Saturday, December 14, 2013
    10AM to 3PM

    Green Mountain Camera
    Staples Plaza
    861 Williston Road
    South Burlington, VT 05403

     

  • Nikon Df Is Now In-Stock!

    Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera

     

    We recently wrote about the Nikon Df being announced in a previous post. That was at the beginning of November. It seems like ages since then, but we are happy to report that the Nikon Df is now in stock!

    We have the Nikon Df in four different configurations. They are all in stock at the time of this writing, but we anticipate selling out of them quickly. Nikon was unable deliver all of the cameras we ordered, so we still have some backordered, which usually means Nikon is not going to be able to keep up with demand. The silver Nikon Dfs seem to be in tighter supply than the blacks, and the silver body only configuration in tighter supply than all the others.

    Here's what we've got: Nikon Df body only in silver, Nikon Df body only in black, Nikon Df with special edition 50mm f/1.8G in silver, and Nikon Df with special edition 50mm f/1.8G in black.

    If you live local to one of our retail stores in Waterbury Center or South Burlington, VT, please stop on by and check out the Nikon Df. We have the black with special edition lens on display and for demonstration at both stores.

    The Nikon Df takes Secure Digital (SD) cards, so, if you don't have one and you are ordering this camera, make sure to pick one up at the same time. The Nikon Df does not shoot video, but it is still recommended to have a high-speed card for transferring the large files this camera produces, and for if/when the camera is used in continuous shooting mode (it can shoot up to 5.5 frames/second).

  • Green Mountain Camera Adds Panasonic to Product Line-Up

    Panasonic Lumix GH3 Panasonic Lumix GH3

    Waterbury Center, Vt., NOV. 17, 2013: Green Mountain Camera, one of New England’s leading photo specialty retailers, confirms Panasonic has named the Vermont business an authorized dealer of Panasonic digital imaging products. Panasonic is one of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers, and makes the popular Lumix line of digital cameras, lenses and accessories.

    “Panasonic is a natural fit for Green Mountain Camera,” stated Robert Ste. Marie, Owner of Green Mountain Camera. “Panasonic manufactures very high quality, innovative products, and that is what our customers have come to expect from us.”

    Panasonic is recognized for developing and manufacturing innovative still and video imaging products, including the micro four-thirds range of Pansonic Lumix branded cameras and lenses. The Panasonic Lumix GH3, an example of a micro four-thirds camera, was recently named the “Champion Moviemaker” in Popular Photography’s Pop Awards of Photography’s Outstanding Products for 2013. The GH3 features the highest video capture (1920x1080p60 at up to 72Mbps) of any camera that uses compression to record, and does so without sacrificing capturing high quality still images.

    Panasonic has a long-standing partnership with Leica, which is a worldwide leading manufacturer of high quality optics. The Panasonic Lumix brand features many of Leica’s optical designs, and “Lumix” was coined by combining “luminance” and “mix”, suggesting the mixture of Panasonic’s digital technologies and Leica’s optical technologies into one brand. The Panasonic-Leica partnership is an example of Panasonic’s commitment to manufacturing high-quality imaging products.

    “Green Mountain Camera has been a Leica dealer for many years now, and we’ve established a large customer base dedicated to the Leica brand,” states Tessa K. Ferrario, Operations Manager of Green Mountain Camera. “These customers are always curious to see what the Panasonic Lumix line has to offer them. Green Mountain Camera is excited to now be able to demonstrate that line to our customers.”

    Green Mountain Camera will start to receive Panasonic cameras and lenses including the GH3, GX7, and LX7, soon. Panasonic digital cameras, lenses and accessories will be available for sale and demonstration in Green Mountain Camera retail stores in South Burlington, Vt., and Waterbury Center, Vt.. Panasonic products will also be available online through Green Mountain Camera’s website.

  • Nikon Celebrates 80 Years of NIKKOR Lenses

    80 Years of NIKKOR Lenses

    80 Years and 80 Million Lenses--That's a lot of Glass

    We recently received an email with a link to a very interesting infographic about the history of NIKKOR lenses. Apparently this year marks the 80th anniversary of the NIKKOR brand. In addition to it being 80 years of producing NIKKOR lenses, Nikon recently manufactured their 80 millionth lens. When you figure it out, on average, Nikon has produced 1 million lenses a year. Break that down even further, that averages out to 2,739 lenses a day. Yep, a day. That number seems pretty impressive, and quite unbelievable. Keep in mind too that that's an average, spread out over the last 80 years. I'm sure in the early years of Nikon lens production it was much more difficult to produce lenses in mass quantities, so the output now must be much greater.

    Nikon Aero-NIKKOR Lens Example of Aero-NIKKOR Lens

    In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lenses under the NIKKOR brand name. The first lenses were Aero-NIKKOR, for aerial photography. The first orders came from the Japanese Army Air Force for the 70cm F5 (700mm), as well as for the 18cm F4.5 (180mm) NIKKOR lens for small-scale aerial photography. The lenses were also exhibited at an exposition held that year, and sale of the lenses began.

