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  • Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Nikon and Green Mountain Camera

    This Mother's Day we've teamed up with Nikon to offer some great gifts for Mom. Two that really shine are Gift Packs that offer an incredible value. The Gift Packs include both a memory card and case, in addition to the Nikon digital camera. These Gift Packs are featured below. If you click on the graphic you can see our full Nikon insert with all our Mother's Day sales on Nikon products.

    Nikon Instant Savings for Mother's Day

    If you're interested in a product and don't see it listed on our website, please make sure to give us a call at (802) 244-0883. Not all specials are shown or available on our site.

  • Mark's AP Corner -- 4/29/2012 -- The Moon

    Check out one of Mark's latest Astrophotography pics, an awesome shot of the moon:

    Picture of the Moon taken with a Canon EOS 50D and Orion Telescope
    Object: Moon
    Camera: Canon 50D
    Telescope: Orion ED80 f/7.5 Telescope @ f/15
    Mount: Pier Mounted Celestron CG5 ASGT

    • Vivitar FD 2X Teleconverter
    • Kenko EOS/FD Adapter
    • Orion 2" to T-Thread Camera Adapter

    Location: Waterbury, VT
    Date: April 29, 2012
    Image by: Mark Byland

  • Nikon D3100, D3200 and D5100 -- What's the difference?

    Nikon D3100, D3200 and D5100 Comparison

    With the recent release of the Nikon D3200 a lot of customers are wondering how it fits into the current lineup of Nikon digital SLR cameras. The first question most customers have are, "Is the Nikon D3100 being replaced?" No. The Nikon D3100 is Nikon's entry level digital SLR at an entry level price tag. Right now, including instant savings, the Nikon D3100 is selling for only $549.95, and that's including an 18-55mm VR lens. The Nikon D3200 is being pegged also as an entry-level camera, but with the horsepower of a higher-resolution 24.2MP image sensor. The current price of the Nikon D3200 is $699.95, including an 18-55mm VR lens.

    Perhaps the bigger mystery surrounds the Nikon D5100. The base price of the Nikon D5100 is higher than the Nikon D3200. The D5100 currently rings up with a base price of $849.95. There is currently an instant savings on the Nikon D5100, however; which puts the D5100 at the same price as the Nikon D3200--$699.95. So, the question we've been receiving is, "If both the Nikon D5100 and D3200 are the same price, what camera should I get?" This is a difficult question to answer with one sweeping response. It depends. Some people will be instantly drawn to the higher-resolution of the Nikon D3200. Others will hesitate and wonder what else is under the hood? For those who are looking for a more detailed comparison, we offer the following information. We hope this helps.

    The Nikon D5100 and D3200 both have:

    • Up to 4 frames-per-second continuous shooting
    • 11 auto-focus points
    • 1080p HD video recording
    • 3" 921,000 dot monitor (D5100 screen can flip out)
    • 1/4,000 to 30 second shutter speeds

    The Nikon D3200 has a ~24MP image sensor with EXPEED 3 processing, and the Nikon D5100 has a ~16MP image sensor with EXPEED 2 processing.

    The Nikon D3200 offers on-screen audio levels as well as the ability to shoot 1280x720 HD video at 60 frames-per-second.

    The Nikon D3200 shoots 12-bit RAW, and has a estimated battery life of 540 shots. The Nikon D5100 shoots 14-bit RAW files, and has an estimated battery life of 660 shots.

    The Nikon D5100 has a more customize-able "Active D-Lighting", whereas the Nikon D3200 is either On or Off.

    The Nikon D5100 has an ISO range that is expandable to 25,600, and the Nikon D3200 is half that at 12,800. The D5100 also offers 1/3 stop ISO increments.

    The Nikon D5100 features a greater range of scene modes as well as "Effects" that can work in both stills and video.

    The Nikon D5100 features the ability to create a multiple exposure image, and also offers in-camera HDR (high dynamic range).

    The Nikon D5100 offers interval timer shooting in-camera, and also features a full Custom Settings menu. The D3200 has some custom settings that may be set in the Setup menu.