    The NIKKOR brand of lenses became famous in the 1950s by David Douglas Duncan whose photography appeared in LIFE magazine. Duncan used a NIKKOR lens attached to a Leica camera body, and this brought the brand a lot of recognition. The legend goes that a Japanese photographer showed Duncan some photographs that he had taken using a NIKKOR lens. The photographs had come out clearly despite the fact that they had been taken indoors, in poor light. Duncan was impressed, so he went out and bought two NIKKOR lenses the very next day.

    In 1971, NIKKOR lenses and Nikon cameras went up with the Apollo 15 space mission. NIKKOR lenses have been going into space ever since, and have been subjected to some rough physical conditions. Space walks will subject these lenses to temperatures of negative 150 degrees Celsius or less.

    Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Lens Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Lens

    There are currently over 80 types of lenses still in production today (I guess everything has to be 80 for Nikon this year). Included in this count are 17 DX format (crop sensor) lenses, and 62 FX format (full frame sensor) lenses. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II Lens has the most lens elements. Most people would probably assume that something like the heaviest lens (600mm f/4), or the longest lens (800mm f/5.6) would have the most elements. But, no, the 70-200mm has 21 lens elements in 16 groups.

    Nikon's NIKKOR brand is now also being used with the Nikon 1 camera system. In addition, Coolpix cameras feature built-in (not interchangeable) NIKKOR lenses. Nikon has been producing great NIKKOR lenses for 80 years now. It will be interesting to see what the next 80 years will hold.

     

  • Sony A7 Real-World Samples and RAW File Download

    We were recently at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York City. There wasn't a whole lot of camera gear there we haven't already seen, but there were a couple of cameras worth noting. Besides the Olympus OM-D E-M1, we were excited to check out the Sony A7 and A7r. The display area for both cameras was packed, and it was hard to get a chance for a hands-on look. We had our sights set on checking out the new Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens too. We weren't able to grab an A7r, but we were able to look at the Sony A7 with the 55mm lens.

    The Sony A7 is a world's first. It is the first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera to feature a full-frame image sensor. The A7 packs 24 megapixels, while the A7r boasts an impressive 36 megapixels. We currently have both cameras on order, and are hoping they will show up in early December. We anticipate this will be a limited early release, and the demand will be pretty high, so we won't have cameras in stock for very long. If you are interested in a pre-order to secure a camera for you, please give us a call at (802) 244-0883.

    The A7 has a solid feel to it, and there are lot of external controls for manual manipulation. The camera is overall snappy and intuitive for the average advanced camera user. Sony must have heard of the complaints coming from NEX-7 users who were accidentally hitting the video record button. Sony moved this button to a better, safer position on the A7.

    While at the PhotoPlus Expo we switched out the memory card in the A7 we were using for our own memory card. We were able to pop off a couple of shots within the convention center. The lighting wasn't great, and the images weren't thought through, but here are some real world samples straight from the camera. The camera was set to aperture priority, ISO 400, and the aperture was set to f/1.8. The image of the older gentlemen looking down was shot at 1/60 of a second, so there is definitely some shake. The others were 1/125 of a second and are more solid.

    Sony A7 Sample Image Sony A7 Sample Cropped Sony A7 Sample Image Sony A7 Sample Cropped Sony A7 Sample Image Sony A7 Sample Cropped

     

    These images are sized down to play nice on the website. They were actually all shot in RAW, so they've been converted. If you are interested in looking at a RAW file, you can download one here. It is a relatively big file, 25MB. You will need high-speed internet, or it might take you while to download. Please note that there is no 3rd-party software out there that will allow you to view the A7 RAW file, like Photoshop, etc.. You will need Sony's Image Data Converter. The Mac version can be found here, and the Windows here.

  • Green Mountain Camera Now Carrying 3 Legged Thing Tripods

    3 Legged Thing is a British tripod company that specializes in compact, stable, modular tripod systems

    Green Mountain Camera is extremely excited to announce the formation of a new relationship with 3 Legged Thing. 3 Legged Thing designs and manufactures high-quality, unique tripods. They are a British company with a presence around the globe, but has only a handful of dealers within the United States. Green Mountain Camera is happy to join the ranks of authorized dealers in the USA.

    3 Legged Thing Tripods In StockWe've started to receive 3 Legged Thing tripods, and they are now available for sale in our stores and online. So far we've received some carbon fiber models, including the very popular Brian, Frank and Eddie. We look forward to carrying more of the 3 Legged Thing line-up in the near future. Any customer suggestions are highly appreciated. Let us know what you want to see, and we'll be happy to get it in for you.

    3 Legged Thing tripods have some very unique features that will appeal to serious photographers--both amateurs and professionals. 3 Legged Thing has produced a great video that explains some of the awesome features found in Brian. Even if you aren't interested in this tripod, it is definitely worth a watch.

     

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