    As you can see, the Nikon D5100 features an all-around more advanced experience than the D3200. For the more advanced user who doesn't require the higher resolution of the Nikon D3200, it is likely they'll gravitate towards the D5100.

  • Free Think Tank Photo Laptop Case with Purchase of Think Tank Rolling Bag

    Think Tank Photo Rolling Camera Bag

    Think Tank Photo is running a great promotion for the month of May. Purchase any Think Tank Photo rolling bag and get a 15” or 17” Think Tank laptop case by mail free!

    We're pretty excited about this promotion. The Think Tank rolling bags are some of the best bags we've seen. It comes as no surprise to us the Think Tank rollers are some of our best selling camera bags. Like all of Think Tank's products, the laptop cases are well-made and work great, so this is a good deal.

    Here are links to Think Tank rolling bags on our website:

    Think Tank Photo Airport Takeoff
    Think Tank Photo Airport Airstream
    Think Tank Photo Airport International V2.0
    Think Tank Photo Airport Security V2.0

    Here's the claim form for getting a free laptop case with the purchase of any Think Tank rolling bag.

  • Schneider Optics iPro Lens System for the Apple iPhone 4/4s

    If you like taking photographs with your iPhone and have been looking to get better quality wide-angle images, check out the iPro Lens System by Schneider Optics. Schneider is a recognized name in the photo industry that is synonymous with quality.

    The iPro Lens System is a kit that includes the following:

    • iPhone 4/4s case.
    • Wide angle lens that provides 35% more coverage than the standard lens on the iPhone.
    • Fish-eye lens with a 165 degree angle-of-view.
    • Handle that attaches to the case and also stores the two lenses. Can also mount to a tripod.
    iPro Lens System case without lens

    iPro Lens System case without lens mounted

    The iPro Lens System case is a necessary accessory to mount the iPro lenses. The case features a bayonet mount located over the iPhone's internal camera. The iPro lenses slide into this mount and twist to lock in place.

    iPro Lens System Case with Lens Mounted

    iPro Lens System Case with lens mounted

    The case also features two small screw holes--each on opposite sides of the phone--where the included handle can mount. The camera can be oriented on either the right or left side depending on which hole you mount the handle.

    iPro Lens System case with handle screw mount

    Mounting hole for iPro Lens System handle

    The handle provides a sturdier grip for holding the phone, which is especially useful when taking video. The bottom of the handle also features a 1/4"-20 screw hole where you can attach any standard tripod. This is especially useful anywhere minimizing shake and blur is essential.

    iPro Lens System with handle and lenses

    The handle also doubles as a storage container for the two included lenses. The handle simply unscrews in two different places to reveal storage for the lenses.

    iPro Lens System Handle Lens Storage

    Schneider boasts the included wide-angle lens provides a 35% wider field than the standard view of the iPhone's internal camera. Schneider states the wide-angle lens has a 19mm focal length equivalent to 35mm photography for still photos. The fish-eye lens provides a 165 degree field-of-view, and is equivalent to a 12mm lens for still photos.

    Check out the photos of Charlie below to get an idea of the differences in lenses:

    iPhone without the iPro Lens System

    iPhone without the iPro Lens System

    iPhone with iPro Lens System Wide-Angle Lens

    iPhone with iPro Lens System Wide-Angle Lens

    iPhone with iPro Lens System Fish-Eye Lens

    iPhone with iPro Lens System Fish-Eye Lens

    The iPro Lens System can be purchased from our website here.

  • Think Tank Photo to Release Airport 4-Sight: First Four-Wheel Rolling Camera Bag

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag

    Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag

    Santa Rosa, Calif. –  Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release the photography industry’s first four-wheeled rolling camera bag, the Airport 4-Sight.  The Airport 4-Sight meets international airline carry-on standards. The roller’s weight has been reduced dramatically through innovative design and by a strict focus on the features that photographers find most beneficial.

    With professional photography gear not getting any lighter, Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers.  Walking a four-wheeler alongside one’s self is easier than pulling it behind or carrying it over a shoulder. Putting the bags weight on four-wheels eliminates arm strain and makes rolling effortless.

    Four-wheelers are superior on many smooth surfaces. On thick carpet, the Airport 4-Sight leans over to perform as a traditional two-wheel roller. It has the added benefit of rolling sideways on two wheels to easily navigate tight spaces, such as airline aisles.

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Features:

    • High capacity.  Holds Pro DSLRs with four to five lenses.
    • Integrated removable Think Tank Cable Management organizer.
    • Side hinged lid opens bag completely for quick and unencumbered access to gear.
    • Two-position locking handle for comfort and ergonomics.
    • Zippered top pocket for boarding pass.
    • Lockable zipper sliders on main compartment.
    • Reinforced bottom panel for increased durability.
    • User replaceable handle and wheels.
    • Seam sealed rain cover included.
    • YKK RC-fused™ zippers.

    “The Airport 4-Sight is in a class by itself,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer.  “It appeals to frequent flyers or anyone who seeks ease in transporting gear. Smart design features like reduced overall weight and increased maneuverability, ergonomics and capacity make this rolling camera bag a breakthrough in the industry.”

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Specifications

    Internal Dimensions: 12.3” W x 16” H x 5–6.7” D (31.2 x 40.6 x 12.7–17 cm)

    External Dimensions: 14” W x 19.5” H x 8” D (35.6 x 49.5 x 20.3 cm)

    Weight: 7–8.9 lbs (3.2–4 kg)

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag in use with Canon Gear

    4-Sight Shown in use with Canon Gear

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag in use with Nikon Gear

    4-Sight Shown in use with Nikon Gear

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag Feature Shot

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag Feature Shot

    Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Four Wheeled Rolling Camera Bag Feature Shot

  • The Greatest Instruction Manual Cover Photo Ever

    Let's face it: instruction manuals are boring. Especially technical ones, i.e. electronics and photo equipment manuals. With all the used equipment we buy, sell and trade, we come across a lot of manuals in any given week. And, they are, for the most part, all the same.

    Last week, we came across one a little different from all the rest.

    In our experience, Olympus takes the cake for having the greatest instruction manual photo cover ever. Olympus also gave a whole new meaning to MANual when they created this:

    Olympus OM System Manual Cover Photo

    With the recent release of the Olympus OM-D E-M5, we thought this too good not to share. Olympus dug up the OM past to bring us the new OM-D. We found it good timing to dig up this bit of Olympus' past too.

  • Think Tank Photo Announces Retrospective 7 Shoulder Camera Bag

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 in new Slate Blue color

    In May, Think Tank Photo will release a new Retrospective® 7 shoulder camera bag in three color options.  Designed for standard DSLR systems, its classic design along with modern improvements create the perfect shooter’s bag.  This lightweight shoulder bag comes in fabrics that offer a sense of “retro” style that appeals to many. A rear pocket has been designed to hold an iPad or an 11” MacBook Air.

    Ergonomically designed to conform to the body, the bags are comfortable to walk with, provide quick access, and are inconspicuous to avoid unwanted attention. With broad appeal, the Retrospective series has quickly become one of the leading bag collections in the industry.

    “Working pros to vacationers all will find the Retrospective 7 to be the most useful and functional bag for a day’s outing,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s co-founder and lead designer.  “It combines the broad appeal of the Retrospective design with the perfect size for carrying camera gear and your laptop or iPad.”

    Along with the current fabric option of black polyspun or Pinestone canvas, Think Tank is introducing a new canvas color to the Retrospective line:  Slate Blue.

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 Features

    • iPad/MacBook pocket
    • Cushioned and padded nonslip shoulder strap for all day comfort.
    • Sound Silencers™ to turn off the front flap hook and loop for silent operation.
    • Organizational and zippered pockets for accessories.
    • Removable divider set for custom layouts.
    • Convenient carrying handle for grab and go.
    • Seam sealed rain cover.
    • Expandable front pocket for DSLR body or accessories.
    • Business card slot under the front flap for identification.
    • High quality YKK zippers.

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 with iPad

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 main compartment

    Think Tank Photo Retrospective 7 rain cover

  • Nikon Announces D3200 Digital SLR Camera, WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    We are pleased to report that Nikon has just announced three new imaging products. A new Nikon D3200 DX-format Digital SLR Camera, WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter for the Nikon D3200, and a new AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens that is compatible with FX-format cameras.

    Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera

    Nikon D3200 Digital SLR Camera

    The Nikon D3200 is engineered to provide an impressive 24.2 effective megapixels, and captures sharp images - even in low-light. With Full HD 1080p at 30/24p video capture including stereo sound and powered by the new EXPEED 3 image processor, the same powering as the acclaimed Nikon D4, the Nikon D3200 offers enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy superior image quality and high quality HD video at entry level pricing.

    The Nikon D3200 will start selling with a retail price of $699.95. It will also be available in both black and red colors. The Nikon D3200 is available for purchase from our website here.

    Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

    Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

    Everyone wants to share their images. Simply download a new sharing app, purchase an innovative new accessory called the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter and have images transferred wirelessly directly to your smart phone from the Nikon D3200! Additionally, let your Smartphone take control of the new Nikon D3200! Live View on the Nikon D3200 shows up wirelessly on your Smartphone LCD - you can even fire the camera from your Smartphone, creating unique picture taking possibilities. This hot new accessory will allow you to take, share and control photographs with greater ease.

    The Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will start selling with a retail price of $59.95. It will be available in late May.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens

    The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G is ideal for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations as well as for travel, landscapes and general photography. This FX-format wide-angle lens includes Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat (N) that virtually eliminates ghost and flare and its Silent Wave Motor delivers ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation. On a DX-format camera, this lens has the effective field-of-view of a 42mm lens.

    The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens will start selling with a retail price of $699.95. It will be available in late May. The  Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G Lens is available from our website here.

  • Contour Camera and Think Tank Photo Bag Giveaway!

    Contour Camera Giveaway!

    Click this image to be redirected to Facebook to sign up for a chance to win!

    We're giving away some great prizes on Facebook, and it's happening now through April 30, 2012. We're giving away a ContourGPS 1080p HD point-of-view (POV) digital camera, valued at $300! We're also giving away an awesome Think Tank Photo Retrospective 5 shoulder camera bag that's valued at $138, and a $50 Gift Card to our store.

    Here's how the giveaway works. Click on this link. If you don't already like us on Facebook, click on the "Like" button at the top of the screen. Fill out the sign up sheet, and you'll now be entered to win the Think Tank Photo bag and $50 Gift Card. You'll also now be given a unique link. Share this link with all of your friends! The link will keep track of anyone that signs up for the giveaway using your referral. Once you get 5 people to sign up for the giveaway, you'll now unlock the chance to win the ContourGPS 1080p HD digital camera!

    What is a ContourGPS?

    Glad you asked.

    The ContourGPS captures beautiful 1080p video in a small, lightweight form factor. It is compatible with a host of accessories, allowing you to attach the ContourGPS to goggles, headbands, helmets, bike handlebars, surfboards, and host of other things. It utilizes a 135° wide-angle rotating lens that delivers a true high quality image that captures all the action with minimal distortion and fish-eye. It records Full HD in all its glory.

    The ContourGPS goes above and beyond other point-of-view camera systems. Whether retracing your laps at the ski hill, checking your speed on a DH run or logging the gain on a road ride, the tracking capability of the ContourGPS adds speed, location and elevation to the picture. The ContourGPS is set up with a GPS receiver that auto-maps the three essentials - location, speed and elevation - at up to two times per second to create a continuous track of coordinates. After the fact, the GPS track synchronizes with your footage to provide a second-by-second replay via Google Maps of the run you ripped, the route you rallied or the ride you crushed.

    Here's a video showcasing the camera in action:

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